The Biographical and Professional Series (0.5 linear feet, 1942-1990), although limited in quantity, is the portion of the collection that offers the widest overview of Muschenheim's life and work. Researchers will find fairly detailed material useful for becoming familiar with accomplishments at various stages of his career. Particularly valuable are the files regarding nomination for Fellowship, American Institute of Architects. Nomination materials include comprehensive biographical statistics (to 1961); descriptions of achievements in design work, exhibitions and jury participation; detailed data regarding publications; and achievements related to initiatives in education. Also important is a file with material about Peter Behrens and his school in Vienna, Austria, where Muschenheim was immersed in modern theory from 1925 to 1929. Additionally, the series includes a folder with various "lists of work," created at different times for different purposes and a transcription of an interview conducted by the Oral History Research Office of Columbia University in 1987 (a copy of the finding aid, "The William Muschenheim Architectural Drawings and Papers, 1902-1990," Avery Library, Columbia University, is also included in the series). A folder containing obituaries is an excellent source for studying how Muschenheim's career was assessed at the time of his death in 1990.
13.5 linear feet (in 15 boxes) — 7 folders
Staffs of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and the Bentley Historical Library have prepared separate finding aids for their respective William Muschenheim collections. These have been merged to provide one integrated finding aid. This integrated finding aid lists all Muschenheim materials held by both repositories. All of the drawings, papers, photographs and other materials for each project are brought together in a single job-number/chronological sequence. The physical location of each item/folder is indicated by "A" for Avery and "B" for Bentley. The combined finding aid organizes the Muschenheim papers into four series:
- Biographical and Professional Material [Bentley]
- University of Michigan Teaching Career [Bentley]
- Publications and research [Bentley]
- Project Files [Avery and Bentley]
The project files of William Muschenheim are described according to Muschenheim's original filing system in which he interfiled the drawings, correspondence, specifications, and other papers for each job/client. Muschenheim typically assigned each client a single job number no matter how many projects he may have done for the client. There are a total of 130 numbered jobs in the Avery Collection (#1-130, with gaps between jobs 11-17, 25-26, 28-29) and 63 numbered jobs in the Bentley collection (#132-193, there are no materials for 22 of the jobs). There are also nine unnumbered projects (4 Avery and 5 Bentley) and several folders of miscellaneous material.
Each numbered job consists of one or more projects and each project is subdivided by format of material into Drawings, Papers, Photographs, and Presentation Boards as appropriate. There is some variance in the manner in which the two archives have arranged and described project material. The Avery has described its drawings at the item level while the Bentley provides only folder level descriptions for most projects. For this finding aid item level descriptions are provided for selected Bentley projects. Photographs are found in the "Papers" in some Avery project files but are listed separately in the Bentley finding aid.
At both the Avery and Bentley the oversize architectural drawings have been removed from their original folders and stored separately.
The William Muschenheim Architectural Drawings and Papers at the Avery Library span 1929-1957, with bulk dates 1931-1950. Muschenheim's papers document 130 separate jobs, and the visual material consists of 3081 sheets of drawings. The projects mainly represent Muschenheim's work in New York City, but also include work in Albany (NY), Amenia (NY),Bridgehampton (NY), Chappaqua (NY), Hampton Bays (NY), Malverne (NY), Massapequa (NY), Nassau Point (Long Island), Washington (CT), Washington DC, Westhampton Beach (NY), and Woodstock (NY), among other locations.
William Muschenheim had numerous clients which included the following family members: Carl Muschenheim, Elsa Muschenheim, and Frederick A. Muschenheim. In addition to the many clients for whom Muschenheim did alteration work, he also worked with a wide variety of companies. Some of the companies include Bigelow Carpet Company, C.G. Flygare Inc., Excel Metal Cabinet Co., Inc., F. Schumacher & Co., Famaes Development, Hans Knoll, Howard & Schaffer, Inc., Kurt Versen Lamps, Inc., Ledlin Light Designers, Portland Cement Association, and Thonet Brothers, among many others.
The papers and drawings in the William E. Muschenheim collection at the Bentley Library span the years 1923 to 2004, however the bulk of the collection covers the years 1951 to 1985. The papers are primarily comprised of material documenting Muschenheim's research and teaching career from 1950 to 1973 at the University of Michigan, and the private practice he continued in Ann Arbor after leaving New York City. There are limited papers and drawings related to his life and professional work prior to 1950, although the Photographs Series includes beautiful black and white images of many of his important New York projects, and the Publications and Research Series is valuable for articles published in the thirties and the forties showcasing his work. Papers and drawings spanning the years 1929-1957 (bulk dates 1931-1950) are held at the Avery Library, Columbia University.
Muschenheim's early and lasting commitment to the modern movement and to an international view of architecture and architectural education is reflected in the collection, which consists of biographical and professional materials, research and course materials, publications related to his work, project files and drawings, and photographs and slides. The Muschenheim collection will interest researchers drawn to study the work of a pioneering modernist, well known for originality in working with color as an integral part of contemporary design, and those interested in the generation of architects involved in the fifties and sixties with legitimizing the modern period in an academic environment. Additionally, Muschenheim's efforts to illuminate the art of architecture as an important element and expression of culture to a broader segment of society renders the collection important to a wide range of disciplines and interests.
The papers are largely organized according to Muschenheim's original filing scheme, in which he interfiled material related to projects (including drawings) with professional papers, correspondence, and other documents, numbering them sequentially. The Bentley Library collection consists of material numbered 132 to 192. Many large original drawings were removed from folders, flattened, and are stored in drawers. Five series make up the collection: Biographical and Professional Materials; University of Michigan Teaching Career, College of Architecture and Design; Publications and Research; Project Files; and Digitization Project. Users should note that material related to a single project is often scattered throughout the collection. A Supplemental Guide to work produced after 1950 in the additional descriptive data portion of this finding aid. Also appended is Muschenheim's list of projects (numbered 1-189).
25 microfilms (positive)
There are about 6000 letters in this collection. Most of the letters have been written by emigrants who used to live in Satakunta but there are also some from persons who lived in other provinces before emigrating. There are also post cards, diaries and passports in the collection. The letters were written to residents of Satakunta from 1880 to 1964. Although most of the letters were sent from the United States and Canada, there were a few letters from South America, Australia, New Zealand and Soviet Union.
The collection was arranged by towns (also known as parishes or municipalities). Within each town series the letters of each recipient were kept together. The owners of the letters are in chronological order according to the emigrating year of their correspondents.
Every collector of letters filled out a questionnaire for each writer. The questionnaire is at the beginning of the sender's letters. In the upper right corner of the questionnaire there is a code that includes the abbreviation of the town and the location of the sender.
Questionnaire used in collecting America letters:
- The owner of the letters (name and address)
- The writer of the letters (name and last address)
- The relationship between the owner and the writer
- When left for America
- Who were they visiting in America
- Why left
- Home town in Finland
- The occupation of the parents
- How large was the family of the parents of the emigrant
- Was the emigrant married when he left Finland
- Did the wife and children emigrate, too
- Did the emigrant get married in America
- What year
- The nationality of the spouse
- The occupation of the emigrant when emigrated
- Had the emigrant ever been working outside the home town before emigrating
- How did the emigrant go to America (route and vehicle)
- The first workplace in America
- What kind of work
- Where did the emigrant live the longest time in America
- What kind of work
- Other members of the group who emigrated at the same time: name, hometown, return to Finland
- The later life of the emigrant: did/did not return to Finland
- If applicable, why did the emigrant return
- Return route and vehicle
- Occupation after return
- The number of the letters (photos, diaries etc.) in the enclosed questionnaire envelope
- The owner donates the letters/loans them only for microfilming
- The collector of the letters (name and address)
- To be filled by the Institute of General History
Documents in this collection contain the following abbreviations for the names of the town or parish from an immigrant came:
- AHL = Ahlainen
- ALAS = Alastaro
- EURA = Eura
- E-KI = Eurajoki
- HIN = Hinnerjoki
- H-KI = Honkajoki
- H-TI = Honkilahti
- HUIT = Huittinen
- HAM = Hämeenkyrö
- IKA = Ikaalinen
- JAM = Jämijärvi
- KAN = Kankaanpää
- K-KU = Karkku
- KAR = Karvia
- KIH = Kihniö
- KIIK = Kiikka
- KNEN = Kiikoinen
- KOK = Kokemaki
- KUL = Kullaa
- LAP = Lappi Tl.
- LAV = Lavia
- LOIM = Loimaa
- MEL = Mellilä
- MER = Merikarvia
- MET = Metsämaa
- MOU = Mouhijarvi
- NOOR = Noormarkku
- PAR = Parkano
- POM = Pomarkku
- PORI = City of Pori and rural parish of Pori
- PUN = Punkalaidun
- RAUM = Rauma: city and rural parish
- SIIK = Siikainen
- SUOD = Suodenniemi
- SAK = Säkylä
- TYRV = Tyrvää and Vammala
- VAMP = Vampula
3 volumes — 275 prints — 600 negatives (in 8 boxes)
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.
The Negatives series, glass and film negatives, comprises the vast majority of the collection and are arranged into four subseries: Numerical; Team Portraits; Miscellaneous; and Football Team Portraits, 1896-1942.
The Numerical subseries of the Negatives series is stored in the first three boxes. The portraits in this subseries have been indexed by the subject's name. There are three indexes: athletes and coaches, faculty and administrators, and a third index for those individuals who do not fit into the first two categories.
Team Portraits include lengthy runs of the football, baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, track, and wrestling teams for the years 1948-1969. Only football team portraits are extensive before World War II. However, as these early football team portraits from 1896-1942 are outsize glass negatives, they are stored separately in the Football Team Portraits, 1896-1942 subseries in Boxes 5 to 7.
The Miscellaneous Negatives subseries consists of two negative boxes, containing approximately eighty negatives of miscellaneous unindexed portraits. All portraits in this subseries are from the 1950s and 1960s.
1.25 linear feet (in 2 boxes)
The collection consists of four series: Jennings-Van Akin-Burd, Tilden-Stewart, Stewart-Seymour, and Visual Materials. The strength of the collection lies in its documentation of the history of the Stewart and Seymour families, especially the family correspondence from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Jennings-Van Akin-Burd series contains material related to Melvin Van Akin Burd, especially his genealogical research, correspondence, and a memoir of his World War II military service. It also contains miscellaneous news clippings related to the Jennings family, and newsletters of the Van Aken/Van Auken family in the United States.
3 linear feet
The collection has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence, Collected letters of historical personages; Mathematics and cartographical interests; Collecting historical documents (with materials collected by LCK); and miscellaneous.
The Correspondence series includes letters from Karpinski to his parents (1901-1903) written from Europe while he was a student there. In addition, there is professional correspondence relating to his scholarly interests in mathematics, the history of science, cartography, and the collecting of historical manuscripts and rare books. Correspondents include: Randolph G. Adams, Charles A. Beard, James H. Breasted, George L. Burr, Florian Cajori, W. J. Cameron, William L. Clements, J. Fulton, Charles H. Haskins, Francis W. Kelsey, Ashley Montague, Alexander Pogo, R. L. Poole, George Sarton, Richard Shryock, Charles Singer, Dorothea Waley Singer, David E. Smith, Michael Straight, Arthur H. Sulzberger, Lynn Thorndike, J. Uspensky, and Henry A. Wallace.
The Collected letters of historical personages included letters of Hannibal Hamlin, Daniel S. Lamont, Ira Sankey, and Thaddeus Stevens.
The Mathematics and cartographical interests series relates in part to his interest in the development of arithmetic and the mathematics of the Middle and Far East.
3 linear feet
The records of the University of Michigan Residence Hall Libraries (3 linear feet) date from 1954 to 2005. The record group has been divided into four series: Academic Connections, Administrative Files, Benzinger Library (East Quadrangle) Files, Media, and Planning.
The Academic Connections series contains information regarding the collaborations over the years with the University of Michigan's School of Information (and its various predecessors), as well as a number of academic papers and publications related to the Residential Hall Library system.
2 linear feet — 1 oversize folder
The papers of Seth K. Shetterly cover the years 1835-1934 though the bulk of the material falls between 1850 and 1890. The papers are arranged into four series: Correspondence, Municipal and Township Records, Miscellaneous Papers, and Diaries and Ledgers.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1829 to 1934. It is by far the largest series, measuring ten linear inches. The series consists mostly of the professional and personal correspondence of Seth Shetterly. In addition to family members, correspondents include R.J. Aldrich, Zachariah Chandler, George Brownell Clark, Don McDonald Dickinson, Silas Hamilton Douglas, David Bethune Duffield, James B. Eldridge, D.N. Lowell, Zina Pitcher, John Stephens, and James Stephens. There is also some correspondence of other persons. In the folders covering the years 1829-1848, most of the correspondence is Samuel Smith's of Oakland County, Michigan. Included are several letters written 1834-1835 by his son while serving in the Army at Fort Gibson [present day Oklahoma]. He describes the high mortality rate and low morale at the fort. The last folder of correspondence, 1898-1934, consists almost entirely of the correspondence of Seth's widow Clara, mostly letters from her children.
Municipal and Township Records consists of almost two linear inches of poll lists and school records from Utica and Shelby and Sterling Townships in Macomb County. Although the poll lists are undated, the school records run from 1846 to 1865. Included in the school records are essays, lesson plans, tax bills, bonds, teacher contracts, papers on building a school house, by-laws, business papers, and circulars from the state superintendent of public instruction.
1 optical discs (56 maps and other images; DVD-R)
This collection of maps and other items was photographed from the holdings of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library, May 5, 2010. Five items or groups of items were photographed.
Map of Oakland County, Michigan 1857. Published by S.H. Burhans; Surveyor F. Hess; Large Wall Map (5 feet wide by 6 feet tall) stored in the archives as three 2'x6' strips. Burton Historical Collection call number 977.402  H46
Plat of Reader, Jerome & Duffield's Subdivision 1879. Street and lot plat in two (2) pages. One page is somewhat stained on the top portion. The second page is in excellent condition. This subdivision is in the Springwells area of southwest Detroit. Burton Historical Collection call number 977.4D4 1879 M92 (Rare Map)
0.1 linear feet — 42.5 MB (online)
The De Witt C. Spaulding papers (0.1 linear feet and 42.5 MB) include scattered correspondence and miscellanea, digitized copies of Spaulding's compiled military service and pension records from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and Spaulding's diary. The physical diary—dated from 1861 to 1864—provides information about Spaulding's Civil War experiences, including his capture and confinement at Andersonville Prison. A digital transcription of Spaulding's diary by Clare M. Cory is also present in this collection. It contains additional biographical and genealogical information, as well as images of Spaulding and his relatives.
Finally, the collection includes a DVD-R containing a transcription of the diary with additional biographical information and photos.
0.5 linear feet
The Trowbridge collection consists mainly of materials accumulated during the early years of his career when he was acting as Indian agent and when he devoted himself to the study of the languages and customs of the native Americans of the upper midwest.
The major portion of the Trowbridge papers are located at the Burton Historical Collection (NUCMC 70-1194)