Ann Arbor Car Ferries Collection

Identifier: GLMS-0119

Collection Overview

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.


  • 1868-2015


9.75 Cubic Feet (15 legal manuscript boxes, 7 letter manuscript boxes, and 2 card file boxes)


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.

Related Materials

For the book produced by Brown using the materials in this collection see Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan: The History of the Ann Arbor Car Ferries via the library catalog.

For the Arthur C. Frederickson collection, see GLMS 16.

Several timetable brochures for Ann Arbor car ferries are available in GLMS 54 - Great Lakes Transportation Company Timetables and Brochures collection.

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 Information

Processing completed by Archivist Mark Sprang in February-April 2019.

Guide to the Ann Arbor Car Ferries Collection
Mark Sprang
March 2019
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