Monthly Archives: March 2016

Glam Glorious Graduates: Anne



As you all know, this spring we will be saying goodbye to three of our great student assistance here at the Archives. During this bittersweet time we have to remind ourselves that these three amazing graduates have made it to the finish line. In honor of their success, now and in the future, we have decided to give them a proper send off, continuing with the GlamGlorious Graduates. Part II is dedicated to our Digitization Specialist, Anne Krohn.

Anne decided to attend NMU after graduating from Merrill High School in June of 2012. As you can see she and her friends had an amazing time. Anne loves the Lake Superior area and really wanted to stay close to the water. Anne explains to us her decision making highschoolprocess. “I knew that I wanted to go to a college near Lake Superior. My family and I often vacationed there in the summer and I have always been drawn to its beauty. So I only looked at two schools for college, the University of Wisconsin–Superior and Northern Michigan University because they both had degrees in film making. Choosing to be a film maker was never something I thought I would do until I actually started looking at schools. From a young age I’ve always loved telling stories and creating characters, so I’ve always imagined myself becoming a writer. However, I began to realize that descriptive writing is actually really hard and I’ve always had these images when I write and I really wanted to bring these images to life in a visual form. So I decided to become a screen writer. After looking at both schools I liked Northern’s more hands on approach, better than Superiors, plus the campus was much prettier, so it wasn’t hard to choose.”

When it comes to Anne, there is never a bland moment. Anne is a person who lives for the now and loves to go on adventures and hikes. With her free spirit, she bonds with every person she meets and builds great friendships with others as she works hard to pursue her dreams. Making memories effortlessly, she struggles to pick one to share with us. “It’s impossible to only pick one memory for there are many that I will always remember about Northern, but for the sake of this blog post I will just pick one. During my digital cinema classes in the winter of 2015, I formed a close bond with three of my classmates in particular, Chris, Olivia, and Michael. In the picture you can see all four of us huddled around a RED camera at the top of Marquette Mountain. We were filming President Film shootingErickson skiing down the hill for his investiture speech. It was a blizzard all day and the whole time we were trying our best to protect the $50,000 camera that was placed in our charge. But despite the cold and arduous process of walking down a ski hill with a 50 pound Pelican camera case we had a lot of fun. I will always remember the snow flying in my face, dodging skiers, and working alongside some of my best friends.”

Here at the Archives, we all know how much time Anne has put in to make certain collections easier for patrons to access. She has also helped us expand our technology. In her two and a half years here at the Archives, Anne has done so much and has impacted each and every one of us in some way; hopefully we’ve done the same for her. “The archives have been the best place for me to work these last two and a half years because it has taught me so many things about preservation,at work history, and finishing long term projects. I was also so privileged to be working with media such as the film and reel-to-reels that I had never even seen before and understanding what the media was like before digital. Moving forward in my career I know that the experiences I’ve had here, working independently and as a team, time management skills, multitasking, all will help me in the future when making films. And in my personal life I’ll always remember the wonderful times and people I had the pleasure of knowing and how passionate I am about the work I’ve done.”

What’s next for Anne? “Short term goal for my future, get a job, like everyone’s short term goal but I would love to get an internship or starting position somewhere in my field. I’ll work for a few years while writing scripts on the side. Once I have some scripts ready I want to direct my own films. My hope is they’ll be seen by lots of people who enjoy them but it doesn’t matter to me if I ever make the big time/Oscar winning/paparazzi life because life’s more about enjoying it then how successful you’ve become. And of course Glenda and I need to start the reality TV show where we travel around to different archives in disarray and fix them. And Annika will be my co-writer in the next hit comedy series about life in the archives and everyone is promised a guest appearance.”

With her artistic ability and her great sense of humor, Anne brings a special glow to our Archives family. While she works hard every day on digitization, she also keeps everyone laughing with her great stories and videos that she comes across on social media in her spare time. There is no way to thank her for everything she has done, but this blog is a great place to start. We congratulate Anne on her success and we will miss her very much and we know she will go on to do amazing things, because she is after all, Awesome-Sauce  Anne.


Anne Krohn

B.S. Art and Design-Concentration in Digital Cinema

April, 2016


An Update on LGBT History at the Archives

Last October, as a part of a double header for LGBTQ and Archives History Month, Dr. Chet DeFonso and I gave an Evening at the Archives presentation on LGBTQ archives and museums as well as our own collections here at NMU. During the presentation Dr. DeFonso mentioned a collection of LGBTQ archival repositories compiled by the Society of American Archivists entitled The Lavender Legacies Collection. After the presentation it was decided that NMU had a sufficiently large collection, enough LGBTQ friendly policies, and more than enough desire to be eligible for inclusion.


The Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable, the committee responsible for forming the Lavender Legacies Guide, are interested in an institution’s history, its LGBTQ holdings, and its physical and intellectual accessibility for all patrons. Our current collections on LGBTQ material are small, and mostly consist of papers from NMU student groups and politicians who had an interest in LGBTQ policies, but our commitment to growing our LGBTQ holdings is what made us qualified for inclusion in the Lavender Legacies Guide. Currently we’re in the process of updating our collection development policy to include, and are still accepting collections of in the meantime, LGBTQ collections.


Our student group collections include memorabilia from OUTlook, ALLIES, and their predecessor the Gay and Lesbian Student Union

Archives play a vital role in the recording of history and can greatly affect social change when utilized effectively. The Archives staff feels we are in good company when we say we would like to see more influence from the LGBTQ community on NMU’s history, and making us aware of your collections is the first step in accomplishing that goal. Now more than ever, if you wish them to be, your collections will be advertised to the public alongside other great repositories like University of Michigan and Michigan State, among others.

LLG MI Repositories

 Written by Nikki Willhelm



This semester the Archives will be seeing three of our dedicated student assistants graduate and venture forth into the world of Get-A-Real-Job-Already-You-Have-A-Degree Land and we will miss them more than even they can imagine.  In honor and recognition of all they have accomplished and all they will accomplish we have designed a three-part blog series in order to share their greatness with all of you.  I have the pleasure of leading off with our Web Design Specialist, Kelley Kanon.


kelley1Kelley came to NMU after graduating from the Grand Blanc Community High School; here she is receiving her high school diploma in 2012.  Kelley shares a story behind her decision to attend NMU and says it is a hilarious one that she loves to tell.  Tell us that story Kelley!  “I was a senior in high school before I started seriously looking into where I’d like to attend college. Living downstate, I knew about Central Michigan University, Western, and Eastern among other schools. Loving snow as much as I do, I wondered one day so do we even have a Northern Michigan University? One Google search later, I was so excited. Not only was this school in the UP, but Art and Design was a very popular major! Immediately we booked a campus visit. My parents and I loved the town and the school, and Northern ended up being the only school I even applied to.”

Memories are a part of who we all are and go with us throughout our lives.  Kelley shares one of those special memories and a picture from the 2015 Alpha Gamma Delta International Reunion Day with sisters Jonie and Morgan.  kelley2“I have millions of great memories here. I love this school and this town, yet without a doubt, the greatest part about being here has been all the people I’ve met. I’m so thankful for the friendships I’ve made. I’m also very thankful that I got myself involved in Greek life when I was a freshman. I could go on at length about how much growth I have seen myself go through after joining Alpha Gamma Delta, and additionally, I could not be more grateful to have had these sisters through these years as the greatest source of comfort and support. The family I have had here has been what made every experience at Northern a great one.”

kelley3The Archives has benefited immensely from having Kelley as part of our family and her contributions will live long after she leaves us; hopefully we contributed something to her as well.  “Working at the Archives has been crucial in helping me decide where I wanted to go with my career. My first two years of studying graphic design were phenomenal in that our projects were varied: I created magazine spreads, posters, websites, packaging, and books; however, with so many options, I was having trouble narrowing down what exactly it was that I was most interested in, and what I would be the most satisfied doing for a living. When I applied for this job at the Archives my junior year, I thought web design was my biggest interest. Having the opportunity to explore web design in a very real way confirmed it. While working here, I’ve been able to create websites from budding idea to completion, with always interesting subject matter!”

So, what is ahead for our fabulous web designer, you ask.  Well, she does have a plan!  “To be honest, I am embracing the impending identity crisis. I have been a student for my entire life, so taking this final step is equally exciting and completely terrifying. My short and long term goal both is to always be satisfied with what I am doing. I am looking into job opportunities that will make me feel like I am doing something important: that I will be happy to create for. I would love to work for a graphic design firm, for a car company, a video game company, or even to freelance and work for myself. My options are very open-ended at this time, but most immediately, I will be moving back home to the Flint, MI area to be with my very wonderful and supportive family while I search for jobs with a reasonable commute.”kelley4

Kelley Kanon
BFA Art & Design: Graphic Communication
April 2016

Politicians Come to NMU

With the presidential primaries heating up all over the country, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some political figures who have visited Northern Michigan University over the years. While not all of these individuals successfully became a President of the United States, all of them did at least make a bid for the White House.

On November 16, 1978 former President Gerald R. Ford made a special visit to NMU following the conclusion of his presidency the previous year. After Nixon’s resignation from office in 1974, Ford carried out the remainder of the presidential term until 1977. Ford visited NMU and met with University leaders including then University President John Jamrich.


Former President Gerald Ford speaking at NMU in 1978.

During his visit Ford met students all over campus, including those studying in the Olson Library. The picture below shows Ford (holding a football and other memorabilia) and a group of excited young men.


Ford and a group of excitable young men.

Several decades later, during his bid for re-election in 2004, former President George W. Bush led a rally at the Superior Dome. Images from that day show the large crowds gathered to welcome Bush to the Upper Peninsula. In addition to those supporting Bush’s bid for a second presidential term, there were also those in attendance who opposed Bush and his presidency. For more images from that day, including scenes involving secret service members and other Marquette locals, please stop by and check out our extensive Photographic File!


Former President George W. Bush leads a rally in 2004.

Prior to his re-election in 2012, current President Barack Obama paid a special visit to Marquette after Marquette was awarded a special honor by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. During his visit in February 2011, President Obama commended Marquette and Northern Michigan University for their advances in providing widespread internet access through innovative means. To read more about the President’s visit to Marquette, please click here.


President Obama makes his way through a crowd of spectators at NMU.

Although this last presidential hopeful never quite made it to the final ticket in November 1968, he did serve as the Governer of Michigan from 1963-1969. As the leader of the Republican ticket in 1967, Romney soon fell behind his running mate Richard Nixon and dropped out of the race in 1968. Although the date of Romney’s visit to NMU is unknown, we do have proof that he met with then University President Edgar Harden. You might recognize the surname as the same as another recent presidential candidates’ – and you would be right. Mitt Romney, George’s son, was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.

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George Romney seated with then University President Edgar Harden.

For more on our collections, including the photographs used here, please check out our searchable database ArchivesSpace.

Blog post written by Sara Kiszka.