Monthly Archives: January 2017

Collection Spotlight: Barbeau and Scranton Shipping Records

Today we thought that we would highlight one of our recently processed collections: the Barbeau and Scranton shipping records. The Barbeau and Scranton company moved goods from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula from the 1820s to about 1910. The collection spans this entire range, although the bulk of the documents date from the 1850s and 1860s.

The collection contains correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, newletters, deeds, insurance documents, ship manifests, shippers, and boat inspections. Of particular interest to researchers are the individual orders and requests from traders, Native Americans, and early white settlers of the Upper Peninsula. The collection serves as an (incomplete) documentation of the goods imported into the Upper Peninsula during the 19th century.

Those interested in the company might also want to explore the Barbeau and Scranton letters possessed by the Marquette County Historical Society, the Barbeau papers at the Bayliss Public Library,  and the Peter Barbeau papers at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Interested in the Barbeau and Scranton collection? Come and check it out at the archives! We are open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM.

Written by Annika Peterson


Collection Spotlight: Postcard Collection

This week we would like to highlight our collection of postcards from Northern, Marquette, and the UP. The postcards date from as early as the turn of the century and contain some fascinating scenes. Many also have messages written on them. Below are some of our favorites:


An image from Calumet, MI of a tunnel leading to a store, year unknown.


A sculpture of snow and ice made in Marquette, MI in the 1940s.



The view up Front Street in 1909 with a message from travellers in the UP on the back.



An image of Washington Street from around 1909 with a message from a Northern student to a friend or relative in Ontonagon.


A postcard depicting Northern State Normal, ca. 1900-1930.



A postcard advertisement for Northern’s summer session, ca. 1923.



A postcard from 1907 depicting Northern.


A postcard from the early 1920s depicting Northern’s bizarre Elementary Swedish Exercises class.


Northern’s bowling alley, year unknown. The bowling alley was where the bookstore is now.



An image advertising the Upper Peninsula, year unknown.

Come in and check out the rest of the postcard collection! Our schedule for the winter semester is Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM.

Written by Annika Peterson