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Assistant to the President (University of Michigan) Records, 1913-1986

44 linear feet (in 58 boxes)

Files concerning honorary degree recipients, University commencements, the Honors Convocations, and various University fellowships and scholarships; topical files of Frank E. Robbins, Erich Walter, Robert N. Cross, Herbert Hildebrandt, Richard L. Kennedy, William Cash, Jr., and James Shortt; and photographs

The Assistant to the President records contain file related to university commencements (1930-1965), honors convocations (1922-1966), the sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of the university in 1817, university fellowships, gifts, and prizes; correspondence and biographical sketches related honorary degree recipients, and State of the University Addresses. Also included are minutes of the meetings of the university's executive officers (1968-1982), dean's conferences (1951-1985), presidents' conferences (1965-1968), and topical files generated by the office (1933-1980). These records were generated during the tenures of Frank Robbins, 1921-1953; Erich Walter, 1953-1966; Herbert Hildebrand, 1966-1970; Richard Kennedy, 1970-1974; and William Cash, 1970-1983.


Carlton F. Wells papers, 1910-1994

19 linear feet

Professor of English at University of Michigan. Correspondence, diaries, and topical files relating to his interest in English grammar and usage, his evaluation of various dictionaries, his interest in Polish-American relations, and the controversy surrounding Henshaw Ward's denial of Peary's discovery of the North Pole.

The Wells collection is comprised of the following series: Subject file; Personal diaries; Robert E. Peary; and Other papers.


David E. Mattern papers, 1905-1972 (majority within 1930-1959)

3.5 linear feet (in 5 boxes)

Professor of music education at University of Michigan. Correspondence relating to his work in music education; also programs relating to music education, particularly the Summer Conference on Music Education; and photographs.

The David Earl Mattern Papers document Mattern's education and career from 1905 to his death in 1959. The collection is organized in four series: Biographical and Personal Materials, Education, Professional Career, and Photographs. Topics covered extensively in this collection include the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, the Extension Orchestra, and Mattern's activities during the university's Summer Session.


Gerald H. Hoag papers, 1918-1978

1 linear foot — 1 oversize folder

Ann Arbor (Mich.) theatre manager, later area manager of Butterfield Theatres, Inc. Personal correspondence, business memoranda, clippings, and photographs.

The Gerald H. Hoag collection relates to his career as a theatre manager in Ann Arbor and with the Butterfield Theatres Company. The collection includes correspondence, business communications, topical files relating to his activities in Ann Arbor, and photographs of theaters, celebrities, and advertising. Of interest are blueprints of the Michigan Theatre, booking ledger for the Majestic Theatre in the period of 1918-1921 and 1925-1926, and scattered box office reports.


Joe Grimm photographs, 1975-1976

0.6 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

University of Michigan student photographer for the Michiganensian; photographs of images used in the yearbook.

This is a collection of photographic contact sheets and negative strips taken by Joe Grimm The photographs have been arranged alphabetically by topic. Principal areas covered include student activities and events, notably athletic contests and musical and dramatic performances.


Men's Glee Club (University of Michigan) Records, 1886-2012

16.8 linear feet — 7 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 460.1 GB (online)

University of Michigan choral group founded in 1859; includes correspondence, administrative records, musical scores, publicity material, photographs, posters and sound recordings in addition to digitized versions of records and born digital audio, video, and still images

The records of the Men's Glee Club date from 1886 to 2012 and were received in several major accessions. The first accession, covering 1886-1985 and 1991, includes four linear feet of manuscript, printed, and photographic material as well as posters, scrapbooks, and sound recordings in a variety of formats. The first accession has been divided into five series: Chronological File, Philip A. Duey Material, Photographs, Sound Recordings, Scrapbooks, and Archived Website.

The 1995 accession of the records of the Men's Glee Club were comprised of two linear feet of correspondence, photographs, and topical files ranging from 1919 to 1994. Items of particular interest include a folder of historical writings, which provides anecdotes, reflections, and facts about the club prepared for an exhibit on club history. The Press Releases folder is also of note, as it reflects information given out by the club to newspapers and other media of the towns they visited. Both of these folders are found in the Topical series. The records of this accession are divided into 3 series: Correspondence, Topical, and Visual Materials.

The 2010 accession to the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club records is organized into one series. The Sound Recordings series, 1952-1987, (10 linear feet) is comprised of University of Michigan Men's Glee Club concert recordings, including its annual fall and spring concert series. Many of the boxes of tape reel also include a concert program and concert set list.

The 2012 accession consisted entirely of digital materials (scanned images, audio files, video files, and still images) that added content to the Chronological Files series and established a China Concert Tour series. The 2018 accession consisted of phonograph records, which have been added to the Sound Recordings series, and publications.


Michigan Union records, 1884-1996 (majority within 1904-1995)

23 linear feet — 13 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder

University of Michigan student organization formed to build and manage a student union, sponsors a variety of social and service programs and activities, includes records of building and financial committees and various activity/organization files including the University Mimes and the Union Opera (later renamed MUSKET) and scrapbooks and photographs of Union activities.

The records of the Michigan Union measure 21 linear feet and 13 oversize volumes. The records date from 1890 to 1983, although there are some collected photographs dating as early as 1884. The collection has been divided into six series: Central Files, Activity/Organization Files, General Files, Photographs, Songs, and Board of Representatives.


Wilfred B. Shaw Papers, 1873-1954 (majority within 1900-1951)

7 linear feet (in 12 boxes) — 1 oversize folder

General secretary of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and editor of the Michigan Alumnus; correspondence, drawings and etchings, photographs and other visual materials

The Shaw collection is an assemblage of personal materials such as correspondence, essays and student notebook, and of Shaw's work as an artists including drawings, etchings, and other examples of artistic expression that he used in connection with his work with the University's Alumni Association and its publications. Records of Shaw's activities with the university will be found in the record groups for the Alumni Association and the Bureau of Alumni Relations also located at the Bentley Library. The collection has been divided into five series: Correspondence, Essays, Drawings and Etchings, Miscellaneous, and Photographs and other Visual Materials.