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Ann Arbor (Mich.) government publications, circa 1956-2001

3.5 linear feet

Scattered publications of various city offices.

Miscellaneous publications of various Ann Arbor city government offices and departments. The publications are organized by the name of the creating office.


Sandra S. Cole papers, 1994-2007

1.5 linear feet

Sandra S. Cole is a sexologist and professor (retired) at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. This collection documents Cole’s transgender advocacy, including the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Gender Services Program, the inclusion of gender identity in the non-discrimination policies of the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor, and her presentations, public appearances, and consultation work on transgender issues in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Sandra S. Cole papers document Cole's work on behalf of the transgender community at the University of Michigan and in Ann Arbor. A number of the papers in the collection are photocopies of items held by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. The collection consists of four series: Comprehensive Gender Services Program, University of Michigan Non-Discrimination Policy, Lectures, Public Appearances, and Consultation Work, and Transgender Reference Materials.


James Patrick Adams Papers, 1978-1981

1 linear foot

Student at the University of Michigan, chairman of the University Activities Center, and special projects coordinator for the Michigan Student Assembly. Topical files relating to student life, his involvement in the activities and administration of West Quadrangle, and his participation in Ann Arbor politics.

The papers include topical files relating to student life, Adams' involvement in the activities and administration of West Quadrangle, and his participation in Ann Arbor politics.


Robert Alexander Papers, 1970-1982

2.5 linear feet

Ann Arbor, Michigan political activist and campaign worker on behalf of Human Rights Party and Democratic Party candidates. Files and photographs (circa 1970-1980) relating to the Fred Harris presidential campaign in 1976, the Ed Pierce campaigns for Michigan state office in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982, and the Zolton Ferency campaign for governor of Michigan in 1978.

The papers of Robert Alexander span the years 1970-1982. The primary focus of the collection is on Alexander's political activities in both the Human Rights Party and the Democratic Party. There is no personal material, nor is there documentation of Alexander's career. Even within the sections on his political activities there is only a moderate amount specifically relating to Alexander. The papers give a view of local politics, in which Alexander was a relatively minor figure.


Human Rights Party (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1970-1979 (majority within 1971-1975)

3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

The Human Rights Party (HRP) of Ann Arbor was a radical socialist third party that influenced local politics in the period 1971 to 1975. The record group contains organizational and campaign documents of several parties including predecessor and successor parties to HRP. Campaign materials, platforms, position statements and numerous newspaper clippings along with committee and meeting minutes form the bulk of the records of this activist organization.

The records of HRP consist mainly of campaign activities, campaign issues, platforms, and clippings. The record group is divided into six series: Radical Independent Party, 1970-1971, Human Rights Party Organization, 1972-1975, HRP Campaigns, Socialist Human Rights Party, 1975-1977, Human Rights Party of Michigan, 1971-1976, and the People's Party, 1972-1979. In this collection, focal political issues are filed under the Steering Committee, if not separately foldered. Clippings are a major source of information and researchers should consult them for details.


Louis D. Belcher papers, 1968, 1976-1985

16 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978-1985. Mayoralty files and photographs.

This collection of Belcher's papers is confined exclusively to his tenure as mayor of Ann Arbor, 1978-1985. As mayor, Belcher received copies of many of the memos and letters sent to and from the various city departments. Hence this collection represents, to some extent, the records of the city administration as a whole, not just the papers of the mayor. But there are significant gaps in the collection, and some gaps represent major concerns of Belcher's mayoralty. There is virtually no material concerning the Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) or the Housing Commission. (Indeed, of the five principal city commissions, only Planning is represented here.) Most of the city offices and departments have folders in the mayor's files except the Assistant to the City Administrator for Labor Negotiations and Relations, the Data Processing office, and the Bicycle Coordinator of the Transportation Department.

The arrangement of the papers generally reflects their original order. To be sure, in most cases the original order was maintained even though cumbersome and duplicative, because the file system seemed to reflect the priorities, attitudes, and procedures of the mayor's office. When possible the contents list provides cross-references to assist the researcher in overcoming some of the complications of the arrangement. The Belcher mayoralty papers are arranged in seven series: Personal; Official Communications; City Government; Planning File; Conferences, Leagues, and Councils; Topical File; and Photographs.


Jean C. Crump papers, 1966-2000

5.5 linear feet

Member of the Ann Arbor League of Women Voters. Election files, 1968-2000, include clippings, informational flyers, meeting minutes and agenda, and voting materials for Ann Arbor primary and general elections; local issues files relate to Ann Arbor minor parties, the presidential primary, and the county medical care facility among other topics.

The Jean C. Crump papers is comprised of two series: Election Files and Local Issues. Within the Elections series, the files are ordered chronologically and date from 1968 to 2000. The files contain newspaper clippings, LWV informational flyers, meeting agendas and minutes, notes, and voting materials. The Local Issues series relates to such topics as the county medical care facility, minor parties in Ann Arbor elections, the presidential primary, and punch card voting.


Edward Pierce Papers, 1960s-1987, 1996

5 linear feet

Dr. Edward Pierce was active in both medicine and politics in Michigan. He was well-known for his conception of and work at the Summit Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a center offering medical services for low-income individuals. His political career included a seat on the Ann Arbor City Council, a term as Michigan State Senator and Mayor of Ann Arbor. The papers relate primarily to his political career, with the bulk of the papers focusing on his term as mayor of Ann Arbor from 1985 to 1987. Other papers refer to his campaigns for Congress, Senate, and governor.

Dr. Pierce's papers relate primarily to his political career, with the bulk of the papers focusing on his term as Mayor of Ann Arbor from 1985 to 1987. Other papers document his campaigns for Congress, Senate, and governor.

The papers are divided into five series: Pre-Mayoral files, Mayoral files, Post-Mayoral files, Photographs, and Sound Recordings.


Raymond J. Smit Papers, 1960-1977

20 linear feet

Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Legislative files, 1967-1974, concerning in part his interest in water pollution legislation; political files concerning election campaigns, and involvement in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Michigan, Republican Party activities; and photographs.

The Raymond Smit collection consists entirely of materials generated during his eight years in the Michigan House of Representatives, 1967-1974. The series in the collection are Legislative files which consists of subject files and bills files; Personal Materials; Political Files (1960-1975); Legislative Special Topics Files (1967-1974); and Photographs


Democratic Party (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1959-2002 (majority within 1979-1985)

2.3 linear feet

Files relating to local campaigns and to party organization.

The Ann Arbor Democratic Party papers have been organized in four series: 1959-1970 Materials; 1970-1976 Materials; Campaigns, 1977-1987; and Standing Committees/ Day-to-Day Functioning, 1975-1988. The bulk of the material falls within the compass of the last two series, since the local party generated more files once its members had access to computers. The last two series should be viewed as complementary units; the original files were in such disorder that extensive re-filing of documents was necessary during processing.