Office of the Registrar (University of Michigan), records  1840-2003 (bulk 1867-1993)
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Ralph E. Gilchrist [series]

Following the death of his brother Frank and the marriage of his sister, Ralph E. Gilchrist assumed primary responsibility managing the Gilchrist enterprises. The Ralph E. Gilchrist series includes a general correspondence subseries and subseries for a number of companies in which he had an interest.

 
General Correspondence [subseries]

General Correspondence is a group of letters pertaining largely to Ralph's role in the settlement of the Frank W. Gilchrist estate. Much of the material relates to the sale of Alpena Portland Cement Company, the purchase of the Hecla Cement Company, the sale of Merida Shipping Company, and the establishment of Gilchrist & Company Limited. The letters also reflect the division in the Gilchrist family between William A. Gilchrist and the other Gilchrist heirs. Correspondents include William, Frank R., and Ralph Gilchrist.

Box   5  
 1911-1926
 
Oregon Lands [subseries]

The Oregon Lands subseries is a group of letters, reports, and related documents pertaining to Ralph Gilchrist's acquisition of real estate in Crook, Klamath, and Lake Counties, Oregon. Principal correspondents include Patrick Culligan, a Gilchrist agent.

Box   5  
Correspondence  1909-1915
Box   5  
Reports  1902-1923
 
Merida Steamship Company [subseries]

Merida Steamship Company includes letters and financial statements pertaining largely to the financial operations of the Company and of the F. W. Gilchrist estate. Included are company financial statements for the years 1901, 1902, and 1907-1916, as well as statements pertaining to the steamer Joseph W. Fordney.

Box   5  
Correspondence  1914-1919
Box   5  
Statements  1901-1919
 
Minnesota Lands and Mineral Rights [subseries]

The Minnesota Lands and Mineral Rights subseries is large assortment of document consisting primarily of correspondence but also of deeds, maps, and related legal materials pertaining to the acquisition and liquidation of property in Lake, St. Louis, and Koochichiny Counties, Minnesota. Correspondents include Ralph Gilchrist, Harry Fletcher, Frank J. Foley, Joseph A. Vance, and several state officials of Minnesota.

 
Correspondence
Box   5  
 1910-1914
Box   5  
 1928
Box   5  
 1929
Box   5  
 1930
Box   5  
 1931-1935
Box   5  
 1937
Box   5  
 1938
Box   5  
 1939
Box   5  
 1940
Box   5  
 1941-1949
Box   5  
Assorted Deeds  1905-1940
Box   5  
Assorted Maps  undated
 
Zinclands [subseries]

Zinclands consists of correspondence, financial statements, deeds, and maps pertaining to Ralph Gilchrist's role as trustee of family-owned property in Newton County, Arkansas.

Box   5  
Correspondence  1911-1917
Box   5  
Financial Statements and Maps  1917-1921
 
Alpena Portland Cement Company [subseries]

The Alpena Portland Cement Company subseries is a group of records pertaining to a company acquired by Frank W. Gilchrist and disposed of by his heirs. The material includes two bound books containing company minutes, and a folder consisting primarily of legal documents. Correspondence regarding this company may be found in the Ralph Gilchrist General Correspondence file.

 
Minute Books
Box   5  
 1899-1905
Box   5  
 1905-1916
Box   5  
Miscellaneous Deeds and Minutes  1904-1916
 
Thunder Bay Limestone Company [subseries]

Thunder Bay Limestone Company records include minutes, financial statements, and some correspondence pertaining to this Alpena-based quarry. The minutes, from a previously-bound spiral book, date from 1899-1916, and the correspondence is somewhat later, dating from 1919-1926. Principal correspondents include Ralph Gilchrist and Frank J. Foley.

Box   6  
Correspondence and Stockholders Lists  1919-1936
Box   6  
Minutes  1919-1926
Box   6  
Deeds and Maps  1919-1923
Box   6  
Tax Case Records  1926-1930
 
Dominion Sugar Company [subseries]

The Dominion Sugar Company subseries is a group of records pertaining to a Chatham, Ontario company headed by Ralph Gilchrist. The papers include correspondence of Ralph and legal materials relating to the merger of the company with the Canada Sugar Refining Company in 1930. Also included are director's reports, notices, and financial statements.

Box   6  
Correspondence and Reports  1923-1930
 
Personal Financial Investments [subseries]

Personal Financial Investments is a diverse group of records that relate to Ralph Gilchrist's investments in the Crittall Casement Window Company from 1922 to 1928, the Detroit Trust Company from 1926 to 1934, Commonwealth Securities Incorporated of Cleveland from 1928 to 1933, and the First National Bank of Detroit Depositor's Committee in 1934. This assortment of materials includes correspondence, financial statements, reports, and some legal documents pertaining to the ownership of stocks. Much of the material pertains to the management of investment companies during the time of the stock market crash of 1929.

 
Crittall Casement Window Company
Box   6  
Correspondence  1921-1928
Box   6  
Daily Reports  1922-1928
Box   6  
Monthly Reports  1922-1928
Box   6  
Yearly Statements  1922-1927
Box   6  
Detroit Trust Company, Correspondence and Reports  1926-1934
 
Commonwealth Securities, Inc
 
Correspondence
Box   6  
 1929
Box   6  
 1930
Box   6  
 1931
 
Financial Statements
Box   6  
 1928-1930
Box   6  
 1931-1933
Box   6  
Depositor's Committee, First National Bank, Correspondence  1934
 
Gilchrist and Company, Limited [subseries]

The Gilchrist and Company, Limited series contains correspondence, reports, and financial statements regarding the corporation, investments, management, and dissolution of the umbrella company of Gilchrist operations. The company was created as a funnel for all of the real estate holdings of Ralph, Frank R., and Grace Gilchrist, three of the four surviving heirs of Frank W. Gilchrist. Correspondence is extant from 1914 to 1926 and from 1937 to 1941. Materials relate both the Company as well as to its related trust fund. Included in the files are materials on the Bay City, Gaylord, and Alpena Rail Road (a company investment)and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Correspondents include Frank J. Foley, Ralph Gilchrist, Harry Fletcher, and Frank R. Potter (a cousin). There is also a small file pertaining to Dr. Duncan A. Cameron, an acquaintance of Ralph to whom the family and company paid tribute in 1925.

 
General Correspondence
Box   7  
 1914-1922
Box   7  
 1923-1926
Box   7  
Letterpress Book  1924-1925
Box   7  
 1937-1941
Box   7  
Cameron Day Assorted Materials  1925-1929
 
Frank J. Foley Correspondence
 
Department of Commerce
Box   7  
 1928
Box   7  
 1929
Box   7  
 1930
Box   7  
Bay City, Gaylord and Alpena Rail Road  1918-1935
 
Financial Statements
 
Yearly
Box   7  
 1914-1927
Box   7  
 1928-1941
 
Alpena Office
Box   7  
 1922-1932
 
Trial Balances (Monthly)
Box   7  
 1926-1928
Box   7  
 1929-1930
Box   7  
 1931-1933
Box   7  
 1934-1936