Clarence Holman Photograph Collection

Identifier: GLMS-0080

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of several sets of photographs depicting sailing vessels on the Great Lakes. Box 1 contains photographs of the J.T. WING, which may have been the last commercial sailing schooner to operate on the Great Lakes. Holman served aboard the schooner fom 1935-1937 as an able seaman and captured these photographs during his service. These images provide ample documentation of everyday life aboard, as well as other vessels encountered during the J. T. WING's cargo runs delivering pulp wood to paper mills in Green Bay, Wisconsin. An item-level inventory is available for the first portion of Box 1 and is linked from this finding aid under "External Documents".

Boxes 2 and 3 document Boy Scout sailing cruises aboard the vessels PREVAILING WINDS I and PREVAILING WINDS II in 1958, 1961-1964, and 2001. Additional photographs depict preparing the PREVAILING WINDS II for the sailing season in 1998 and 2001.


  • 1935-2001


.66 Cubic Feet (1 card file box, 1 half letter manuscript box, and 1 clamshell box)


Biographical Sketch

Clarence Holman Jr. served first as a cabin boy and later as an able seaman on the J. T. WING. Holman served aboard the vessel until its layup in Marysville and subsequent destruction after a few seasons as a floating museum at Belle Isle. Holman went on to serve aboard the B. F. JONES as well as serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While on board the J.T. WING, Holman took hundreds of photographs that would not be printed until the 1990s, sixty years after they were taken.

Conditions Governing Access

No known access restrictions.

Many photographs in Box 3 should be handled with care because of fire damage due to a fire at the donor's home.

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

Some negatives of the J. T. WING were loaned to the HCGL for duplication by Robert Hard and Clarence Holman, Jr., of Mancelona, Michigan, in 1994. Originals, plus additional photographs, were donated at a later date.

Guide to the Clarence Holman Photograph Collection
Mark Sprang
April 2019
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