Edward Martin collection: 1852-2004
Summary Information
Title: Edward Martin collection
Creator: Martin, Edward, collector
Inclusive dates: 1852-2004
Extent: 14 linear feet (in 22 boxes)
Extent: 3 oversize volumes
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Collector of materials documenting Michigan Polish-American individuals and organizations, especially in Detroit and Hamtramck. Included are records of the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners, the Polish Army Veterans Association, and the Polish Sea League. The collection also contains photographs from various Polish photography studios in Detroit and Michigan, including portraits and topical photographs.
Call number: 0727 Aa 2; UAl
Language: The material is in English and Polish
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Polly Reynolds, 2007; Michigan Historical Collections staff 2008-09

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Materials were received from Dr. Edward Martin (donor no. 9820) in 2006-2009.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Edward Martin collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Dr. Edward Martin, a Detroit and Flint, Michigan physician, is a collector of materials largely documenting the activities of Polish American individuals and organizations in the Detroit area.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Edward Martin collection consists of papers and photographs, accumulated from various sources, relate to Detroit organizations and individuals. Except for a small series of Detroit Board of Water Commissioners documents, the collection concerns Michigan's Polish-American community and the activities of Polish-American organization, including the Polish Army Veterans Association and the Polish Sea League. Much of the collection consists of photographic portraits from studios catering to the Polish-American community in Detroit and Hamtramck.

The collection consists of seven series: Detroit Board of Water Commissioners, Polish Army Veterans Association, Polish Sea League, Printed Polish Materials, Waclaw S. Jakubowski papers, Miscellaneous, and Photographs.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Drugs -- Prescribing -- Michigan -- Clio.
  • Poletown (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Polish Americans -- Michigan.
  • Water-supply -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Veterans -- Poland.
  • Veterans -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Drugstores -- Michigan.
  • Photographers -- Michigan.
  • Clio (Mich.)
  • African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Commercial facilities -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Furniture stores -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Pipes (Conduits) -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Clergy -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Weddings.
  • Military officers.
  • Church schools -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Mackinac Island (Mich.)
  • Polish Americans -- Michigan.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Detroit (Mich.). Board of Water Commissioners.
  • Stowarzyszenie Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce.
  • Liga Morska w Ameryce.
  • American Legion. Christian Post no. 278 (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Cunningham's Drug Stores (Mich.)
  • Polish Legion of American Veterans.
  • Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America.
  • Mariavite Old Catholic Church (Wyandotte, Mich.)
  • St. Albertus Church (Detroit, Mich.)
  • St. Bartholomew Parish (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Gordon R. Bennett Post 1452 (Clio, Mich.)
  • Bethlehem Steel Company.
  • Clarke, Herbert L. (Herbert Lincoln), 1867-1945.
  • Stowarzyszenie Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce.
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Jakubowski, Waclaw S.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Detroit Board of Water Commissioners 1852-1963 [series]

The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners series (0.4 linear feet, 1852-1963) primarily contains business correspondence (mostly incoming) of the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners. Photographs of offices and staff as well as pipes, machinery and workers can also be found in this series.

 
Correspondence
Box   1  
1852
Box   1  
1861
Box   1  
1862
Box   1  
1864
Box   1  
1868
Box   1  
1869 (1 volume)
Box   1  
1871-1972 (1 volume)
Box   1  
1874
Box   1  
1875
Box   1  
1898
Box   1  
1899
 
Photographs
Box   1  
Offices and staff 1963
Box   1  
Pipes, machinery, and workers 1940 (1 volume)
 
Polish Army Veterans' Association of America 1946-1984 [series]

(includes district no. 6, Detroit, Mich)

The Polish Army Veterans' Association series (1.5 linear foot, 1946-1984) includes minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership lists, convention materials, and a photograph primarily documenting the Association's District no. 6 in Detroit.

 
Administration
Box   1  
Audit Committee minutes 1981-1984
Box   1  
Constitutions and bylaws (national) 1946-1955
Box   1  
Dockets
Box   1  
Executive Committee minute book 1966-1972 (1 volume)
Box   1  
Financial reports and budget-related 1957
Box   1  
Leadership lists 1960-1964
 
Meeting minutes
Box   1  
1959-1960
Box   1  
1967-1968

(includes correspondence)

Box   1  
Membership forms
Box   1  
Clippings
 
Conventions
Box   1  
29th- 1958
Box   1  
30th- 1959
Box   1  
33rd- 1962
Box   1  
34th- 1963
Box   1  
53rd- 1982
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
1958

(relating to veteran financial assistance)

Box   1  
1958-1959
Box   1  
1961-1962
Box   2  
1962-1963 (2 folders)

(incoming and outgoing)

Box   2  
1964-1965
Box   2  
1967-1968

(located with meeting minutes in box 1)

 
1972
Box   2  
General
Box   2  
Re: sales tax
Box   2  
1982-1983
Box   2  
Photograph

(See also oversize folder)

Box   2  
Polish Army Veterans Home
Box   2  
Protocols, membership records, financial materials, photographs, etc. (0.4 linear feet)

(unprocessed)

 
Polish Sea League of America (Liga Morska) 1936-1983 [series]

(includes Flint, Mich. chapter)

The Polish Sea League series (0.25 linear feet, 1936-1983) contains minutes, financial records, and other miscellaneous administrative material primarily relating to the Flint, Michigan Chapter of the Polish Sea League.

Box   12  
Administrative (includes histories, membership lists, minutes)
Box   12  
Convention, 15th 1983
Box   12  
Ledger 1936-1948 (1 volume)
Box   12  
Minutes 1936-1977 (2 volumes)
Box   12  
Newsletter (Morze) 1963-1976 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Programs (conventions, anniversaries, etc.) 1967-1982
 
Printed Polish materials (local and national) 1932-2004 [series]

The Printed Polish Materials series (0.25 linear feet, 1932-2004) consists of programs, invitations, newsletters, advertisements and other printed material relating to Polish organizations and activities, both locally (in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Wyandotte) and nationally.

Box   12  
Dance programs and announcements circa 1934-1938
Box   12  
Miscellaneous

(includes Polish American calendar, Polish dance album (music), handbook for citizenship and clipping)

 
Organizations
Box   12  
Miscellaneous 1960-2004
Box   12  
Polish Legion of American Veterans 1958-1995
Box   12  
Polish National Alliance 1980-1988
 
Religious (includes churches)
Box   12  
Miscellaneous 1941-1994
Box   12  
Mariavite Old Catholic Church (Wyandotte, Mich.)
Box   12  
St. Albertus Church (Detroit, Mich.)
Box   12  
St. Bartholomew Parish (Detroit, Mich.)
Box   12  
Advertisements 1932, undated
 
Waclaw S. Jakubowski papers [series]

The Waclaw S. Jakubowski papers (1 linear foot and 1 oversize volume) consists of collected material, mainly clippings, relating to the "Poletown" area of Detroit and to his activities with the Konrad Club (named for the writer Joseph Conrad. The clippings date from the 1930s and are from Polish language newspapers.

Box   13  
Clippings and other materials relating to the "Poletown" community in Detroit 1930s
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook of clippings regarding in part the Konrad Club (of which Jakubowski was president)
 
Miscellaneous [series]

The Miscellaneous (5.5 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes) series includes scrapbooks, photograph albums, letters, and other materials. One scrapbook includes photographs, programs, and correspondence of the American Legion Christian Post no. 278 in Detroit. Two of the albums contain photographs, programs, and other materials of Post 1452, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clio, Michigan. In addition, there is a scrapbook containing clippings of advertisements from 1945 to 1947 of the Cunningham's Drug Store, a chain of drug stores that operated principally in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

Box   14  
Clio, Michigan pharmacy Prescription slips
Box   15  
Photograph albums / Scrapbooks of Post 1452 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clio, Michigan (2 volumes)
Box   15  
Collected Polonia, drawn from different sources (3 volumes, 2 folders)

(include photographs)

Box   16  
Photograph album with some invitations of Viola Owings (Detroit African American resident) and her family 1942-1943
 
Scrapbook
Box   16  
Polish language newspaper clippings (2 volumes)

(provenance unknown)

Oversize Volume   2  
American Legion. Christian Post no. 278 (Detroit, Mich.) circa 1948-1965
Oversize Volume   3  
Cunningham's Drug Store 1945-1947

(include full-page advertisements used in various Michigan newspapers)

Box   17  
Polish-American marriage certificates, professional registration certificates, diplomas, etc.
Box   17  
Political, commercial, and special event posters
Box   17  
Resolutions, certificate of parole, etc.
Box   22  
L.C. Minor family correspondence 1945, 1958-1972
Box   22  
Edmund Palka papers undated, 1953-1998

(active in First Catholic Slovak Union)

Box   22  
Ship's logs: Peace II, Logs seasons 1970-1971 (2 folders)
Box   22  
Miscellaneous
 
Photographs 1900s-1970s [series]

The Photographs (6 linear feet in 13 boxes, ca. 1880s-1970s and undated) are from Polish photography studios (mainly in Detroit), Michigan. They consist primarily of wedding portraits and confirmation photographs. Also included is a photograph album of Nicholas Lubinski of Detroit, Michigan. This album includes family photographs, largely undated, of weddings, vacations, and special occasions, ca. 1920-1950s. There are also a few topical photographs of businesses, leisure time activities, African American life, etc.

 
Polish photography studios and other Michigan studios (Detroit, Michigan unless indicated otherwise)
Box   3  
Agdan Photographic
Box   3  
Agdanowski (Bay City, Mich.)
Box   3  
Ballaun Art Studio (3 folders)
Box   3  
Ballaun & Prusinski
Box   3  
Bonish Studio
Box   3  
Borg
Box   4  
Central Art Studio
Box   4  
Chamberlain
Box   4  
Classic Studio
Box   4  
Cornell Studios
Box   4  
M. Derkach (Hamtramck, Mich.)
Box   4  
F. A. Drukteinis
Box   4  
M. Dusqa & Co. Art Studio
Box   4  
Dworshak (city unknown)
Box   4  
Eross Studio (Hamtramck, Mich.)
Box   4  
Fashion Foto Studio
Box   4  
Frank's Harper Studio
Box   4  
Genca Studio (2 folders)
Box   4  
Gilbert Studio
Box   5  
Golden Set Studio
Box   5  
Grygiel Studio
Box   5  
Harbican Studio
Box   5  
Hinkston Studio
Box   5  
Hoffman Studio (3 folders)
Box   5  
W. Jakubowski
Box   5  
Litynski Bros.
Box   5  
Litynski-Jakubowski
Box   6  
Martin Studio
Box   6  
Matusiewicz Studio
Box   6  
A. Mazur Studio
Box   6  
Metropolitan Art Studio
Box   6  
Modernistic Photo Studio
Box   6  
New Chene
Box   6  
L. B. Nowierski
Box   6  
S.G. Pasternacki & Co.
Box   6  
P. Pieronek
Box   6  
Pieronek Studio (Hamtramck, Mich.)
Box   6  
F. G. Poli
Box   6  
Robinson Studio
Box   7  
Rochowiak
Box   7  
S. A. Rochowiak
Box   7  
Peter Rush Studio
Box   7  
Smart Set Studio (4 folders)
Box   8  
J. Somheil (Wyandotte, Mich.)
Box   8  
Jos. Sowinski (2 folders)
Box   8  
D.D. Spellman
Box   8  
Sutherland Studio (Pontiac, Mich.)
Box   8  
Bill Williams (Royal Oak, Mich.)
Box   8  
Wojnicki Bros. (Hamtramck, Mich.)
Box   8  
F. Ziawinski (2 folders)
Box   8  
Joseph Ziawinski
Box   9  
Miscellaneous Detroit studios (2 folders)
Box   9  
Miscellaneous Michigan studios (2 folders)
 
Topical
Box   10  
African Americans
 
Buildings/views
Box   10  
General
Box   10  
Wedding trip (1 volume)

(includes views of Mackinac Island)

Box   10  
Businesses/commercial

(include barber shop and men's clothing store, ca. 1920s)

Box   10  
Drawings (Seltzer drawings)
Box   10  
Education/schools
Box   10  
Ethnic
Box   10  
Government
Box   10  
Leisure
Box   10  
Military
 
People
Box   11  
Berger
Box   11  
Groups
Box   11  
Individuals
Box   11  
Religious (2 folders)
Box   18  
Polish-American wedding photographs, communions, other events
Box   18  
"Farmhouse Restaurant" photographs
Box   18  
Photographs of homes designed by Hugh Keyes, architect; include Edward Macauley home in Grosse Pointe Farms and home of Mrs. Morse Rohnert; also drawings of homes of John S. Bugas and John W. Stroh
Box   18  
Miscellaneous group and high school and college class photographs; include Michigan College of Medicine and Surgery, class of 1899
 
Miscellaneous panoramic group photos (1 folder)
Box   18  
Young Democratic Clubs of Wayne County July 1936
Box   18  
Polish Army Veterans Association 1928
Box   18  
Polish National Alliance 1924
Box   18  
Banquet in honor General Haller 1923
 
Nicholas Lubinski
Box   19  
Photograph album of Detroit, Michigan (7 envelopes)
Box   19  
Lubinski family wedding album
Box   19  
Album of wedding at St. Florian in Hamtramck, Michigan
Box   19  
Album of vacations and family snapshots
 
Miscellaneous
Box   20  
Frank Murphy, Irene Murphy, Sharon Murphy 1949, undated, 1940s-1950s
Box   20  
Bethlehem Steel Company executives 1916, circa 1920 (2 folders)
Box   20  
Portraits, non-Michigan photographers circa 1880-1910
Box   20  
Child in casket circa 1900
Box   20  
Group photos, unidentified
Box   20  
Individual portraits, unidentified, also couples
Box   20  
Portrait: Charles L. Stevens (M.E. Grand High Priest) 1902
Box   20  
Portrait: Herbert L. Clarke (cornetist) circa 1910
Box   20  
Store front: Jas. Fitzsimons & Co., furniture sales, 59 Michigan Ave., Detroit, Mich. 1894
Box   20  
Church interior, unidentified
Box   20  
Family album, unidentified
Box   20  
Snapshots, unidentified (2 envelopes)
Box   20  
Miscellaneous: include home, business district, etc.
Box   21  
Album containing cards and clippings with religious images
Box   21  
Albums of photographs and other materials of the Baughman family of Muskegon, Michigan
 
Group photos

(in oversize UAl folder)

Oversize Folder   1  
Grand Carniolian Slovenian Catholic Union, 24th General Convention 1958
Oversize Folder   1  
Frederick A. Stratemeyer Class 448 Members, Detroit Consistory April 1945
Oversize Folder   1  
Detroit Central High School class photo published 1910