Many are aware of the hundreds of collections that are held at the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives. Our collections range from one folder to one hundred boxes. Some are filled with photos and cassettes while others contain documents and railroad maps that pertain to a unique time in the history of the UP or NMU. No matter how different the collections may be, they’re all historical documents that are personally selected by the University Archivist.
In most cases, patrons come into the archives to look at collections and to conduct their research, but some are unable to come to the university for this. This is one of the reasons why the “Online Exhibits” were created. The online exhibits page showcases some of our largest and most interesting collections at the archives.
One of the first exhibits put on the site, was the “Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range.” This contains numerous articles and bibliographies of the history of immigration to Marquette as well as oral history interviews that you can listen to on the site. Another exhibit was created for the fiftieth anniversary of Anatomy of a Murder, a novel by local writer John D. Voelker that was later made into a movie with Jimmy Stewart. The site contains court transcripts, testimonies, juror interviews, and photos from the real case that inspired the novel.
Besides these two collections, there are also exhibits, pictures, and histories on historical buildings at NMU ranging from 1899 to 1951. Finally, there is an exhibit about student protests that took place on NMU’s campus in the 1960s.
Written by Prince Parker
On November 14th, 1972, the Marquette chapter of the Zonta club officially held their first meeting. They were a group dedicated to empowering women through acts of service and advocacy, and also preventing discrimination against women everywhere. The women’s rights movement had been building over the previous two decades, with the FDA’s approval of birth control in 1960; the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique; the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1963, which was the largest feminist group in America; the fateful Roe vs. Wade supreme court case, which officially made abortion legal; and many, many more. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Zonta club would be formed all over the country for the support of women. The Marquette chapter has received numerous awards from NMU, the city of Marquette, as well as from the head branch of the Zonta club in recognition for outstanding service and achievement. They formed committees for service as well as to research the status of women. Around the UP, these women volunteer at schools and museums, promoting education among children and adults. Far from being a simple feminist group, these women choose to promote women’s rights not through fighting, but through showing how much good women can do for their communities.
The Zonta Club records, MSS-006, consist of seven boxes of financial records, correspondence, minutes, bylaws, conference records, newsletters, newspaper articles, and more. Stop by the archives and see them! We are open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM.
Written by Grace Menter