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.

A ‘Greek’ Peek

Piggy backing off of the blog post “Not That kind of Greek…” by the Central U.P. and NMU Archives, the BHC presents some of the artifacts we have connected to Greek life here at NMU.


Although hard to read, this trophy says “Rush Float Winner Tau Pi Nu 1937”

Rush, which was somewhat similar to “Greek Week,” was always a big deal for the sororities and fraternities at NMU. In the earlier years of the university’s history, a parade was held during this week and the Greeks would make floats for it. Every year a winner for best float was awarded a little trophy. This one was given to the sorority Tau Pi Nu for their 1937 float.


Fraternity paddle for Delta Sigma Phi

We have a number of paddles from a variety of Fraternities. Paddles are typically handmade by the student entering the fraternity or sorority. What the paddles are used for after they are made depends on the organization, though recent hazing laws have reduced them to being mostly ceremonial in nature.


Mugs for Alpha Phi Omega and Tri Mu

There are lots of nick-knacks associated with the Greek associations, a couple of prime examples that we have are these two mugs. Each is associated with a different fraternity.

These items are currently off display.

Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC

Evening at the Archives: Public Radio 90 WNMU-FM

Everyone has heard of the saying“Spring is in the air,” but here at the archives we seem to have radio instead—Public Radio 90, that is! This Thursday we will be hosting our semi-annual Evening at the Archives, featuring a celebration of Public Radio 90 WNMU-FM’s 50th Anniversary. It will be presented by WNMU-FM radio personality and jazz maven, Hans Ahlstrӧm. Past Evenings have include a genealogy workshop and a presentation about student research. This will be our fourth Evening at the Archives, and we have been preparing for weeks, so come and enjoy the product of our hard work!
As any good researcher knows, research is a timely endeavor that doesn’t always yield the results you’re hoping for. At the Archives we have been moderately successful in gathering lots of information about WNMU-FM. We have had the opportunity to interview John Major and Bruce Turner, tow men who played a vital role in the station’s creation 50 years ago in 1963. We have also had the pleasure of speaking with Tony Grudnoski and Jean Olson, both of whom contributed in the station’s early years. Steve Dupras, a past station manager, and Evelyn Massaro, current station manager, helped fill in a lot of gaps in information from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Steve Dupras and others

(left to right), Scott Seaman, Steve Dupras, John X. Jamrich, and Robert Biolo, with the check which funded a new WNMU-FM Translator in 1983.

Being able to conduct these oral history interviews has been a wonderful learning process for many of the Archival staff. Much of our collection involves oral history interviews, usually on cassette tapes and occasionally on old reel-to-reel audio, and is conducted by NMU professors and students. This project allowed us to experiment with digital recording methods and preservation techniques, and should prove valuable for future in-house research projects. Many of the interviews have been reduced to short clips, but that doesn’t mean that the full interview isn’t available! If you like what you hear, feel free to stop by and listen to the full interview. And keep your eyes on our Oral History Project website—perhaps you’ll be able to listen to the wonderful recollections of John Major or Evelyn Massaro from the comfort of your own home!
In conducting all these interviews we’ve had the opportunity to learn a vast amount about WNMU-FM, from budget cuts and PR disasters to station awards and changes in technology. This Evening is shaping up to be an entertaining presentation with sound clips, old photos, and an impressive array of information. We hope you’ll join us in this historical celebration!
This Evening at the Archives will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 7pm in the NMU Archives, room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks). This is a free event, open to the public, and refreshments will be provided! Please call (906)227-1225 or email in order to reserve a seat—sadly, space is limited!

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Olivia Ernst.

More About Streaking

In October, I wrote a post about streaking at NMU in the 70s. As I mentioned in the post, it wasn’t a small fad. People came in droves to streak in the residence hall courtyards.

Recently, for a communications and marketing video, I interviewed some people at NMU about when they were students here. Dave Bonsall was a student when streaking became popular at Northern, and he talked about it when I asked him about a specific memory. It starts at 1:24 in the video below.

Written by Lucy Hough