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Theodore H. Hubbell papers, 1833-1988 (majority within 1852-1970)

7.4 linear feet

Professor of entomology at the University of Michigan. Personal and professional papers of Hubbell and his wife Grace Griffin Hubbell; also collected genealogical and family papers relating to the Hubbell and Hussey families (Grace Griffin Hubbell's mother was Lenora Hussey Griffin); Hussey family series includes papers of John Milton and Mary C. Hussey and their children and relate to John M. Hussey's Civil War service, Ohio agriculture and Grange activities and family life and customs; Hubbell family series includes papers of Clarence W. and Winifred Waters Hubbell relating in part to his work as engineer in the Philippines, 1907-1913; and collected Hubbell family photos and albums, including views of Benzonia, Michigan family farm and relating to C. W. Hubbell's service as engineer in the Philippine Islands, 1909-1911; also personal photograph series, including various residences of Hubbell, his scientific field trips to Tennessee, Florida, and the Philippines, and postcard views of Michigan communities.

The Theodore Huntington Hubbell papers form a disparate collection that documents not only his professional career as an entomologist and curator, but also sheds light on the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Hubbell and Hussey families. The far-reaching scope of these papers derives from Theodore H. and Grace Griffin Hubbell's diligent collecting of family papers and photographs. The bulk of the early materials are Hussey family papers consisting of the personal papers of Grace's mother, Lenora Hussey Griffin, and her mother's nuclear family. This family consisted of Lenora's parents, John Milton and Mary C. Hussey, and her siblings, William J., Edgar P., Arthur, and Alice, and their spouses.

The Theodore H. Hubbell papers should be viewed as a subset of a larger universe of collections which include the Hussey family and Hubbell family collections here at the Bentley Historical Library and the John Milton Hussey letters and diary at the University of Michigan's William Clements Library. The strengths of this collection are diverse, ranging from a rich run of Civil War correspondence between John Milton and Mary C. Hussey, to Lenora Hussey Griffin's letters to her family about her education at Stanford, to Theodore Hubbell and J. Speed Rogers correspondence with various entomologists regarding field work and collecting. The collection will be of use to researchers interested in nineteenth-century agriculture, the Grange in Ohio, family life and customs, Joseph B. Steere's expedition to the Philippine Islands, and visual images of turn of the century Michigan and the University of Michigan. The collection is weak on documenting Theodore Hubbell's work as a teacher and curator of the Museum of Zoology; these records are retained by the museum for use in administering their collections.

The Theodore H. Hubbell papers span the years 1833-1988, with the bulk of materials covering the years 1852-1970; they are organized into five series: Genealogy, Hussey Family, Hubbell Family, Personal, and Professional. The first three series reflect Theodore and Grace Griffin Hubbell's efforts as genealogist/archivist for their respective families. The Personal series primarily deals with the private lives of Theodore and Grace Hubbell, but it also contains some materials linked to the first three series in the correspondence with Lenora Hussey Griffin. The materials in the first four series were rearranged during the course of processing to facilitate access to the Hussey and Hubbell family papers. The last series consists of Theodore Hubbell's professional correspondence (including letters to his cousin Roland F. Hussey) and project related materials; this series retains its original order.

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Henry Simmons Frieze papers, 1835-1920

1.3 linear feet

Professor of Latin and acting president of University of Michigan. Correspondence, 1855-1856, to his wife, describing his travels and experiences in Europe; also material pertaining to affairs of University of Michigan, including letters from Andrew D. White of Cornell University; biographical and genealogical material on Frieze, eighteen volumes of records of European travel; and photographs.

The Frieze papers are comprised of personal and professional materials, including correspondence to colleagues and family; travel diaries and letters to his wife, Anna, written while traveling in Europe, 1855-1856 and 1872-1873; lectures and essays; papers from his years as a student at Brown and as a Latin instructor; various papers on his views of university education and his ideas for curriculum improvements; biographical material on the Frieze family; and photographs. For additional details on correspondents, see the Selective Index to Correspondence, which includes Frieze's wife, Anna, daughters Carrie and Addie, James B. Angell, President James A. Garfield, and other notable people.

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University of Michigan Architectural Drawings, 1838-1979

17 oversize folders (in 3 blueprint cabinet drawers) — 1 blueprint

Blueprints, renderings, and blue-line prints of original University structures, and additions to, and alterations of existing structures. Architects and architectural firms represented include: Albert Kahn, Alexander J. Davis, Pond and Pond, C. William Palmer, and William LeBaron Jenney.

This collection of University of Michigan architectural blueprints, renderings, and blueline prints has been drawn together from different sources. The provenance is not always clear, though most of the sheets probably originated with the Buildings and Grounds Department of the University. The collection is selective and does not include all campus buildings. Significant buildings are included, however, as are important architects and architectural firms. Represented in the collection are the works of Albert Kahn, Alexander J. Davis, Pond and Pond, the Chicago architectural firm, C. William Palmer, William L. Jenney, and York and Sawyer of New York.

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Bessie White photograph collection, 1912-1915

1 envelope

Bessie White was a University of Michigan alumna (class of 1915). Consists of photographs of University of Michigan activities, organizations, and buildings.

The collection consists of photographs of University of Michigan activities, organizations, and buildings.

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Patrick J. Bailey collection, 1913-1914

1 folder

Photographs of students and buildings at the University of Michigan.

The Patrick J. Bailey collection consists of unidentified University of Michigan student photographs, including snapshots of the 1913 fire at the South Wing of University Hall, Barton Dam and powerhouse, and of individuals and student groups.

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Russell V. Judson Papers, 1913-1975

2 linear feet

Linden, Genesee County, Michigan, businessman and inventor. Papers and photographs largely concerning agricultural and motion picture business interests, especially the Judson Michibean Company and the Photometric Products Corporation.

The Judson collection could be of interest to researchers concerned with the technical development of American agriculture, especially beans, and for those interested in the motion picture industry. Among the papers are patents, technical information, and advertising releases on the development of Judson's mechanized agricultural equipment. This material documents the impact Judson's innovations had on the bean industry. There are also business papers of Ephraim and Russell Judson, which though incomplete, include several suits and financial reports of Judson's companies and features breakdowns on manufacturing and marketing costs for specific years. Also included is a scrapbook and a photo album of Judson's Michibean Company. Donated with the collection and separately cataloged are several issues of the Michigan bean industry publication "The Bean Bag."

Most of the material in the collection which relates to Photometric Products Corporation is legal in nature, and includes evidence and exhibits assembled for the 1953 lawsuit over the motion picture sound development patents. For the most part, the papers concern matters of ownership and patent rights, but some financial and technical information is also included. This material could be very useful in researching the technical development of film or in completing the legal history of the motion picture industry. However, it would need to be supplemented by the court records and evidence submitted by the other parties involved in the controversy.

The collection has been arranged into the following series: Biographical material; Business papers (mainly Michibean Company); Photometric Products Corporation materials; Miscellaneous; and Photographs.

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George Robert Swain photographs and papers, circa 1870-1947 (majority within 1913-1947)

20 linear feet (in 34 boxes) — 1 oversize folder

University of Michigan staff photographer, 1913-1947 and commercial photographer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Collection includes some manuscript material but is primarily photographic prints and negatives made by Swain. Photo subjects include university buildings, faculty, and student activities, archeological expeditions to the Near East and, Ann Arbor scenes and landscapes form his travels in the western United States and Canada.

The papers and photographs of George R. Swain mainly document Swain's accomplishments as university photographer at the University of Michigan from 1913 to 1947. Researchers should note, however, that this is only a sampling of the photographer's work during these years. The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan has an extensive collection of Swain's archaeological negatives and prints, and researchers interested in his full career will want to also look at the Kelsey collection. The Bentley Library material, while including several folders of fine photographs Swain made on his travels with Professor Frances Kelsey, for the most part documents Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.

The collection at the Bentley Library consists of three series: Miscellaneous Papers; Photographers Log; and Photographs (prints; negatives; and lantern slides. Since the bulk of the collection is comprised of early twentieth century images of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, the materials will be of most interest to researchers searching for visual documentation of this part of the state in that time period. There are very few materials beyond the visual, although the lengthy captions attached to many overseas images and the essays, diaries, and letters, are extremely interesting and offer insight into how Swain approached his craft, both as a professional photographer and in his personal work.

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Anonymous Ann Arbor, Michigan photograph collection, circa 1890-1899

1 envelope

Images of the interior of University Hall at the University of Michigan, the Frieze Memorial Organ, and an unidentified house, probably in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Two circular negatives, 1.1 inches in diameter (with modern prints). One photo shows the interior of University Hall at the University of Michigan, taken from floor level and showing the Frieze Memorial Organ, the other shows an unidentified house, probably in Ann Arbor.

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Bert Edwin Quick photograph collection, circa 1910-1913

1 envelope

Bert Edwin Quick (1886-1960) was a Michigan botanist and a University of Michigan alumnus (A.B. 1908, Ph.D. 1916). The collection consists of photos of student activities and campus scenes, including aftermaths of fires at the Old Medical Building and South Wing University Hall.

The collection consists of photos of student activities and campus scenes, including aftermaths of fires at the Old Medical Building and South Wing University Hall.