Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant: Apply by March 10!

It’s that time of year again! The Archives is accepting applications for the Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant. We have previously discussed who Grace Magnaghi was on this blog, but today we thought that we would give a brief overview of how to apply for the grant.

The grant is designed to help scholars pay for their travel costs to the archives to do scholarly research using archives collections or library special collections that will aid in the production of a thesis, dissertation, journal article, research paper, or other publication related to the history of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Previous recipients have researched topics such as Julia Tibbett’s battle to save Presque Isle from development, the history of Coalwood (a Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company-owned lumber camp), Frederic Baraga, and an Episcopal bishop found guilty of embezzlement in the 1930s. An overview of our collections can be found here, and a list of general topics that the archives collects can be found here. Please note that only fully processed collections appear on the search page. If you are interested in what unprocessed collections we might have that would be relevant to your research interests, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Applicants must submit an application form, a resume or CV, and two letters of recommendation. If accepted for the grant, the recipient will write a one page report of their activity in the archives/library plus their receipt for expenses and will give a copy of the result of their research to the archives. In addition, they will return to the archives at some later date to give a presentation on their research. We welcome applications from non-history fields. Previous recipients have included anthropologists and environmental scientists.

 

This year, applications for the program are due on March 10. You can find application forms and instructions here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at archives@nmu.edu.

Written by Annika Peterson

Collection Spotlight: Yearbooks

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One of the most used–and arguably, most entertaining–resources at the archives is our yearbook collection. They are a remarkable record of events, student organizations, faculty, and students at Northern. They are also a treasure trove of images from throughout Northern’s history.

The first extant yearbook is from 1910. We are missing several years between 1910 and 1950, in some cases because we simply do not have a copy, in others because a yearbook was not published that year. However, in the years without a yearbook, the student newspaper or magazine would frequently publish a yearbook-esque edition at the end of the year. The yearbooks continued until 1980, when the size of Northern made it impractical to continue a yearbook.

The yearbooks can be very helpful for genealogists. Together with our commencement records, the yearbooks can help a researcher to confirm that their relative attended Northern at a certain time. They will list what organizations a student was involved in, which might lead to records from that organization or newspaper articles about the student. In addition, the yearbooks will contain photos and anecdotes of their relative.

All of our yearbooks are on the shelves in our reading room and can be browsed at any time! We also have a few yearbooks from Marquette and Negaunee that are available to the public. Come in and check out the yearbook! We are open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM.

Written by Annika Peterson

Collection Spotlight: Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company Photographs

If you are at all familiar with our archives, you are probably aware that one of our largest collections is from the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company (CCI), the largest employer in Marquette County for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. This collection contains correspondence, annual reports, payrolls, maps, photographs, and more. Today we are highlighting the photographic collection, all of which can be viewed online. Most of the photos are from the 1950s, but a few are from as early as 1910.

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Storage Battery Locomotives in the Republic Mine, 1920.

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CCI also had a lumber division producing wood to fuel their mines and other operations. This is a hauling team transporting logs down a trail from the Limestone Softwood Job in Alger County, 1910.

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The Minnesota Summer Exploration Staff, July 1952. Exploration staffs looked for possible mine sites. See this page for a full list of names.

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The Geological Department, Summer 1952. See this page for a full list of names.

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An employee at the Halliburton Reel in Operation for Testing Diamond Drill Hole Deviation, 1951.

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A wood pipe in construction at the McClure Plant near Dead River in Marquette County, 1918.

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Albert Pin, a shift boss, at a control dispatcher station on the 8th level, 1955.

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Cleveland-Cliff employees in front of the Cliffs Shaft Mine in Ishpeming, MI, 1952.

Please see this page for a complete list of names.

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Shallow Hole Trailer Drill with a mounted diamond core drill and pump with tripod mast erected at the Ishpeming Centennial Parade. From left to right, Victor Nelson, Alvin Nelson and Swante Merrila, 1954.

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Ohio Mine, 1954.

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Drilling holes for installation of rock bolts in the 9th Level drift heading, 1954.

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Cleveland Cliff employees at Central Basin field camp, Summer 1952. Note how young they look!

For more CCI photographs, please see our online album. Interested in the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company? Be sure to stop by and check it out!

 

Written by Annika Peterson