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B. E. Allen papers, 1950-1971

2.5 linear feet

Manager of Woodlands Division of Union Bag-Camp Corporation, Savannah, Georgia, manufacturers of paper, bags, and boxes, and vice president and council member of Society of American Foresters. Correspondence and other materials concerning forest land use and Allen's activities with Society of American Foresters.

The collection consists of correspondence and other materials relating to forest land use and his activities with the Society of American Foresters.


Earl D. Babst papers, 1899-1967

23 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

New York attorney and business executive. Papers relating to the publication of his book, Michigan and the Cleveland Era; correspondence concerning University of Michigan alumni affairs and his interest in the Michigan Historical Collections; legal materials and memorabilia concerning work as general counsel of the National Biscuit Company, and as president of the American Sugar Refining Company.

The Earl D. Babst collection consists of twenty-three linear feet of papers received from Mr. Babst, and after his death, from members of his family, mainly Mrs. George P. Bent 2d. Covering the period 1899-1967, the collection is evenly divided between Babst's University of Michigan activities and his business and legal interests. The series in the collection are: Michigan and the Cleveland Era; University of Michigan activities and alumni affairs; Other activities and interests; American Sugar Refining Company; National Biscuit Company; and Miscellaneous.

The University of Michigan portion of the collection relates primarily to the research for, distribution of, and acknowledgment of the Michigan and the Cleveland Era book, Babst's participation in University of Michigan alumni activities, notably as member of the Senior Advisory Council of the University Club of New York, and his commitment to and generous support of the work of the Michigan Historical Collections.

The portion of the collection relating to Babst's business and legal interests consists of memorabilia and legal documentation accruing as a result of his work with the National Biscuit Company and the American Sugar Refining Company. Also of interest are volumes compiled by Babst relating to a U.S. Senate investigation of sugar shortages in the United States in 1918.


Paul S. and Grace L. Bigby papers, 1937-1998

1.5 linear feet

Paul Bigby was an alumnus of the University of Michigan, active in the University's Alumni Association and the University of Michigan Detroit Club. Grace Bigby, his wife, was an Ann Arbor businesswoman. Collection includes Paul Bigby's alumni activity files and Grace Bigby's memoirs and correspondence with friends in China.

The collection consists almost entirely of Paul Bigby's topical files, correspondence, and programs relating to his University of Michigan alumni activities, especially the Football Bust and U-M Night. Grace Bigby's matreials include her 1998 memoir, as well as her decades-long correspondence with her Chinese friends.


H. Beach Carpenter papers, 1928-1955

1 linear foot

University of Michigan alumnus; correspondence and other papers concerning alumni fund-raising matters, reunion activities of the class of 1914, and other university matters.

The Carpenter collection includes correspondence and other papers concerning alumni fund-raising matters, reunion activities of the class of 1914, development of the Michigan Phoenix Project, and activities of the Michigamua.


Patricia Curia photograph collection, 1939

1 envelope

The Patricia Curia photograph collection consists of photographs of the dedication of the Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity bench, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the fraternity, on the University of Michigan campus.


Fred DeWitt papers, 1939-1979

0.3 linear feet

Secretary of the engineering class of 1929 of the University of Michigan. Files relating to class reunions, including group photographs; also various subject files.

The DeWitt papers are in effect the records of the class of 1929 and are primarily concerned with class reunions. The first reunion was the 10th, held in 1939, followed by the 20th in 1949. Thereafter reunions were held every five years through the 50th reunion. The 1929 Engineers were a well organized group. They printed and distributed class directories in conjunction with their reunions and kept in close contact throughout the years. The collection includes letters, announcements and reports on activities for each of the reunions. Of note is a questionnaire filled out during the 20th reunion which asked about the present activities of the graduates, their occupations and families. Also included is a brief section on changes made to the school of engineering prior to the proposed Michigan engineering centennial in 1954. Other information consists of photographs taken at the various reunions and log books of dues and guest registers.


William P. Favorite Papers, 1918-1977

0.75 linear feet

Graduate of the College of Engineering of the University of Michigan, later founder of Radio Construction Company, firm that erected various radio towers, notably the University of Michigan's Peach Mountain Radio Astronomy Observatory. Files relating to his construction business and to University of Michigan reunions; also collected materials relating to the history of Sturgis, Michigan.

The William P. Favorite collection contains material relating to reunions of the 1917 and 1920 graduating classes of the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan; records, 1941-1962, of Radio Construction Company, including material related to the construction of the University of Michigan's Peach Mountain Radio Astronomy Observatory; and collected material relating to the history of Favorite's home town of Sturgis, Michigan.


John Warner Fitzgerald papers, 1952-1982

12 linear feet

Attorney, Michigan State Senator, and Judge; correspondence and other papers primarily from the period when he served in the Michigan State Senate, 1959-1964.

The collection is arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Michigan State Senate, 1959-1964; University of Michigan Law School; Photographs; Campaign Materials; Michigan Supreme Court; and Press files.


Gargoyle records, 1910-2018 (majority within 1993-1999)

3 linear feet — 1 oversize box

The Gargoyle, a University of Michigan humor magazine, was first published in 1909. The collection includes correspondence, ephemera, photographs, reminiscences from Gargoyle staff members, and some original artwork.

The collection includes various materials and papers from former staff members, primarily from John Dobbertin, Jr. Gargoyle editor from 1962-1964. Dobbertin organized many reunions and served as a clearing house for Gargoyle ephemera. Materials include correspondence, ephemera, photographs, reminiscences from Gargoyle staff members, printed material, and original artwork.

The collection has been divided into two series: Manuscript Materials and Printed Materials.


Arnold Gingrich Papers, 1932-1975

24.5 linear feet — 4.98 GB (online)

Founding editor of Esquire magazine; collection is a mix of personal papers and business records, biographical information, personal correspondence with or about many of the authors who contributed to the magazine, speeches and photographs.

The Gingrich papers consists of a mixture of personal and office files detailing the management of Esquire magazine and Gingrich's various other interests and activities. The collection, consisting of correspondence, speeches, photographs, and subject files, should be used in conjunction with the files of Esquire Magazine which came to the library at the same time but with a separate deed of gift. The two collections together are indispensable for any study of Esquire, Gingrich's career as a publisher, and the influence of Gingrich on the careers of some of America's most important literary figures of the twentieth century.