Detroit: Commercial and Industrial
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Adams, Henry Carter, 1851-1921.
- Henry Carter Adams papers 1864-1924
- 30.3 linear ft. and 2 oversize folders.
University of Michigan professor, economist, and Interstate Commerce Commission statistician.
Personal and professional correspondence, diaries, travel journals, drafts of books, letter books, reports and printed materials concerning his work with the Interstate Commerce Commission, his activities as an expert witness in railroad compensation and tax cases, and University of Michigan affairs. The collection includes papers relating to the Detroit United United Railway
- Allen family (Lima Township, Mich.) papers 1898-1951
- 1 linear ft.
Lima Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan family.
Description of the family farm; financial record books, 1898-1951, for the farm; and scrapbook, ca. 1900, maintained by Clara Selleck Colquitt, containing business cards and advertisements from Detroit firms.
Anderson, William K. (William Knowlton), 1896-1967.
- William K. Anderson papers 1878-1902 and 1917-1967 (bulk 1936-1964)
- 3 linear ft. and 1 oversize volume.
Detroit businessman; founder of Detroit Power Squadron. Anderson was an officer with the United States Power Squadrons, an organization established both to promote the interests of powerboat owners and to provide support to the cause of the nation's naval forces.
Files concern Anderson?s association with the United States Power Squadrons and the Detroit Power Squadron, 1936-1966, and his involvement in such other organizations as the American Power Boat Association and the Detroit Yacht Club; published and unpublished articles and speeches relating in part to the Detroit River and the defense of the Great Lakes during wartime. There is also a narrative account and scrapbook of visual and other materials relating to a voyage taken from Detroit to Florida and back using inland waterways.
- Standish Backus papers, 1919-1942.
- 4 linear ft. and 1 volume.
Detroit businessman, president of the Burroughs Adding Machine Co.
Correspondence files, 1926-1942, concerning business affairs and social activities in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Bassett, Arthur F.
- Management and sale of repossessed real estate November 8, 1935
- 1 item (17 p.)
Manager of the real estate department of Detroit Trust Company.
Speech delivered before the convention of the Michigan Real Estate Association discussing in part Detroit, Michigan, area property and the management of his department.
Belser, Karl J. (Karl Jacob), 1902-1972.
- Karl J. Belser papers, [ca. 1941-ca. 1972].
- 4.4 linear ft.
Urban planning specialist.
Reports, sketches, and other material relating to the development of the Willow Run Bomber Plant area in Wayne County, Michigan, during World War II; and studies of the proposed Detroit Civic Center, 1952.
- Arthur Bergey photograph collection 1938
- 1 item.
Detroit, Mich., architect employed by Albert Kahn Associates.
Photograph of Albert, Moritz, and Louis Kahn (left to right) inspecting model of Ford Motor Company Press Shop, Rouge River Plant, Dearborn, Mich.
Booker T. Washington Business Association.
- Booker T. Washington Business Association records, 1941-1999 (scattered dates)
- 1 linear ft.
Organization of Detroit African American business and professional men and women established to promote the development of local businesses, before 1960 known as Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Business and membership directories, newsletters, annual meeting programs, and miscellaneous correspondence.
- Borman family papers, 1923-1991 (bulk 1960-1987)
- 7 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder
Prominent Detroit, Mich., area family, founders of supermarket chains, most notably Farmer Jack. The family was also involved in Jewish organizations and philanthropies.
The papers include organizational topical files, site surveys for prospective stores, and promotional and other advertising materials; also family files relating to charitable and community activities of Abraham Borman and his son Paul Borman.
- Daniel Carpenter papers, 1857-1884.
- 105 items.
Warfield, Massachusetts, businessman.
Correspondence and business papers originating from agents in Michigan, particularly Livonia, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, dealing with lumbering, real estate, and business conditions.
Castle, John H.
- John H. Castle papers, 1926-1934 and undated.
- 1 folder.
Detroit, Michigan real estate developer.
Clippings and other papers relating to business and other activities.
Chapin, Roy D. (Roy Dikeman), 1880-1936.
- Roy Dikeman Chapin papers, 1886-1937.
- 32 linear ft. and 7 oversize volumes.
President of Hudson Motor Car Company and U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1932-1933.
Correspondence, speeches, articles, interviews, business papers, receipts, scrapbooks, photographs, and miscellaneous items of Chapin, his wife, and his biographer, John C. Long, concerning family matters, highway transportation, the automobile industry, general economic conditions, foreign trade, World War I, national defense, state and national politics, the Republican Party, and the University of Michigan; also extensive papers concerning the Hudson Motor Car Company, including information on management policies, production, and labor organizing.
Chapin, Roy Dikeman, 1915-
- Roy D. Chapin, Jr. papers, 1942-1978.
- 23.4 linear ft.
Chairman of the board of American Motors Corporation.
Personal correspondence, speeches, papers relating to international business operations of AMC and its divisions, and photographs.
Chrysler Group LLC.
- Chrysler Eminem Super Bowl commercial collection [electronic resource] 2011
- 2 CD-ROMs.
Downloaded copy (MPEG4) of Chrysler commercial aired during the 2011 Super Bowl titled either "Imported from Detroit" or "Born of Fire." The commercial features views of Detroit, Eminem, and the Selected of God Choir. The commercial advertises the Chrysler 200. The collection also includes stills from the commercial (TIFF) and creative credits.
Cisler, Walker Lee, 1897-
- Walker L. Cisler papers, 1899-1994 (bulk 1943-1987)
- 33 linear ft. and 1 oversize volume.
Detroit Edison executive, advocate of the development of peaceful uses for nuclear power. In 1945, Cisler assumed the duties of Chief Engineer of Power Plants with the Detroit Edison Company. By 1947 he had also been appointed Vice President of Employee Relations. In 1948, his expanded duties were consolidated under the title executive vice president. In 1951, he was appointed to the Board of Directors and subsequently promoted to president and general manager. Upon the retirement of Prentiss M. Brown in 1954, Walker Cisler was confirmed as chief executive officer of Detroit Edison. He served in this capacity until 1971 at which time William G. Meese succeeded him. In 1964 Walker Cisler was elected chairman of the Board of Directors, a post he held until 1975.
The papers of Walker L. Cisler are divided into nine series: Atomic Power Development Associates (APDA), Detroit Edison, War Service, Personal File, Speeches, Overseas Advisory Associates (OAAI), Other Affiliations, Visual Materials, and Sound Recordings.
- Clippert family papers 1863-1962
- 2.5 linear feet and 1 oversize folder.
Detroit, Michigan family; owners of brick manufacturing firm; one member of the family, Harrison F. (Harry) Clippert, served with the 65th Regiment, U.S. Coast Artillery Corps, during World War I.
Correspondence, legal and financial documents, and background information relating to the family brick business; correspondence, notebooks, training material, and miscellaneous detailing Harry Clipperts activities with the Coast Artillery Corps during World War I; and photographs and other materials pertaining to George F. Clippert's student activities at the University of Michigan, especially with Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, other family members represented in the papers are Conrad J. Clippert and George H. Clippert.
Consumer's Cooperative Council of Detroit.
- Consumer's Cooperative Council of Detroit records, 1935-1937.
- ca. 100 items.
Financial records and minutes.
Cox, Murrell Howard.
- Murrell Howard Cox papers, 1915-1928.
- 1 linear ft.
Detroit branch office manager of the Fafnir Bearing Company.
Business correspondence and miscellaneous papers dealing with the Fafnir Bearing Company and the Ainsworth Manufacturing Company of Detroit.
Crabbe, George F.
- George F. Crabbe papers, 1876, 1881, and undated.
- 3 volumes.
Detroit gardener. By 1886 he had moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and owned a greenhouse.
Diaries describing in detail his daily work.
Cross, Richard E.
- Richard E. Cross papers 1936-1975
- .1 linear ft.
Born in Wisconsin in 1910, Richard E. Cross, businessman and lawyer, was a director at American Motors Corporation and Packer Corporation. He was CEO of AMC from 1962 to 1965. Cross participated in many civic activities, including serving as chairman of Detroit Commission on Community Relations from 1958 to 1964.
The papers contain transcripts of several speeches given by Cross, including one given to AMC and two when he filled in on the Lou Gordon radio show. Also included are some correspondence, and a diary from Cross's first trip to Europe in 1949.
Curtis, Austin W., 1911-
- Austin W. Curtis papers, 1896-1971.
- 2 linear ft., 1 oversize volume, and 1 oversize folder.
Assistant to George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute, later a Detroit businessman.
Correspondence and other papers of G. W. Carver relating primarily to experiments with soil improvement and the discovery of new applications for the peanut and other Southern agricultural products; newspaper clippings and memos relating to Curtis' campaign for Congress in 1958 and his work with Carver; and photographs.
DeLano, Fred H., 1916-
- Fred H. DeLano papers, 1907-1923 and 1949-1987.
- 0.5 linear ft.
Journalist from Dowagiac, Michigan with interest in sports public relations; general manager of the Detroit Pistons.
Scattered correspondence relating to his career with the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit Board of Commerce.
- Detroit Board of Commerce papers 1916-1943
- ca. 85 items.
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers. Correspondents include: Harvey J. Campbell and Edwin Denby.
- Dodge Brothers contract 1903
- 1 item
Copy of an agreement between Dodge Brothers and the Ford Motor Company for the manufacture of automobile motors.
Dreyfuss, Allan L., 1919-2011.
- Allan L. Dreyfuss papers 1948-1991
- 4.5 linear feet.
Foreign correspondent for Reuters stationed in Germany after World War II; speech-writer for New York mayor Robert F. Wagner and for executives of the Ford Motor Company; member of the Public Affairs staff of the New Detroit Committee.
The Allan Dreyfuss collection has been arranged into the following series: Career (prior to 1963); Articles/Speeches written; New Detroit Committee; Ford Motor Company; and Political. The bulk of the papers relate to his work after 1963 when he came to work with the Ford Motor Company as a speech writer for the company's top executives: Henry Ford II, Alex Trotman, Donald Petersen, H. A. Poling, among others. There are also subject files, reports, and notes of meetings relating to the work of New Detroit.
Earle, Horatio Sawyer, 1855-1935.
- Horatio S. Earle diaries 1870-1934
- 1 linear ft. (51 v.).
Detroit, Michigan, salesman, president of the Earle Equipment Company and Michigan State Highway Commissioner.
Descriptions of farm and road equipment sales, the good roads movement, the League of American Wheelmen, and Michigan politics, including the 1912 election.
Favorite, William P. (William Perrin), 1898-1982.
- William P. Favorite papers 1918-1977
- 9 linear in.
Graduate of the College of Engineering of the University of Michigan, later founder of Radio Construction Company of Detroit, Mich., 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.
- Ferry family (Dexter Ferry) papers, 1758-1989 (bulk 1855-1959).
- 22.5 linear ft. and 2 oversize volumes.
Detroit family active in business, civic, and philanthropic affairs.
Biographical and genealogical papers; files relating to business and real estate interests, notably the Ferry Seed Company (later Ferry-Morse Seed Company), and the National Pin Company; files relating to family's Republican Party activities, especially Dexter M. Ferry's 1900 Michigan gubernatorial campaign, and the work of Dexter M. Ferry as member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 1901-1904; and papers detailing numerous family philanthropic concerns, mainly with the Detroit Institute of Art.
Foster, Fred William, 1909-
- Distribution of building densities in Detroit area June 1936
- 1 folder.
Student in geography at the University of Michigan.
Study of development of the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan; includes accompanying photographs.
Frank, Richard C.
- Richard C. Frank papers 1972-1987
- 17 linear feet and 59 tubes.
Preservation architect and planner.
Project files from his Preservation/Urban Design/Incorporated firm, including architectural drawings and sketches, working files, collected background information, and scattered photographs. Principal Michigan projects include Crossroads Village in Genesee County, the Detroit People Mover, Fairlane, the Mackinac Island State Park. Another project was the Smithsonian Institution, Arts and Industries Building.
- Gordy family papers, 1928-1947.
- 2 linear ft.
Detroit business and cultural family.
Materials of Berry Gordy, Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy and their children largely relating to business, church and civic activities; include letters of daughter, Esther Gordy, written from Howard University, and letters from sons, Fuller and George Gordy, written while serving in the military during World War II; also assorted materials detailing Detroit church activities with the Church of God in Christ and Bethel A.M.E.; and miscellaneous records relating to the Booker T. Washington Grocery Store, and the Booker T. Washington Trade Association; and other materials concerning interest in black organizations and individuals. Use of this collection requires the permission of the donor.
Finding aid available in library
- Robert Grant interview, July 30, 1963.
- 16 p.
Machinist with the early automobile companies.
Reminiscences and critical commentary on the activities of Henry Ford and James Couzens and the growth of the Ford Motor Company.
Hatch, Edward Walker, 1843-1916.
- Edward W. Hatch papers, 1865-1930.
- 25 items and 2 volumes.
Detroit and Ann Arbor carpenter.
Civil War pass, four items concerning his status as a Civil War veteran; account books of carpentry work; correspondence, 1927-1930, of his son Edward W. Hatch, largely with the U.S. Patent Office, and papers relating to the improvement of projectiles and airplane wings.
Hauser, William M.
- William M. Hauser correspondence, 1934-Feb. 1935.
- 1 volume.
Clerk in the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Correspondence with Senator James Couzens about banking legislation.
Houghton, Jacob, 1827-1903.
- Jacob Houghton papers, 1845-1907.
- 2 volumes and 3 folders.
Mining engineer and geologist.
Includes scrapbook concerning Houghton's career as a mining engineer and as superintendent of the Detroit waterworks.
Hubbard, Bela, 1814-1896.
- Bela Hubbard papers, 1837-1893.
- 0.75 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Lumberman, real estate operator, and geologist.
Includes notebooks and private journals detailing geological surveys leaving from, or arriving at, Detroit.
Huddleston, Clarence J.
- Clarence J. Huddleston transcript of oral interview, February 12, 1968.
- 1 item (32 p.)
Detroit banker and associate of James J. Couzens.
Comments on Couzens and the banking crisis in Michigan during the depression.
Hudson Motor Car Company.
- Hudson Motor Car Company records, 1910-1943.
- .2 linear ft. (1 v. and 3 folders).
Minutes, 1910-1911, of production, sales, engineering and executive committees; general order file, 1910-1913, detailing company policies and decisions; and other scattered records, including articles of incorporation, stockholders reports, and employee contracts.
Taken from the papers of Roy D. Chapin.
Hudson, Joseph L. (Joseph Lowthian), 1931-.
- Joseph L. Hudson papers, 1967-1983 (scattered dates).
- 0.5 linear ft.
Detroit businessman and chairman of New Detroit Committee, an organization established after the 1967 Detroit riot to investigate and remedy the causes of that civil disturbance.
Correspondence, reports, speeches, articles, photographs, and printed material relating to the riot and to his work with New Detroit.
Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit.
- Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit records, 1916-1995.
- 2 linear ft.
Organization of employers founded in 1916 as the Detroit Employment Managers' Club and concerned initially with issues of wage rates, hiring practices, working hours, and unionization, and after World War II with problems of affirmative action, arbitration, and labor-related legislation. The name of the organization was changed in 1955 to the Detroit Personnel Management Association. In 1988, it merged with the Industrial Relations Association of Greater Detroit to form the Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit.
History, minutes, announcements, correspondence, membership material, and newsletters.
Hyde & Bobbio (Firm)
- Hyde & Bobbio mechanical engineering firm records, 1909-1967, bulk 1925-1967.
- 7 linear feet and 54 tubes.
Detroit-based mechanical engineering firm specializing in heating, cooling, and plumbing designs for Michigan commercial buildings and residences.
Project files include architectural drawings, mechanical specifications, data sheets, correspondence, and accounts. Some of the drawings predate the firm's architectural practice and include plans designed by important architects working on both public and private projects. Architects represented in the collection include among others Henry Booth, C. Howard Crane, J. Ivan Dise, Clair Ditchy, Alden B. Dow, Wallace Frost, Arthur Hyde, Albert Kahn, Hugh T. Keyes, Malcomson & Higginbotham, Richard Marr, George Mason, Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls, William B. Stratton, Clarence J. Whitney.
- JJR Inc. photographic slides 1960s-1990s
- 35 linear feet.
Ann Arbor, Mich. based national landscape architectural firm noted for urban design, campus planning, environmental analyses, community development, and historic preservation.
Photographic slide collection documenting Michigan projects only. Included are project slides, site plans, conceptual drawings, etc. Many of the projects relate to projects at colleges and universities, especially the University of Michigan. There are projects from throughout the state, but especially from Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw.
Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936.
- Henry Bourne Joy papers, 1883-1937.
- 19 linear ft., 2 oversize folders, and 2 oversize volumes.
President of the Packard Motor Company.
Correspondence concerning his business activities in Detroit, his support of the Lincoln Highway Association, his campaign against the Eighteenth Amendment (Prohibition), and his interest in the Federal Council of Churches; also business letter books, 1888-1892, and 1902-1903; photograph album, 1915, concerning automobile trip from Detroit to San Francisco; scrapbooks, 1883-1937, containing newspaper clippings and articles relating to the development of the automobile industry.
- King family papers 1811-1983
- 0.3 linear feet and 1 oversize folder.
Detroit, Mich., mercantile family, owners of glass and china store, L. B. King & Co.
Papers of the Buhl-King family of Detroit, Mich., include typescript of Civil War diary, May-August 1864, of Frederick Augustus Buhl of the 1st Michigan Cavalry; Typescript of diary of trip to Europe in 1868 of Frederick Buhl; letters, 1870-1874, to and from Louis Buhl King, University of Michigan student, class of 1874; various papers relating to family glass and china store in Detroit; papers of other family members, including diary-ledger-autobiography of Artemas Kent, New York state teacher, 1811-1817; letter of Charles Artemis Kent, 1911; miscellaneous other papers; and photographs.
Krebs, M. (Michelle)
- Michelle Krebs papers, 1984-2009.
- 9.3 linear feet and 2 oversized items.
Michelle Krebs is an authority on the automotive industry, writes regularly for numerous automotive publications, and is an adjunct professor at Detroit's College for Creative Studies.
The collection includes her writings on the automobile industry, research materials collected as part of her work, and promotional materials received from automobile companies about new car models, mainly in the form of photographs, CDs, DVDs, and videotapes.
Kresge, Sebastian Spering, 1867-1966.
- Sebastian Spering Kresge papers, 1937-1966.
- 7 linear ft.
Founder of the S.S. Kresge Company.
Business and personal files relating to his financial dealings and to his involvement with various churches and educational institutions; also photographs.
Kresge, Stanley Sebastian, 1900-
- Stanley S. Kresge papers, 1909-1985.
- 11 linear ft., 2 oversized volumes, and 1 oversized folder
Businessman with the S. S. Kresge Company (later K-mart Corporation) and philanthropist.
Business records, materials relating to philanthropic activities, notably documenting the work of the Kresge Foundation, and family materials; also organizational materials, speeches, and photographs.
- Jennifer Kundak papers, 1977-1990.
- 0.6 linear feet.
Feminist, staff member with Planned Parenthood of Detroit, also member of other health care related organizations.
Published material; videotape (and DVD copy) featuring Michael and Jennifer Kundak upon occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Planned Parenthood organization, 1990; sound cassettes of radio programs with Jennifer Kundak speaking on women's issues, including birth control, abortion, and alternatives to abortion.
Littmann, David L.
- David L. Littmann papers 1964-2006, bulk 1970-2006
- 13 linear feet and 1 oversized folder.
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Comerica Bank, author of the bank's monthly business brochure and numerous editorials, oft-quoted commentator.
The collection contains seven series: Biographical, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Publications, Press, Speeches, and Audio Visual materials, relating to Michigan and the national economy, tax policy, and the automobile industry.
Livingstone, William, 1844-1925.
- William Livingstone papers 1850-1995 (bulk 1865-1925)
- .75 linear ft. and 2 oversize folders.
Livingstone was a Detroit, Michigan businessman, banker, and newspaper publisher. He was an advocate of improving shipping on the Great Lakes, helping to found the Lake Carriers' Association. Livingstone successfully lobbied Congress for funds to construct a channel in the lower Detroit River (the Livingstone Channel).
The collection consists of manuscript and visual materials, some of which were collected by later family members. Included are diaries and account books, 1871-1882 (scattered) and 1925; correspondence and newspaper clippings; subject files pertaining to the Dime Savings Bank and the Lake Carriers' Association; and a speech book containing draft of speech written for James G. Blaine, presidential candidate in 1884. Visual materials include photographs and drawings.
Long, Thomas G., 1883-1973.
- Thomas G. Long papers 1916-1962
- 6 linear ft.
Detroit, Michigan attorney, member of the board of directors of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
Testimony taken in telephone company rate cases, decisions of the utilities commissioners, and miscellaneous court cases.
Macy, George F.
- George F. Macy letter, 1848.
- 1 item.
Letter from the land firm of Macy and Briggs in Detroit dealing with land and tax problems.
Merry, Ellis B., 1907-1989.
- Ellis B. Merry papers, 1907-1988 (bulk 1950s-1980s).
- 2 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Senior and executive vice president of the National Bank of Detroit, later chairman of the board.
The collection concerns business activities, personal interests, and travels. Included are business and personal correspondence, journals, travel materials, and other materials relating in part to his interest in amateur radio.
Miller, William Norton, 1881-1979.
- William N. Miller papers, 1910-1928.
- 0.2 linear ft.
Detroit, Michigan building contractor.
Drawings, photographs, and other materials depicting the Great Lakes Terminal Warehouse in Detroit and other projects.
Minong Mining Company.
- Minong Mining Company correspondence, 1875-1877.
- 8 items.
Includes letters to Frank Gouly about the operation of the company in Detroit.
Parsons, Carl Berger, 1884-1956.
- Carl B. Parsons papers, 1914-1975 (scattered dates).
- 9 items (typescript and photocopies).
Papers of Carl B. Parsons (originally spelled Persson), automotive engineer of Chicago and Detroit.
Undated reminiscence of his life with comments on his childhood in Sweden, his emigration to the United States in 1901, and his career in the carriage and automobile industries; copy of letter to his daughter, 1931, also describing his emigration. (Partially in Swedish)
Remick Music Corporation.
- Remick Music Corporation records, 1901-1929 (bulk 1926-1929).
- 2 linear ft.
Music publishers with offices in New York and Detroit.
Correspondence and other papers relating to the business operations of the company, mainly orders, billings, and requests for payment.
Reynolds, Robert Albert, 1882-1937.
- Robert Albert Reynolds papers, 1934 and undated.
- 10 items.
Detroit automotive engineer and inventor.
Blueprints of inventions, patent applications, and printed material relating to Reynolds Motor Company of Detroit.
Riggs, Frances E.
- Frances E. Riggs papers, 1923-1931.
- 50 items.
Resident of Detroit and founder of the Riggs Foundation, agency established to promote closer co-operation among English-speaking peoples through a program of fellowship and scholarships at the University of Michigan.
Correspondence from University officials regarding the administration of the program.
Riggs, Henry Earle, 1865-1949.
- Henry Earle Riggs papers, 1911-1942.
- 2 linear ft.
Professor of civil engineering at the University of Michigan.
Correspondence and documents, 1914-1924, relating in part to valuation of the Detroit United Railway.
Robinson, Samuel S. (Samuel Stillman), 1824-1904.
- Samuel S. Robinson letter books, 1862-1888.
- 1 linear ft. (6 volumes and 50 items)
Mine manager in the American west and northern Michigan.
Business correspondence detailing in part his work as superintendent of the Detroit Bridge and Iron Works.
Romney, George W., 1907-
- George W. Romney pre-gubernatorial subgroup, 1939-1962.
- 21 linear ft. (includes 6 linear ft. of sound recordings of speeches)
President of American Motors, governor of Michigan.
Biographical information; personal, family, and church correspondence; speeches and articles; files from his service with Nash-Kelvinator and American Motors; and subject files detailing civic involvement with Citizens for Michigan, revision of the Michigan constitution, and his gubernatorial campaign in 1962. The library also houses the gubernatorial papers of George Romney.
S.S. Kresge Company.
- S.S. Kresge Company records, 1912-1978.
- 3 linear ft.
Retail company based in Detroit.
Executive committee minutes, 1946-1960; record books of meetings and proceedings of directors, shareholders, and incorporators; minutes of various corporate committees; subject files detailing financial operations of this chain of variety stores; and files relating to the officers and directors of the company.
Sackett, Ray Carleton, 1888-
- Ray Carleton Sackett papers, 1896-1966.
- 2.2 linear ft. and 3 oversize volumes.
Detroit automobile executive.
Correspondence, 1927-1966, autobiographical sketch, 1965, and assorted newspaper clippings and miscellanea; also scrapbooks, 1896-1958, containing newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the University of Michigan and the automobile industry.
Schwab, Fred E.
- Fred E. Schwab papers 1930-2009
- 2 linear feet and 1 oversize folder.
Fred E. Schwab was an influential member of the plastics manufacturing community in the Detroit area. A German immigrant, he opened and ran several plastics manufacturing businesses and was a founding member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
The collection contains personal materials, most notably files relating to Schwab's emigration from Germany prior to World War II and correspondence (mostly in German) with attorney Hugo Emmerich regarding property claims against Germany. The collection also includes files pertaining to Schwab's plastics manufacturing business, Schwab & Frank and Schwab Plastics, in addition to advertising materials for both companies.
Scripps, James E. (James Edmund), 1835-1906.
- James E. Scripps papers, 1858-1940.
- 9 linear ft. and 2 oversized volumes
Detroit newspaper publisher
Papers of Scripps and of the James E. Scripps Trust established to ensure that control of Scripps's Evening News Association would remain with his immediate family. Series in the collection include: biographical material, notably unpublished biography and personal diaries, 1858-1868 and 1872-1881; business records of various Scripps newspapers and publishing companies; George H. Scripps probate records; and James E. Scripps trust records.
Shafer, Hartley Clifton, 1883-1971.
- Hartley Clifton Shafer papers, 1968-1970 and undated.
- 0.25 linear ft.
Reminiscences of his experiences working as a machinist in the early automobile industry in Detroit and as an inspector during World War I; also notes on the Shafer family and photographs.
Stevens, Mark Chancellor.
- Mark Chancellor Stevens diaries, 1917-1987.
- 9 linear ft.
Diaries detailing daily life, thoughts, business activities, social engagements, and world events. This collection is currently restricted
Stone, Ralph, 1868-1956.
- Ralph Stone papers, 1882-1956.
- 4 linear ft. and 3 oversize volumes.
Detroit banker, alumnus and regent of the University of Michigan.
Includes papers concerning Detroit city government and Detroit Street Railways.
Tayler family (Detroit, Mich.)
- Tayler family papers 1860s-1940s
- 0.5 linear feet.
Detroit, Michigan family. Some members of the family graduated from the University of Michigan. Theron Tayler was an engineer, University of Michigan class of 1908 (eng.) A related member, Josiah Clark was a Detroit grocer. The Farmer family is also represented in the collection.
Genealogy and other vital information found in family Bible; travel diaries of Josiah Clark of trips to Canada and New York city; notebook with production and sales information maintained by Theron Tayler from brick-making business, 1921-1931; and photographs.
Taylor, Orla Benedict, 1865-1945.
- Orla Benedict Taylor papers 1831-1943
- 4 linear ft.
Detroit, Michigan lawyer and banker, and alumnus of University of Michigan.
Correspondence, essays, and newspaper clippings concerning the Detroit banking crisis of 1933; and biographical and genealogical information on the Church, Benedict and Mahon families; also photographs. Correspondents include: Henry M. Bates, William W. Bishop, Clarence M. Burton, Carter Glass, and Clarence J. McLeod.
- Proceedings of the trial of the People vs. Raymond Tessmer 1939
- 0.2 linear feet.
Raymond Tessmer, member of the United Auto Workers and supporter of former union president Homer Martin. Tessmer was accused of criminal libel by Maurice Sugar, the union's general counsel under president R. J. Thomas. Tessmer was represented by Larry Davidow, a union attorney identified with Martin. The case revolved around issues of Communism in the UAW. The trial took place in Detroit Recorder's Court, before Judge Thomas M. Cotter.
Trial transcript. The transcript is incomplete, ending at p. 236 and lacking a portion of the judge's charge to the jury.
Thompson, Harold, 1897-1986.
- Harold Thompson papers, 1940-1986.
- 0.5 linear ft. and 1 oversize volume.
Detroit businessman and civic leader, layman in the Episcopal Church, and state government official.
Subject files relating to his involvement in church affairs, the Mayor's Interracial Committee, established after the Detroit riot of 1943, the Pathfinders organization, and politics.
- Todd family papers, 1862-1980.
- 3.4 linear ft., 1 oversize volume, and 1 oversize folder.
Papers of Fred P. Todd and his son, J. Beecher Todd, relating to their careers as officers with National Loan and Investment Company in Detroit and its successor institutions, Surety Savings and Loan Association, and Surety Federal Savings and Loan Association.
Collected business records, including board of directors' minutes, subject files, organization publications, and scrapbooks.
Van Arnem, Heidi.
- Heidi Van Arnem papers 1977-2003, bulk 1994-2001
- 3 linear feet and 1 oversize volume.
Disability rights activist and entrepreneur from Birmingham, Mich.
Personal and entrepreneurial files providing biographical information and a history of Van Arnem's business ventures; fundraising and advocacy files documenting Van Arnem's advocacy efforts for people with disabilities, as well as her fundraising efforts for spinal injury research; news clippings, including columns Van Arnem wrote for Detroit newspapers; and photographs and videotapes.
Washington, Georgia M.
- Georgia M. Washington papers 1940s-1950s
- 0.2 linear feet.
Detroit African American church woman and cosmetologist.
Event programs and other publications from Hartford Ave. Baptist Church, other Detroit churches, and area cultural performances; cosmetology publications; and snapshots of family, friends, and trips.
Weber, William Christian, 1853-1952.
- William Christian Weber papers, 1858-1940.
- 28 linear ft., 15 volumes, and 15 oversize folders.
Detroit businessman and civic leader.
Business correspondence relating to Weber's activities as a dealer in timber lands, his role as a member of the Art Commission in the development of Detroit?s Cultural Center, his involvement with the construction of the Detroit-Windsor bridge and tunnel, and his activities during World War I; and correspondence and class notes of his sons, Harry B. and Erwin W. Weber, while attending the University of Michigan; also photographs and maps.
- Roy Wenzlick address, Nov. 10, 1937.
- 1 item.
Detroit real estate agent.
Address delivered before the Detroit Real Estate Board and Detroit Mortgage Bankers' Association, concerning effect of the depression on real estate.
Wheeler, Ebenezer Smith, 1839-
- Eben S. Wheeler papers, 1889-1908.
- 1 volume and 8 items.
Detroit civil engineer, chief assistant engineer of the U. S. Board of Engineers on Deep Waterways, later changed to United States Engineer Office, U. S. War Department.
Letter book, 1903-1908, concerning administration of river and harbor projects in the Great Lakes.
- Reuben Wheeler records, 1835-1891.
- 4 volumes and 1 oversize folder.
Grand Rapids, Michigan builder.
Account books for his building concerns in Amherstburg, Ontario, and Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Willeke, Leonard Bernard, 1884-1970.
- Leonard B. Willeke papers, 1900-1984, bulk 1906-1958.
- 9.5 linear feet (in 11 boxes), 26 tubes, and 54 oversize folders.
Cincinnati and Detroit-based architect.
Project files containing architectural drawings, photographs, related correspondence, and other working papers; also personal papers, notably correspondence with friends and colleagues, diaries from his European travels, 1908-1910, photographs of family and friends and of travel sites, and miscellaneous organizational, financial, and collected materials. Willeke projects include residences and commercial and other public buildings in Ohio (primarily Cincinnati), California, and throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Some of the designs were for housing projects intended for defense workers during World War II; another was a proposed Fordson village development in Dearborn, Michigan. Among the clients represented in the collection are Edsel Ford and Oscar Webber, the vice president of the J.L. Hudson Company.
Williams, Gardner Stewart, 1866-1931.
- Gardner Stewart Williams papers, 1900-1931.
- 7 linear ft. 3 linear ft.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, construction engineer specializing in hydraulics and waterpower.
Biographical material; history of Michigan Engineering Society; project files detailing construction of Huron River power plants and dams at Argo, Barton, Geddes, Superior, and French Landing; Detroit Edison consultation materials; engineering reports by, or including comments of, Williams; and photographs.
Williams, Wallace C., 1921-
- Wallace C. Williams papers, 1958-1992.
- 1.25 linear ft.
Detroit businessman active in numerous minority business affairs and organizations. Williams was director of the Michigan Division of Minority Business Enterprise within the Michigan Department of Commerce, 1959-1978.
Biographical information, correspondence, files relating to his activities on behalf of minority business development, especially with the Minority Technology Council of Michigan; also files relating to involvement with Detroit civic and cultural organizations, and photographs.
Pouring molten iron into open hearth furnaces, Great Lakes Steel Corp., Ecorse, Oct. 10, 1930. Photograph by Graphic Arts Studios (Julius A. Clauss papers, Box 6) image bl004028