Thursday, July 20, 2017


I wish I could pick this up and hold this and know that what I want is on it. Or that whoever saved information on it used a lot of specific subjects to describe what I'm searching for in the inventory.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Memories of kidnapping and robbery at Clare's Doherty Hotel, 1935

As a young man Larry Knapp fell asleep in the Doherty Hotel where he worked. In the early morning he woke up to find a pistol in his face brandished by a gangster. Gangster Windle Shine  decided to rob the Doherty Hotel and sent in two cronies to do the job. Carl Humphries guarded Larry while Tommy Thompson took $92 from the cash register. They couldn't get into the safe as there was a steel cage around it, but they took apart the slot machine to get an addition $150-200. The men took Larry with them, later forced him out of a car, and sent him back to town threatening to shoot him if he looked at their car license plate. When Larry finally got back to town both the local and state police got involved. Tire tracks and shell casings Larry had accidentally kicked out of the car when he exited it, led to the gangsters arrest and imprisonment. Humphries and Thompson were sentenced to 3.5-7 years and Shine received 7-15 years. This is part of the Larry Knapp Clare (Mich.) History Collection, 1904, 2017.

The start of Larry's memories of being robbed and kidnapped in 1935, written in the 1980s.

His memories of waking to find a pistol in his face.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners Meeting: Call for Proposals

Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners Meeting: Call for Proposals
October 19-20, 2017
Library of Michigan, Lansing, MI

The Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners invite you to submit a session proposal for the next MMDP meeting, October 19-20, 2017 in Lansing, MI. The two-day event is sponsored by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Archival Association. As always, registration for all participants is free. If you create, manage, or transform digital collections in Michigan, we want to hear from you!

The MMDP Planning Group invites proposals for workshops (October 19) and conference sessions (October 20). We welcome proposals from anyone, and are particularly interested in proposals from smaller institutions and students.

Session Types
● Workshops or User Groups: Interactive sessions with a practical component; 1-3 hrs
● Panels: 3 or more presenters, 40 minutes
● Presentations: 1-2 presenters, 20 minutes
● Lightning talks & demonstrations: 7 minutes
● Posters: One poster session during a networking break on October 20
● Discussion Groups: Facilitate a 30 minute discussion session on a digital collections topic

Suggested Topics
● Metadata, cataloging, and description
● Outreach for digital collections
● Project management and communication tools
● Tools and processes you use to get things done (hacks and creative solutions welcome!)
● Unique digital challenges: storage, security, formats

Send us your proposals!
To submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form. We will adjust our agenda to fit the submitted proposals or suggest changes to the presenters. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

● Deadline to submit proposals: August 1, 2017
● Notification of acceptance: August 14, 2017

Details about the October event will be posted at our website,

Ed Busch
Electronic Records Archivist
MSU Archives
Conrad Hall, Room 101
888 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Friday, July 14, 2017

CMU Museum posters

Here are a few posters from the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History. The raccoon is my favorite.

Here's is the fold up color brochure poster front

part 1 on the back

part 2 on back

part 3 on back

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Clarke posters

Found yet another small cache of CMU posters. Most were, thank heavens duplicates, but here are a few I have not seen before related to the Clarke, the small press books fair is an ode to our past director John Cumming.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Amelia Earhart question

No surprise, we still don't know for sure what happened to Amelia.

A recently discovered, undated photograph that was misfiled in the US National Archives reignited debate as to whether or not Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were captured and held by the Japanese. "The label on the photograph says it was taken on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands, presumably by a US spy." While the man who found the photograph thinks this is worth pursuing, others think it is pretty crazy to discuss. Read more about it here

The photo was later identified as being the same as a photo in another file dated 1935, before their last flight. That is what happens when you don't properly date and identify all your photos. That the photo was misinterpreted was no surprise to Dorothy Cochrane, curator for the Aeronautics Department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum who said.."People take photos and interpret them, and they're free to do that. It has not persuaded me."  Read more about it here

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Miller Rd., Flint

There have been many times I have driven on or been part of a discussion involving traveling along or by Miller Rd., Flint.

We just got a small collection documenting the history of Miller Rd. named for the Daniel Miller Family who came to Clayton, Genesee Co. MI in 1839 from NY state. Daniel and several brothers founded Miller Settlement, and cut through the woods Flint to Swartz Creek in1841. Part of that is now Miller Rd.

Ann and the Rev. Daniel had 9 children. Daniel and two of his sons, Wells and Marshall,and their families moved in 1861 to Grand Traverse region living in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, and Glen Arbor township. Daniel gave the Glen Lake community its first property for a school in an area known as Miller Hill.  The Millers spread out after that into various states.  It is a neatly penned and interesting account of the family history and the settlement of parts of the state. The notes were written by the wife of son George in 1945 and later copied in 1963 by her daughter, Ruby Miller Hanna of Battle Creek.

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