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Anonymous University of Michigan student photographs, 1903-1912

1 envelope

Anonymous photographs of various locations around Ann Arbor, Mich., particularly the University of Michigan campus.

Photographs of football game action taken from the Ferry Field stands; a photograph of an Ann Arbor street following a winter storm in 1906; photos of University of Michigan buildings; and photo of students sitting at counter of Elmer Stofflet's restaurant on State Street.


Arthur Francis Lamey papers, 1911-1914, 1919-1958 (scattered)

1 linear foot — 1 oversize volume — 1 oversize folder

Notes from law school classes; scrapbook containing clippings, photographs, and programs detailing in part his activities as a member of the track team; notebook from World War I service; and miscellaneous clippings and certificates.

Scrapbook containing photographs and clipping depicting Lamey's activities as member of the track team.


Arthur William Bohnsack photograph collection, circa 1906-1910

1 oversize folder

University of Michigan alumnus (class of 1910). The materials in this collection are part of a student album and include photos of track meets, the Michigan Union Circus, freshman-sophomore rush, and university buildings.

The collection is part of a student album and includes photos of track meets, the Michigan Union Circus, freshman-sophomore rush, and university buildings.


Charles Baird Papers, 1892-1933

2 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Kansas City, Missouri, banker, first director of athletics, and secretary of the University of Michigan Athletic Association. Correspondence relating to his association with the University of Michigan and its athletic program.

The collection, arranged into two series, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, documents the association of Charles Baird and the University of Michigan, first through his activities as director of athletics and then as active alumnus and benefactor to the University. Much of the correspondence in the collection is with Football coach Fielding H. Yost and track coach and trainer Keene Fitzpatrick.


Harold Herman papers, 1917-1921

0.3 linear feet

1921 graduate of the University of Michigan. Letters and photo album relating to student life, the Students' Army Training Corps, and officer training school.

Letters relating to student life, the Students' Army Training Corps, and officer training school.

Photo album documenting Herman's life as a student, including freshman-sophomore rush, the Huron River, campus buildings, football, baseball, track, the Bayonne Club, automobiles, and Block M.


James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969

2.5 linear feet — 3 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 2 sound recording tapes — 4.3 GB (online)

Berkley, Michigan insurance executive, poet and composer, and active alumnus of the University of Michigan; contain papers relating to activities of the class of 1911, to his involvement in the University of Michigan Club of Detroit, and to his interest in Michigan football, especially the career of coach Fielding H. Yost; also scrapbooks, and manuscripts of poetry and song lyrics.

The papers of J. Fred Lawton contain material relating to activities of the class of 1911, to his involvement in the University of Michigan Club of Detroit, and to his interest in Michigan football, especially the career of coach Fielding H. Yost; also scrapbooks, and manuscripts of poetry and song lyrics. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Poetry, musical compositions, and other writings; University of Michigan Class of 1911; University of Michigan Club of Detroit; Topical files; Photographs; Scrapbooks; and Sound Recordings.


John J. Smolenski scrapbook, 1908-1910

1 volume

Student from Grand Rapids, Mich., attended Law School at the University of Michigan, 1908-1910. Smolenski's student scrapbook.

Scrapbook containing photographs and memorabilia of student life and activities. Includes photos of student rooms, freshman-sophmore games, football, track, parades, social clubs.


John Spencer Curtis papers, 1899-1967

0.33 linear feet — 2 oversize volumes — 1 artifact

Scrapbooks of John Spencer Curtis, University of Michigan footall player 1903-1906 and track athlete 1905-1906, include clippings, photographs of football players and games and other sports, dance cards, programs and other material for musical and theattical performances, fraternity events and other campus activities, also includes material related to Marthae "Mattie' Gibson, Curtis' future wife, from Pueblo Coloroado high school and University of Colorado; also includes miscellaneous papers related to Curtis' later business career and work with the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

The John Spencer Curtis papers include X folders of manuscripts and photographs and two scrapbooks, plus Curtis' football cap with a stylized UM FBT decal.

Volume 1 of the scrapbooks includes clippings on Curtis and Michigan football from The Michigan Daily, as well as Detroit, Chicago, and other newspapers; photographs of Michigan football and track and field, of Phi Delta Theta and other fraternity houses, campus social activities and student organization, as well as more personal photos of Curtis and his friends and classmates. It also dance cards, concert and theatrical programs; pins, and other memorabilia of student life.

Volume 2, which may have been compiled by Mattie Gibson, includes material on Curtis as well as a section on Gibson with items from her time as a student at Centennial High School and University of Colorado.

Volume 1 includes several blackface images related to a U-M campus production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the "County Fair" parade of 1905. Volume 2 includes a photo of men in apparent 'yellowface" costume in the Mattie Gibson section.

The manuscripts include a booklet from a 1959 Kansas City Alumni Association chapter banquet honoring Curtis, miscellaneous articles by or about Curtis and material related to his participation in the University's $55 Million fundraising campaign in conjunction the 1967 sesquicentennial celebration. There is also a folder of portraits and other photographs.


Rentschler's Studio photograph collection, 1889-1969

3 volumes — 275 prints — 600 negatives (in 8 boxes)

Ann Arbor, Michigan photographic studio. Collection includes selected copy prints, and glass and film negatives relating to University of Michigan athletics, both photos of individual athletes and of team groupings; also photos of various faculty and University administrators and log books of photos.

The Rentschler Studios collection is made up of nearly 625 negatives and 275 copy prints. It comprises five linear feet and is stored in seven boxes, four large and three small. The collection also includes the studio's log books of photos. The photographs span the years from 1889 to 1969. Although the Rentschlers operated a private studio, over two-thirds of the portraits are of persons directly affiliated with the University of Michigan. The two largest categories of portraits are: 1) faculty and administrators and 2) athletes, teams, and coaches. There are also portraits of students, clergy, businessmen, city officials, and others.

The collection is divided into three series, Negatives, Prints, and Log Books. Glass and film negatives comprise the vast majority of the collection and are arranged into four subseries: Numerical; Team Portraits; Miscellaneous; and Football Team Portraits, 1896-1942. The smaller series - Prints - is located in Box 4 and is arranged into two subseries: Athletics and Portraits.


Robert Kalmbach photograph collection, 1960-2000 (majority within 1969-1999)

27 linear feet (in 62 boxes)

Staff photographer for University of Michigan News and Information Services and contract photographer for the University of Michigan Athletic Department. Includes negatives and contact prints of game action photos of UM athletic competitions, 1978-2000 and some personal and family photos.

The Robert Kalmbach photograph collection consists primarily of 35mm negatives and contact sheets of University of Michigan athletic competitions and represents his work as a contract photographer for the Athletic department. He shot nearly every home football game between 1969 and 1998 and generally traveled to Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State away games,. He also photographed most men's home basketball and hockey game games and several games or matches each season for other sports. His photos include some to the classic images of Michigan athletics and have been widely published in Athletic Department Media Guides, game programs and other publications.

The photos are primarily black and white, though after the mid 1980s the football photos frequently include one or more rolls of color shots. the photos are arranged by sport and thereunder chronologically by year and event. For each event the negatives have been placed in protective sleeves with matching contact sheets based on roll numbers assigned by Kalmbach. For football games (and occasionally other games) with multiple rolls, the numbering system does not always correspond to the actual sequence of the game. Some of the sports photos are identified as being taken by John Heafield, another News and Information Service photographer who occasionally worked with Kalmbach. The athletic photos are organized by sport and thereunder chronologically.

The collection also includes a small number of slides and transparencies of athletic events.