GLMS 51 - Edward N. Middleton Collection
“GLMS 51 - Edward N. Middleton Collection.” Finding Aids. BGSU University Libraries, 22 Feb. 2018, lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2493. Accessed 15 May 2021.
|Title||GLMS 51 - Edward N. Middleton Collection|
The Edward N. Middleton Collection was transferred to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes on August 25, 1986. The instrument of gift was signed on the date of transfer.
Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purpose of preservation and research. Final processing was completed with the assistance of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in August 1991 by Mark J. Barnes and Monica Manny.
|Biographical Sketch||Edward N. Middleton's interest in Great Lakes shipping subjects induced him to maintain an active correspondence with researchers in the United States and Canada that assisted in documenting the history of numerous vessels and transportation companies. Middleton was named Great Lakes Historian of the Year in 1984 by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. Mr. Middleton resided with his wife Blanche Middleton, in Kansas City, Missouri at the time of his death on December 2, 1984. Mrs. Middleton was instrumental in transferring this collection to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.|
|Scope and Content|
The Edward N. Middleton Collection is not a large collection in terms of volume (2.5 cubic feet) but does contain detailed information on the history of Great Lakes vessels and steamship companies. Middleton's correspondence and research notes (1.5 cubic feet) provide excellent documentation for the histories of a number of Great Lakes transportation companies. The scope of coverage on these companies includes information on events from 1833 to 1984. The Crosby Transportation Company, the Goodrich Transportation Company, and the Graham and Morton Naviagion Company receive the most extensive treatment.
Supplementing the research notes are a few examples of legal and financial files regarding lake shipping activities. The financial files in particular offer insight into wage structures for vessel crews in the period 1933-1946.
A series of clippings from newspapers in the Great Lakes region describes shipping activities for 1912-1985. This series contains 1 cubic foot of material, so the events noted are described in sufficient detail to make the clippings worth examining. Also included is one folder containing memorabilia: passage and meal passes, tour tickets, receipts, and other souvenirs pertaining to Great Lakes passenger and cruise lines from 1865 and 1906 through 1985.
Photographic materials have been separated for inclusion in the main HCGL files. Two rolls of microfilm entitled "Vessel Information Replies from National Archives" is included with 823 black and white prints in the photographic materials. See Appendix 1 for a listing of vessels included on the microfilm.
JOHN M. McKERCHEY
SULLIVAN V. WATT
GREAT LAKES STEAMSHIP COMPANY, INC.
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