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Central Michigan University Biological Station records, 1959, 1972, and undated

1 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)

The collection documents the early history of the Central Michigan University Biological Station with financial information, committee minutes, budget requests, and correspondence.

This set of Hohn papers, rescued from a Beaver Island dumpster, consist of documents related to the early history of the Central Michigan University Beaver Island Biological Station. The material is arranged alphabetically and was kept in original order. The papers include financial information, Beaver Island committee minutes, budget requests, and correspondence.


Central Michigan University. Department of Biology History files, 1946-2013, and undated

3 cubic feet (in 4 boxes, 1 slide box, 2 film boxes, 1 Oversized folder, 1 Oversized volume)

The collection documents the history of the Central Michigan University. Department of Biology in photographs, publications, clippings, slides, blueprints, films, and miscellaneous.

Box 1 and 2 consist of many different blueprints for various classrooms in Brooks and Dow halls. There are photographs in Box 1 of the cornerstone ceremony in 1964 with Judson Foust, Kendall Brooks, and Faith Johnston. There are also around 30 photographs of different staff members and students who were a part of the Biology Department. Two staff members who stood out were Faith Johnston and Ray Hampton. Their folders include news articles and photographs. Faith Johnston’s folder includes a cassette on her seminar from February 2nd, 1978. There were also news articles and photographs from Central Michigan University’s Biological Station on Beaver Island. Finally, in Box 1 “News Articles April 2003- May 2007” there is a CD on Gil Stark’s and Doug Valek’s retirement party at Neithercut Woodlands, April 22nd, 2006.

Boxes 3 and 4 consist of various ideas, designs, plans, and inventory request for the new Science II Building Project.

There is also a Box of 255 slides on various Biology Department field trips or research in Michigan. These slides consisted of Big Creek Drain Study, Consumers Power Study, Faith Johnston, and different studies on lakes in Michigan.

There are two super 8 color, silent films, undated, of the Biological Station at Beaver Island, both 50 feet, of staff and students eating and relaxing (Film # 74212-1) and relaxing, cooking, and listening to a lecture (Film # 74212-2).

There is one oversized scrapbook, that is acidic containing various newspaper clippings and photographs on different programs, research, and staff members from the Biology Department, 1946- 1970.

There are two oversized blueprints of the Freshman Laboratory, 1966, drawn by B.D Job, No. 22, 514, for blue-line plans of lab desks.

Processing Note: Items that were acidic, fragile (onion paper), on wax paper, and damaged were copied and withdrawn. Approximately .5 cubic ft. Documents were withdrawn from the collection.


Central Michigan University. Dept. Of Biology Neithercut Woods Collection, 1966, 2018, and undated

.75 cubic ft. (in 2 boxes, 1 Ov. Folder)

The collection documents the Neithercut Committee, Neithercut history, use, development, maps, plants, reference materials, images and other related material.

The collection, 1966, 2018, and undated (Approximately .5 cubic foot) consists of materials documenting meeting minutes of the Neithercut Committee, correspondences concerning Neither use and development, maps of Neithercut, newspaper clippings featuring Neithercut, pamphlets and resource materials for the nature center, 6 photographs of the vegetation and 8 slides of the signs and buildings, a soil and water conservation plan, strategic plans, survey responses, a list of who utilized Neithercut between 1981-1986 and 2002-2003, and a student paper by Dennis Blodgett concerning the former ownership and current use of the Neithercut Woodland.

The 2019 addition (.25 cubic foot) added 16 color slides of road or trail construction and nature aerial views of fall colors, and a 2005 academic journal article on vascular plant article by Williams, Starks and Wujek, and a few items that were interfiled into existing folders.


Collection, 1960, 1988

approximately 1 cubic feet (in 5 slide boxes, 1 box)

The collection consists mainly of slides, mostly of Beaver Island, Michigan, and some of nearby Garden Island, with some biographical information and correspondence.

The collection consists mainly of colored slides (in 5 slide boxes) Hohn took of people (researchers, students, and Boy Scouts), various buildings, lighthouses, boats, shores, wildlife, water, and flora on Beaver Island, 1960, 1988, and undated. Some slides of nearby Garden Island are also included. The slides are organized chronologically, since many of them lack additional identifying information.

Also included are several folders of Biographical Information about Hohn, 1959, 1981; his Correspondence with CMU officials, 1961-1986; and printoffs from the CMU Biological Station website, 2006.

Processing Note: A large number of slides from foreign countries and other states, as well as completely unidentified slides were withdrawn from the collection during processing.


Marion Isabelle Whitney Papers, 1952, 1999, and undated

1.75 cubic feet (in 3 boxes)

The collection consists mainly of her unpublished manuscripts, research, and related photographs and slides.

The collection consists mostly of an unpublished manuscript of hers entitled Roles of Topography, Vorticity, and Aerodynamics in the Creation of Eolian Systems, and the accompanying photographs, slides, 1968, and other visual materials, manuscript reviews, and related correspondence, 1995, 1998. Other parts of the collection include some Biographical Information, 1998, Communications (correspondence and emails) about her manuscripts and rock collections after her death, 1998-1999, her published articles. Additional, related photographs were added to the collection in 2010 and, again, in 2013.

Some of her research papers were sent to the Smithsonian.


Photographic collection, 1962-2002, and undated

21 cubic feet (in 43 boxes)

The collection includes photographs of CMU people, places, and events, 1962-2002, and undated.

The collection consists mainly of undated photographs, both black and white and colored, of various sizes, proof sheets, some on cardboard, and some negatives documenting a wide variety of Central Michigan University (CMU) staff, students, programs, departments, special events, and related topics. Some of the portraits in the collection predate 1962. Also, some of the photographs in the collection were taken by private photographers. There are two alphabetical runs in this inventory due to the way the material was transferred to the Clarke and processed. Due to the size of this collection it could not be interfiled into the earlier CMU. Photographs collection in file cabinets. After 2002, all CMU photographs were taken with digital cameras. Peggy Brisbane and her husband, Robert Barclay, took many of these photographs. Mugs means Mugshots. This is a term used by the photographers in the collection.