Monthly Archives: August 2013

Welcome Back NMU!

Welcome back, NMU Students! Here at the Archives we’ve been busy all summer updating our social media presence and adding more collections to our already vast amount of materials!

Our team is made up of nine awesome people. Marcus Robyns, NMU Archivist, is currently on sabbatical and will be unseen until next semester. Filling his (metaphorically large) shoes is our interim archivist, Jaime Ganzel, who has been with us for two years and has extensive knowledge of our collections and our “behind the scenes” operations. Representing us in the library we have Elyssa Sanner, our Metadata and Cataloging Services Librarian.

Group Photo of the NMU Archives team

Group photo of the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives team

The rest of our team is made up of student employees here to help you! We are represented by Savannah Mallo, Office Coordinator and Public Outreach Specialist; Allison Engblom, Accessions Specialist; Kacey Lewis, Digitization Specialist; Victoria Dresbach, University Records Center Coordinator; Glenda Ward, Arrangement and Description Specialist; and Alex Eisner, Reference Desk Manager and Public Relations Specialist.

For more information about our staff visit the About Us section of our website! New this semester we have started a Pinterest, NMU Archives, and would love recommended pins and followers from our NMU peers. Also be sure to like us on Facebook, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives and follow us on Twitter, @nmu_archives!

We are located on the first floor of the library in 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks) and can be contacted at 906-227-1225 or Check us out or send us a request for your researching needs!

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner


New Collection Alert: ELF in the Archives!

Here at the Archives we have another new collection available! MSS-249, our SEAFARER Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Submarine Command and Control Communications System Papers are now available for public viewing.

The ELF communications systems were being considered by the Navy from the 1950s through the 1980s. The new collection showcases materials of the Navy’s Project ELF program, SEAFARER (Surface Elf Antenna for Addressing Remotely Employed Receivers)

Program, and Project Sanguine. The ELF frequency systems transmitted command and control messages to submarines and other U.S. Forces. The ELF radio signal is useful for communicating one way between submarines at sea and a ground based location. This was significantly useful since ELF could penetrate seawater and submarines no longer had to resurface to receive vital (and possibly time sensitive) information.

An aerial view of an ELF radio transmitter facility in Clam Lake, Wisconsin.

An aerial view of an ELF radio transmitter facility in Clam Lake, Wisconsin.

The collection includes a vast number of reports including research, ecological and biological monitoring, and related reports that the House of Representatives and the Senate generated between 1976 and 1978. The collection also includes site surveys, public hearing minutes, environmental impact statements, and correspondence.

For more information or to view the collection on this Navy program stop by the Archives in room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks)! We are open Monday-Friday 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm.

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Glenda Ward