Alberta M. Fraley Collection

Identifier: GLMS-0043

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

The Fraley collection offers three types of information to researchers interested in the history of the Great Lakes region. Fleet logs for the Great Lakes Steamship Company and the Wilson Marine Transit Company provide lists of officers for these companies serving on their vessels. Names, positions held, vessel assignments, dates of employment and performance evaluations are included for 1937-1966.

Another resource for examination in this one cubic foot collection is a series of course materials used by students at the U. S. Maritime Service Officers' School, the Lake Carriers' Association Engineers' School and the West Side Institute for Technology. Lesson assignments, course materials and notes are included for scattered dates from 1941 to 1967. Also included is a broadside memorializing the crew of the EDMUND FITZGERALD from ca. 1975.

The final type of records included is a set of 493 photographs likely taken by Fraley during her career with Wilson Marine Transit Company. The photographs span 1967-1971. Common subjects include photos of Great Lakes vessels from ashore or aboard other ships, crew members, ports, and shore facilities. A sizable portion of them are identified.


  • 1937-1975


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 legal manuscript boxes)


Biographical Sketch

Alberta M. Fraley compiled the material in this collection while employed by the Wilson Marine Transit Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Fraley's long association with the Wilson operations and members of the Lake Carriers' Association allowed her to acquire materials documenting the personal side of the Great Lakes shipping industry. Company picnics and gatherings are heavily represented in photographic form.

Conditions Governing Access

No known access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright, and are responsible for securing permissions necessary for publication or reproduction.

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Separated Materials

Most printed materials have been separated for cataloging in the main HCGL publications collection. A small number of photographs (~20 items) have been filed with the HCGL's main photograph files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Fraley Collection was transferred to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes on May 30, 1980.

Processing Information

Final processing was completed in August 1991 with the assistance of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant by Monica Manny and Mark J. Barnes.



Guide to the Alberta M. Fraley Collection
Mark Sprang
August 2018
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