Ann Arbor Car Ferries Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection mainly consists of research materials gathered by Grant Brown during the development of his book Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan: The History of the Ann Arbor Car Ferries. Materials include annual reports, legal documents, logbook excerpts, publications, photographs, notes, and articles. An extensive file of newspaper articles cover the history and operations of Ann Arbor Railroad Company (AARC) and Michigan Interstate Railway Company (MIRC), of the people affected by them, and the Lake Michigan region. Notes from interviews with over 60 individuals provide firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of the AARC and MIRC. A large amount of materials on this topic from numerous repositories are centralized in this collection, providing significant research value.
The collection is rounded out by materials from Arthur C. Frederickson that were not included in the existing GLMS 16 - Arthur C. Frederickson Collection held by HCGL. Subject files and a card file provide historical information on the history of vessels, as well as limited information on other maritime subjects. Subject files may include notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, or magazine cutouts.
9.75 Cubic Feet (15 legal manuscript boxes, 7 letter manuscript boxes, and 2 card file boxes)
- Ann Arbor Railroad Company (Organization)
- Michigan Interstate Railroad Company (Organization)
- Frederickson, Arthur C. (Person)
- Interstate Commerce Commission (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Box 17, Folder 15, restricted due to fragility of documents.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by Grant Brown, Jr., on May 18, 2017.
Processing completed by Archivist Mark Sprang in February-April 2019.
- Guide to the Ann Arbor Car Ferries Collection
- Mark Sprang
- March 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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