Monthly Archives: June 2013

Author in the Archives

Here at the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU archives we’re excited to share that our Arrangement and Description Specialist, Glenda Ward, has had another article published. Her first article, “Mamie,” published back in 2011 in NMU’s The Lightkeeper, is a creative short story about her grandmother and the way she remembers her. It has great details and keeps the reader hooked until the end.

Her new article, “Passion on the Bay”, was recently published in the Anishinaabe News. This article takes readers through her day on the NAS 310 Field Trip to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resource Division (KBNRD) in L’Anse.

Glenda is working on an Individually Created Program in Native American Studies with a minor in Public History and she “believes that there portrait of Glenda Wardcan never be change unless we recognize what happened in the past.”

Although Glenda hasn’t been with the Archives long, we are proud to call her part of the Archives family. Her first article can be found at and her recent article at
.  Great work Glenda!

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Collection Spotlight: George Shiras III

George Shiras III, the noted wildlife photographer and congressmen, may not have been a native of Marquette, but his impact on the city is still seen today. He was born in 1859, graduated from Cornell University in 1877, and graduated Yale Law School in 1883. He quickly joined his father’s law firm after graduation and stayed there until 1904. He served on the Pennsylvania legislature and also as a member of Congress. During his congressional term he introduced the Migratory Bird Bill which President Theodore Roosevelt supported and consequently resulted in a friendship between the two.

Shiras (pictured center) with Messrs. Post and Editor Russell

Shiras (pictured center) with Messrs. Post and Editor Russell

At a young age, Shiras began his love of the outdoors and throughout his life this love would earn his title as an amateur nature photographer and world-renowned animal naturalist. Many recognize him as the father of wildlife photography and he had inventions in photography patented. He began visiting the U.P. in 1870 when he was 11 years old. He contributed to National Geographic Magazine, and he also discovered a new species of moose. Roosevelt even suggested Shiras write a book about his experiences.

Here at the Archives we have a Shiras collection which includes correspondence between him and Roosevelt, drafts of a manuscript (“Tentative Biographical Sketch of George Shiras 3rd”), and a draft of a first-person memoir, “Law, Lawmaking, and Politics.”

If you would like to learn more information about Shiras or view the collection, stop by the Archives located on the first floor of the LRC in room 126. The Finding Aid is located at

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Savannah Mallo