We announced in a previous blog post that we would be holding a screening of the movie Anatomy of a Murder on November 1. Due to unforeseen complications, we will no longer be holding that screening this semester. However, we plan on rescheduling the movie for next semester. Please check here or on our Facebook page for updates about this event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you have ancestors in the Escanaba vicinity, are interested in the history of the Upper Peninsula, or just really love browsing old newspapers, you’ll be excited to learn that the Escanaba Public Library recently released many old Escanaba newspapers online! The newspapers range from 1869-1926 and are searchable by keyword using a technology called OCR.
OCR, or optical character recognition, is a technology that can read the characters in a printed, handwritten, or typed document and make them searchable. The accuracy of OCR varies from system to system, but is typically around 80%–so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, try using other keywords! It has become increasingly common at archives and libraries (though we still do not have OCR at the Northern Michigan University Archives).
However, while we do not have access to OCR, we do have a whole host of regional newspapers on microfilm that can be quite useful for scholarly and genealogical research. Our newspaper collection includes not just Marquette County newspapers but also newspapers from Alger County, the Keweenaw Peninsula, Delta County, Dickinson County, Gogebic County, Schoolcraft County, and even some limited newspapers from Saint Ignace, Dearborn, and Detroit! A complete list of our newspapers with dates can be found here.
On October 15 at 7 PM, we will be holding another Evening at the Archives. Elizabeth Oliver, one of our Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Fellowship Grant recipients will be presenting the fruits of her research here this summer. She researched a local Episcopalian bishop, Hayward Ablewhite, who embezzled a great deal of money from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan during the 1930s. He ended up in jail but later became a director of Henry Ford’s Edison Institute Museum. To learn more about this interesting character, come to the presentation!
Written by Annika Peterson
A new semester has started. As some of you have been hearing about all summer, the Archives is undergoing renovation and we have new office hours. Even with all of the new things happening, we are happy to have the same group of dedicated staff working here at the Archives. We are also constantly acquiring and processing new collections to bring more of the history of the Central Upper Peninsula to the masses. Keep up on the goings-on at the Archives by following our Social Media sites.
Construction started on August 17th and has been progressing steadily. When all is done we will have added a conference room by expanding into the office next door, converted a small office space into a microfilm viewing area, added a larger office space for the Records Manager, and created a hallway leading from the Reading Room area into the Archival Processing Area.
Monday through Friday: 10 AM-8 PM
The Archives reading room will be open by appointment for the duration of the renovations (4-? weeks). Staff will continue to respond to email requests, phone requests, and document retrievals. Access to microfilm and collections will be limited; however, none of our virtual reference services will be affected. You may schedule time to view documents, meet with our genealogy researcher, Karen Kasper, discuss institutional records with our Records Manager, Sara Kiska, or to consult with the University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 906-227-1225. When noise and construction activities prevent research in the Reading Room, Archives staff will work with you to make alternate space available. Please call ahead to check on availability and access.
We are located on the 1st floor of the LRC in room 126, near Fiera’s, the elevator, and the tunnel leading to West Science.
The Archives boasts fourteen of the most dedicated team members you will find. Leading the pack is Marcus Robyns, University Archivist since 1997. Sara Kiska graced us with her upbeat personality, talent, and skill as the Records Manager/Analyst in July 2014. The Lydia M. Olson Library provides support for the Archives by sharing the knowledge and expertise of Catherine Oliver, Metadata and Cataloging Services Librarian; Cataloging Assistant, Keith Greising; and Library Systems Specialist, John S. Hambleton.
The rest of our team is made up of student employees and volunteers, all here to help. The multi-talented student staff is represented by Annika Peterson, Senior Student Assistant; Peter Dewan, Marketing and Public Outreach Specialist; Anne Krohn, Digitization Specialist; Kelley Kanon, Web Design Specialist; Stefan Nelson, Records Center Coordinator; Prince Parker, Accessioning Specialist; and Glenda K. Ward, Arrangement and Description Specialist. Our two dedicated volunteers are Karen Kasper, Genealogy Specialist and Research Consultant, and Dr. Steven Peters, Volunteer Project Archivist.
For more information about our staff and to watch short videos explaining what they actually do, visit the About Us section of our website http://www.nmu.edu/archives.
The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives houses the historical records of Northern Michigan University and historical materials documenting the history of the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This includes the counties of Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft.
The archives houses extensive collections, including labor, government and political files; items from Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Co.; the John D. Voelker papers; the Moses Coit Tyler collection of rare books (American history, theology and literature); genealogical resources; and many other collections from community organizations, the university and prominent historical figures. Materials include manuscripts, maps, photographs, film and video, oral histories, newspapers and periodicals.
The Archives is transitioning to a new catalog for its finding aids, ArchivesSpace. ArchivesSpace allows you to browse our collections by title, name of person or institution, or subject, and to search our descriptions of them by keyword.
The Archives leaves its social media footprint on Facebook (Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University), Twitter (@nmu_archives), YouTube (Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives); FlickR (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nmu_archives), and our weekly blog (https://northerntradition.wordpress.com). Keep current on the goings-on at the Archives by following us, subscribing to us, and reading our blog.
Written by Glenda Ward