Archive for the ‘African American’ category


June 12, 2007




1.   Corporation and securities.  Incorporated under general corporation law of 1925.  Last annual report filed in 1949.  This report includes history of articles of incorporation, purpose, officers, business and the like.  Articles of incorporation are in the Corporation and Securities office; the reports are in storage in the Record Center.  Charter revoked August 30, 1951, by failure to file.


2.   Detroit FREE PRESS, July 16, 1927, P.1.  Col. 5 and July 17, 1927, P.1, Col. 3 reports clash between klansmen and city police at a tri-state meeting held at the State Fair Grounds, July 16, 1927.  See 1927, for official report of investigation of this affair.  See also 1924, and special finding aid.


RG 49




RG 48





Vertical File

Exec. Office


Anti Slavery League

May 21, 2007
6 folders .2 cu. ft.
Summary This collection consists of the records of the Michigan Anti-slavery Society (1852-1857, 1960-1982). This organization seems to have had its inception in Adrian, Mich. Its purpose was to abolish slavery and to help slaves escape from the South. The records of the Society discuss the plight of Blacks and how they can be rescued from slavery. The names of many prominent Michigan abolitionists appear in the minutes, which cease after Jan. 1857. The more recent materials relate to Blanche Coggan‘s discovery and use of the original volumes.
Note Blanche Brown was born in Ellicott, Colo., on a cattle ranch. After receiving her education in Colorado Springs, she became a school teacher in Alcona County, Mich. On May 25, 1917, she married Bernard Frederick Coggan and they had four children. About 1925, the Coggans moved to East Lansing, where Blanche conducted a great deal of research in the course of writing her books and articles.
  “Archives Control Number: MS 82-18.”

Detroit Riots

May 21, 2007

1943 Riot: Department of Military Affairs, record group 79-10, 1942-1943 (includes Sojourner Truth housing project materials).

1967 Riot: Dept. of Military Establishment, record group 78-125, 1967-1969; record group 87-51, 1964-1982.

First Michigan Colored Infantry

May 21, 2007

Dept. of Military Establishment, record group 59-14.  Records of transfers, discharges, orders and officer correspondence, 1861-1865.

Fugitive Slave

May 21, 2007

Thornton Blackburn Collection, Record Group 56-26, Dept. of State.  Fugitve slave case in Detroit, MI, 1833.

Covert, Michigan

May 21, 2007

Pearl Sarno Collection, Record Group 2006-27.  Integration in small West Michigan Community.

See publication: A Stronger Kinship by Anna Lisa Cox.