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Collection Spotlight: Photographic File

This week I was assigned a seemingly impossible task. A file has gone missing at the archives. The process for finding this file includes me looking throughout every file in our twenty drawers of photos, in hopes that the file or photos have not gone far, and has simply been misfiled a drawer away. Sometimes going through the folders can be monotonous and tiresome, but other times I learn new and exciting information that I want to share with whoever will listen. For this post I will be sharing what I learned about NMU, simply by looking through our photo collection.

  1. There used to be a bowling alley in the University Center:

uno2. We have had some very notable and interesting guest speakers over the years including:

  1. A. Vincent Price, 1981
  2. Martin Luther King III, 1987
  3. Eli Wiesel, 1991
  4. President Gerald Ford, 1978:


3. NMU awarded President George H. W. Bush an honorary degree in 1973 when he was head of the CIA: tres

4. Building the dome looked like this:


5. Winterfest used to include:

  1. Lunch tray sledding:


  2. Ice carving.

6. NMU has witnessed/been a part of the world’s largest:

  1. Game of musical chairs, 1977:


2. Pasty,1978:


3. And most recently, the largest game of flag football in the Superior Dome with Al Roker!

Styles change, buildings are knocked down, Presidents come and go, but Wildcat spirit will always remain! Our photos are available to everyone to look through, and are easily accessible. (If anyone has seen a file titled “Student Life—Protests—Vietnam War; c. 1969,” please inform someone at the Archives!)

We will be open our normal hours next week during finals week, but for over winter break we are open December 18-22, January 2-5, and January 8-12 from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Feel free to just come in for a quiet place to study even if you aren’t looking to research something!

(This post was written by Eliza Compton)



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.


Storage Battery Locomotives in the Republic Mine, 1920.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Please see this page for a complete list of names.


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.


Ohio Mine, 1954.


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


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

Homecoming Week Spotlight

As I’m sure you all know, this is homecoming week. Many events have occurred this week, including the Dead River Games, the King and Queen competition, the Scavenger Hunt, the Stepping Competition, Capture the Flag, the parade, and the Tailgating Party. However, these events are only forerunners to the main event- the football game. This year, we thought we would share some photographs from past football teams, games, and homecomings which haven’t been seen before. All pictures below can be found in the Photographic File, ARCHIV-014.

There has been a football team at Northern since at least 1909, with varying successful years and other less fortunate years. Pictured below are members of the team of 1975, which went on to be the NCAA Division II Champion, making a group tackle. Hopefully this year’s team will have as good a record as the 13-1 championship team.

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Below are fans at a football game in 1957. There will surely be many more fans this year. On the top right appears to be a student section. If you look carefully you may spot fans holding the white cone-shaped “megaphones” to cheer with.

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Pictured below is a game from an unknown year where Northern played Hillsdale. Hillsdale is the opponent for NMU this Saturday, with the game scheduled for 4pm at the Superior Dome.

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In these next few photos, the evolution of the uniform can be easily seen. The first picture shows members of the 1919 team in practice, with minimal pads and no helmets. Next are four men with long-sleeved jerseys from the 1939 team, which likely helped keep out the cold in later season outdoor games. Third, members of a team from 1960 or ’61 run out onto the field dressed in white and with newer jerseys and more modern helmets.

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Below, some players of the Northern Michigan College team wrap themselves in blankets on the bench during a cool evening circa 1960. Games were usually held outside, as the great Superior Dome wasn’t completed until 1991.

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These last two pictures show a stark difference in team size between the 1929 team and a more recent (ca. 1980’s-1990’s) team. Happy Homecoming, and go Wildcats!

photo 8photo 9Written by Stefan Nelson