Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Arnold Bransdorfer Papers and Audiotapes

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Arnold Bransdorfer Papers and Audiotapes,
Creator: Bransdorfer, Arnold.
Inclusive dates: 1930, 1971, and undated
Extent: approximately 2 cubic feet (in 2 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
Abstract:
Papers include mostly photographs, negatives and audiotapes of 19th century people, architecture, farms, churches, probably in rural Michigan, and 1960s Michigan politicians, political events and gatherings.

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
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 3097

Access Restrictions:

Arnold Bransdorfer Papers and Audiotapes are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke Historical Library.

Preferred Citation:

Arnold Bransdorfer Papers and Audiotapes, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by format, then alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Arnold Bransdorfer (1922-2011) was a photographer who lived in Saint Louis, Michigan. His shop, called Bransdorfer Photography, was located in Lansing and, later, in Saint Louis. He was active in the Michigan Republican State Central Committee and served as the Michigan Senate Photographer in the 1960s. Arnold Bransdorfer served as a legislative aid to Lieutenant Governor William Milliken in 1968. His brother, Alfred R. Bransdorfer (1926-), was the publisher of the Clare Sentinel in Clare Michigan.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Most of the collection is photographs and negatives. The 19th century photographs have been reshot by a modern camera. Subject headings of photographs were ones used by Arnold Bransdorfer. Some photographs are quite faded. Almost all of the photographs are black and white.

Among these are images of what is presumably rural Michigan and many photographs of Michigan Republicans and Republican political gatherings in the 1960s. There is one photograph of Robert Kennedy at a political gathering.

Related Michigan Republican political publications, news releases, and a statement are among the paper materials. The correspondence discusses some of the photography work Arnold Bransdorfer did as Michigan Senate Photographer. Michigan Republicans documented here include William Milliken, G. Mennen Williams, George Romney, and Guy Vander Jagt, among others.

The audiotapes, mostly 1965-1968, and undated, relate largely to Michigan political press conferences, speeches, and advertisements, although Richard Nixon is documented at an unspecified time, as well as a speech by Walter Reuther in 1967. Different genres of music are also recorded on the audiotapes.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bransdorfer, Arnold.
    • Romney, George W., 1907-1995.
    • Vander Jagt, Guy, 1931-
    • Milliken, William G., 1922-
    • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
    • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-
    • Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970.
    • Nixon, Richard M., 1913-1994, (Richard Millhouse).
    • Speeches, addresses, etc., American.
    • Photography--Michigan.
    • Michigan--Politics and government.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Politics and government.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Arnold Bransdorfer Papers and Audiotapes. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Election Materials, Allen, Dick, circa 1979
    Box   1 F   2
    Election Materials, Bransdorfer, Arnold, circa 1975
    Box   1 F   3
    Election Materials, Bransdorfer, Stephen, circa 1974
    Box   1 F   4
    Election Materials, Brickley, Jim, circa 1978
    Box   1 F   5
    Election Materials, Busch, Mike, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Election Materials, Chamberlain, Charles E. (garbage bag), undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Election Materials, Gilbert, Alice, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Election Materials, Griffin, Robert P., 1968, 1977
    Box   1 F   9
    Election Materials, Lockwood, Senator Emil, Biography, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Election Materials, Lockwood, Senator Emil, Correspondence, 1968
    Box   1 F   11
    Election Materials, Lockwood, Senator Emil, Speeches, 1968
    Box   1 F   12
    Election Materials, MacKenzie, Barbara, circa 1974
    Box   1 F   13
    Election Materials, Milliken, William, circa 1974-1978
    Box   1 F   14
    Election Materials, Randall, Gary, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Election Materials, Reagan, Ronald and Bush, George, circa 1980
    Box   1 F   16
    Election Materials, Romney, George, circa 1968, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Election Materials, Vander Jagt, Guy, 1966, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Election Materials, Young, Bob, circa 1975
    Box   1 F   19
    Non-photographic Materials, Apportionment and Distributing Plan of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, 1972
    Box   1 F   20
    Non-photographic Materials, Apportionment and Distributing Plan of the Senate of the State of Michigan, 1972
    Box   1 F   21
    Non-photographic Materials, Correspondence, Bransdorfer, 1965-1968, undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Non-photographic Materials, Journal of the Senate, January 13, 1971
    Box   1 F   23
    Non-photographic Materials, List of Bransdorfer's Negatives, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Non-photographic Materials, Listing of Michigan Senate and House of Representatives Members, 1971-1975
    Box   1 F   24
    Non-photographic Materials, Michigan Political Newspaper Clippings, 1967-1970, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Non-photographic Materials, Michigan Political Newspaper Clippings, 1969, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    Non-photographic Materials, Michigan Political News Releases, 1966-1971, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Non-photographic Materials, Michigan Political Publications, 1960-1970, undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Non-photographic Materials, Michigan Republicans Biographical Information, 1965-1966
    Box   1 F   29
    Non-photographic Materials, Michigan Swearing in Ceremonies Material, 1967, 1971
    Box   1 F   30
    Non-photographic Materials, Miscellaneous Election Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   31
    Non-photographic Materials, Newspaper Clippings of Michigan Voters' Concerns, 1979
    Box   1 F   32
    Non-photographic Materials, Nixon for President Committee of Michigan, Booklets, 1968
    Box   1 F   33
    Non-photographic Materials, Nixon for President Committee of Michigan, Correspondence and Speeches, 1968
    Box   1 F   34
    Non-photographic Materials, Nixon for President Committee of Michigan, National Headquarters Correspondence, 1968
    Box   1 F   35
    Non-photographic Materials, Nixon for President Committee of Michigan, New York Correspondence, 1968
    Box   1 F   36
    Non-photographic Materials, Republican State Convention, April 1968
    Box   1 F   37
    Non-photographic Materials, World War II Scrapbook, 1930-1945
    Box   1 F   38
    Photographs, Architecture, Domestic, 19th century
    Box   1 F   39
    Photographs, Architecture, Municipal, 19th century
    Box   1 F   40
    Photographs, Camp Meeting, 19th century
    Box   1 F   41
    Photographs, Children, Portraits, 19th century
    Box   1 F   42
    Photographs, Churches, 19th century
    Box   1 F   43
    Photographs, Farm Animals (some with people), 19th century
    Box   1 F   44
    Photographs, Farm Buildings, 19th century
    Box   1 F   45
    Photographs, Farm Houses, 19th century
    Box   1 F   46
    Photographs, Grand Rapids Republican Convention (and Robert Kennedy), September 1, 1956
    Box   1 F   47
    Photographs, House Construction, 19th century
    Box   1 F   48
    Photographs, Identified Fellow Republicans (includes some autographed, one by G. Mennen Williams), [1960s]
    Box   1 F   49
    Photographs, Landscapes, 19th century
    Box   1 F   50
    Photographs, Michigan Welcomes Bob Taft Party (Small Photograph Album), undated
    Box   1 F   51
    Photographs, Milliken, William, 1960s
    Box   1 F   52
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, undated 20th century
    Box   1 F   53
    Photographs, Portraits, Adults and Teenage Girls, 19th century
    Box   1 F   54
    Photographs, Portraits, Groups, 19th century
    Box   1 F   55
    Photographs, Railroads, 19th century
    Box   1 F   56
    Photographs, Romney, George, 1960s
    Box   1 F   57
    Photographs, Skylines, 19th century
    Box   1 F   58
    Photographs, Unidentified, Mostly Politicians, 1950-1960s
    Box   2 F   1
    Audiotapes, 1. Beebe, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Audiotapes, 2. Bouwsma, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Audiotapes, 3. Child Interview with Adult, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Audiotapes, 4. Demaso, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Audiotapes, 5. Elder, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Audiotapes, 6. Enosat with Rabbin Speech, undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Audiotapes, 7. Farsnworth Election Promo[tional], 1966
    Box   2 F   8
    Audiotapes, 8. Francke, General / Bay City Area, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Audiotapes, 9. Great Republican Year, Vocal with Piano, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Audiotapes, 10. Griffin Song, undated
    Box   2 F   11
    Audiotapes, 11. Harvey Lodge, undated
    Box   2 F   12
    Audiotapes, 12. Lieutenant Governor Milliken by Key Campaign, undated
    Box   2 F   13
    Audiotapes, 13. Milliken Speeches for Interlochen Parents and Talents, undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Audiotapes, 14. Music, undated
    Box   2 F   15
    Audiotapes, 15. Music, Band, 1966
    Box   2 F   16
    Audiotapes, 16. Music, Band, Pop Jazz, 1966
    Box   2 F   17
    Audiotapes, 17. Nixon Cancel, undated
    Box   2 F   18
    Audiotapes, 18. Open Housing Tape, undated
    Box   2 F   19
    Audiotapes, 19. Opera Flyer, undated
    Box   2 F   20
    Audiotapes, 20. Pop Music, undated
    Box   2 F   21
    Audiotapes, 21. Pop Music, undated
    Box   2 F   22
    Audiotapes, 22. Press Conference, undated
    Box   2 F   23
    Audiotapes, 23. Press Conference on Tax Pass, May 18, 1967
    Box   2 F   24
    Audiotapes, 24. Press Conference, Senator Lockwood on Nixon State Chairman, March 12, 1968
    Box   2 F   25
    Audiotapes, 25. Press Conference, on Island, Prion Special Session, Summer 1967
    Box   2 F   26
    Audiotapes, 26. Professor Harris, Open Housing 1 Minute Spot, Public service Announcement, undated
    Box   2 F   27
    Audiotapes, 27. Rable Porter, Side B-MITZH Sports Interview, undated
    Box   2 F   28
    Audiotapes, 28. Reel 2, Beginning SAT, undated
    Box   2 F   29
    Audiotapes, 29. Report from Lansing, undated
    Box   2 F   30
    Audiotapes, 30. Rockwell, undated
    Box   2 F   31
    Audiotapes, 31. Rowley, Tom, undated
    Box   2 F   32
    Audiotapes, 32. Schedule / Bills Press Conference, January 9, 1967
    Box   2 F   33
    Audiotapes, 33. Senator Guy Vander Jagt, 4 minutes, 10 seconds, Lead and Close, May 21, 1965
    Box   2 F   34
    Audiotapes, 34. Toepp, undated
    Box   2 F   35
    Audiotapes, 35. Walter Reuther's Speech to Michigan State United Auto Workers (UAW) Community Action Program Council, June 19, 1967
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder, Unidentified Photograph, undated [20th century]