Archive for the ‘building’ category

Civilian Conservation Corps Camps

January 18, 2008

Michigan CCC camps are listed with emergency projects they worked on in “The Inventory of Federal Archives in the States,” CD 3301 .H48 XVII

This is in the Archives of Michigan Library.

For individual records contact:, the CCC Museum and Research Center.


Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Records

Persons researching the Civilian Conservation Corps may want to visit the National Association of the Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni web site; of particular interest to researchers is an article aboutresearching CCC Records. The article contains the following advice for obtaining CCC personnel files:

“All personnel files are still held by the federal government. The enrollee or the enrollee’s next of kin may request discharge papers. Discharge papers are the best source to find the company and camps the enrollee was assigned to (see address below).

Other information, including camp and company reports, reside in the National Archives. To date these items are not indexed, but are available for study at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Request discharge papers at

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

National Personnel Records Center

Civilian Personnel Records 111 Winnebago Street

St. Louis, MO 63118”

The web site also maintains a list of all CCC Camps across the country, including camps in Missouri, and NACCCA maintains a CCC museum at Jefferson Barracks County Park St. Louis.

The Local History and Genealogy Department maintains an Information File about the CCC entitled “Works Progress Administration”, and a book, “Roosevelt’s forest army: a history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942”, may be found in the library catalog.


Elijah E. Meyers

July 6, 2007


Source:  Lansing Republican, April 19, 1890

Article regarding architect for Central Methodist Church, Lansing, Michigan

Source:  Arts in Virginia (Vol. 2:3, Spring 1967)

Article by Carroll Meeks concerning E. E. Meyers structures in Virginia.

See 1971 correspondence:      Mrs. Martha A. Koellner, Macomb, Illinois.
Mr. William Seale, American State Capitols
Research Project, The Victorian Society,
Alexandria, Virginia.

“…tiles, ceilings, and some cast iron work form the razed Grand Rapids City Hall (a Meyers building) are in the Grand Rapids Public Museum and in private homes in Grand Rapids.

“…O. A. Jenison became interested in the construction of the Michigan State Capitol and kept copies of contracts, plans, some invoices, dedicatory pamphlets, handbills, ribbons, photographs, reports, and the like in five scrapbooks.  The scrapbooks were donated to the Michigan State Library…”

Master’s thesis by Koellner

HABS Historical American Building Survey in Michigan

May 15, 2007

Images in Archives General Photograph Collection

Place    Identification of House    Number of Views

Ann Arbor    Anderson House        1
Ann Arbor    The Breed House        1 plus 2*
Ann Arbor    Sylvan Center        1
Ann Arbor    Dr. Benajah Ticknow House        1
Ann Arbor    Judge Robert S. Wilson House        1 plus 1*
Ann Arbor    Victorian House        1
Ann Arbor    Judge Wilson House        1
Detroit    Fort Street Presbyterian Church        2
Detroit    Old Mariners’ Church        1
Detroit    Mariners’ Church        5
Detroit    Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church        1 plus 1*
Detroit    Christ Church        1
Detroit    The Sibley House        1 plus 1*
Detroit    James M. Jones House
Detroit    Fort Wayne        5 plus 1*
Detroit    Sidney D. Miller House
Detroit    Saint John’s Episcopal Church
Detroit    Saints Peter and Paul’s Jesuit Church
Dearborn    Detroit Arsena.
Dexter    Judge Samuel W. Dexter Country House
(Gordon Hall)         4 plus 2*
Dixboro    Dixboro Church
Grand Rapids    Aaron D. Dikeman House        1
Grand Rapids    Boardman Noble House        2
Fort Mackinac    Officer’s Quarters            13
Fort Mackinac    Post Hospital        1
Grand Rapids    Abraham Pike House        2
Grand Rapids    City Hall        1
Grass Lake    Michael Porter House        1
Grass Lake    Michael Porter Stone Smokehouse        1 plus 1*
Grass Lake    Hyram H. Smith House        1
Grass Lake Vicinity    Sidney T. Smith House        2 plus 1*
Grass Lake    Soper House        3
Mackinac    American Fur Company        3
Mackinac    Edward Biddle House        2
Historical American Building Survey
Page Two

Mackinac    Old Mission Church        3
Marshall    Capitol Hill School (4th Ward)        1
Marshall    Chauncey M. Brewer        2
Marshall    Harold C. Brooks        4 plus 1*
Marshall    Honolulu House        2
Mt. Clemens    Log Cabin        1 plus 1*
New Hudson    House        1
Rushton    Alonzo Olds House        2 plus 1*
Scio    Log Cabin        1
Oakland Co. Troy Twp.    Stephen Chatfield House        1 plus 1*
Ypsilanti    The Ballard House        1
Wayne County    Alfred Moore House        3 plus 1*
Tecumseh    Anderson House        2
Tecumseh    Fitzsimmons House        1
Vermontville    Congregational Church        2
Williamston    St. Katherine’s Episcopal Chapel        1
Grand Rapids    Samuel R. Sanford House        1*
Marshall    Daniel Pratt House        1*
Marshall    Tavern        1*
Sharon Twp.
Washtenaw Co.    Michael Porter Barn        1*

*Enlargements available also.

Horace Greely

May 15, 2007

Greeley, Horace

See Cloverland, September 1916, pp. 14, 16

Article and photo:  “Horace Greeley’s Cabin in the Copper Country,” by John Viking

Governor’s Residence

May 11, 2007

2. House on Mackinac Island. House built on state property by Pat Dowd of Mackinac for Lawrence Young of Chicago. Since son Henry Young was in London at the time of the settlement of the estate, the house was sold. Next owners were Mrs. Shearer (?) of Detroit, mother of Mrs. Harlan Highbee, golfer.

3. RG 70-122 B1 F22. Records of the Department of Administration, Budget Division. Selected correspondence, 1959-1960. Includes “Re-conversion of the Barnes Mansion for use as a Governor’s residence,” a report to the governor from the Michigan Society of Architects, December 1948. Dated correspondence, 1943-1956, is included.

State Capitol Building

May 3, 2007

Capitol Building


1.     Bishop, Levi.  “Recollections of the old Capitol,” in Michigan Historical Collections, Vol. 1, P. 511.  Detroit.

2.     Butler, Alexander R. “A’ Wilderness Rejoicing’:  the New Capitol of Michigan,” in Michigan History, Vol. 38 (1954), pp. 273-284.

3.     “Michigan’s Old State Capitol Succumbs to the flames after thirty-five year of service,” extract, Lansing REPUBLICAN, Dec. 19, 1882, in Michigan Historical Collections, Vol. 6, pp. 290-1.

4.     “A brief bit of history  about the location of the old Capitol,” from the Detroit EVENING NEWS, Dec. 16, 1882 in Michigan Historical Collections, Vol. 6, pp. 292.

5.     MICHIGAN:  GUIDE TO THE WOLVERINE STATE.  Oxford:  New York, 1946,  pp.  333-6.

6.     “The Capital and Capitol Buildings,” in LEGISLATIVE MANUAL, 1879, pp. 367-384.

7.     Sanford, George.  “Reminiscential,” in Michigan Historical Collections, Vol. 6, pp. 292-3, extract from Lansing JOURNAL, Feb. 22, 1883.

8.     “The New State Capitol,” reported at the annual meeting of the Historical Society, in Michigan Historical Collections, Vol. 31, pp. 227-232.  1901.

9.     Hathaway, Ellen.  YOUR CAPITOL AND MINE.  Michigan Historical Commission, 1953. 95p. Third Grade level.

10.     Larner, Mortimer F. comp., publication, photographer.  THE HISTORY OF MICHIGAN’S CAPITOL.,  ads. 13p.

11.     J. W. Knapp Company.  LANSING, MICHIGAN:  PAST AND PRESENT, illus., 16p.  Includes some of the same pictures that are in the Edmonds Collections.

12.     Upton, William W. “Locating the Capitol of the State of Michigan,” in Michigan History, Vol. 23, pp. 275-290.

13.     Jenison Collection in Michigan State Library vault.  Contains many mementos of the dedication, etc.

14.     Detroit POST AND TRIBUNE, Jan. 1, 1879, P.2, Col. 1, 2, 3.  January 2, 1879, P. 1., Cols-1–7.  Reminiscenses.  Plans and appointments of the nw building.

15.     The Scientific American, May 20, 1876, p. 322.  Line drawings of the Michigan State building at the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876.

Selected Bibliography of Materials Relating to the Present State Capitol


Building Commissioners, Board of, 1871-77                    Box – 178
Capitol, State Board of Building Commissioners            Box – 242
State Building Commission, 1871        Box –   61

Proposals for Construction of Capitol and State Institutions        Box – 191
Accounting Journals, Supt. Of Construction. (James Appleyard)        Acc 21, Box 1


Documents Relating to the Erection of the New Capitol of
Michigan, 1871-1879.    Lansing, 1879
Inaugural Proceedings at the Dedication of the New Capitol
of Michigan.    Lansing, 1879

The State Capitol of Michigan.    Lansing, 1968

The New Capitol:  or the Wilderness Rejoicing.    Lansing, 1878

The History of Michigan’s Capitol.    Lansing, 1928

Acts of the Legislature, Session of 1877, Providing for the
Completion & Furnishing of the Building.    Lansing, 1877
Annual Report, 1871-78.    Lansing, 1878
Final Report…,1877-79.    Lansing, 1879
General Instructions for the Guidance of Architects.    Lansing, 1871
Laying the Cornerstone of the New State Capitol.    Lansing, 1873
Proceedings at the Laying of the Cornerstone of the New Capitol    Lansing, 1873

Legislative Manual, 1879-80.    Lansing, 1879, p. 367-84

Michigan History Magazine
Volume 37, (1953), p. 299-303.
Volume 38, (1954), p. 273-284.
Volume 52, (1968), p. 82

Michigan State Capitol.    Lansing, 1972

Michigan Historical Collections.
Volume 31, (1901), p. 227-232.
Volume 32, (1902), p. 441-443.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.  May 20, 1876.  New York, 1876. p. 322.


Koellner, Martha Ann.  Elijah E. Myers, Architect.  M.A.,
Western Illinois University, 1972.


Many of the above materials, and most newspaper articles about the capitol, can be found in the Jenison Collection, State Library.  Approximate bulk, 3 cubic feet.

February 2, 1978.

Austin Blair Statue – Capitol Grounds

May 3, 2007


REPORT of the Blair Statue Commission, Lansing, Michigan, October 12, 1898.

Authorized by joint resolution of Legislature, May 8, 1895.  Approp. $10,000.00 Edward Clark Potter of Enfield, Mass., sculptor for sum of $7200.  Messrs. Bureau Brothers, foundrymen of Philadelphia.  Pedestal by Messrs. Donaldson and Meier, Architects of Detroit, $2293.94.  I Unveiled 12, October 1898.

Members of Commission:  R. A. Alger, W. H. Withington, John Patton.  Patton took place of Hon. Dwight S. Smith who died in 1897.

Annual reports of the State Board of Auditors offer details of planning and the dedication ceremonies, 1897, 1898.

Correspondence re Blair Monument dedication, October 12, 1898.

B135, F5
B232, F1
B67, F7
B30, F14