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Arthur Pound Papers, 1928-1968

1 linear foot

Historical writer. Correspondence, drafts of works, research materials, and copies of articles; include draft of book on Lake Ontario, research materials on the RCA corporation and radio broadcasting, research materials on the history of General Motors; manuscript on the state of American society probably 1941, written by California Senator Sheridan Downey.

The Arthur Pound collection includes correspondence, drafts of works, research notes, and copies of articles written by Pound. The material dates from 1928 to 1968. The correspondence, almost exclusively incoming, relates primarily to Pound's professional career and includes letters relating to the publication of Lake Ontario, They Told Barron, and More They Told Barron. The collection also contains a complete early draft of Lake Ontario and a manuscript of a work apparently submitted to Pound for his comments. This manuscript was labeled as "Senator Downey's MSS" and is probably the work of Sheridan Downey, U.S. Senator from California, 1939-1950. The work gives Downey's analysis of American society and appears to have been written in 1941.

The research material generated during Pound's work on the history of the RCA Corporation has been retained to illustrate his research techniques. An early draft of a chapter titled "Broadcasting" is included in the collection. A folder of photographs showing RCA facilities and personnel has been transferred to the library's photographic department. The collection also contains incomplete notes from Pound's works Johnson of the Mohawks, More They Told Barron, and a history of General Motors. There are also in the Pound collection research and travel notes from 1936, a notebook containing newsclippings and acknowledgments of gift copies of Detroit: Dynamic City, several contracts, and a small amount of financial material.


Automobile Collection, 1900-1991, and Undated

3 cubic foot (in 3 boxes, 1 Oversized flat box)

Artificial collection of miscellaneous materials related to Michigan automobiles, car companies, trucks, racing, racecars, motorcycles, advertising, etc.

The collection includes miscellaneous materials from vertical files, advertising materials, black and white photographs, catalogs, manuals, newspaper clippings (copies), and other materials documenting car companies, trucks, racing, racecars, motorcycles, and the general history of automobiles.


Charles William Ungermann papers, 1915-1967

1 linear foot — 2 oversize folders

Detroit, Michigan, police officer. Scrapbooks containing material concerning the Detroit Police Department and Ungermann's career; also photographs.

The collection consists of scrapbooks relating to his career, to the activities of the police department, and to civil defense activities. The photographs in the collection are of Detroit, Michigan buildings, streets, people, and activities, especially as they relate to the work of the Detroit Police Department; group and individual portraits and photographs of Detroit Police, and photos of police training; photos of war bond drives and other war work during World War II; and photos of WJR radio broadcasting during the 1930s.


Claude Thomas Stoner Photographs and Papers, 1870s-1977

9 linear feet (in 13 boxes)

Dexter, Michigan, collector of materials relating to the history of railroading in Michigan. Correspondence, subject files, printed matter and photographs; contain material concerning the Ann Arbor Railroad, the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, the Manistee and Northeastern Railway Company, the Michigan Central Railroad, the Pere Marquette Railroad, and Ephraim Shay.

The Stoner collection contains about 3,600 photographs and negatives collected by Stoner, relating primarily to Michigan railroads. The collection also contains related manuscript materials.

Stoner's major collecting interests were in the Ann Arbor, Grand Trunk Western, and Pere Marquette Railroads and their predecessors, and in logging railroads, especially Ephraim Shay's railroad and others using Shay locomotives. Along with these lines, the collection contains photos of dozens of other railroads, not all in Michigan.

The photographs most commonly depict locomotives, often with their crews posed beside. Other common subjects are railroad stations (exteriors only), train wrecks, trains in motion, logging operations, carferries, railroad bridges, the Detroit-Windsor railroad tunnel, and street railroads.

Dozens of Michigan cities and towns and a number of places in other states are represented in the collection. Places depicted most often in the photos include Ann Arbor, Cadillac, Detroit, Durand, Frankfort, Harbor Springs, and Howell, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario.

The collection is organized into seven series: Classified photos, Unclassified photos, Albums, Unclassified negatives, Papers, Classified negatives, and Duplicate material.

Appended to this finding aid are two indexes, one for railroads and company names, the other for subjects. The indexes contain references to all items in the Classified photos, Unclassified photos, Albums, and Unclassified negatives series.

The index to railroads and company names indexes logging and industrial companies that operated railroads, as well as railroad lines themselves. It does not index locomotive manufacturers, nor does it index the names of railroad museums where some of the photos were taken.

The index to subjects indexes place names and topical subjects. It does not index the term "locomotives" since the majority of the photos in the collection would be indexed under that heading. Place names are indexed if the photo includes a view of some part of the place or of some event at the place. Close-up views of locomotives that do not show any background are not indexed by place, even if the description of the photo identifies where it was taken.


Commerce and Industry of Michigan Web Archives, 2010-2014

23 archived websites (online; multiple captures)

Web collection of websites created by various organizations and individuals whose focus is commerce and industry in the State of Michigan, archived by the Bentley Historical Library using the California Digital Library Web Archiving Service crawler from 2010-2015 and the Archive-It web archiving service beginning in 2015.

The Web Archive of Michigan's Commerce and Industry collection contains archived websites created by various businesses and industry driven organizations of the State of Michigan. The websites have been archived by the Bentley Historical Library, using the California Digital Library Web Archiving Service crawler from 2010-2015 and the Archive-It web archiving service beginning in 2015. Access to all websites archived by the Bentley Historical Library is available at:

Web Archives include websites of corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations who call the state of Michigan home. The collection is especially strong in documenting economic development efforts in Detroit and all of Michigan, historic businesses and industries, and distinguished individuals who belong to these communities.

The year that appears next to the website title in the contents list indicates the date that the website was first archived. Archived versions of the site from later dates may also be available.


Craig Marks papers, 1951-2008

2 linear feet

Chief Engineer for General Motors. Instrumental in the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and General Motor’s electric vehicles. Collection documents Marks’s involvement in engineering organizations and his work at General Motors.

The papers of Craig Marks document his involvement with various engineering companies and organizations, such as General Motors, and his contributions to the development of the hydrogen fuel cell. This collection contains the following series: National Academy of Engineering (NAE); General Motors; Publications and Reports; Organizations, Companies and Conferences; and Personal.


David E. Cole papers, 1951-2003

48 linear feet

Chairman of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and previously Director of the University of Michigan’s Office of Automotive Transportation (OSAT). Collection documents Cole’s activities as the Director of OSAT and his consulting work.

The papers of David E. Cole document his activities as the Director of the Office for the Study of Transportation (OSAT) and his consulting work. This collection contains nine series: University of Michigan; Associations and Government; Company Files; Correspondence; Research; Speaking Engagements; Publications, Papers and Clippings; Topical Files; and Audio-Visual Material.


David M. Gates papers, 1910-2016

8.8 linear feet (in 9 boxes)

David Murray Gates (1921-2016) was an ecologist who served in numerous roles, including as a professor at the University of Denver (1947-1955); director of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1965-1971); consulting ecologist for General Motors (circa 1970-1978); and, at the University of Michigan, as both a professor of botany and director of the University of Michigan Biological Station (1971-1991). This collection documents Gates's personal and professional life and includes his student notebooks, personal and professional journals and notebooks, correspondence files, and subject files.

This collection documents Gates's personal and professional life. Material is dated from 1910-2016 and includes his student notebooks, personal and professional journals and notebooks, correspondence files, and subject files.

Significant topics in this collection include his presentations to various organizations, such as Sigma Xi chapters; research interests, particularly related to the University of Michigan's Biological Station; professional involvement with organizations such as the Missouri Botanical Society and General Motors; and extracurricular involvement with organizations such as the National Audubon Society and the National Science Foundation.


Department of History (University of Michigan) student papers, 1930-1987

7 linear feet (263 papers)

Student papers, 1930-1987 prepared for classes in history at the University of Michigan (primarily Michigan history class taught by Lewis G. VanderVelde, but also including research papers for classes taught by Sidney Fine and others); topics concern Michigan social and political history; Michigan biography and bibliography; and local community history.

The student papers are organized alphabetically by author in two series, which are similar in date range and topics covered. Topics of papers concern Michigan social and political history; Michigan biography and bibliography; local community history and University of Michigan history. A topical index to the papers is available in the first box of the collection.