Monthly Archives: March 2013

New Collection: John Kiltinen Papers

This week at the archives, we finished processing the John Kiltinen papers. This was a huge project, but it was easily managed thanks to our Description and Arrangement Specialists Glenda Ward and Jaime Ganzel and former Student Assistant, Natalie Yeager.

John Kiltinen, a Marquette native, received his undergraduate degree from NMU before going onto receive his PhD in Mathematics from Duke University. After that he taught at University of Minnesota for four years before returning to NMU, where he taught from 1971-2007.

The John Kiltinen papers are primarily letters and correspondence about his involvement in the Seaborg Summer Science Academy and The Summer Institute of Arts and Sciences, as well as information about his time as President of the AAUP during NMU’s Declaration of Financial Exigency in the early ‘80s. Kiltinen also established the Michigan Mathematics Placement Exam, was on the faculty advisory budget committee, on the committee to elect James Appleberry as NMU President after John X. Jamrich, and on the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (State Affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). For 10 years he served as the Editor of the Michigan section of the Mathematical Association of America’s newsletter. One of his many notable achievements was starting the visiting science lecture program in the Upper Peninsula in the ‘70s, where NMU professors would give lectures in the local high schools which allowed students to develop interests in different fields.

John Kiltinen accepting an Upper Peninsula Choral Society award.

Here we see John Kiltinen accepting an award for one of his other hobbies, Choir.

For more information on John Kiltinen or to hear his oral history interview, visit the Archives in Room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks).  A special thanks to Glenda Ward for her help and information on this subject.

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner, Glenda Ward, and Olivia Ernst. 



Buttons, Buttons as Far as the Eye Can See

NTbuttons2While cataloging items this week, I’ve begun to notice just how many buttons and pins we have here at the Beaumier Heritage Center. They range from commemorative pins to buttons advertising dances, important causes, theater seasons or sports. It’s a bit mind boggling just how many types of buttons and pins have been used throughout the years, and I hope they keep coming in.

This is just a small peek at the variety of buttons and pins that we have. More are on display in the NMU Trustees’ Board Room and other locations around campus. Click on the pictures to see larger images.

Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC


Congratulations Jaime Ganzel, Interim Archivist!

First of all, we at the archives would like to thank all who attended our Evening at the Archives event to celebrate WNMU’s 50th Anniversary. It was a great time and we are pleased to announce it was a success. If you missed it keep an eye on our website as well as the Public Radio website, as we will be posting the presentation PowerPoint and audio clips soon!

Jaime GanzelWe have been very busy at the archives and we would like to take this time to note a very exciting announcement for us. Jaime Ganzel, our Arrangement and Description Specialist, has been appointed as the Interim Archivist when Marcus Robyns, University Archivist, goes on sabbatical to write a book.

Jaime has been with the archives almost two years and we are confident she will rise to the new challenges and take them in stride. She has a BA in English, a minor in anthropology, and has taken coursework relevant to the archives. She is currently a post-baccalaureate student here at NMU and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for HS 105—World History students. In the future Jaime plans to attend graduate school for Archival Science, and we wish her luck on this stepping stone to her dream.
University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, speaks about Jaime’s appointment.

Marcus will be on sabbatical from July 1 through December, 2013, and we would like to wish him the best of luck on his book. He will be writing on functional analysis as an archival appraisal technique and the way it differs from traditional appraisal techniques. Be sure to look for it in a bookstore near you next year!

For more information about the Archives, visit our website at or come check us out in Room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks).

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Olivia Ernst.