Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Stan Berriman Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Stan Berriman Collection,
Creator: Berriman, Stan.
Inclusive dates: 1884-2003
Extent: approximately 4 cubic ft. (in 9 boxes, 2 folders, 2 Oversized Volumes)
The collection includes his scrapbooks, typed notes, notecards, reel-to-reel tapes, a 16 mm film, and slides.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


Access Restrictions:

Stan Berriman Collection


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Stan Berriman Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.



Stanley J. Berriman was born on April 3, 1922 in Buchanan (N.Y.), the son of the John Major and Helen (Michaels) Berriman. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, flying 38 combat missions over Germany with the Eighth Air Force.

After the war, Stan earned a B. A. from Michigan State University and earned a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan University. Stan taught history for 30 years and coached sports at Meridian Junior High School in Meridian, Michigan. His passion for Michigan history was illustrated in the book he wrote, Upper Tittabawassee River Boom Towns, a copy of which is in the Clarke. Stan loved Michigan history, and spent a great deal of time researching, recording, collecting, and typing up his notes on the topic. His achievements were honored by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which inducted him as an honorary member of the tribe.

Stan died on October 11, 2003 at the age of 81 at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. He was survived by his four children: Joseph (Judy) Berriman; Connie (Ronnie) Grove; Lori (Steve) Rathburn; and Beth (Ron) DeWitt. His children remembered many vacations spent in the station wagon driving from one historic marker to another. Stanley was buried with full military honors at Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. (This information is taken directly from his obituary, 2003, a copy of which is in the Biographical Materials folder.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of his scrapbooks, typed notes, typed 3x4 and 5x8 inch notecards, reel-to-reel tapes, a 16 mm film, and slides. The vast majority of the collection, particularly the note cards and slides document Michigan historic markers, historic sites, events, counties, townships, Chippewa Indians, and school trips to the Upper Peninsula, the Straits area, and Grayling, Michigan. Also included are the 1884 and 1885 tax assessor’s assessment books for Jerome Township (Midland County). The assessor’s volumes are not records of permanent historic value, but have been maintained as examples in this collection. [Midland County’s Clerk and Treasurer’s historic financial and clerical records are also housed (on deposit) at the Clarke.] Midland County (Mich.) history is well represented in this collection.

The collection is organized by format and size: letter-sized (or smaller) materials in boxes, note cards according to their size, and legal- and oversized materials at the end. Letter-size (or smaller) materials are organized alphabetically by title or topic, and then by size, and /or chronologically as needed.

Overall, the collection is in good shape. The plumber’s account book and copy of the Declaration of Allegiance are quite acidic and brittle and should be used with care. There is a slightly musty smell to the collection, so researchers with allergies or asthma may wish to take precautions while using the collection.

Processing Notes: The collection originally included about 21 cubic feet of material. Of this, maps, books, children’s literature, and textbooks were separately cataloged. Mass-produced out-of-state slides, unidentified reel-to-reel tapes, all duplicates, and out-of-state postcards were withdrawn from the collection during processing. A substantial number of Michigan postcards were merged into the Clarke’s Michigan Postcard collection. Family vacation slides were returned to Mr. Berriman's daughter, Beth DeWitt, as per her request. The collection was donated by Beth DeWitt, on behalf of all of Mr. Berriman's children in their father's memory and honor.

Subject Terms

    • Berriman, Stan.
    • Dow Chemical Company--History.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and Alumnae.
    • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan--History.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Plumbers.
    • Ojibwa Indians--Michigan--History.
    • Historic sites--Michigan.
    • Historic markers--Michigan.
    • Account books--Michigan--Midland County.
    • Tax Assessment--Michigan.
    • Juvenile delinquents--Michigan.
    • Midland County (Mich.)--History.
    • Midland (Mich.)--Newspapers.
    • Michigan--History--Sources.
    • Jerome (Midland County, Mich.: Township)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Stan Berriman Collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, 1970-2003
    Box   1 F   2
    Bay and Tuscola Counties Notes, [1954]
    Box   1 F   3
    Chippewa Indians, Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Class from Langford at Opening of Tourist Park, from WLUC-TV Marquette, Note and 16 mm film (in metal canister), 1968
    Box   1 F   5
    County Cross References, Notes, Alcona-Bay, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    County Cross References, Notes, Benzie-Chippewa, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    County Cross References, Notes, Clare-Gratiot, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    County Cross References, Notes, Hillsdale-Isabella, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    County Cross References, Notes, Jackson-Kent, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    County Cross References, Notes, Lake-Luce, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    County Cross References, Notes, Macomb-Michilimackinac, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    County Cross References, Notes, Missaukee-Oakland, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Indians Scrapbook (includes Little Elk, Chippewa Festival, Pelchers [was in Binder]), 1968
    Box   1 F   14
    Michigan Miscellaneous Scrapbook, 1968
    Box   1 F   15
    Michigan Postcards Scrapbooks, Alma-Dearborn, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Michigan Postcards Scrapbooks, East Lansing-Z, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Michigan State Historic Markers, Scrapbook, 1968
    Box   1 F   18
    Michigan State Historic Markers and Related Photographs, Scrapbook, 1968
    Box   1 F   19
    Photographs, Coleman (Michigan) Methodist Church and Parsonage, [after 1890]
    Box   1 F   20
    Photographs, Lumbering, late 19th century
    Box   1 F   21
    Photographs, Midland County, Michigan, 1900-1934 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   22
    Ration Books of Schroeder Family, Midland, 1945
    Box   1 F   23
    Reel-to-reel Tapes, 3 inch (7 reels), 1965-1967
    Box   2 F   1
    Reel-to-reel Tapes, 5 inch, Interviews (2 reels), 1968-1968
    Box   2 F   2
    Reel-to-reel Tapes, 5 inch, Interviews (1 reel), 1970
    Box   2 F   3
    Reel-to-reel Tapes, 5 inch, Midland Republican, undated recordings of articles in the newspaper from 1882, 1884 (2 reels), undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Reel-to-reel Tapes, 5 inch, Midland Republican, undated recordings of articles in the newspaper from 1887, 1896 (2 reels), undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Reel-to-reel Tapes, 5 inch, Midland Republican, undated recordings of articles in the newspaper from 1897-1899 (2 reels), undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Report on the Strike at the Dow Chemical Plant, Midland, Michigan, Labor Economics, 305 term paper, undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Topographical Map of the Straits Area (plaster with repaired crack), undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Notecards (5x8 inches) of Acts to organize townships, villages, counties, etc., Alcona-Huron, undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Notecards (5x8 inches) of Acts to organize townships, villages, counties, etc., Ingham-Montgomery, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Notecards (5x8 inches) of Acts to organize townships, villages, counties, etc., Muskegon-Wyandotte, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Notecards (3x5 inches), A-Z: for each county, an alphabetical list of townships, cities, villages, etc., undated
    Box   6 F   2
    Notecards (3x5 inches), A-Z: Michigan history and reference books, alphabetical by title, undated
    Box   6 F   3
    Notecards (3x5 inches), A-Z: list of historic markers in each county, alphabetical by county name, undated
    Box   7 F   1
    Slides, Michigan (trips to historic sites, markers, buildings, etc., 15 slide boxes), 1968-1969
    Box   8 F   1
    Slides, Michigan (trips to historic sites, markers, buildings, etc., 16 slide boxes), 1968-1969
    Box   9 F   1
    Slides, Indians (General, various tribes, artifacts, etc., 2 slide boxes), undated
    Box   9 F   3
    Slides, School Trips (2 slide boxes), 1968
    Box   9 F   4
    Slides, School Trips (10 slide boxes), 1969
    F   1  
    Legal-size, Plumbers Account Book, M.A. Co. Pipe Shop (very acidic, front cover missing), 1912-1914
    F   2  
    Legal-size, Declaration of Allegiance to the Government of the U.S. By the North American Indian (copy, very acidic), [1913]
    V   1  
    Oversize Volumes, Jerome Township (Midland County, Michigan), Assessment Rolls (2 volumes), 1884-1885