Michigan Historical Collections
Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Carl Rominger family papers, 1840-1945

Finding aid created by
Michigan Historical Collections staff

Summary Information
Title: Carl Rominger family papers
Creator: Rominger family.
Inclusive dates: 1840-1945
Extent: 5 linear feet
Abstract:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, family. Family correspondence of Carl, physician and geologist, his wife Frederika, his son Louis, and his daughter Julia; journals, 1861-1905, of Carl Rominger, including notes on his expeditions as State Geologist of Michigan, and other travels through New York, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio; and miscellaneous scrapbooks and account books; also photographs.

Call number: 85782 Aa 2
Language: The material is in German and English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
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/


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The bulk of the collection was transferred from the University of Michigan Graduate Library (donor no. 1278) where the papers had been donated by Rominger’s daughter Marie Rominger in 1937. A smaller portion of the collection came from Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Haskell (donor no. 3772) in 1961.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Alternate Format:

A microfilm copy of portions of the correspndence series (1845-1855) is available.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Carl Rominger family papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Carl Ludwig Rominger was born December 31, 1820 in Schnaitheim, Württemberg. He studied at the University of Tübingen, 1839-1844, graduating with a medical degree. He then became an assistant at the university's chemical laboratory. At this same time, he received a gift of money to prepare geological studies of portions of Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland among other countries.

He emigrated to the United States in 1848 where he both practiced medicine and continued his geology and paleontology studies. He moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1859. In 1872, Rominger was appointed state geologist of Michigan, serving until 1885.

He died April 22, 1907


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection has been arranged into the following series: Biographical and genealogical material; Correspondence; Miscellaneous and other papers; Notebooks from courses at Tübingen, 1839-1842; Carl L. Rominger notebooks and journals, 1861-1905; and Drafts and manuscripts of various writings.

The notebooks and journal are especially rich documenting Rominger's interest in geology, paleontology, and allied fields in New York, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, with the bulk pertaining to Michigan where Rominger served as state geologist.

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.


    Subjects:
    • Ann Arbor (Mich.)
    • Geology--Michigan.
    • German Americans--Michigan.
    • Michigan. Geological Survey.
    • Physicians--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
    • Women--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
    Subjects: Visual Materials
    • Ann Arbor (Mich.)--Dwellings.
    • Ann Arbor (Mich.)--Streets.
    • Dwellings--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
    • Fifth Street (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
    • Furnishings.
    • Interiors.
    • Neuman family.
    • Rominger, Carl Ludwig, 1820-1907.
    • Rominger family.
    • Rominger House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
    • Streets--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
    Contributors:
    • Rominger, Carl Ludwig, 1820-1907.
    • Rominger, Frederika, 1826-1914.
    • Rominger, Julia.
    • Rominger, Louis, 1859-1936.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    • Photographs.
    • Scrapbooks.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Biographical and genealogical material [series]:
    Box   1  
    Genealogical material
    Box   1  
    Biographical material
     
    Correspondence,  1840-1945 [series]:     (largely written in German) 
    Box   1  
    [fragmentary]
    Box   1  
     Undated (6 folders)
    Box   1  
     1840-1844
    Box   1  
     1845     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1846     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1847-1849     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1850     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1851     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1852     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1853     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1854 (2 folders)     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1855     (microfilm copy available) 
    Box   1  
     1856
    Box   1  
     1857
    Box   1  
     1858-1859
    Box   1  
     1860-1863
    Box   1  
     1864-1869
    Box   1  
     1870-1880
    Box   1  
     1881-1890
    Box   1  
     1891-1902
    Box   1  
     1903
    Box   1  
     1904-1905
    Box   1  
     1906-1913
    Box   1  
      April 1914, letters of condolences upon the death of Mrs. Carl Rominger (6 folders)
    Box   1  
      May 1914-1920
    Box   1  
      April 1921, letters of condolence upon the death of Julie Rominger (4 folders)
    Box   1  
      April 1921
    Box   1  
      May 1921
    Box   1  
      June 1921-1945
    Box   1  
    Correspondence of Carl Rominger and James Hall     (originals at the New York State Library)  (photocopies)
     
    Miscellaneous and other papers [series]:
    Box   2  
    Scrapbook, scattered dates, containing obituaries of Rominger family members
    Box   2  
    Scrapbook,  ca. 1846-1922 largely clippings, letters of condolence,  1907 and ephemera
    Box   2  
    Account books,  1860-1870 of Dr. Carl Rominger (2 volumes)
    Box   2  
    Expense book,  ca. 1877-1890 including accounts of the Geological Survey of Michigan; and miscellaneous later accounts
    Box   2  
    Account book,  ca. 1891-1904
    Box   3  
    Miscellanea concerning Schnaitheim (Ger.) and the Carl Rominger Silver Medal
    Box   3  
    Historical sketch of flour mills in Ann Arbor and vicinity
    Box   3  
    Autograph book of Marie Rominger
    Box   3  
    Album of Wilhelmine Mayer containing poetry, drawings, and ephemera
    Box   3  
    Book of Silhouettes
    Box   3  
    Miscellaneous (4 folders)
     
    Photographs
    Box   3  
    Rominger family portraits
    Box   3  
    Carl Rominger House, including interior furnishings (4 folders)
    Box   3  
    Neuman family, Ann Arbor
    Box   3  
    Miscellaneous
     
    Notebooks from courses at Tübingen,  1839-1842 [series]:
    Box   3  
    Pflanzenphysiologie von Hugo Mohl,  1839-1840
    Box   3  
    Allgemeine Botanik von Hugo Mohl,  1840
    Box   3  
    Allgemeine Chirurgie von Rieke,  1840
    Box   3  
    Physiologie des Menschen von Rapp,  1840
    Box   3  
    Allgemeine Pathologie von Gmelin,  1840-1841
    Box   3  
    Materia medica von Gmelin,  1841
    Box   3  
    Pathologische Anatomie von Rapp,  1841
    Box   3  
    Miscellaneous and untitled notebooks,  1840-1842
     
    Carl L. Rominger notebooks and journals,  1861-1905 [series]:     (includes title used by CLR with occasional misspellings) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 1]  1861 "Suspension bridge and Lockport"     contains also "Expense for Geol. Survey June 1876" 
    Box   4  
    [Vol 2.]  1863     (volume includes sections titled:
    1. "Excursion to Widder, Canada W"
    2. "Excurs, to Alpena ..."
    3. "Excurs. to Sandusky"
    4. "Capture of the Boat by Southern rebeles" (there are no notes on the capture of the boat))
     
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 3]  1868-1877     (Notes on trips beginning October 8, 1868, May 18, 1869, May 9, 1870, May 22, 1877 ) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 4]  1871, "Diary from Mai 2, 1871"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 5]  1871, "C. Rominger . . . Escanaba . . ."
     
    [Vol. 6]  1871-1874      (includes segments titled:
    1. "Dubuque meeting of A.A.S."
    2. "Excurs. to Rockford, Iowa ..."
    3. "Expenses for Geol. Survey, Mai, 1871"
    4. "Expenses for Geological Survey, 1873"
    5. "Expenses 1874"
    6. "Fossilien nach Europa"
     
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 7]  1871, "Diary from  August 1, 1871"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 8]  1871, "Diary  October 4, 1871"
    Box   4  
    [Vo/ 9]  1872, "Diary  Mai 2, 1872 C.R."
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 10]  1872, "C. Rominger  Dezb. 1872 memoranda"
    Box   4  
    [Vol 11]  1873, " Mai 1873"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 12]  1873. " Juli 1873 . . .Saginawbay. . .Lake Erie . . "
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 13]  1873. "Cleveland Black Shales . . . Waverly group"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 14]  1874 "Geol. Diary   May 1874 C. Rominger"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 15]  1874, "Diary  August 1874"     (volume no. 15) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 16]  1875, "Diary   May 18, 1875 C. Rominger Exploration of Rifleriver . . Alabaster . . .Monroe . . . Lake Superior . . ."
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 17]  1877, "Diary for the Explorations of the Geolog. Survey of Mich. during the year  1877 by C. Rominger"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 18]  1877, (August 21 and on)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 19]  1877, (September )
    Box   4  
    {Vol. 20]  1878, (May 15 and on)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 21]  1878, (August 21 and on)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 22]  1879, (May 8 and on)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 23]  1879
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 24]  1880, (May 27 and on and August and on)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 25]  1881, (May 14 and on)
    Box   4  
    [vol. 26]  1882, (May 23 and on);     contains also notes beginning September 15, 1880) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 27]  1883, (May and July)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 28]  1884, (May 20 and on)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 29] 1887, "Excursion to Mount Stephen and Vancouver Island"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 30]  1888-1889, Notes from   September 14, 1888 and   March 25, 1889
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 31]  1889, Notes from   August 12, 1889
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 32]  1890, Notes from   March, 1890
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 33]  1893, (August 21 and on) "C. Rominger, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1893"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 34]  1895 ( June 24 and on) "C. Rominger, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1895"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 35]  1896, "C. Rominger, Ann Arbor, Mich."     (also contains notes dated July 7, 1896 and on, June 1, 1898 only, and June l3, 1900 and on ) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 36]  1897, "Excursion to Tenesse phosphate districts . . . August examinations of the environs of La Salle . . ."
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 36] "Cataloge of Star corals prepared  March 1874"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 39] "Register of Fossils Collected during the progress of the Geological Survey of Michigan"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 40] Miscellaneous notes
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 41] "The Medical News Visiting List" -- contains "Mikroscopic sections of Monticuliporoids", etc.
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 42] "Corallen u. Bryozoen . . .", etc.
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 43] "Ausstände im Jahr  1878" (personal accounts)
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 43] Geological data     (two pages only) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 45] "Memoranda for the Montreal Excursion"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 46] "Fossilien . . . Hamilton group im Thunderbay"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 47] "Fossilien. . . Le Anse"
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 48] Black thin case with notebook containing a few pages in German.
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 49] "Register of fossils Collected  1904 and  1905 Environs of Louisville, Ky."     (There are newspaper clippings within front cover; contains also lists of fossils dated June 25, 1898, Dezbr. 9, 1898, Febr. 1, 1905 July 25, 1905) 
    Box   4  
    [Vol. 50] Various     (Includes segments titled:
    1. "Register of Fossils found in Certain Localities"
    2. "Register of Corals in my Collection on Inclusive dates: January first 1906"
    3. "Register of Pamphlets. . . U.S. Government''
     
    Box   4  
    [vol. 50] Diary (no year given) beginning: "left Louisville . . . 19 June at noon . .; contains also "Enumeration of fossils collected in Autumn  1904 at Louisville Ky.''
     
    Drafts and manuscripts of various writings [series]:
    Box   5  
    Geological Survey of Michigan, articles, and unidentified
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Material

    Rominger's survey maps (ca. 100 maps) have been separated from the collection and cataloged.