Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Finally finished processing Morley!


One of the 8 locked volumes

example of on e of the huge volumes, length, width and height
Finally, I am finishing the processing of the Morley Brothers papers. The collection includes 4 series with a total of 117.25 cubic ft. (in 35 boxes, 195 Ov. v., 1 Ov. folder, 1 folder), 1833, 2009, and undated. The collection was processed in sections by various processors over the years, beginning back in 2011.  We just finished series 4. Your can see the catalog record and link to the online finding aids (the fourth one will be online next month) here http://catalog.lib.cmich.edu/search?/amorley+brothers/amorley+brothers/1%2C1%2C12%2CB/frameset&FF=amorley+brothers+firm+saginaw+mich&12%2C%2C12 

This collection was difficult to process because of its size, the heaviness of most of the volumes, the fact that 8 are still locked (we can't break the locks due to how the locks are affixed into the volumes) and the disarray of the papers.
three sections full of volumes
I commend all the students who helped me process the collection over the years: Series 1: C, Engerson, Series 2: T. Graves, R. Rodriguez, L. Vandorin, J. Axe, V. Patrico Series 3:  E. Edwards, A. Halula, M. Prindiville, G. Richard, S. Sullivan and Series 4 which is both business and family papers: S. Albinhamad, C. Stephens.
I also commend all the students who helped us move and reshelve all those heavy volumes: S. Albinhamad, C. Stephens, C. Olson, B. Schamber, K. Tremlin.


 Here are the abstracts for each series:
Series 1: 1883, 1976, undated 3.5 cubic ft. (in 7 boxes, 2 Oversized volumes) The collection includes: letters, catalogs, photographs, personal and business correspondence, clippings (copies), specifications, time books, scrapbooks, genealogical materials, and other materials. The material is in English, Russian, German.


Two more sections of volumes, note the very thick volumes on the second shelf.
 Series 2:  1833, 2009, undated 6.5 cubic ft. (in 13 boxes, 3 Oversized volumes) The collection includes: letters, catalogs, photographs, personal and business correspondence, clippings (copies), specifications, time books, scrapbooks, children's homework and handmade cards to Santa, genealogical materials, and other materials. The material is in English, Russian, German

Series 3:  1903, 1940, undated Approximately 6.25 cubic ft. (in 14 boxes, 3 Oversized folders, 1 legal-size folder) The collection includes: personal and business correspondence, financial statements, contract information, certificates, sales reports, Christmas cards, Saginaw social club information, World War I information, and other materials. The material is mostly written in English, but some materials are in German.

One section of volumes, one mostly of boxes

Series 4:  1835, 1967, and undated 111 cu.ft. (in 187 [mostly Oversized] Volumes, 1 Oversized folder, 1 box) This series consists almost entirely of oversized financial volumes. It is organized into two major series: Morley Bros. Company Organizational Records and the Morley Family/ Personal Papers. Together they provide a detailed history of this Saginaw business family. Researchers and staff should exercise caution in lifting the large, heavy volumes! The material is all written in English.

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