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William Boston papers, 1862-1865

39 items — 3 volumes (in 1 box)


Original and typescript of diaries (1862-1865) written while Boston was serving in Company H, 20th Michigan Infantry. The entries are chiefly descriptions of army life and battles in the campaign of Fredericksburg, first and second Kentucky campaigns, Vicksburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg. National Park Service maps with a synopsis of the campaigns have been added to the typescript copy. The April 22, 1863 entry speaks of Frank Thompson (Sarah E. E. Seelye) as their brigade postmaster. The collection also contains thirty-seven letters (Jan. 1863-Apr. 1865) written to his aunts while Boston was serving in the 20th Michigan Infantry. He was sick and in hospital camps before Petersburg; once there, he gives accounts of activities there (Sept. 1864-Apr. 1865): picket duty, building fortifications, battles. He comments on food, the coming election, an African American regiment, General Burnside, the Sanitary and Christian Commissions, boxes from home, prisoners, the draft, and the reaction to the death of Lincoln. He describes two Thanksgiving dinners, and especially the fall of Petersburg. The collection also include's Boston's discharge certificate from the Union Army.


John C. Boughton papers, 1856-1910

0.2 linear feet


Correspondence, legal papers, bills and receipts dealing with personal and business affairs as well as military service (including court martial records). Correspondence contains a letter dated March 19, 1865 from Frederick Schneider, written after his parole from Confederate prison; letters, January 15 and March 12, 1865, from Joseph Moody containing detailed descriptions of Traverse City, Michigan; a letter dated March 27, 1865 to Major C. A. Lounsberry describing the attack on Fort Stedman; and letter, April 1865, mentioning the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Also includes photographic portraits of John C. Boughton.


Kenneth Ewart Boulding Papers, 1880-1968

46.4 linear feet

Professor of economics at the University of Michigan, director of the Center for Research on Conflict Resolution, fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and participant in the Society of Friends, the National Council of Churches Department of the Church and Economic Life, and peace and disarmament groups. Correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, recordings, and topical files; also materials concerning his wife, Elise Boulding, and his parents, William and Elizabeth Boulding.

The Boulding papers, consisting of approximately 46 linear feet, fall into the following series and sub-series.

  1. Correspondence (boxes 1-10)
  2. Miscellaneous clippings and printed materials (box 10)
  3. Lecture and reading notes (boxes 11-13)
  4. Published and unpublished writings (boxes 14-18)
  5. Family and personal files (boxes 19-22)
    • Elise Boulding (boxes 19-21)
  6. Topical files:
    • Economics (boxes 23-24)
    • Social Sciences (boxes 25-30)
      • California Water Resources Study, 1958-1959 (boxes 24-26)
    • Religion (boxes 30-31)
      • National Council of Churches of Christ, Department of the Church and Economic Life (boxes 30-31)
    • Peace, Conflict Resolution and Disarmament (boxes 32-38)
      • Center for Research on Conflict Resolution (boxes 32-34)
    • University of Michigan (boxes 39-42)
    • Travel (box 42)
    • Foundations (box 42)
  7. Speaking Engagements (box 43)
  8. Financial Records (boxes 44-45)
  9. Sound recordings (box 46)
  10. Photographs (box 47)

Alice and Jessie Bourquin papers, 1905-1991

7 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 19 folders — 1 tube

Landscape designers based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Planting and landscape plans, elevation drawings, and various other sketches for projects designed as students at the University of Michigan and subsequently for clients in Ann Arbor, Michigan and other residences in southeastern Michigan; files relating to Jessie Bourquin's work with the Michigan Department of Economic Expansion and Alice Bourquin's work with the Michigan Department of Transportation; also papers relating to joint projects and activities, including their association with Jens Jensen and their Hillwood subdivision in Ann Arbor; and photographs.

The Bourquin collection consists of landscape architectural drawings, professional papers, and visual materials documenting the careers of Alice and Jessie Bourquin. The collection has been divided into the following series: Landscape Architectural Drawings; Jessie Bourquin Papers; Alice Bourquin Papers; Joint Projects and Activities; Hillwood Subdivision; and Photographs and other Visual Materials.


A. S. Boyce papers, 1864

1 folder


25 letters (Jan.-May 1864) to his wife describing his wartime experiences.


Earnest Boyce papers, 1953-1959

1 linear foot

Representative of the University of Michigan who helped plan the El Olivar Highway Equipment Training Project in Mexico. Correspondence, reports, contracts, and photographs concerning El Olivar Highway Equipment Training Project of the U. S. Foreign Operations Administration and University of Michigan.

The Earnest Boyce Papers (1953-1959) document the establishment and continuation of the Centro de Adiestramiento de Operadores (CAO). The collection focuses on the activities of the El Olivar Highway Equipment Training Project, but also included in the collection is a folder of correspondence that outlines a related project in Bolivia. Background materials, found in the first folder, provide a concise overview of the project's mission, primary participants, and history. These background materials state the CAO's importance not only for Mexican engineers and mechanics, but for a continued co-operation between the United States and Mexico.

Included in the collection are papers documenting the creation of the formal contractual governmental agreement (including the original contract) and the continued university involvement with the building and maintenance of the physical plant and the hiring of teachers and consultants.

Four folders contain a complete run of official reports which document the progress and day-to-day activities of the CAO. These reports were originally sent to Earnest Boyce by A.A. Vezzani, then superseded by Neil Lottridge.

Six folders of correspondence document the working relationships of the men involved with the project and the inevitable problems that occur when people of different cultures must work together.

Of special interest are the many photographs of the primary advisors of the CAO and several newspaper and periodical articles written to publicize the inauguration and the continuing activities of the school. Although many of the newspaper articles are in Spanish, many pictures are included which also provide important information.


Boyd family papers, 1761-1945

1 linear foot

William H. Boyd family of Monroe, Michigan. Correspondence, diaries, addresses, photograph, and miscellaneous papers concerning family and business affairs, temperance, slavery and the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Michigan. Correspondents include: Isaac P. Christiancy and Alpheus Felch.

The Boyd family collection includes correspondence, diaries of family members, addresses, photographs, and miscellaneous papers concerning family and business affairs, temperance, slavery and the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Michigan. Correspondents include: Isaac P. Christiancy and Alpheus Felch.


Emerson R. Boyles papers, 1879-1911, 1931-1960

6 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Charlotte, Michigan, attorney, legal advisor to Governors Frank Fitzgerald and Luren Dickinson and justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials on Michigan politics, the Republican Party, and his association with Governor Dickinson; scrapbook, 1885-1889, compiled by Fred A. Pennington; account book, 1904-1905; day book, 1941; log book, 1942, of Beaver Island cabin; and miscellaneous notebooks and photograph albums.

The Emerson Boyles papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials on Michigan politics, the Republican Party, and his association with Governor Dickinson; a scrapbook, 1885-1889, compiled by Fred A. Pennington; account book, 1904-1905; day book, 1941; log book, 1942, of Beaver Island cabin; and miscellaneous notebooks and photograph albums. The collection has been arranged into three series: Correspondence and other papers; Miscellaneous personal and family; and Photographs.


Boyne USA Resorts records, 1935-2005 (majority within 1950s-2002)

51 linear feet (in 54 boxes) — 19 oversize volumes — 25 film reels (16 mm) — 3 drawers — 1 oversize folder — 1 videotape (2-inch) — 78.4 GB (online)

Michigan-based ski and golf corporation, operating twelve major resorts in North America; records consists of photographs, slides, video cassettes, films, sound recordings, promotional materials, biographical information on the corporation's founder Everett F. Kircher, and miscellaneous office and topical files.

The Boyne USA Resorts record group documents, through visual materials, scrapbooks and clippings, publications, and a scattering of administrative material, the development of northwestern Michigan as an important recreational center. The bulk of the collection consists of various visual media, photographs, photographic slides, albums, videotapes, motion pictures, promotional posters, display photographs, and design images of Boyne facilities.

The records have been arranged into the following series: Everett F. Kircher materials; Boyne USA publications and promotional materials; Topical files; Photographs; Negatives, Photographic Slides; Videotapes; Motion pictures; Art work; Architectural concept and promotional boards; Miscellaneous office records; Scrapbooks and Clippings, and Miscellaneous. The strength of the collection is in the various visual materials that document the development of Boyne USA Resorts from the founding of Boyne Mountain in 1947 to the early 21st century.


Richard Charles Boys papers, 1942-1964

1 linear foot

Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Correspondence concerning his work at the University of Michigan; letters from former students describing their World War II experiences; and papers concerning his organizational and University activities.

The collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence and Topical and University Activities. The correspondence includes a file of letters from former students describing their World War II experiences. There is also a subseries of professional correspondence from 1947 to 1964. This subseries is arranged alphabetically and includes letters from such personages as Langston Hughes, Victor G. Reuther, Elmer Rice, and William W. Whitehouse. The Topical and University Activities subseries relates to Boys varied interests, such as the Art Cinema League, the Faculty Club, and the American Association of University Professors.


Carl Brablec papers, 1957-1976

2 linear feet

School administrator, Regent of the University of Michigan, 1958-1966. Regental files, and materials collected relating to the history of Czech-Americans, especially Moravian-Americans, in Michigan.

The Brablec papers consist of materials accumulated in his role of University of Michigan regent and miscellaneous collected material relating to his interest in the history of Czech-American, especially Moravian-Americans, in Michigan.


C. Loring Brace papers, 1954-2009 (majority within 1971-2008)

39 linear feet — 29 MB (online)

C. Loring Brace, professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and Curator of Biological Anthropology at the University's Museum of Anthropology. Known for extensive field research on cranial and dental material of hominid remains all over the world, particularly in Asia, to study human evolution. He has done considerable research on how structural reduction can result from Probable Mutation Effect, as well as on the development and application of the 'race' concept.

The papers of anthropologist and professor C. Loring Brace document his research, publications and teaching. Material includes extensive correspondence, research material including visual material illustrating crania, bones, teeth, and mandibles, also topical files and material Kennewick Man case. The papers are arranged in ten series: Biographical and Personal, Correspondence, 1966-2002, Correspondence, 1986-2009, Professional Service and Activities, Publications, Research, Teaching Materials, Topical Files, Kennewick, and Visual Materials.


Marjorie A. Blackistone and Horace Ferguson Bradfield papers, 1931-1978

0.2 linear feet — 1.6 GB (online)

Marjorie Bradfield was the first African American librarian in Detroit, working for the Detroit Public Library and as head librarian for Detroit Public Schools. Horace Bradfield was an African American Physician at Providence and Hutzel hospitals, and out of offices on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The collection contains Marjorie Bradfield's autobiography, audio recordings of interviews with Horace Bradfield, and photographs of the Bradfields.

The Marjorie and Horace Bradfield papers consists of autobiographical material and photographs.

In her autobiography, Marjorie Bradfield describes her first library jobs, and the events that led her to the Detroit Public Library. It highlights Bradfield's professional accomplishments, as well as challenges she faced as an African American woman in the library field. The autobiography includes an appendix with citations of essays and articles written by Bradfield.

Also contained within the collection are recordings of a 1978 interview with Horace Bradfield, facilitated by his daughter, Trudy Bradfield Taliaferro. The first part of the interview, Bradfield discusses his time as a student at the University of Michigan between 1931 and 1935. Throughout the interview, Bradfield describes his experience as an African American student at the University of Michigan during the 1930s. The second part of the interview covers his struggles finding a job as an African American physician in Detroit following his graduation in 1935.

The collection includes a small number of photographs in the collection, primarily portraits of the Bradfields, and a photograph from their wedding day in 1938. One of these photographs is available online as a digital file.


Hubbard North Bradley papers, 1895-1912, 1917

0.3 linear feet

This collection includes correspondence, 1905-1906, with future wife, Harriet Rumsey Wyman, concerning medical practice in Bay City, Michigan, and personal matters; diary, 1895-1896; medical notebook; also record book, 1912, concerning his medical practice.


Martin R. Bradley papers, 1918-1961

2 linear feet

Democratic state representative from Menominee County, Michigan, 1923-1925 and 1927-1935. Correspondence, subject files, and clippings and scrapbooks primarily relating to his legislative career, his participation on the Michigan Legislative Council, and Upper Peninsula political and economic subjects.

While the collection dates from 1918-1961, the bulk of the papers are from 1923-1935 and relate to Mr. Bradley's legislative career. The collection has been arranged into four series: Biographical, Correspondence, Topical files, and Scrapbooks. This is a small but rich collection relating to Michigan politics, with special emphasis on Menominee County and the Upper Peninsula. Because of the correspondence, legislative files, proceedings of the legislative council, Bradley-Doyle folder, and the scrapbooks, the years 1933-1934 are especially well documented.


R. McClelland Brady photograph collection, 1892

1 oversize folder

Pasadena, California resident. Includes original and copy print photographs of Fort Brady in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The collection includes original and copy print photographs of Fort Brady in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.


Eunice M. Brake papers, 1934-1982

1 linear foot

River Rouge, Michigan, high school teacher. Travel letters and related materials detailing trips to most areas of the world; letters include comments on physical conditions, geographic descriptions, and cultural observations; also scrapbooks with photographs and clippings.

The Eunice M. Brake collection consists of travel letters, diaries and photographs relating to her various world travels between 1934 and 1982. In addition to the letters, which make up the bulk of the material, a number of menus, paper games and entertainment programs typical of those used by ocean liners in the 1930s are included in the collection.

The two scrapbooks included with the papers contain numerous personal and commercially distributed photographs from her trips to the Soviet Union and Australia. Included with them are numerous photos of London, Leningrad, Moscow, Athens, and Paris (circa 1934) and Australia, Samoa and Fiji (circa 1937).

The Brake papers (1 linear foot) are arranged geographically by the country or countries of destination and year of trip. Within each folder, the letters are arranged chronologically. All photographs are included with the letters (trips) to which they relate.

The letters were written with the intention of sharing information with family members and friends. The letters were then returned to the author for retention. In some cases, to save time, she made copies of the letters and added different and unique passages onto the end for family members or friends.

These documents are travel letters in which the writer comments on physical conditions and provides cultural observations and geographic descriptions. The letters which were written during the years in Japan and Thailand provide the greatest amount of detail. Brake writes about educational conditions and teaching methods in the Japanese and Thai schools. She describes social and religious ceremonies and customs of both cultures. Many of the letters detail her relation to and interaction with the local people of each society.


George E. Brand papers, 1910-1963

3 linear feet — 11 oversize volumes

Detroit attorney; member and officer of the American Judicature Society, the American Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan; correspondence, organizational files, speeches, and scrapbooks.

The George E. Brand collection is arranged into the following series: Personal/biographical; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Michigan Bar Association; Other materials (including speeches, general correspondence and articles); University of Michigan Law School Class of 1912 materials; a photograph; and scrapbooks.


Richard B. Brandt papers, 1935-1996 (majority within 1955-1992)

7.5 linear feet

Philosopher and ethicist, professor at the University of Michigan 1964-1981, papers include notes, writings, course materials and correspondence.

The collection is primarily comprised of papers which document the breadth and depth of Brandt's investigations into philosophical questions -- including notes, writings, commentary on collected works of others, and teaching materials. Except for a few correspondence files, there is little of a personal nature, and there are no records representing Brandt's tenure as chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan. Papers include detailed course materials (particularly on moral philosophy); published and unpublished writings on a range of philosophical issues; and extensive commentary on readings. Researchers should note that there is considerable overlap between the various series. Correspondence, for example, is often associated with an article or included in a topical file; research notes and topical files frequently contain similar subject matter; and articles and manuscripts sometimes include research notes. These overlaps are evidence of Brandt's integrated approach to his life's work -- research, teaching, and writing, as well as much of his correspondence, each influencing and informing the other.


Edith L. Pattengill Brant scrapbook, 1898-1908 (majority within 1902-1906)

0.3 linear feet — 1 oversize volume — 1 oversize folder

Scrapbook documents Pattengill's time as a student at the University of Michigan. It contains photographs of Pattengill with other students and with her family, football memorabilia, programs, dance cards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and various objects, all dated between 1902 and 1906. Loose scrapbook materials that were found inside the scrapbook, housed in a separate box, include cards and invitations, correspondence, postcards, programs and playbills. The collection includes photographs of Pattengill's future husband Austin T. Brant, her brothers Victor and Craig (who also attended U-M), other family members, and members of her sorority Lambda Rho Tau. Also included in the collection are oversize issues of Chicago Daily Tribune and The Inter Ocean from December 1, 1905 describing the football game between Chicago University and U-M.


Charles W. Brashares papers, 1912-1972

2.5 linear feet

Pastor of the First Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1934-1944, later Methodist Episcopal Bishop of the Des Moines, Iowa area and the Chicago, Illinois area. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and topical files, and miscellanea concerning his; and photographs.

The Brashares collection includes correspondence and topical files relating in part to his pastoral responsibilities, to his work as delegate to the 2nd Assembly of the World Council of Churches, and to his engagement with various social problems. There is some correspondence with G. Bromley Oxnam concerning his appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1953.


Geraldine Brasie photograph collection, 1924-1934

3.5 linear feet

Detroit, Mich. resident and world traveler, who journeyed widely throughout Europe and Asia in the first half of the 20th century. Collection primarily consists of photographic prints and negatives documenting Brasie's travels to countries around the world.

Housed at the front of the collection are a few Manuscript Materials folders containing biographical information on Brasie, information on the photographs in the collection, a 1931 letter describing a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, and postcards.

The Photographic Materials comprise the bulk of the collection. It consists of prints and negatives and is arranged primarily by country. Occasionally, a country name may be used as it was at the time of Brasie's travels and differently from current use. For instance, photographs taken in what is today Pakistan are filed under India and photographs from what is now Israel are filed under Palestine. Photographs whose location is unidentified have been filed under Miscellaneous. Images depict historic sites, daily activities of people, street scenes in towns and in the countryside. Brasie also took photographs of her friends and their families, particularly those living in Japan.


Elizabeth S. Brater papers, 1989-2010 (majority within 1996-2010)

19.75 linear feet (in 20 boxes) — 1 oversize folder

Member of the Michigan State Senate, House of Representatives, Ann Arbor City Council, and Mayor of Ann Arbor; records include handwritten notes on policy issues, collected research materials, and news clippings related to Brater’s service as a member of the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives.

The Brater collection consists of eight series: Environment and Natural Resources, Mental Health, Judiciary, Other Policy Files, Legislative Files, Subject Files, News Clippings, and Other Office Files. The collection's strength lies in its documentation of Brater's activities in the areas of environmental issues and mental illness treatment programs as a member of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.


Nancy Bylan Bratman papers, 1947-1956

0.4 linear feet — 2 volumes (in Box 2)

A Detroit, Mich. native and a University of Michigan graduate (Class of 1951). As a student, Bratman worked as a reporter and associate editor for the Michigan Daily student newspaper. After graduation, Bratman worked as an editor for various trade publications, including serving as a guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine. Collection includes two scrapbooks and a small collection of papers highlighting social activities and student life on campus, clippings of Michigan Daily articles authored by Bratman, graduation literature, and correspondence.

The collection includes two scrapbooks, one containing newspaper clippings from March of 1949 to November of 1950 (most if not all appear to be Michigan Daily articles authored by Bratman), and a second comprising of graduation literature, correspondence, materials highlighting social activities and her work at Mademoiselle, and several photographs. Also included in the collection papers written for different classes, postcards, and an August 1951 edition of Mademoiselle magazine.


Carl A. Brauer photograph collection, 1938, undated

1 folder

Carl A. Brauer Sr. (1893-1974) was the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan circa 1919-1962. The collection consists of photographs of a church interior that detail the altar and mural above the altar.

The collection includes photographs of a church interior that detail the altar and mural above the altar.


Arnheim: Remembering Rudi, 2007

6.2 GB (online)

German-born psychologist famous for applying Gestalt perceptual theories to the visual arts, architecture and film. University of Michigan visitng professor in the Department of the History of Art from 1974-1984 and the 2001 recipient of a Collegiate Professorship in his name from the College of Literature, Arts and Sciences. Digital files containing two videos of his memorial celebration in the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens in September 2007.

The Arnheim: Remembering Rudi collection contains two digital files from a DVD of the memorial service celebrating University of Michigan professor Rudolf Arnheim. The service was held on September 30, 2007 in the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens.

The first video displays an edited version of the memorial celebration and a slideshow of photographs that were included in the service. The second video features an unedited version of the ceremony.

The videos were created and produced by R. Thomas Bray of the University of Michigan Libraries. Speakers include Arnheim's daughter Margaret Nettinga and her husband Cor Nettinga, as well as Arnheim's formers students, colleagues and friends Bartlett, Peg Boyers, Stusan Grace Galassi, Roberta Price, Jonathan Tyman, and others.


Harvey Elliot Brazer Papers, 1952-1985

3 linear feet

Professor of economics and research associate of the Institute of Public Administration at the University of Michigan. Correspondence and drafts of writings on subject of taxation; also correspondence from the Office of Tax Analysis.

The Harvey Brazer papers provide some documentation of his research activities and service on various university committees and in professional organizations. The files include correspondence, memoranda, reports and other material relating research on taxation, government expenditure and tax policy and his participation in a number of study commissions and citizens organizations including the Census Advisory Committee on State and Local Government Statistics, 1967-1969, Citizens' Income Tax Study Committee of Detroit, 1960-1961 and the National Committee on Tax Justice, 1969- 1970 .


Marjorie Cahn Brazer papers, 1955-1992

2 linear feet

Secretary of the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Transportation Authority (AATA). Minutes, 1969-1973, financial statements, reports, and photographs of the AATA largely concerning the problems of mass transportation and the development of the "Dial-a-Ride" system; also papers concerning the development of streets and automobile parking facilities in the city.

The Marjorie C. Brazer Papers covers the period of 1955 to 1983 and has been arranged mainly by the name of organization in which Brazer participated. The largest portion of the collection - Ann Arbor Transportation Authority - consists of minutes, policy and long-range planning documents, and subject files detailing the process by which the bus service for Ann Arbor was established, and the beginning of the Dial-a-Ride program. Other smaller organization files in the collection pertain to the Citizen's Association for Area Planning, the Detroit Committee for Neighborhood Conservation and Improved Housing, the Huron High Bi-Racial Committee, the League of Women Voters (Detroit), the League of Women Voters (Ann Arbor), and the Washtenaw County Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity. One file - Washtenaw County Political Campaigns - concerns Lloyd Ives' 1959 Ann Arbor mayoral campaign and Brazer's own 1968 campaign for county supervisor.

Of interest is the documentation of an oral history project undertaken by Brazer in 1983 and pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Rackham endowment to the University of Michigan. This materials is arranged into the Rackham Endowment Oral History Project series. The series includes oral history audiocassettes and administrative files for the project. Brazer's work on this project resulted in her Biography of an Endowment, published in 1985 by the Bentley Historical Library.

The collection also contains family school yearbooks.


James Ritchison Breakey papers, 1860-1969 (majority within circa 1934-1969)

1 linear foot

Ypsilanti, Michigan, attorney, Washtenaw County circuit court judge. Papers concerning family history, Masonic activities, and legal interests; also photographs.

The Breakey papers includes personal and professional papers, files relating to his participation in different Masonic organizations, and photographs. Of special note is correspondence exchanged with U.S. Supreme Court Judge Tom C. Clark. There are also notes Breakey made concerning the visit of William Jennings Bryan to Ann Arbor. The photographs include portraits (photos and silhouette) of family members, including William F. Breakey; photos of homes, including the James A. Breakey farm near Cheney, (Crawford County) Michigan; photos of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan buildings; and photos of the Cleary College commencement in 1958.


Brecken Family papers, 1894-1937, 1965 (majority within 1913-1918)

1 linear foot

Grand Rapids, Michigan, family. Brief family history; letters to Clarence Brecken, also his journal, while stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison during World War I; journal of Jennie Brecken, 1965; legal documents; and photographs.

The majority of the correspondence in this Family papers series was received by Clarence Brecken from various members of his family during 1918 while in training at Fort Benjamin Harrison. The strengths of this correspondence are the descriptions of daily rural life during wartime and the concerns and fears of the families on the home-front. The letters include such topics as Jennie's first driving lessons, the evils of alcohol and tobacco use, hopes for the end of the war, Clarence's mother's fear of her other sons being drafted, and the spread of influenza. Also of interest are the Brown Family letters to Clarence which include discussions of the war as well as a letter from overseas.

The folders containing family photographs and World War I photographs comprise the bulk of the Photographs series; the photographs are generally identified. The World War I photographs include a number of photographs of Clarence and his brothers, Earl and Howard, in uniform and some of Clarence at his training camp. Most of the family photographs are group photographs taken outdoors and show aspects of rural life, such as the huge woodpiles for the mill in the background of many photographs in the "Bentley Family" folder. Of especial note is the interior photograph of Brecken's Ice Cream store in the "Grand Rapids Area" folder. The photograph was taken in 1934, and the various offerings and their prices can be seen in the background.


Sam Breck photograph collection, 1950s-1990s

2 linear feet

Sam Breck was an Ann Arbor, Mich., photographer. The collection consists of color slides of railroad depots and other railroad scenes, chiefly in Michigan but including scenes in other states; slides, photographs and negatives of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan buildings, views, and events; photographs and negatives of Michigan Youth Symphony.

The Sam Breck photograph collection consists of color slides of railroad depots and other railroad scenes, chiefly in Michigan but including scenes in other states; slides, photographs and negatives of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan buildings, views, and events; photographs and negatives of Michigan Youth Symphony. The collection is divided into four series, based on format: Slides, Prints, Negatives, and Contact sheets, along with a small Other series.


Robert Brethschneider papers, 1842-1907

1 volume — 3 folders


Correspondence and other materials concerning life in Germany and Civil War service; and record book, 1868-1877, listing German settlers in the Dieckerill section of Niles brought to the United States by Brethschneider. Three letters written in July 1861 and one in November 1861 are chiefly love letters to his wife. But he also speculates on possible offensives and the end of the war; then writes of the casualties after the battles,saying: "It is sad to see thousands slaughtered through the ignorance of their leaders, but the Americans have to learn and pay for it. All our fancy officers here are sick or not worth the powder it would take to shoot them." However, he expresses a very high opinion of himself and his worth as an officer. The letters are written in German, and the collection contains the originals and translations, as well as his commission, dated April 25, 1861 and application for invalid corps dated June 23, 1863. The collection also includes a letter from Colonel Francis Quinn of the12th Michigan Infantry (May 2, 1862) and affidavits of James Vandemark and Robert Hardy, also of the 12th Infantry (June 4, 1862) relating to the Battle of Shiloh


Clarence E. Brewer papers, 1914-1964

2 linear feet — 1 phonograph record

Pioneer in the public recreation movement, Detroit (Mich.) Recreation Commissioner. Correspondence, memoranda, and printed matter relating to the work of the War Camp Community Service program in the 1920's.

The Clarence Brewer collection is valuable for anyone doing research on the development of the community recreation movement in the United States during the early twentieth century. Unfortunately, the Brewer collection contains very little material relating to the development of community recreation in Detroit. This is strange considering Brewer's long association with the City (1920-1941), first as Commissioner of Recreation and later as General Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. His personal papers do contain frequent reference to Detroit; the bulk of these, however, are concerned with such things as salary negotiations and civil service examinations. The extant material falls into three distinct series: Personal papers; other recreation and related organizations; and War Camp Community Service.


Dwight J. Brewer papers, 1862-1898 (majority within 1862-1865)

0.3 linear feet — 393.3 MB (online)

Dwight J. Brewer served in the Michigan Twentieth Infantry during the Civil War. Collection includes family correspondence and Brewer's military papers and diary.

Letters written to the family by Dwight Brewer during the Civil War. Some letters were written together with Edwin Stearns, who served with Brewer. Photocopies and originals of Brewer's military papers and a modern color photograph of an original 1898 family photo.


Francis W. Brewer papers, 1869-1883 (scattered dates)

1 oversize folder

Graduate of the University of Michigan (Class of 1888), later vice-consul of Portugal in Southampton, England. Consist of appointment letters, a letter, and a certificate of knighthood conferred on Brewer by the Portugese government.

The Francis W. Brewer papers consist of appointment letters, a letter, and a certificate of knighthood conferred on Brewer by the Portugese government.


Brewer General Store (Marshall, Mich.) records, 1836-1927

3 linear feet — 25 microfilms

Marshall, Michigan, general store, founded by Chauncy M. Brewer and Charles T. Gorham in 1836. Daybooks, blotters, sales books, and other materials relating to the operation of the store; also records of Fink and Butler Store.

The records of the Brewer store are very full. Most significant are the firm's daybooks, which are virtually complete for the entire period of the Brewer's operation of the store. Such gaps as exist are adequately documented through secondary record groups, such as blotters and salesbooks. In addition to this complete documentation of the goods sold each day, their price and purchaser, there are several inventories, a few timebooks, and a small body of correspondence related to the store.

The Brewer family was also involved in local real estate speculation and agricultural production, and a few records documenting these interests were retained with the store's records. Most complete is the hay scale register, covering the years 1839 to 1879. There are also records of land purchases, both in rural areas and in Marshall's "Eagle Block" which the family owned; land rental agreements; and timebooks apparently for laborers who worked the family's farmland.

Finally, the collection contains a few records generated by firms not owned by the Brewer's themselves. Most interesting are those of the Ceresco Mill, Ceresco Distillery, and the Fink & Butler store in Marshall. These records, however, are very incomplete.

The majority of the Brewer records retained at the Michigan Historical Collections are available on microfilm only. Filming was selective and information that was redundant or of minimal value was not placed on film. All original material not retained by the Michigan Historical Collections, whether filmed or not, has been placed on permanent loan with the Marshall Historical Society.


Robert Bridge scrapbook, circa 1907-1918

1 volume

Photographs and memorabilia of life in Charlevoix, Mich. and of Bridges' friends and activities as a student at the University of Michigan. Also, a letter written by Bridges as a seaman with U.S. Naval Reserves.


Annie Mae Briggs photograph album, circa 1892

1 volume

Student at the University of Michigan in 1891-1892. Photo album with photographs depicting the University of Michigan campus and the city of Ann Arbor.

Cyanotypes of University buildings and campus views; also Ann Arbor, Michigan street views, and canoeing, probably on the Huron River.


Briggs family (Washtenaw County, Mich.) papers, 1862-1865, after 1876 and undated (majority within 1862-1864)

0.4 linear feet

Residents of Pittsfield Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., John Briggs and his sons George and Clark served in the Union army during the American Civil War. John and George volunteered in the Michigan 6th Cavalry while Clark served in the 20th Infantry. The collection consists of approximately 100 letters written by the Briggs between 1862 and 1864 addressed to Mary Briggs, the wife of John and mother of George and Clark. Also, photocopies of George Briggs' military papers and information about the Briggs family.

Approximately 100 letters written by soldiers John, George, and Clark Briggs between 1862 and 1865, constitute the bulk of the collection. The majority are addressed to Mary Briggs, the rest to Van Rensselaer Tyler. Most of the letters are matched with the envelope in which they were originally housed, although a number of letters and envelopes remain unmatched. Other materials include a chronological list and a brief summary of Briggs letters, a list of Briggs family members born between 1794 and 1876, photocopies of George Briggs military papers, and modern-day background biographical information about the Briggs.


Robert P. Briggs Papers, circa 1890-1981 (majority within 1942-1981)

3.5 linear feet — 5 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder

University of Michigan professor of economics and accounting, businessman, U-M regent; papers include biographical material, topical files, correspondence, publications and speeches, audio-visual material, and scrapbooks.

The papers of Robert P. Briggs document aspects of his career as educator and administrator at the University of Michigan, and his experience as businessman and advocate for business. The papers are arranged in seven series: Biographical/Family Material; Topical files; Correspondence; Publications, Speeches, and Addresses; Audiovisual Material; and Scrapbooks.


George B. Brigham papers, 1925-1967

3 linear feet — 10 drawers (blueprint drawers)

Architect; professor of architecture at the University of Michigan. Client files, topical file, and miscellaneous presentation drawings.

The George Brigham collection consists of three linear feet and 10 oversize drawers of architectural drawings, photographs, correspondence, and subject files relating to his career as a practicing architect in southeastern Michigan (mainly Ann Arbor), but also including some materials when he was based in Pasadena, California.

The collection has been arranged into five series: Client Files; Client Drawings Files; Prefabrication Drawings Files; Miscellaneous Drawings Files; and Topical Files

The Client Files and the Topical Files have been placed together in the collection (boxes 1-3). The Client Drawings Files, the Prefabrication Drawings Files, and the Miscellaneous Drawings Files, consisting of oversized architectural materials, have been placed together in flat storage drawers.

The Client Files and the Client Drawings Files will be discussed here together as the distinction between them is primarily one of size rather than content. Each of these series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the client for whom Brigham either designed a structure (mainly private residences), additions to existing structures, or proposed a design for which the structure was never built. As a rule, the Client Files consist of photographs, specifications, smaller original drawings, correspondence, and other materials relating either to the project or to the client, while the Client Drawings Files, as the name states, consists of the original designs from conception to final revisions as given to the contractor. There is some mixing of materials between the two series with an occasional oversize photograph located in the Client Drawings Files and with some smaller-sized drawings located in the Client Files. The researcher should also note that while the lists of names for the two series are basically the same they are not identical. The disparities depend upon whether a structure was actually built or not and whether all of the materials have survived. As a group, these two series document Brigham's creative process from first contact with a client through to the construction phase. The series also documents the introduction of a new style of domestic architecture into the Ann Arbor community, particularly areas where the faculty of the University of Michigan resided such as Barton Hills.

The Prefabrication Drawings Files and the Miscellaneous Drawings Files are not client-based files and instead concern Brigham's design innovations in the area of low-cost, prefabricated structures. Unfortunately with the passage of time and the transfer of material about, the original order of these drawings has been lost. An attempt has been made to put the drawings into a subject arrangement but there are still many items imprecisely identified or fragments that were once part of a series of drawings. Some identification is of course possible with clearly defined units of material carrying such labels as 12 panel recreation shelter, a square folding portable shelter and plank wall construction. The largest grouping of drawings here is for Brigham's modular designs, which he called "Unit Built Structures." Perhaps the most significant portion of the Miscellaneous Drawings series relates to the Youtz Unit System of building on which Brigham worked during World War II.

The final series - Topical Files - contain a miscellanea of personal materials, speeches and articles, subject files on his general interest in architectural design. Of interest here in this series are several files relating to Brigham's work with Philip Youtz and his design work on the Youtz Unit House. As mentioned previously, there are also complementary drawings on the Youtz system.


B. F. Broaddus papers, 1918-1919

12 items

Member of Co. I, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes newspaper clippings concerning the return of the 339th to Detroit, Michigan; pictures taken in Archangel; Thanksgiving menu and field order and miscellanea concerning activities of the Polar Bear expedition.

The papers include newspaper clippings and a Thanksgiving menu of "Battling Company I."


Arthur W Bromage papers, 1917-1979 (majority within 1935-1975)

3 linear feet

Professor of political science at the University of Michigan specializing in municipal government, Ann Arbor, Michigan city council member 1949-1953, member of several state commissions and boards, consultant to numerous city charter commissions. Papers relate primarily to his service on Ann Arbor city council and his research interests.

The Arthur Bromage papers provide documentation of his service as Ann Arbor city councilman and other political activities and some of his academic research. The papers include correspondence, speeches, press clipping s and publications.


Mary C. Bromage papers, 1862-1994 (majority within 1923-1980)

4 linear feet

Professor of Written Communication in the School of Business Administration of the University of Michigan; writer on Irish history; correspondence, family history, newspaper editorials, photographs, and topical files.

The Mary C. Bromage papers are divided into five series: Correspondence, Family History, Newspaper Editorials, Photographs and Topical.


Jacob D. Brook papers, 1886-1954

3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Grandville, Kent County, Michigan, physician and public health official. Family and professional correspondence and other materials relating to his medical career, especially his education at the Detroit College of Medicine, private practice in Kent County, and work with professional organizations, including the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Public Health Association; also material relating to his interest in the Reformed Church of Grandville; miscellaneous papers of father, Dirk Broek, and sister, Christina S. Broek; and photographs.

The Jacob Daniel Brook Collection reflects the activities of a man whose life was committed to the cause of medicine and public health. The collection has been arranged into four series: Correspondence, Professional and personal materials, Broek Family, and Photographs.


David Brophy papers, 1982-2019, undated

4.5 linear feet (in 5 boxes)

David J. Brophy was a University of Michigan professor of finance in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He was also director of the university's Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance as well as founder and director of the Growth Capital Symposium, later known as the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (both MGCS). This collection documents the various Growth Capital symposia and primarily consists of brochures, conference information books, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, and promotional materials. Also included are audiovisual materials that document the Growth Capital symposia, lectures, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC) events, and the University of Texas at Austin's Moot Corp Competition.

The David Brophy papers primarily document the various Growth Capital symposia (GCS) and consist largely of information books distributed to conference attendees, brochures, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, and promotional materials. The material is dated from 1984-2019, although materials related to the 1996, 2000, and 2001 conferences are absent.

Information books make up the bulk of this collection. Each book typically contains an agenda, a welcome letter, sponsor information and advertisements, speaker biographies, and profiles of companies—including university spinouts—seeking financial sponsorship from investors. The kind of information presented in each profile is varied, but often includes a description of the speaker and company, a brief description of key personnel, products or services, relevant market as well as competition information, financial highlights, and capital needs. Companies that are seeking investment include those relating to automotive technology; clean technology; information technology (IT), including healthcare IT; medical devices; and software. The collection also includes a small amount of material—primarily information books—related to the Florida Growth Capital Symposium, Iowa Growth Capital Symposium, and European Growth Capital Symposium. Unless otherwise explicitly noted in the finding aid, however, the bulk of the materials in this collection relate to the Growth Capital Symposium (GCS)—later known as the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (both MGCS)—that was held in Michigan.

The collection also includes audiovisual materials that document the Growth Capital symposia, lectures delivered by speakers such as Dr. Brophy and former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC) events, and the University of Texas at Austin's Moot Corp Competition (now known as the Venture Labs Investment Competition).


W. W. Brower papers, 1880s-1890s

0.3 linear feet

The W. W. Brower collection consists of correspondence, financial records, advertisements, catalogs, photographs, and scrapbook dealing with his work; and material concerning the Independent Order of Good Templars and the American Protective Association. The photographs are of tombstones and hearses. The catalogs are from casket manufacturers and other firms providing supplies to his undertaking business.


Archer H. Brown photograph collection, circa 1872

1 envelope

Member of the University of Michigan Class of 1872 and iron businessperson. Consists of a photo of the Psi Upsilon house and group portraits of students.

The collection consists of a photo of the Psi Upsilon house and group portraits of students.


Donald R. Brown Papers, 1949-1996

8 linear feet

Donald R. Brown was a professor in the University of Michigan Department of Psychology (1964-1996) and director of the U-M Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). He was also co-director from its inception of the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program, known as Inteflex. Professor Brown published many articles in the area of personality and student development; he also presented papers at many symposia and was a consultant on topics of learning and teaching. The collection includes files from his career at the University of Michigan.

The Donald R. Brown papers, a combination of administrative records and professional papers, are divided into three principal series: Psychology, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and Inteflex. These series are preceded by some biographical information


Douglas S. Brown papers, 1924-circa 1954

2 linear feet

Economist, instructor in economics at the University of Michigan. Correspondence, diaries, and miscellanea.

The Douglas Brown papers consists of correspondence, both professional and personal, files relating to his work as a teacher of economics at the University of Michigan, and diaries maintained as a young man.


Blanche Van Leuven Browne papers, 1898-1981 (majority within 1907-1930)

2 linear feet (in 3 boxes) — 1 artifact

Founder of the Van Leuven Browne Hospital School for Crippled Children and advocate for improved educational and work opportunities for children with physical disabilities. Contains materials related to the Van Leuven Browne Hospital School for Crippled Children and Browne's other initiatives for children with disabilities. Correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and publications; includes copies of novels and magazines related to disabled children that were authored by Browne.

The Blanche Van Leuven Browne papers document Browne's advocacy for children with physical disabilities. Highlighted in the collection is her work with the Van Leuven Browne Hospital School for Crippled Children between 1907-1917. Collection includes Browne's correspondence, Hospital School patient registers, schedules, and other administrative information, as well as photographs, glass plate negatives, clippings, and publications related to the school. The collection also contains copies of the novels written by Browne, "A Story of the Children's Ward" and "Easter in the Children's Ward," and other materials she published.


Elizabeth Gaspar Brown papers, 1933-1995 (majority within 1960s-1980s)

2 linear feet

Research associate at the Law School of the University of Michigan. Research associate at the Law School of the University of Michigan. Personal correspondence; research materials relating to her study of Michigan's territorial court system; and other papers concerning Law School history.

The Elizabeth G. Brown papers include personal correspondence; research materials relating to her study of Michigan's territorial court system; and other papers concerning Law School history.


Lloyd E. Brownell papers, 1951-1960 (majority within 1951-1954)

1 linear foot

Professor of chemical and nuclear engineering and director of the Fission Product Laboratory at The University of Michigan. Professional correspondence and reports largely concerning his interest in the use of radiation for preserving food.

The Lloyd Brownell papers consist largely of materials documenting Brownell's food irradiation experiments at the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1954. Other topics include experiments on the effects of radiation on petrochemical processes and pharmaceuticals and Brownell's work in sugar beet processing techniques. Beyond his work as a scientist, the collection also depicts the social climate of mid-1950s America, characterized by popular and industrial faith in progress and the powers of science. The collection has been divided into six series: Biographical/Bibliographical, Correspondence, Conferences, Projects, Articles and Programs, and Clippings.


Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell papers, 1900-2003

20 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Samuel Miller Brownell was an educator and school administrator who served as U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1953-1956 and as Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools from 1956 to 1966. He was married to Esther Delzell Brownell, who taught high school history before their 1927 marriage. This collection documents the Brownells’ family life, and to a lesser extent, Samuel M. Brownell’s career. Materials include a large collection of correspondence between Samuel and Esther Brownell, personal papers reflecting the family’s social and cultural activities and daily life, and a series of scrapbooks, dating from 1900 to 1988, containing photographs, clippings, newsletters, correspondence, and ephemera. The older scrapbooks provide information about the early lives of both of the Brownells, and later scrapbooks document the family’s vacations and Samuel Brownell’s career as an educator, administrator, and political appointee.

The Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell collection documents the family life of two individuals from their courtship through their old age. To a lesser extent, the career of Samuel Brownell as educator is also documented. The papers are arranged roughly chronologically into three series, beginning with the lives of each of the Brownells before their marriage, and then following them as they moved from Nebraska to Michigan, to Connecticut, to Washington, D.C., to Michigan again, and finally to back to Connecticut.


Arthur Brown family papers, circa 1873-1945

1 linear foot

Ann Arbor, Michigan, family. Correspondence, other papers and photographs of Arthur Brown, Ann Arbor attorney and mayor, and officer and director of the Washtenaw Abstract Company; also papers of his wife, Cora Pulcipher Brown, largely concerning work with Americanism Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution during World War II.

The Brown family collection is unfortunately a fragment of materials with very few of the papers created by either Arthur or Cora Brown surviving. What remains relate almost exclusively to the legal career of Arthur Brown, in particular to his service to various persons as a collector of bad debts, and to Cora Brown's work with the Americanism Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution during World War II.


Forman G. Brown scrapbook, 1918-1920

1 oversize volume

Student at the University of Michigan (Class of 1922). Internationally celebrated puppeteer and writer. Scrapbook contains memorabilia related to Brown's time as a student at the University of Michigan.

Scrapbook containing clippings, photographs, and other memorabilia relating to student life at the University of Michigan. Photographs in scrapbook include informal photos of Brown and friends; photos of 1919 Spring Bag Rush, of the band at halftime of football game, and of student gatherings.


Frank R. Brown papers, 1980-2009

3 linear feet

A collection of historical booklets on the history African Americans in Battle Creek and Calhoun County, Michigan, compiled by historian Frank R. Brown. Subjects include African-American churches, education, sororities, fraternities, and social clubs, minority-owned businesses, women’s sports, and the arts. Also includes histories of Battle Creek chapters of the NAACP and the Urban League Guild.

The Frank R. Brown papers consist of histories on a range of topics related to African American cultural, civic, and commercial life in and around Battle Creek, Michigan. The materials were compiled by Frank R. Brown, some with the help of members of the Black Heritage Committee, based at Mt. Zion AME Church. The histories include brief narratives written by Brown; photocopies of clippings, newsletters, and other documents; photographs; and occasional letters to Brown and others. Subjects include general histories of African Americans in Battle Creek, churches, education, social clubs, sports, the arts, minority-owned businesses, the Battle Creek branch of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, and the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Sojourner Truth's birth. The church histories document the Fourth Episcopal District of the AME Church, the AME Church in Marshall Michigan, and a number of African-American churches in Battle Creek. Also included are histories of the Battle Creek chapter of the NAACP, the Southwestern Michigan Urban League Guild, and several Urban League programs, newsletters, and pamphlets. The histories have been arranged into three series: Black Heritage Committee Histories; "Old World Background, New World Experiences" Histories; and Miscellaneous Histories and Related Items.


Gloria Brown papers, 1964-1967

50 items

Chairwoman of the Detroit chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality from 1964 to 1967. Correspondence, news releases, and printed material relating to the activities of the Detroit C. O. R. E.

Correspondence, news releases, and printed material relating to the activities of the Detroit C. O. R. E.


Gordon C. Brown papers, 1940-1972

3.5 linear feet

Virologist, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. Research material, class materials, reprints of articles, and miscellanea.

The papers of Gordon Brown consist largely of research grant applications and supporting materials, research notes, and classroom materials. Included are reprints of Brown's extensive journal publications and related printed material, and reports of the 1973 Task Force on Teaching Needs in the School of Public Health. The papers are most useful for examining the state of research in polio, birth defects and viral diseases in the 1950s and 1960s and the curriculum and organization of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


Henry D. Brown papers, 1888-1970

1.8 linear feet (in 3 boxes)

Historian, manuscript curator, and the director of the Detroit Historical Museum; collected historical materials and various activities files.

The Henry D. Brown papers are divided into three series, the Collected and research materials series, the Personal and miscellaneous series, and the August 2017 Accession.


James A. Brown papers, 1872-1974

3.5 linear feet (in 4 boxes)

Papers of the Rev. James A. Brown, Michigan Methodist minister, and his wife Winifred Croel Brown. Correspondence, diaries, sermons, photographs and other materials relating in part to their pastorate in Elsie, Michigan, life during the depression; include comments on farming conditions, politics, and the effects of prohibition.

The James Brown collection consists of papers of James Brown, his wife Winifred Croel Brown and several relatives of James Brown. It includes correspondence, diaries, sermons, photographs and other materials relating in part to their pastorate in Elsie, Michigan, life during the depression. In addition to information on family and church matters, the papers include comments on farming conditions, politics, and the effects of prohibition. The collection has been arranged into three series: the papers of James A. Brown, Winifred Croel Brown, and the extended Brown Family.


J. H. Brown photograph collection, circa 1917

1 envelope

Battle Creek, Michigan, resident. Includes photographs of a church and school at Harmonia, Michigan, as well as photographs of activities, personnel, and facilities at Fort Custer, Michigan, during World War I.

The collection includes photographs of a church and school at Harmonia, Michigan, as well as photographs of activities, personnel, and facilities at Camp Custer (later Fort Custer), Michigan, during World War I.


Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973

28 linear feet (in 29 boxes) — 2 oversize folders — 12 microfilms

Michigan congressman and senator, head of the U.S. Office of Price Administration; papers include correspondence, legislative files, speeches, political files, business and legal records, diaries and scrapbooks, visual materials, and sound recordings.

The Prentiss M. Brown Collection is rich and full and offers researchers materials on a variety of local and national topics reflecting the diversity of the man's private and public life. The earliest item in the collection is a letter book dated 1902-04 of James J. Brown, like his son a prominent St. Ignace attorney. The collection then picks up Prentiss M. Brown's entrance to the legal profession in 1917, traces his rise to public office, his work in Congress and with the O.P.A., and then concludes with his later business interests and his crusade upon behalf of the Mackinac Bridge.

The Brown Collection comprises approximately twenty-eight feet of correspondence, letterbooks, scrapbooks, diaries, speeches, topical and legislative files, photographs and phonograph records, and legal case files and business records. Covering the period 1917 to 1973, the papers concentrate most heavily in the years 1932-1942 when Brown was in the U.S. Congress. The greatest gap in the collection is in the period of the 1920s when Brown was making his first bids for political office. Also missing are any extensive files for the time of Brown's O.P.A. directorship. What the collection has on the O.P.A. are largely speeches, scrapbooks, and congratulatory letters.


William Brownrigg papers, 1919-1967

4 linear feet

First director of the Michigan Civil Service Commission and director of personnel at U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Frank Murphy. Correspondence, speeches, and book reviews concerning his public career and his work for the governor; also photographs.

The collection was arranged into the following series: Correspondence, Speeches; Other papers: reports, memoranda, drafts, etc.; and Miscellaneous. Correspondents in the collection include Prentiss M. Brown, Stuart Chase, V. O. Key, Edward H. Litchfield, George Meader, Frank Murphy, and James K. Pollock.


Monroe Brown Family Papers, 1884-2015

0.5 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

Family of Michigan entrepreneurs, business people, bankers, and philanthropists; founders of the Monroe-Brown Foundation. The collection includes genealogical and biographical information and family history, family, records related to family businesses and photographs. Also, a 1962 film of the University of Michigan football team training.

The Monroe Brown Family Papers collection focuses on the Monroe Brown family history. The collections contains materials related to genealogical research the family conducted: family histories and biographical essays, newspaper clippings and articles, photographs, as well as materials related to the Van Buren County history. The Papers also include business records from Citizens Trust and Savings Bank, a business ledger with transactions dating to 1899, as well as two volumes with clippings of "Reports of the Conditions" of Kalamazoo area banks. Family papers also include materials related to the care of the Monroe family Lakeview Cemetery plots in South Haven, Mich.

There is a small number of records related to the Brown family's history at the University of Michiga, including a program from the 1982 Hall of Honor induction ceremony, a 1962 film "Spring Football Scrimmage," and newspaper clippings.


William T. Brownson papers, 1949-1975

0.5 linear feet

Labor relations specialist for the Lamar Pipe Company and the Michigan Concrete Pipe Association. Materials relating to his dealings with the Teamster's union; also papers concerning his work with an Ann Arbor, Michigan, citizens group formed to oppose proposed building on Stadium Blvd.

The William T. Brownson Papers comprise two series: Labor and Union (1949-75) and the New Southeast Property Owners Committee (1957-59). The second series offers a valuable look at how a local citizens' group fought organized government and corporate developers.


William E. Brown papers, 1923-1972

11 linear feet — 3 oversize volumes

Republican mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1945-1957. The collection consists of topical files on Ann Arbor municipal issues, business records from his real estate and automobile sales ventures, scrapbooks, and photographs

The Brown papers have been arranged into the following series: Topical files; Other mayoralty papers (relating primarily to off-street parking); Scrapbooks; Business records; and Photographs. The Topical files are the largest portion of the collection and include correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and miscellanea concerning such issues as housing, the new city charter, off-street parking, the new Veterans Administration Hospital, planning for a new city hall, Brown's election campaigns, and the support given by Brown to Albert E. Cobo in his campaign for governor of Michigan in 1956. The scrapbooks, 1945-1962, contain newspaper clippings and other materials relating to his mayoralty.


E. D. Bruce papers, 1962, 1964

5 items

Member of Medical Corps, 310th Engineers, U.S. Army who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes letter and songs relating to the Polar Bear expedition to Archangel.

The papers include a short reminiscence and several songs Bruce composed about the campaign.


Clara H. Brucker papers, 1920-1980

8 linear feet

Active in numerous civic and charitable organization, Clara Brucker assisted her husband Wilber M. Brucker, who had served as both governor of Michigan and Secretary of the Army. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, travel briefs and diaries.

The Clara Brucker collection includes papers concerning her work with the Mock Republican Conventions and her interest in the prevention of sex crimes against women and children, the General Federation of Women's Clubs and miscellaneous other charities. One of Clara Brucker's correspondents was May-ling Soong Chiang (Mme. Chiang Kai-shek). The collection has been arranged into the following series: Personal and biographical; School of Government; Women's civic, political and service organizations; Clippings; Travel and trip briefings; Diaries; and Miscellaneous.


Robert H. Brucker papers, 1914-1967

4 linear feet

Saginaw, Michigan, attorney, aide and political advisor to his brother, Governor Wilber M. Brucker. Diaries, notebooks, correspondence and photograph albums concerning in part the political career of his brother.

The collection includes the following series: Diaries; Notebooks containing letters exchanged between Robert and Wilber Brucker; Photograph albums; and Miscellaneous notebooks and other volumes.


Wilber M. Brucker Papers, 1877-1968

54 linear feet — 2 oversize folders — 22 GB (online)

Prosecuting attorney of Saginaw County, Michigan, attorney general of Michigan, 1929-1931, governor, 1931-1932, general counsel to the Department of Defense during the Army-McCarthy Hearing, 1954-1955, and Secretary of the Army, 1955-1961. Correspondence, speeches, tapes, appointment books, scrapbooks, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and other materials concerning his political career.

The Wilber M. Brucker Collection consists of correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks, tape recordings, visual materials, political ephemera, and other materials from a lifelong career in public service. The collection provides significant, though not always extensive, material on his activities as state attorney general, governor, and secretary of the army. In addition, the papers include documentation from Brucker's private career: his law practice, his involvement in the preparation of a plan for the reapportionment of the Michigan Legislature, his devotion to Republican Party causes, his activities with the Knights Templar of Michigan, and as a member of the World War I Rainbow Division. With some exceptions, the early phases of Brucker's life are not as well represented as one might hope. There is really no body of Brucker gubernatorial materials extant. What remains are scattered items, largely concerning the election campaigns of 1930 and 1932.

The collection has been arranged into twelve series: Biographical; Correspondence; Family Papers; Subject Files; Knights Templar; Rainbow Division; Appointment Books; Speeches; Secretary of the Army; Newspaper Clippings; Personal: Albums, Scrapbooks, etc.; and Visual Materials.


John B. Bruff papers, 1966

0.3 linear feet — 2 digital audio files

Lawyer and Democratic candidate for Michigan Lieutenant Governor in 1966; campaign files.

The collection consists of a Campaign files series documenting his election to become state lieutenant governor in 1966. Included in the papers are correspondence, speeches, and campaign schedules. There are also various papers concerning political personages of the day: Zolton Ferency, George Romney, G. Mennen Williams and Robert Griffin.


Buchanan family papers, 1847-1927

0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)


Correspondence and miscellaneous business papers including Civil War letters exchanged between John C. Buchanan and his wife, Sophia Bingham Buchanan, while he was serving as first lieutenant in Co. D. of the 8th Michigan Infantry. Many of the letters are almost sermons and philosophical essays about his home and family, religion, his country and the war and its leaders. Others are detailed descriptions of camps and camp life, such as Seabrook plantation in South Carolina and its Negroes, James Island and its reptiles; his quarters and food; sea transports; marches, skirmishes and battles with the Army of the Potomac in the Maryland campaign and around Fredericksburg. The collection also includes letters from Claude Buchanan while he was a student at the University of Michigan; letters (1847-1858) of J. Irwin Beaumont of Mississippi and Minnesota to Angie Bingham (Gilbert); notebooks, speeches, business papers, and a diary of a trip to the South in 1884 made by Claude Buchanan.


Ruth B. Buchanan papers, 1928-1953

4.4 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Employee of the museum at the University of Michigan. Letters received from University of Michigan students and alumni serving in the military during World War II and the Korean War; also miscellaneous and photographs.

The Ruth Buchanan collection consists largely of letters received from University of Michigan students and alumni serving in the military during World War II and the Korean War. Other letters commending her service during the war were received from Dwight Eisenhower and Chester Nimitz. A smaller portion of the collection includes research material on covered bridges in Michigan. Within her other non-war related correspondence, there is a letter from Jane Addams, Nov. 4, 1931. The photograph series includes portraits and informal photographs of Buchanan in the museum where she worked for thirty years; photos of university students, alumni, and Ann Arbor residents in military service during World War II and the Korean War; photos of NROTC and Navy V-12 students at the University of Michigan during World War II; photos of covered bridges and of Michigan National Guard exercises at Camp Grayling; and a drawing of Elbridge F. Bacon.


Luther H. Buchele papers, 1935-2008 (majority within 1950-1970)

3 linear feet

Papers of Luther H. Buchele, first general manager of the Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC), the governing body of student cooperatives in Ann Arbor, Mich., who served the ICC for 34 years. Collection includes Buchele's personal and professional correspondence and biographical material. Material related to national and regional student cooperative organizations, as well as the cooperative movement, includes surveys, reports, conference material and publications. Also included material related to Buchele's political activism and interests.

The Luther H. Bucheles collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, biographical materia, material related to national and regional student cooperative organizations, as well as the cooperative movement, including surveys, reports, conference material and publications. Also included is material related to Buchele's political activism and interests The collection is organized into two series: Personal and Biographical Material and Cooperatives. The Cooperatives series is divided into three subseries: Student Cooperatives, Cooperative Movement, and Visual Materials.


Buckbee Family Papers, 1841-1999 (majority within 1862-1866, 1898)

0.7 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Civil War and Spanish-American War letters, family photographs, and other materials relating to the Buckbee and Church families from Illinois and Michigan.

The Buckbee Family Papers includes a variety of material but is most significant for its documentation of the Civil War service of Julian E. Buckbee and for the many letters exchanged with his sons Henry Cheever and Julian Edward, Jr., who served in the military during the Spanish-American War. These later letters provide a unique look into daily life during the war and at home in Illinois at the turn of the century. The letters contain both original and photocopied letters, along with transcriptions, to and from Julian Edward Jr. and Henry Cheever Buckbee during their service from April to September 1898. The photocopies all have matching original letters except for letter dated August 21, 1898, and those that were small notes probably sent with packages.

Other files in the collection include newspaper articles, genealogical information, and other various materials related to the Buckbee family from 1859 to 1999; photographs (duplicates and originals) of family members, scenes from the Spanish-American War, and of the family-owned Winnetka Inn located in Winnetka, Illinois; various letters to and from Julian Edward Buckbee Sr., military documents, and other materials relating to E.J. Buckbee's service in the Civil War; and later family papers which include reminiscences of Julian Buckbee Sr., and letters from Cheever D. Buckbee during his military service in 1942. There are also letters of William L. Church written during the Civil War and relating to his visits to various Illinois regiments. Of special note is a letter he received from Colonel William Gamble describing the operation of Illinois troops at the Battle of Gettysburg.


Carl Edward Buck papers, 1932-1953

1 linear foot

Field director of the American Public Health Association, 1931-1948, later professor of public health administration at the University of Michigan, 1948-1953. Files detailing various community health administration studies that he administered; also thesis and miscellaneous public health materials.

The Carl E. Buck Papers, 1932-1953, consist of one foot of material relating principally to various community health administration studies he carried out as field director of the American Association of Public Health and later as professor of public health administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. There is one folder of biographical material at the beginning of the collection.

The community study material includes some correspondence, research materials, and the final reports of the studies. Also included in the collection is Buck's Ph.D. dissertation, "An Evaluation of Medical School Inspection in Light of Recent Developments," and an incomplete series of news releases from the Detroit Health Department, 1931-1941.


Buck Family papers, 1851-1928

3 microfilms (1 linear foot)

Settlers in Englishville, Michigan. Family correspondence, diaries, legal papers, newspaper clippings and other materials relating to farm life, personal affairs, and the Civil War.

The Buck family collection includes correspondence, diaries, legal papers, newspaper clippings, and other materials relating to farm life, personal affairs, and the Civil War. Included are letters of Curtis Buck and Andrew Buck relating to the Civil War. Also of interest is a letter of John Bettis, June 10, 1864, regarding his running a saw and grist mill in Chattanooga during the war. Other family members represented in the collection are Charles W. Buck and Myron and Susan Field Buck.


Aldred S. Buckler photograph collection, circa 1918-1919

4 digital files (2.14 MB)

Soldier who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes photographs of Buckler in uniform.

This collection contains digital reproductions; the original papers and/or photographs are owned by the donor. The digital items in this collection were digitized from originals by the individual donors before being received by the Bentley Historical Library. Preservation copies of these files with their original file names and CD-ROM file structures intact have been submitted to Deep Blue. Access copies of these digital files can be viewed by clicking on the links next to the individual folders in the Content List below.

In this finding aid, the files have been arranged into one series, Photographs. Within this series, files are listed numerically according to the file arrangement they were given by the donor. The files in this collection are in JPG and TIF format.

Files include digitized photographs of Buckler in uniform, one with his wife, the other (a multiple image) taken in Murmansk, Russia, 1918-1919..


The Budd Company records, 1912-1951 (majority within 1920-1923)

1.25 linear feet — 3 oversize volumes

The Budd Company record group consists of materials from the early 1900s, which mainly pertains to the company's Detroit operations. The bulk of the records include company ledgers.

The records of The Budd Company are comprised of Administrative Files, which include a supervisor's manual, contracts, and general ledgers. A complete collection of The Budd Company records can be found at Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.


Barber G. Buell papers, 1760-1935 (majority within 1849-1899)

3.3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Farmer at Volinia Township, Cass County, Michigan. Journals, financial records, papers of other family members.

The collection is divided into three series: Journals, Farm records, and Other Family Members.


Thomas B. Buell family papers, 1840-2000 (majority within 1872-1942)

4 linear feet

Thomas B. Buell family of Branch County, Michigan. The family was engaged in farming, banking, real estate, and other business enterprises; family history and genealogy; correspondence and other papers of individual Buell family members; records of family banking operations in Union City and Elmira; and papers of Buells attending Olivet College.

The Buell family collection documents the lives and activities of Thomas Bingham Buell (TBB1) and successive generations of sons. The collection is composed mostly of correspondence and business records such as mortgages, contracts, stock certificates, receipts and deeds. The business records and much of the correspondence are valuable for their documentation of the running of a family farm and the operation of a privately-owned bank in 19th and early 20th century Michigan.

Another great value of the collection lies in the personal correspondence and writings of family members. The correspondence and journals of the wives, for example, are especially interesting as most were city bred with no farm experience until after their marriages. And the correspondence between sons and fathers reveals a great deal about the pressures of keeping up the family farm and bank.

The collection, consisting mainly of correspondence and other records of the Buell men, has been divided into nine series: Buell Family, Thomas Bingham Buell (1815-1899), Farmers National Bank, Darius David Buell (1852-1942), Thomas Bingham Buell (1880-1942), Dorr Darius Buell (1882-1920), Elmira Bank of Buell and Wickett, Darius David Buell (1907-1990), and Topical Files. The named series follow sequentially from father to son with the records of the two family banks placed after the papers of the Buell family member first associated with that bank. Because the family was involved so heavily in business dealings both with the farm and the banks, most of the collection in some ways relates to business activities. Thus, family correspondence is often a mixture of personal sentiment and business dealings. In the processing of the collection, files identified as "business" relate only to banking or real estate endeavors. Non-business papers might pertain to both personal and business affairs. Correspondence has generally been grouped by the family member who received it except in cases where it did not make sense to break up groups of related materials, as in the Olivet College subseries of the Darius David Buell (1852-1942) papers.


Jonathan W. Bulkley papers, 1957-2015 (majority within 1978-2011)

87 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 8 tubes — 8.79 GB (online) — 1 oversize box

Jonathan W. Bulkley (1938-2019) was the University of Michigan's Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Systems in the School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability). Bulkley's expertise in water resource management and water policy was sought in numerous lawsuits over the course of his career, most notably as special master (1978-1979) and monitor (1979-2009) in several cases regarding the failure of various Michigan organizations to comply with iterations of the 1972 Clean Water Act. He was also a member of the Ann Arbor, Mich. Housing Commission and served as its president in 1974-1976. This collection primarily documents Bulkley's legal and other professional activities and includes architectural drawings, clippings, correspondence, court proceedings and testimony, reports, legal documents, committee and meeting files, operating logs, notes, publications, and photographs. A small portion of records relates to Bulkley's work on the Ann Arbor Housing Commission. These records include records of meetings, policy statements, and staff materials documenting the work of the commission.

The Jonathan W. Bulkley papers primarily document Bulkley's involvement in several legal cases, including the 1977 lawsuit United States v. The City of Detroit (case number 77-71100) and the 1987 lawsuitU.S. v. Wayne County (case number 87-70992), both presided over by Judge John Feikens. These lawsuits concerned the failure of both the City of Detroit and Wayne County's wastewater treatment plants to adhere to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and Clean Water Act. Judge Feikens was lauded for his handling of these cases, as he focused on negotiation and settlement, rather than unilateral judgement; the cases were resolved through complex consent judgements that were amended over time.

This collection also documents Bulkley's involvement in the Ann Arbor Housing Commission as well as various other academic and professional work he undertook throughout his career. Examples include his work in various smaller lawsuits, including one brought against the City of Toledo, Ohio by the U.S. (civil action number 3:91:CV7646), his involvement in the controversy over the removal of the Huron River's Argo Dam, and his work with the Michigan Environmental Science Board (MESB).

Materials in this collection include correspondence, maps, memos, reports, articles and clippings, notes, papers, court proceedings, testimony, and other legal materials, committee and meeting files, operating logs, course notes, architectural drawings, subject files, project plans, and photographs.

Researchers should note that due to the complex and intermingled nature of the various legal cases, some materials relating to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) may be found in the Rouge River Watershed (RRW) series, and vice versa. When possible, materials have been kept in Bulkley's original groupings, and have been arranged in a rough chronological order.


Perry Bullard papers, 1969-1992

67 linear feet

The Perry Bullard Papers (1973-1992) document Bullard's service as a state representative from Michigan's 53rd district, primarily between the years of 1980 and 1992. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, committee reports and studies, bills, and briefing material on issues that came before the Michigan House of Representatives between 1973 and 1992.

The Perry Bullard papers document his twenty year career in the Michigan House of Representatives, especially as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The collection includes both Bullard files and files maintained by members of his staff. The files document the passage of acts (or failure of bills) through correspondence, staff memoranda, communications from constituents and lobbying groups, and all manner of background and printed material. The series in the collection are Correspondence; Legislative Files; House Judiciary Committee files; Topical Files; Political and Campaign materials; Publicity, Speeches, Clippings; and Personal Materials.


Eleanor M. Bumgardner papers, 1919-1967

8 linear feet — 9 oversize volumes

Personal secretary to Frank Murphy. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and printed miscellanea concerning the life and career of Frank Murphy; also scrapbooks, and photographs.

The Bumgardner papers consist of two major series. The first is made up of Frank Murphy papers, including correspondence prior to July 1949, speeches of Murphy, and clippings and biographical materials. The second series pertains primarily to Bumgardner's activities and includes correspondence after July 1949, a topical file of clippings maintained by Bumgardner, miscellaneous books, clippings, and scrapbooks. There are also several files of photographs, portraits and informal photos, of Frank Murphy and Eleanor Bumgardner.


Ian Bund papers, 1969-2019, undated

11.4 linear feet (in 12 boxes)

Ian Bund is an American venture capital professional. He was involved with numerous, often Michigan-based, venture capital limited partnerships, companies, and corporations, including Doan Associates, Innovation Capital, the Michigan Investment Fund L.P. (MIF), MBW Venture Partners Limited Partnership (MBW), and the Plymouth and White Pines families of funds. Includes correspondence, financial records, presentations, reports, speaking and teaching materials, and topical files.

The Ian Bund papers primarily document the professional, speaking, and teaching activities of venture capital professional Ian Bund. Material in the collection is dated from 1969-2019 and includes correspondence, financial records, presentations, reports, speaking and teaching materials, and topical files.


Joseph H. Bunzel papers, 1936-1975

1 linear foot

Sociologist and researcher into the subject of gerontology, particularly gerontophobia. Speeches, reprints, manuscripts of writings; also research materials, including reports and collected data, and correspondence, relating in part to his work on the Research Committee of the New York City Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Aged, 1949-1951.

The papers deal primarily with Bunzel's work and writings from 1936 to 1975, especially with the concept of gerontophobia. The papers also contain some items relating to Bunzel's work in other areas of sociology. The collection has been divided into two series: Papers and Research.


Christian A. Burck photograph collection, 1899-1901

1 envelope

The Christian A. Burck photograph collection is comprised of photoprints made from glass negatives. Scenes include views of people, buildings, and activities in and near Monroe, Michigan, as well as student activities at the University of Michigan.


Burlingame Congregational United Church of Christ records, 1924-2009

12 linear feet

Congregational church established in Wyoming Township, a suburb of Grand Rapids, in 1924. The church, subsequently renamed Burlingame Congregational United Church of Christ, disbanded in 2009. Church records document the history and activities of the church, and include registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; also publications, scrapbooks, and records of women’s clubs.

The records of Burlingame Congregational United Church of Christ have been arranged into the following series: Church registers; Annual Reports; Church Newsletter; Church Bulletins; Scrapbooks; Miscellaneous; Women's Organizations; and Men's Organizations. Members of the church were careful in maintaining the history of Burlingame. The scrapbooks, in particular, contain a complete record of activities from 1924 to 1981. Included in these volumes are photographs, clippings, and programs from church activities, as well as historical notes about the church and biographical material on church pastors and various members. Also of value are the church registers which are both the minutes of the annual church meetings and the record of church functions and membership, notably baptisms, marriages, and burials.


Garnet J. Burlingame papers, 1902-1982

0.6 linear feet

Member of the Michigan National Guard and commander of the 2nd Battalion, 126th Infantry during World War II. Clippings and other materials relating to the New Guinea campaign, the work of the State Office of Veterans Affairs, 1944-1947, and Ann Arbor Golden Gloves Boxing Tournaments, 1937-1939.

The Burlingame papers consists of Personal and Military papers relating to his career with the 126th Infantry of West Michigan 32nd Division. Some of these papers document the march over Owen Stanley Mountains in New Guinea in 1942. There are also clippings relating to Ann Arbor Golden Gloves Boxing Tournaments, 1937-1939.


Patricia Hill Burnett papers, 1967-2002 (majority within 1967-1987)

12.5 linear feet — 1 oversize box — 1 oversize folder

Detroit portrait painter and feminist activist. Correspondence, printed material, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, speeches, articles and other papers documenting her career as an artist, and with the Michigan Women's Commission, the National Association of Commissions for Women, the National Organization for Women (NOW) and other civic, Republican, and feminist organizations.

While most of the material relates directly to Patricia Hill Burnett, the papers also relate to the more general women's movement during the 1970s and early 1980s.


Donald Clemens Burnham papers, 1973

0.3 linear feet

Business executive and chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Council for United States-China Trade (NCUSCT). Minutes, briefing materials, photographs, reports and correspondence relating to trip of U.S. business executives to the Peoples Republic of China conducted to foster trade between the two countries.

The Burnham collection relates to the trip of National Council on United States - China Trade to the Peoples' Republic of China in 1973. Included are Meetings files containing minutes, correspondence and lists of NCUSCT members. All of this material concerns pre-trip planning and discussions.

Other files concern the trip itself, including briefing material, reports, and post-trip correspondence. Scattered throughout these files are correspondence, memos and some printed material.


Stewart Henry Burnham photograph collection, 1899-1909

1 folder

Stewart Henry Burnham (1870-1943) was an 1899 graduate of the University of Michigan as well as a New York botanist and mycologist. Includes photographs of the University of Michigan Class of 1899 at its ten-year reunion; students on a botanical excursion to Third Sister Lake, near Ann Arbor, Michigan; Burnham in a rural area just outside Ann Arbor; and an Ann Arbor lodging house.

The collection includes photographs of the University of Michigan Class of 1899 at its ten-year reunion. Also present are photographs of students on a botanical excursion to Third Sister Lake, near Ann Arbor, Michigan; Burnham in a rural area just outside Ann Arbor; and an Ann Arbor lodging house.


Carolyn S. Burns papers, 1943-1968

8 linear feet

Files relating to her work with Italian-American organizations, especially the American committee on Italian Migration, the American-Italian Business and Professional Women's Club, and the Piemontese Ladies Social Club; papers concerning her interest in U. S. immigration law and the problems of displaced persons and refugees; files relating to her Catholic faith and work for Catholic missionary organizations, notably the Friends of Sts. Peter and Paul Missionaries; and files concerning Democratic Party politics and her work during the 1966 senatorial campaign of G. Mennen Williams.

The papers of Carolyn Sinelli Burns portray a woman with many interests and talents. Particularly gifted as an organizer and fund raiser, Carolyn Burns involved herself with the problems of displaced persons and refugees, with Catholic missionary societies, with immigration law reform, and with Democratic Party affairs. Unifying her many diverse interests is a belief in the dignity of all mankind, a belief she received as part of her Catholic faith.

The Burns' collection is divided into six broad categories: ethnic organizations; immigration reference file; United Nations material; religious material; the 1966 G. Mennen Williams senatorial campaign; and a miscellaneous file.


Eunice Burns papers, 1960-2011

3.5 linear feet

Democratic member of the Ann Arbor City Council (Mich.); also member of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission, the Ann Arbor Development Authority, and the Huron River Watershed Council. The collection includes correspondence, reports, minutes, and other materials largely concerning her organizational activities.

The Eunice L. Burns collection primarily documents her activities in Ann Arbor government. The collection has been divided into five series: Ann Arbor City Council, 1962-68; Ann Arbor Planning Commission, 1968-74, University of Michigan Committee to Study Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, 1971-76; Downtown Development Authority, 1979-90; Huron River Watershed Council; and Miscellaneous.