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HST 583 Architectural records class

Tawny Ryan Nelb guest lectured in my class Tues Nov. 5th about architectural records. She always does such a wonderful job! Here are some images of Tawny demonstrating and discussing various formats of architectural records, their composition and their preservation challenges with the class.  The last image is of the students each creating their own architectural records identification chart.  My class always learns a lot.

New link to register for MI SHRAB pre-grant webinar

If you believe your Michigan institution has historical records, you can apply for a grant to preserve them. Attending a pre-grant webinar is required. The link to register for the next round of webinar can be found here

The Save Michigan History grant program, a partnership between the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission,  awards smaller Michigan historical organizations and institutions with funding to preserve archival records. Eligible applicants can receive up to $2,000 to preserve records and make them available to the public.

The Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board, appointed by the governor, serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and for National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded projects in the state.

The board works in conjunction with the Archives of Michigan to facilitate cooperation and commu…

Native American Coloring Books

One of the publication genres you may not think of during Native American Month is coloring books. MI Native American coloring books fits two categories of the Clarke's collecting policy,  children's literature and MI Native Americans. We currently have five coloring books on Native Americans, two of which are about or include information about Michigan Native Americans. All of these are 30 years old. Perhaps we need to try to collect some newer ones. Here are some images:

Michigan's Indians, illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis, 1986, cover and an example of a coloring page with some basic context.

North American Indian design coloring book, rendered for coloring by Paul E. Kennedy, 1971 the cover and two pages showing Ojibwa designs, but do not provide any context:

Native American month- Company K collections

Michigan's Civil War Company 1st Sharpshooters Company K unit was mostly composed of MI Native Americans including Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi. It is quite a famous unit.
We have a number of publications and manuscript collections documenting it as a regiment, specific soldiers who served in it, and more broadly as part of the Civil War or Native American history. Here are some of these sources.

Primary Sources (Manuscript collections):
Thomas Ke-chit-ti-go collection, 2003 (Copy of Grayling's Crawford County Avalanche newspaper article about him, his life and service, with an image of his tombstone), 1 folder, a Sargeant of the unit. He is buried in Grayling's Elmwood Cemetery.

Quita V. Shier Company K Research collection, 2019, 5 cubic feet (in 10 boxes) see finding aid. Her collection is mostly copies of their military service records from the National Archives, newspaper clippings, census and some tax records. She also wrote a book based on her research. Here's…

Toward a National Archival Finding Aid Networ NAFAN

Publications by/About/created for Native Americans

We have a lot of publications by/about/ or created for Native Americans. These include books, series, newspapers, newsletters, various histories of tribes, people, events, reservation schools, churches, catechisms, treaties, and other materials.  They are in various languages and some may each include multiple languages. Here are some examples regarding Catholicism in Ottawa.

Holy Childhood Catholic Church, Harbor Sprints, MI operated an Indian school:

Its Native American month 2019

It's Native American Month 2019. I thought I'd show some examples and various formats of some of our many collections with information by/about Native Americans.

We have tried to collect all of the microfilmed federal records series at the National Archives (NAs) related to Michigan Native Americans from Record group 75, Records of the Office of Indian Affairs (OIA). We have microfilm cabinet drawers full of these microfilmed records. These series document the difficult relationships between the U.S. government and Native Americans as administered by the OIA in correspondence, reports, treaties, annuities, case files, enrollments, and other materials.  Here are some examples:

If you'd like to learn more about the series you can review the catalog records for them or contact me. 

More information about RG 75 is available on the NAs  Native American Heritage webpage at

The NAs is currently scanning  RG 75.  1,810,6…