Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
John C. Pollie Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: John C. Pollie Papers,
Creator: Pollie, John C.
Inclusive dates: 1910-1969, and undated
Extent: 17.5 cubic feet (in 35 boxes)
Abstract:
Papers include personal and business correspondence and accounts of a Grand Rapids concessionaire.

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
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Access Restrictions:

John C. Pollie Papers are open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

John C. Pollie Papers, 1910-1969, and undated, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by series, alphabetically, and chronologically.


History

Biography:

Henry J. Pollie, was born about 1872/1873, the son of John C. and Maude Pollie. The Pollies emigrated from the Netherlands to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in late December 1879, arriving in 1880. Henry joined the business due to Doc Frank Flack. According to John C. Pollie, “Doc Frank Flack…owner-manager of the old Northwestern Shows,…put my dad in the carnival business...in the winter seasons Flack came to Grand Rapids and pitched fountain pens in Herpolsheimers’ Dept. store, and often came…for Sunday dinners and brought his office boy, Johnny Reid with him. [This would have been about circa 1917-18. The occasion of this letter was the 1959 death of Reid, the owner of Happyland Shows. This information is from a letter of J. P. to Harley and Menette Mankin, dated October 18, 1959.]

Henry was a concessionaire and showman, working in and operating a number of traveling shows and circuses over a 38-year period. Shows Henry was involved with, as documented in the collection, include: Zeidman and Pollie Shows (William Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie) 1910/11-November 1937; J. Harry Six Shows, 1931; Pollie’s Shows, 1932 (Henry and John C. Pollie); Famous Pollie Shows, 1930s (Henry and John C. Pollie) They tried to book a sideshow with Cetlin and Wilson Shows; Pollie and Scully, 1934 (Henry and Mr. Scully); Pollie and Berger Exposition and Wild Animal Circus, 1935-1937? (Henry and Louis J. Berger); Pollie and Berger Shows, 1935-January 1936 (This is likely the same show as above, minus the wild animals.); Pollie and Latto Shows, [after February 1936-November 1937, Henry and Al Latto]; Pollie Brothers Circus (Henry and John C. Pollie); Pollie’s Greater Shows, undated (Henry and John C. Pollie); Polly and Kenosian Shows, 1937 (Henry and Robert M. “Bob” Kenosian).

Zeidman and Pollie carnival began in 1910/11, according to Z and P Exposition Shows route book for the 1923 season. In November of 1927, Henry split with his partner, William Zeidman. John later recalled in a December 12, 1930 letter to Frank K. Miller, attorney-at-law, that Henry, who had won a number of legal cases over the past twelve years and successfully operated an organization with over 400 employees, had lost only one legal case in his career, prior to dealing with Zeidman. Henry and John thought of Zeidman with the phrase “trusted friends will knife you in the back.” In 1927, Henry Pollie owed $10,000 to one creditor who sued him. It is likely from John’s letter that the creditor was in league with Zeidman to ruin Henry Pollie. The creditor demanded the sale of major show equipment to pay the debt. This included numerous railroad cars, rides, and a Wurlitzer organ, which limited the show’s crowd appeal and ability to make money. Prior to the sale, the Zeidman-Pollie carnival had been billed as the second largest circus on the road. It had traveled in 30 special railroad cars, had a band, wild animals, and numerous acts.

Also, by July 9, 1927, John accepted debt for equipment that he and his partner, Don Elliott, shared in a corn game partnership. The debt of $269.15 was owed to Direct Sale and Service Corp., a carnival equipment supplier. According to John’s letter to the company of July 9, 1927, Elliott walked out on John. One wonders if Elliott was part of the “clique” and the plan was to bring down both Pollies and take over their business circuit.

Sometime after his divorce, Henry married Ossie (nee Toothman) Littleman Pollie, who was a “show woman.” She was born around June 2, 1893 and died between April 31 and May 10, 1936.

Henry and John continued working together until Henry died suddenly on May 12, 1937 in Cassopolis, Michigan, as the result of a car accident. He was survived by his widow, Ossie, his son, John, his mother Mrs. Maude (Maaje) Pollie, three brothers, Alfred, James, and Mitchell, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph (Lizzie) Wieland, all of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

John’s Mother, Elvira “Vira” (Maas) Pollie was born east of Indianapolis on April 26, about 1878, the daughter of Andrew and Milly-Ann Henson. She also worked for years in the shows although exactly what she did is not documented in the collection. In November of 1927 Henry J. and Elvira divorced. At some point after the divorce, Elvira married a Mr. Mendiones. In November 1930, Elvira was arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana. Apparently, she left town while under bond to appear as a witness in a case. What the case was about is not documented in the collection. Lawyer Frank Miller helped her although, much to his frustration, both John and Henry were unable to reimburse him for his services. In his letter to the lawyer, John notes that his mother was easily led by others. This may indicate a level of simplicity of character or naiveté. During the later 1930s and 1940s, Elvira lived in Chicago, Illinois, where she rented a couple of rooms to boarders. Her finances were often limited and John often sent her money, particularly to pay for rented storage space where he stored his show equipment. By December 1943, Elvira apparently married a Mr. Miller. She died suddenly on September 30, 1944, and was survived by her son, John, granddaughter, Janice, and two brothers.

Despite his parents’ divorce, John had a good relationship with both parents. They wrote each other often, often weekly, and John sent his Mother money to help pay her bills whenever she needed help.

John C. “Johnnie” Pollie, was the adopted son of Henry J. and Elvira (Maas) Pollie, was born on April 28, 1905. The fact that he was adopted is noted in family papers which are not part of this collection. He attended schools in Grand Rapids and was a sophomore in Central High School in 1924 (according to the MichGenWebsite for Kent County, and is listed in the Central High School Helios yearbook of 1924 and appears in a 1924-1925 Sophomore Class Photograph.). It is highly likely that he graduated in 1926.

By 1926 John began to concentrate on concessions for himself while helping his Dad. In 1956 he stated in a letter to a potential customer that he had been in the business for 30 seasons.

John moved to Indiana in 1927. He was very close to his Evans relatives and other people from Acton, Indiana. His daughter, Janice, later called Rosa Mae Evans “Grandma Rosie.”

In the 1930s, John worked in and operated small circuses or traveling shows composed of various acts, rides, games of chance, wild animals, freak shows, and food (concessions). John operated bingo, poker, and other games, hired the various acts, booked their scheduled appearances, operated the concession stands, and kept meticulous accounts in a business where every cent mattered. John paid and fed people both during times when the show made money and when it did not, particularly during the Great Depression. If people were not fed, they would leave. Without acts and people to operate the rides and games, the show would collapse. With his Father and other associates, John C. Pollie co/operated a number of small shows that traveled, with the seasons, up and down the coast from Florida to Ontario, Canada, and, in the 1940s and 1950s through the Midwestern and Appalachian states.

John was involved with all of his Dad’s shows (see the list on p.1.). In 1937 he operated Carnival Concession in Acton, Indiana, while operating the Pollie and Kenosian Shows in Grand Rapids. He described his business to the Internal Revenue Service, the I.R.S., then as operating the corn-game, also known as bingo or beano, in Michigan carnivals and fairgrounds each summer.

After his Dad’s death in 1937, John co-operated the Zeigler and Pollie Shows, which was billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, in 1939.

Most of John’s friends and associates were involved, as were their families, with some aspects of his or other traveling shows. Many of these people John corresponded with over the years were involved with family acts, such as high wire or aerialist ladder acts, clowns, dancers, and dancers/rollerskaters, and some of the freak acts, such as Alligator Boy, fire eaters, or hermaphrodites. Because they were all involved in traveling shows, they had similar problems, such as lack of funds, constantly moving, living hand to mouth, and being separated for long periods from their extended families and friends without knowing each others’ whereabouts or addresses. This was a time before computers and email, when phone calls were luxuries. Letters, postcards, and occasionally telegrams for emergencies were how people communicated. This lack of communication led to the abandonment of wives and children and divorces. There was no security in this type of life. People who were hurt were left in hospitals when the show left for another town or state. There was no disability or medical insurance for anyone. Most of the acts John booked were composed of two or three people. Thus, when one member of an act got hurt, ill, left town, was thrown in jail, or died, the act could not be performed. This resulted in act members being fired as a group. The newly unemployed then had to find a temporary job in another show in order to eat. Show people sent the few dollars they could afford to other show friends in need. At least among John’s many friends, there was a strong network of friends who genuinely cared for him and each other.

There were also cases of men who abandoned their families and never visited, communicated with, or financially supported their wives or children, like Henri LaVardo. In the collection there is also documentation of two men who corresponded with John from Jackson State Penitentiary. Henry C. Hart served time in prison from December 1932 through February 1933. He was sad and repentant about his incarceration, particularly noting its impact on his loyal wife, Ruth. His entire correspondence with John spans 1926 through 1938. Alfred S. Wiser, whose extended family corresponded with John, was in prison from May 1931 through May 1933. He was unrepentant and more of a philosopher. His complete correspondence with John spans 1927 through 1934. The reasons why they were imprisoned is not documented in the collection, but according to state records was armed breaking and entry.

There were also constant and continual financial problems with show life. John wrote often to his friends and family members of being in debt due to poor attendance at shows, the economic woes of the 1930s, the attitude of conservatives who limited his ability to run games of chance in their county, and having to get loans to pay to repair the show’s trailers or trucks. Just before May 27, 1933, John’s business associate, Al Wagner, stole all the money the Pollie’s Show had made so far in the season, approximately a month’s worth of income. What was really unconscionable was that Al also stole the contracts listing where the show was booked to perform next. At the time, John only knew the next three towns where his show was booked. As a result, the show was nearly forced to close. John wrote a flurry of letters to friends and associates trying to verify where the show was supposed to perform next, and other letters begging for funds and for extra acts. This situation nearly ruined his reputation as being a good showman to book, which would have bankrupted him and the show. (See letter from John to Cash Miller, May 27, 1933.) This occurred years before the idea of unemployment and four years before the advent of social security.

In another example of the tightness of their accounts, most show people bought their vehicle license plates in Georgia in 1934 and1935 as the state charged $3 for any vehicle plate, regardless of make, model, size, or use. This was the cheapest state in which a person could buy license plates, and residency for a year was waived, so everyone in the traveling show business bought plates there. This added to Georgia’s coffers. John was constantly behind in his payments for many bills, yet always tried to send at least a few dollars to friends and family whose financial situations were worse than his. He had to take advantage of any state or local tax break he could get.

Most of his correspondents were people who had either worked with or for him, or were related to someone who did. John also maintained years of extensive correspondence with certain business associates, either suppliers of equipment and prizes or men who booked dates at fairs and other events. For example, George Kurtz was Pollie’s bingo operator or “caller.” In 1936 he was engaged to Phyllis Comrie who, with her mother, worked the “penny pinch.” John Mulder, a concession-related dealer was married to Kate, who had been one of John’s bingo operator. In the early 1950s, Pollie employed his wife, Bea, and step-mother, Ossie, and prior to 1956 both of John’s children helped picked up balls thrown in at least one of the games. The DeMitchells also helped operate some of the games and King Baile wrote promotional ads. John’s Uncle Howard Henson, who was usually referred to simply as “Howard,” was involved with Zeidman and Pollie Shows in the 1920s. He was always fondly remembered by all the “old crowd” of friends who were in the shows in the 1920s and early 1930s. John and Howard worked together and wrote to each other well through the 1940s. In the 1950s John worked for Mulder. Mulder secured dates and contracts at various shows and events and then hired John to provide concessions, bingo and other games in various cities in Michigan. John’s letters to Mulder are always friendly and polite, but in his letters to relatives and friends John described Mulder as a man who made money and did not share his earnings with his help (i.e. John). By John’s workers, Mulder was sarcastically referred to in letters as the “Great Mulder” who apparently thought he knew everything and was never wrong.

By 1957 numerous laws restricted game concessions, as John noted to the I.R.S. At that time local organizations, often charities, hired John to bring his equipment to their venue where he would train local volunteers to work the games. Thus, John no longer needed to hire his own staff to work for him.

To help pay bills during the fall and winter when he was living in Grand Rapids and could not operate a traveling show or concession, John worked at Kelvinator, 1942-1944, 1947-1954, and then the American Seating Company, 1954-1961. In the 1950s the American Seating Company cut the employees’ pay and hours, which hurt John, and presumably a lot of other employees, financially.

John had several female friends as a young man, including Marie Ritter, his “Pal” and later his “Dearest Pal,” with whom he appeared to fall in love for awhile, especially in 1935 and 1936. Much to Marie’s disgust, she and John were no longer “an item” after 1936. The age difference between them may have had something to do with it. Marie was ten or twelve years younger than John. He may also have been in love with Elfie (Ramsay) Shepherd, with whom he corresponded heavily during the 1930s, particularly in 1936. John also was very good friends with Phyllis Rae Comrie, who graduated in 1936 from high school.

On July 1, 1938, John married K. Bea Culver, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Culver. Bea was not a show woman, so how and when they met is a mystery. Perhaps she bought food from him at a fair and they began to talk. Together they had two children: Janice (Pollie) Haralson was born on June 24, 1942, and Curtis J. Pollie on March 27, 1947). Their family life was a happy one. They attended Fountain Street Church each Sunday, where the children were enrolled in Sunday School. John was on the road from April through August usually, and working in town during the fall and winter.

The family lived in Grand Rapids. In 1940 they rented an apartment at 427 Bond Avenue NW and later they moved to an apartment at 437 Coit Avenue. Probably in order to make up for late rent, John rewired a 16-family apartment building for their landlord, Oscar Allen, in 1940. The family later purchased a house at 633 Fairview Avenue NE in 1946.

Bea’s younger brothers were Cole and Donald. The brothers both served in World War II and went to college afterwards, apparently on the G.I. Bill. Donald graduated from Mesick Consolidated Schools (high school) in 1940 and attended S.W. College in Winfield, Kansas in 1948. In 1957 Cole Culver was married to Alene, and they had two children, Colene and Calvin. Cole was the superintendent of Rose Hill Consolidated Schools in Rose Hill, Kansas. At the same time, Donald Culver was married to Joann and had a daughter, Denise. Donald was the superintendent of the Atlanta Community School, Atlanta, Michigan (through 1957), and later served as superintendent of the Montmorency County Board of Education (1958- ).

In the middle of November 1957, Bea was cleaning windows when she fell off a step stool and fell five feet to the ground. She broke her leg about the ankle joint and disconnected her ankle. Somehow, the broken bone went into the ground and she picked up tetanus. Within a few days she developed lockjaw, spasms, and throat paralysis. After two amputations of her leg and various medicines, she died at 9:12 a.m. on November 20, 1957 in Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. John stayed with her at the hospital once she developed complications. He wrote numerous detailed letters to long-time friends about her suffering and how devastated the family was when she died. It is obvious that as much as he had enjoyed typing letters and the necessity of his doing so to promote his business and keep up his network of associates and friends in his business life, that typing letters for John was also a form of relaxation and a way to work out his stress and frustration. In the letters he typed about Bea, John extolled her virtues as a housemaker, dressmaker, baker, teacher and superintendent of Sunday school, President of the elementary and high school PTA, and chair of the neighborhood improvement association. He also noted that she had skillfully managed the concessions for him when he had to work at American Seating Company. Hundreds of people attended her funeral at Fountain Street Methodist Church and the florists were overwhelmed with requests for floral tributes. Bea was buried on Saturday, November 23, 1957 in Rosedale Memorial Park in Grand Rapids. She was survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Culver, her husband, children, two brothers, Cole L. and Donald L. Culver and their families, her maternal grandparents, two nieces and a nephew.

Janice was fifteen-years-old and Curtis was ten-years-old when their mother died. At the time, Janice attended Central High School and Curtis was in 5th grade at Coit School. It is another testament of John’s personality that two of his oldest business associates, Ned Torti of Wisconsin “Delux” Corporation and John Mulder of Mulder Concession Company of Deluxe Games were so shocked when they heard of Bea’s death that they sent Christmas care packages of gifts and food to him and his children along with heartfelt notes. Letters of good advice for the kids, encouraging them to do well in school and help their father, came regularly from both Alene and Joann Culver following Bea’s demise. A really good letter detailing John Pollie’s financial problems and living arrangements with the family following Bea’s death is in the Cole Culver folder, dated 1958.

Janice and John shared the housework after Bea died. The children were strongly encouraged by John to do the best they could in school and participate in extra-curricular activities, particularly Sunday school. Bea’s health care and funeral bills nearly impoverished the family. John bemoaned the fact that they had numerous bills they simply could not pay and that it would be June [1958] before he could earn more money through concessions. Besides his regular and concession job, John built concession stands for his business associate, Mulder, presumably to pay off some of his debt to Mulder. (A good letter John wrote in 1962 to his cousin, Inez Millspaugh, describes this activity as well as the situations of family and friends.)

After graduating from high school, Janice attended Grand Rapids Community College for two years and graduated from Michigan State University in 1964. She married a Mr. Quint who joined the Marines when they were engaged. Janice worked as a first grade teacher. Curtis Pollie married Marcia and had two children. In 2009, he lived in White Cloud.

During his life, John was generous to his friends, family, and workers with pay and emotional support. He also donated regularly to a wide variety of Christian, charitable, youth, and health research organizations, which is documented by his charitable contributions receipts. In 1946 he wrote to one friend that he had just run the funding campaign for the Grand Rapids Fraternal Order of Police, with whom he had a long positive relationship.

John saved everything documenting personal and business expenses. He had very organized accounts of his concessions by day, town, worker, games won, and supplies. John was a nightmare scenario for the I.R.S. He could prove everything.

John C. Pollie died on or shortly before May 29, 1979 and was buried in Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids.


Collection Scope and Content Note

From the time of the Romans until the Great Depression, circuses were a major form of entertainment in the world. Much has been written about the more important circuses and their various owners and acts, such as Ringling Brothers of P.T. Barnum, but little has been written about smaller circuses and their cousins, traveling shows. In Michigan, the only major surviving collection in a historical research institution documenting a Michigan-based circus or carnival, or its owners, is this collection, the Pollie Family Papers. The collection documents the life and work of Henry J. Pollie, circus and showman, and his son, John C. Pollie, who began life working in his Dad’s circuses and eventually evolved from traveling showman to concessionaire. The collection documents them and their business associates and family members, and life for circus and carnival show people in Michigan during the 20th century. This is a fabulous collection for documenting the lives of show people during the early teens through the 1930s in Michigan. The collection is divided into the following series: Pollie Family Photographs and Obituaries (copies), 2 folders; Pollie, Henry J. Business Correspondence, 4 folders; Pollie, Janice, Correspondence (typed by John for her), 1 folder; Pollie, John C.-Account Books, 17 v. (in 10 folders); Accounts, 7 folders; Biographical [high school autographs], 1 folder; Business Correspondence, 3.5 cubic feet (in 7 boxes); Miscellaneous, 1 folder; Personal Correspondence, 8 cubic feet (in 16 boxes); and Subject Files, 5.5 cubic feet (in 11 boxes).

The Pollie Family Photographs (1 folder) and Obituaries (copies) (1 folder) includes what may be Henry and Elvira’s wedding photograph. It is unidentified, but the image of the man is very much like one of Henry in the ads for the Zeidman and Pollie circus. He is wearing a celluloid collar which would likely date it to the early 1900s. The obituaries from Grand Rapids newspapers (copies) are of 1937 (Henry J.); 1943 (Henry); 1957 (K. Bea); 1969 (John C.); and 1937 (Mrs. Maatje Pollie).

Henry J. Pollie’s Business Correspondence consists of 1 folder each from 1925 and 1927, and 1932-1933 (2 folders). The later folders include letters from many show people in the Cetlan and Wilson Shows, Inc. who had recently lost their jobs. In these folders are letters from two Hermaphrodites, “freaks”, palm readers, and members of various acts all desperately seeking employment. The Hermaphrodites are particularly interesting because the one is hired and then notifies a friend Hermaphrodite who also writes asking for employment, again demonstrating how show people, particularly those in the same type of work, stuck together. Some of these letters are to/from Ray M. Brydon, who was the Advance Man for Henry and John. Advance men went to a town before a circus or traveling show arrived and smoothed the way for the show by making sure the contracts were okay and, if necessary, bribing public officials. There is no documentation Henry and John ran a “dirty show” and resorted to bribery, but most show people apparently did. The letters in the series are those specifically addressed to Henry. It is apparent by other correspondence in both the Business and Personal Correspondence series that John typed and composed all of the letters for Henry when the two worked together. This is apparent when one compares letters typed and composed after Henry’s death by John. They are exactly the same as the typed ones Henry signed. This indicates either John typed and composed all the letters in the collection, or he adopted Henry’s style for his own. Since it appears John was the accounts man, it is more likely that he did all the typing and composition of correspondence for both his Dad and himself.

John C. Pollie’s Account Books (17 v.), include Business Accounts, 1926-1929, 1931-1932, 1941, 1950 1955, General Accounts, 1944, 1946, and Personal Accounts, 1942, 1958. The 1926-1927 Account Book is titled “Winter Quarters, Season 1926-1927, Savannah, Georgia” This v. dates to the Henry J. Pollie and Zeidman association. The Pollies, Zeidman, and E.C. Hall are all listed as receiving and holding cash. Cash received and paid is noted daily from Nov. 11, 1926 through April 24, 1927, including to whom, for what, and total amount. Food, equipment, travel, telegrams, fair fees, and other items are listed. This volume proves that the circus wintered down south, as did many circuses in the 1920s. The 1927-1929 volumes (7) are divided by type of activities, ball game, bingo, concessions, truck, trailer, etc. The 1931-1932 v. (2) document Concessions only, showing a huge shift in record keeping and business activity by John since the 1926-1927 volume.

The next series is John C. Pollie, Accounts. These are loose paper accounts of Carnival Games, April-October 1950. They are different in style and have an excessive amount of detail compared to the business accounts he kept for the I.R.S.(7 folders). They are organized by each day in each town of John’s circuit for 1950. He notes the weather, time they opened, free games, the number of games played, the number and types of prizes won, the total amount of money the prizes were worth, and amount of money his employees earned. Examples of prizes won include whistling teakettles, liquor dispenser, cardtable, coldpack canner, blanket, and a large glass lamp.

There is one John C. Pollie Biographical folder for John C. Pollie. It includes seven loose autograph pages entitled “Johnny Pollie’s Book.” It includes autographs and notes from senior high school students who graduated between 1920 and 1925. It probably dates from 1920.

John C. Pollie’s Business Correspondence is the third largest of the series in the collection, 3.5 cubic feet (in 7 boxes). It includes correspondence from the 1920s-1960s. Materials are filed alphabetically by the name of the company or institution (or person) with whom John conducted business. Whichever name John used for filing purposes has been used here. Those people or businesses with whom he corresponded once or a few times are filed alphabetically in the general folders “A”, “B”, etc. The majority of his business correspondence was with people and companies concerning his concession business and chance games. From these companies he ordered supplies for him, his workers, and concessions trailer, or prizes, such as the many he ordered from Wisconsin “Deluxe” Company (Ned Tortni), or with fairs and shows officials and organizations, such as the V.F.W. or Sigma Phi Gamma (Bluffton, Ind.), and the men who booked him with various fairs, such as John Mulder. Some of the correspondence is with people who regularly worked for John in some capacity, often as bingo operators. A small part of the correspondence is related to his car and trailer, and getting them repaired, licensed, or insured, and dealing with accidents, A small amount of the correspondence relates to family physicians, Grand Rapids organizations with whom John was associated, and other companies, like paint and hardware stores where John bought supplies, and advertising from the magazines Bill Board and Big Eli News. Two of the largest subseries in this series are Wisconsin “Deluxe” Company, 1936-1961 (1.5 cubic ft.), and the Fairs/Shows and V.F.W. folders, 1938-1960 [bulk after 1940] (.75 cubic foot). A number of the Business Correspondence folders include catalogs, samples, drawings, orders or receipts for items John needed to operate, such as awnings or painted signs. The folders note the company’s name, name of John’s main contact, what the company sold if it related to the carnival business, and names of his contact’s spouse and children. John maintained close correspondence with virtually all of his business associates, particularly Net Tortni, his booking agents, such as John Mulder, and his contacts for fairs. John regularly received birth announcements from his contacts and maintained a regular holiday card exchange with them and their families. With the Kardell family (Eaton County Fair, Mich.), with whom he and Bea maintained correspondence from 1939 through 1956, it is clear that they were much more than business associates: they were friends. It was to Mrs. Kardell (Karen) that Bea Pollie confided that her Father (Frank Culver) had left and returned to her Mother (letter from Karen to Bea, in Kardell folder, Dec. 16, 1952 (from Banglaore, India). This is not noted in any other correspondence. Mulder and Tortni also were devastated when Bea died, as noted in the biographical section, and sent gifts and food to John and his children for their first, terrible Christmas without her. Yet, they could still threaten John when he fell too far behind with his bills. Also of note is a 1949 thank you from then Representative Jerry Ford, thanking John for signing his nominating petition.

The Miscellaneous includes Bingo Numbers Set Up Diagram and Rules for Drivers, both undated (1 folder).

The largest series is the Personal Correspondence, 1910-1964, which totals 8 cubic feet (in 16 boxes). The Personal Correspondence is filed in alphabetical order by surname, then first name of correspondent. The names of spouses and children follow that of the correspondent. Relatives are noted and multiple surnames for those who married, or remarried multiple times, are also noted, as well as the dates of the correspondence, and their occupation or business if it relates to the circus or carnival business. Those with whom John had only a page or two of correspondence are filed alphabetically by surname in the general folders ‘A’, ‘B’, etc.

This series includes correspondence with John’s immediate family, parents, wife and children, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as many of his friends. Some of these friends were obviously retired from the circus or carnie world, some even had worked for John and Henry in the past, but their correspondence is mainly of a familiar type now, interested in John’s work, but not dependent on him for employment. Also in this series are the letters of the LaVardo, Evans, and Ritter families, with whom John was very close, Elfie Ramsay, and his girlfriends before he married Bea, Phyllis Rae Comrie, and Marie Ritter, as well as two male friends of John’s who served time in the Jackson State Penitentiary, Harry C. Hart, and Al S. Wiser. John wrote to people of all ages. Some of the letters are clearly between him and young children, both cousins and children of friends.

Of special interest is the correspondence between John and his parents. He was obviously close to both of his parents and wrote them often, usually weekly. With his Dad he discusses business often. With his Mother, John noted his schedule, the activities and health of their family and friends, and inquired always about her health, which was never good, and her finances. His mother’s handwriting is quite difficult to read. Her letters always started with “My Dear Son” until he married and they were address to “My Dear Children”. It is easier to understand her writing when you read John’s response to her letters.

When apart, John and Bea wrote almost daily, sometimes several times a day. Bea often sent handwritten postcards detailing where they went, what they did, how the children and her parents were feeling, and what errands she had run, and prizes or equipment she had ordered, shipped, or picked up for John. It is very obvious how important she was to him both in caring for the children and in keeping his business going when he was on the road. The children, Bea, and her parents (Mother) always remembered John on his birthday and for Father’s Day. There are many sweet, adorable handmade cards from the children to their Daddy which are just precious. It is very obvious that John, Bea and the children loved each other very much.

The strength of the collection is the correspondence. John C. Pollie typed voluminous letters almost daily to many show friends and business associates. He appears to have typed these letters both as a necessity to keep in touch with business associates and friends and as a form of stress relief and communication. In one letter he noted that it was 3 a.m. and he was finishing at least his second letter while a third needed to be typed before he could even consider going to sleep. In his correspondence, he writes personally to the recipient of their life and his, mentioning people, events, acts, and places they know in common, the status of his current show, including its location, bills, problems, and acts, his and the show’s finances, debt, the breakdown of vehicles, holidays, and his emotions, family, and dreams. They are full of interesting reading topics, particularly regarding show life and show people. Often he talks about where the show has been, where it is going next, the weather, local people, and any problems they have experienced.

John saved virtually all the business and personal correspondence he received and copies of all the correspondence he typed, as well as receipts, bills, account books, promotional materials and supply catalogs related to his business interests. Some of the correspondence has beautiful letterhead and photographs or illustrations of various shows and show acts. There are also samples of paint colors, tent materials, designs for tents and vehicles, as well as related catalogs of business supplies, particularly prizes for people who won carnival games.

Physically, about half of the collection, mostly his copies of correspondence, in the collection is quite acidic and fragile. Materials that were falling apart or greatly damaged have been photocopied. John usually typed his correspondence on acidic paper, so while it is nicely legible, it is brittle and very brown. The physical state of the correspondence he received varies, but overall, aside from part of it being acidic, most of it is in good physical condition, on various types of paper, with the penmanship, vocabularies, and spelling abilities varying among the writers. Some of the letters and accounts written in pencil instead of ink have smeared.

Processing Notes: The following materials were removed from the collection during processing: miscellaneous Greeting Cards (5 cubic feet); Duplicates and Miscellaneous Materials such as empty envelopes, instructions to complete tax forms, miscellaneous receipts, undated financial notes, and very generic correspondence (3 cubic feet); and Out-of-state periodicals (1 cubic feet). Non-duplicate Michigan publications were added to the Clarke’s collections and individually cataloged (approximately 1 cubic foot).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Zeidman and Pollie Shows.
    • J. Harry Six Shows.
    • Pollie's Shows.
    • Pollie and Berger Exposition and Wild Animal Circus.
    • Pollie and Latto Shows.
    • Pollie Brothers Shows.
    • Pollie's Greater Shows.
    • Pollie and Kenosian Shows.
    • Famous Pollie Shows.
    • Cetlan and Wilson Shows.
    • Pollie, John C.
    • Pollie, Henry J.
    • Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
    • Pollie family
    • Circus performers.
    • Circus--United States--History.
    • Carnivals--United States--History.
    • Entertainers--United States--History.
    • Children--Correspondence.
    • Dutch Americans--History--20th century.
    • Dutch Americans--Correspondence.
    • Dutch Americans--History--Sources.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Biography.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--History.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Industries.
    • Acton (Ind.)--Industries.
    • Acton (Ind.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    John C. Pollie Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Pollie Family, Obituaries, 1937 (Henry J.); 1943 (Henry); 1957 (K. Bea); 1969 (John C.); 1937 (Mrs. Maatje Pollie), 1937-1957 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   2
    Pollie Family, Photographs (Henry and Elvira?, possibly their wedding photograph), undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Pollie, Henry J., Business Correspondence, A-L, 1932-1933
    Box   1 F   4
    Pollie, Henry J., Business Correspondence, M-Z (Includes letters from many show people in Cetlan and Wilson Shows, Inc. and letters from two Hermaphrodites, seeking employment. Some of these letters are to/from Ray M. Brydon, who was the Advance Man for Henry and John.), 1932-1933
    Box   1 F   5
    Pollie, Henry J., Business Correspondence, Hildebrand, Frank (on Mississippi-Alabama Fair letterhead), 1925
    Box   1 F   6
    Pollie, Henry J., Business Correspondence, McKay, Frank D. [ re: Zeidman and Pollie debt], 1927
    Box   1 F   7
    Pollie, Janice, Business Correspondence (Typed by John for her), 1963
    Box   1 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Winter Quarters (Savannah, GA), 1926-1927
    Box   1 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Ball Game, Bingo, Concessions, Truck, Trailer (7 v.),  1927-1929
    Box   1 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Concessions, 1931-1932
    Box   1 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Business, 1941
    Box   1 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Personal, 1942
    Box   1 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), General (2 v.), 1944, 1946
    Box   1 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Personal, 1946
    Box   1 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Business, 1950
    Box   1 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Business, 1955
    Box   1 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Account Books (in chronological order), Personal, January-July 1958
    Box   2 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, April 1950
    Box   2 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, May 1950
    Box   2 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, June 1950
    Box   2 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, July 1950
    Box   2 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, August 1950
    Box   2 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, September 1950
    Box   2 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Accounts, Carnival Games, October 1950
    Box   2 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Biographical, “Johnny Pollie’s Book” [senior high school autographs],  [1921-1925], 1920?
    Box   2 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘A’, 1929-1964 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, A. A. Spoelstra (Ray C. Spoelstra) Dry Goods, Notions, 1920-1921, 1933, 1938
    Box   2 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Akron Tire Corporation, 1936, 1938-1940
    Box   2 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Allen, Oscar E. (Landlord), 1939, 1942-1943
    Box   2 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Aluminum Cooking Utensil Company (R. G. Ayers, Jr.), 1950
    Box   2 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, American Seating Company (John was an employee), 1943-1949
    Box   2 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, American Seating Company (John was an employee), 1950-1953
    Box   3 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, American Seating Company (John was an employee), 1954-1963
    Box   3 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Anchor Supply Company, 1932-1934, 1936, 1943, 1946, 1949-1950
    Box   3 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Arlington, Harvey “Doc” (Theatre Manager), Laura, Joe, 1932-1942, 1948, 1953, 1958
    Box   3 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Automobile Club of Michigan, 1938-1941, 1945-1948, 1952
    Box   3 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘B’, 1927-1961 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Bazan, C. H. “Case” and Dot, 1938-1939
    Box   3 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Berger, Bert (cook), 1932-1933, 1939
    Box   3 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Berger, Lou[is] J. and Frances (of Berger and Pollie fame), 1936-1937, 1946-1947,1950-1952
    Box   3 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Billboard Magazine (a Showman’s Magazine), 1932-1935, 1940-1941, 1950, 1952, 1956-1957, 1960
    Box   3 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Black Monument Company (re: Henry J. Pollie’s headstone), 1938
    Box   3 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Brown, Edwin D., Attorney (Pollie vs. Dr. J. E. Cooper, automobile accident case), 1935
    Box   3 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Brydon, Ray M. (Henry and John’s Advance Man), 1932-1933, 1945, 1949, 1954
    Box   3 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘C-D’, 1929-1960 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Cetlan and Wilson Shows, Inc., includes 1933 Program, 1933, 1936
    Box   3 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Chapman, John and Lottie (Bingo operator), 1945, 1947, 1950-1951
    Box   3 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Christy, Henry C. [Illinois Pure Aluminum Co. and Nelson Machine and Mgf. Co., Cleveland], 1935-1937, 1939, 1946
    Box   3 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Compton, Lyle (an employee of John’s), 1941, 1948, 1950-1951
    Box   3 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Continental Premium Mart, later Continental Distributing Co. (Premium Merchandise and Novelties, Lou Silberman), 1936, 1938-1939, 1941, 1948-1951
    Box   3 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Cote Amusement Company (Riding, Midway, Supplies, Tents, Elmer Cote), 1951
    Box   4 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Davis, Jack (Amusement Enterprise), 1938-1939, 1957
    Box   4 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Delta Theta Tau (Decatur, IN, Bingo), 1948-1951
    Box   4 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, DeMoss, George (Rides for Picnics, Fairs, Celebrations), 1941
    Box   4 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Detroit Bird Store (Chester A. Lamb), 1919, 1930, 1939-1940, 1942, 1944
    Box   4 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, deVeaux, Sondra E. (Mrs. W. H. deVeaux) re: theft of John Pollie’s goods and her car, 1936
    Box   4 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Dimmick, Carl (Bingo Operator), 1950-1953
    Box   4 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Direct Sales and Service Company, 1927-1928
    Box   4 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Doctor, Nurse, re: care of/bills for Bea Pollie, 1957-1958
    Box   4 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Duncan, Ed. J., 1940, 1942-1947
    Box   4 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘E-F’, 1936-1956 (Scattered)
    Box   4 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Eli Bridge Company (Big Eli News) (Ben O. Roadhouse, Mr. Sullivan), 1937-1938, 1940, 1945, 1949
    Box   4 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Elias Shahen Co. (Importers and Wholesalers of Watches, Diamonds, Jewelry, Silverware, Devine, David J.), 1927
    Box   4 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Elliott, Donald T. ‘Don’ (Indoor Bazaars, Circuses, Fairs), 1925, 1927
    Box   4 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, English, Dr., C.A., D.D.S., 1936, 1940
    Box   4 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, General (correspondence filed alphabetically by the name of each town),Fairs/Shows, General (correspondence filed alphabetically by the name of each town), 1938-1940, 1948-1955, 1957, 1959-1960
    Box   4 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, ___, Randy, Trudy, Bonnie, Connie, 1948-1950
    Box   4 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Bay County, 1951
    Box   4 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Belding and Charlotte, 1939, 1952
    Box   4 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Eaton County, Cook, Randy and Lois, 1943, 1948, 1952-1954, 1957, 1959-1963
    Box   4 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Eaton County, Kardell, Hans (County Agricultural Agent), and Karen (In 1952, the Kardells went to India for two years to serve with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.), 1939, 1941-1952, 1954, 1956
    Box   4 F   21
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Eaton County, Phillips, Sidney (4-H manager), 1950, 1953-1957, 1962
    Box   4 F   22
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, “Happyland” Shows, Gibsonton (FL) (John Reid, Bill Dumas), 1946, 1957, 1959
    Box   4 F   23
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Houghton Amusement Park, Houghton Lake, 1938
    Box   4 F   24
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Indiana, not Bluffton, 1947-1951, 1955-1957
    Box   4 F   25
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Manton, 1946-1952
    Box   4 F   26
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Motor State Shows, Detroit (J. J. Fredericks), 1939, 1951, 1955, 1957
    Box   4 F   27
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Street Fair, Bluffton (IN)/Sigma Phi Gamma, 1947-1957, 1960-1962
    Box   4 F   28
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, Tecumseh, 1960
    Box   4 F   29
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, W.G. Wade Shows, Rensselaer (IN) (W.G. Wade), 1939, 1942-1943, 1945, 1948
    Box   4 F   30
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fairs/Shows, White Cloud, 1948-1952
    Box   5 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, F. E. Gooding Amusement Co. Operators (Floyd E. Gooding), 1941, 1946-1951, 1962
    Box   5 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fidler’s United Shows (Samuel Fidler, owner, manager), 1940
    Box   5 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Ford, Jerry, House of Representatives, Congress, 1950
    Box   5 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fred Silber Co. (Carnival, Bingo…Wholesale, Merchandise, Fred and Bill Silber), 1948, 1952-1960, 1962
    Box   5 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Freeland, Earl C. (re: storage fees, equipment sales), 1938
    Box   5 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills (Tents), 1936-1940
    Box   5 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘G’-‘H’, 1928-1960 (Scattered)
    Box   5 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Georgia. Motor Vehicle Div. of State Revenue Commission (re: license plates), 1933-1937
    Box   5 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Gibralter Mfg. Co., Inc. (Lamps), 1950
    Box   5 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Grand Rapids X (Names of organizations/Institutions that begin with Grand Rapids, in alphabetical order (For other G.R. organizations, see also Old Kent Bank folder and Insurance Companies folder (G.R. Loan Co. and G.R. Mutual Bldg and Loan Co.), 1937-1960 (Scattered)
    Box   5 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Grant, W. S., re: Car accident of Billy West, 1933
    Box   5 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Hackman, Ray J. (Bingo operator), 1940-1941, 1943, 1946, 1959
    Box   5 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Hennies Bros.’ Shows, 1946
    Box   5 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Hambrock, John and Penny (Bingo operators), 1950-1953
    Box   5 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Herwig, W. K. (Justice of the Peace, Warren, OH), 1924
    Box   5 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Hotels, General, 1946, 1956, 1959
    Box   5 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Hotels, Bliss Hotel, Bluffton (IN) (Brooks Noble, proprietor), 1953, 1956-1957, 1961
    Box   5 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Houser Engineering and Mfg. Co. (Mary E. Russell, formerly involved with the Street Fair, Bluffton (IN)), 1955-1956
    Box   5 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘I-L’, 1928-1962 (Scattered)
    Box   5 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Insurance Companies, (Alphabetical by company name), 1929-1961 (Scattered)
    Box   5 F   21
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Insurance Cancelled (car), 1948
    Box   5 F   22
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.), 1937-1938
    Box   5 F   23
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Jones, Mack and Sue (Bingo operator), 1952-1953
    Box   5 F   24
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Jos. Hoefelmeyer and Son (Rides), 1938-1940
    Box   5 F   25
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Kappa, Kappa, Kappa (Bluffton, IN, Bingo), 1948-1951
    Box   5 F   26
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Kenosian, Robert M. “Bob”, Alice, Amanda, 1937-1939
    Box   5 F   27
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Kent Bank (Old Kent State Bank, Casper N. Baarman), 1928-1931, 1949, 1960
    Box   5 F   28
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Keukelaar, John (Funeral Director re: Henry Pollie’s funeral and debt), 1937
    Box   5 F   29
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Knight, Chas., 1936
    Box   5 F   30
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, L.W. Elliott Amusement Co. (Rides, Shows, Concessions, Lee W. Elliott), 1948-1949
    Box   5 F   31
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Lee, Charles E. (Ringling Bros. Circus, Lee United Shows, (includes Ringling Bros. Circus route card, 1934), 1934, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1955
    Box   6 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Lenz, Charles A., (“The Showman’s Insurance Man”, FL), 1948-1951
    Box   6 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Lenz, Charles A., (“The Showman’s Insurance Man”, FL), 1952-1959
    Box   6 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Lenz, Charles A., (“The Showman’s Insurance Man”, FL), 1960-1961
    Box   6 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘M’, 1925-1959 (Scattered)
    Box   6 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, McKay, Frank D., 1937-1938, 1952
    Box   6 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1939-1940
    Box   6 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, 1947-1962
    Box   6 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Michigan Showmen’s Association, Membership Correspondence, 1945-1948, 1951-1955, 1964
    Box   6 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Michigan. Unemployment Compensation Commission, Correspondence, Forms, 1937
    Box   6 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Miller, Frank, Attorney, Indianapolis, re: arrest of John’s mother [She left town when a witness in a case.], 1930
    Box   6 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Mulder, John and Kate (Mulder Concession Co., Deluxe Games), 1929-1937, 1940, 1942, 1946-1947; and son, Irwin Mulder, 1944, 1929-1947
    Box   6 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘N’-‘P’, 1936-1962 (Scattered),
    Box   6 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Nash-Kelvinator Company (John was an employee), 1940, 1942-1945
    Box   6 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, O. Henry Tent and Awning Company, 1935, 1946, 1948
    Box   6 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Peacock, Marvin E. (World of Pleasures Show, Marvin, Harry, Lyle, Bob and Charlene), 1952, 1955-1957, 1962-1963
    Box   6 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘Q’-‘T’, 1930-1962 (Scattered)
    Box   6 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Randall, Frank and Louise (Bingo operator), 1945, 1951, 1953, 1957
    Box   6 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Re: Sale of Equipment, 1932-1933
    Box   6 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Reis, Jesse J. and Hazel, 1921-1958 (Scattered)
    Box   6 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Rice’s Tropical Fish Farm (Bill and Billie Rice), 1953-1955; Wm. H. Rice (Showman), 1950-1951, 1950-1955
    Box   7 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Richards Storage Corporation (Grand Rapids), (Storage space was rented by Elvira Mendiones 1930-1939.), 1930-1939 (Scattered)
    Box   7 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Richards Storage Corporation (Grand Rapids), 1940-1944
    Box   7 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Runyon, Walter J. (Bingo operator), 1939-1943, and undated
    Box   7 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Skerbeck’s Amusement Co., 1957-1960
    Box   7 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Slout Players Tent Show (L. Vern Slout), 1946
    Box   7 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Spillman Engineering Corp. re: Fun-on-the-Farm ride, 1928
    Box   7 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, “Thompson, James”, (Martin Hanf, Madam Orva the Mind-Reader) [This letter notes the “dirty show” of Scully and Omar, which folded, and other shows of the time.], 1935
    Box   7 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Tidey, Marcus B., Dr., M.D., 1938-1945
    Box   7 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, ‘U’-‘W’, 1931-1957 (Scattered)
    Box   7 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Dir. of the Census re: Census of Businesses, Manufacturers and Mineral Industries (forms and correspondence), 1959
    Box   7 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Veterans of Foreign War (V.F.W.) Posts, General, 1938-1956 (Scattered)
    Box   7 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Veterans of Foreign War (V.F.W.) Posts, Post #2689 Hoover-Bickel, Huntington (IN) (W.W. Randol),  1948-1962
    Box   7 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, W. A. Stacy “Bill” (Merchandise, Bingo for Fairs, Celebrations, Etc.), 1955-1960
    Box   7 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wade, Roscoe T., and Mayme, (Fairs and Games), 1940-1941, 1948-1951, 1953-1955
    Box   7 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wagner, Al, 1933
    Box   7 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wilson, E. G. “Earl” and Kitty (Wilson Shows), 1936-1939, 1941
    Box   7 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wilson: Clif and Freda, undated; Charles, 1928; Jeanne, 1925; Marion, 1934; Robert G., undated, 1925-1934, and undated
    Box   7 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1935-1939
    Box   7 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1940-1943
    Box   7 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1944
    Box   7 F   21
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1945
    Box   8 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1946-1947
    Box   8 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1948-1949
    Box   8 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1950-1951
    Box   8 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1952-1954
    Box   8 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1955-1956
    Box   8 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1957-1958
    Box   8 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Wisconsin “Deluxe” Corporation, later Company (Novelties, Ned Tortni), 1959-1962
    Box   8 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Workman, James G. “Jim” and Helen, 1961-1962
    Box   8 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, World of Pleasures Show (not Marvin Peacock), 1948, 1957
    Box   8 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Zeigler, Charles G. “Charlie” and Grace (Tri State Shows, owner), 1938-1940, 1946
    Box   8 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Business Correspondence, Zoological Supply Co., re: debt of Ward Geiger, 19386
    Box   8 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Miscellaneous, Bingo Numbers Set UP Diagram, undated; Rules for Drivers, undated
    Box   9 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘A’, 1918-1937 (Scattered)
    Box   9 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘B’, 1914-1956 (Scattered)
    Box   9 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Baile, King (wrote promotional ads), 1932-1939 (Scattered)
    Box   9 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ballard, Jack (Ballard and Rae, Acrobatic Dancing on Rollerskates), 1935, 1937
    Box   9 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ballard, Vivian (LaVardo Devine) “Lupe” and Jack, 1935
    Box   9 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ballard, Vivian (LaVardo Devine) “Lupe” and Jack, January-March 1936
    Box   9 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Blair, Margaret, Mrs. E. C., “Clyde”, and Bud (Wilson, a cousin), 1921-1922, 1924, 1927-1928, 1933, 1935, 1943-1944, 1962
    Box   9 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Blair, Russell C. and Helen J. (cousins), 1933, 1945
    Box   9 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Bradley, A. C., 1922, 1927
    Box   9 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Breen, Sadie, Charlie, and Floyd, 1932-1935, 1937
    Box   9 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Brookmeyer, Charles York “Buster” (cousin), 1930
    Box   9 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Brookmeyer, Hazel (Little York) (cousin), 1930, 1933-1935, 1938-1940, 1944-1945, 1951; and a note from her son, 1962 (Hazel d. Oct. 1961), 1930-1962 (Scattered)
    Box   9 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Bullock, Don and Bob, 1955-1958
    Box   9 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Burd, Sammy and Teddy (Beatrice), 1935-1938
    Box   9 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘C’, 1928-1955 (Scattered)
    Box   9 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Carpenter, Mrs. Vera, 1925, 1927-1928
    Box   9 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Chenard, Mrs., 1933-1940
    Box   9 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, [re:] Church [Correspondence re: churches John and family attended.], 1949-1962
    Box   9 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Clark, Paul F., Nellie, Paul, Jr., and Bob, 1924, 1932-1933, 1935-1938, 1950, 1956
    Box   9 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comrie, Gertrude, 1925, 1935-1937, 1939, and undated
    Box   9 F   21
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comrie, J. Ray (Father of Phyllis), 1925, 1937
    Box   9 F   22
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comri, Phyllis (graduated from high school in 1936, John’s girlfriend 1936- 1937, operated ball game), 1931, 1935
    Box   10 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comri, Phyllis, 1936
    Box   10 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comri, Phyllis, Newspaper clipping (copy) with a photograph of her, April 26, 1936
    Box   10 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comri, Phyllis, 1937
    Box   10 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Comri, Phyllis, 1938-1940, and undated
    Box   10 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Cromwell, H. Wm. (“Bill” Wilhelm and Betty), 1918-1919, 1921, 1928-1929
    Box   10 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Cromwell, H. Wm. (“Bill” Wilhelm and Betty), 1930-1938
    Box   10 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Cromwell, H. Wm. (“Bill” Wilhelm and Betty), 1961-1962
    Box   10 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Culver, Bea [John’s future wife], 1938
    Box   10 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Culver, Cole, Alene, Colene and Calvin (Cole was Bea’s brother.), 1947-1961
    Box   10 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Culver, Mr. and Mrs. Frank [Bea’s parents], 1938, 1943-1963
    Box   10 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Culver, Donald, Joann and Denise, (Donald was Bea’s brother.), 1940-1941, 1944 (v-mail), 1948, 1951, 1953-1954, 1957-1958, 1963
    Box   10 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Culver, Others, 1953-1954, 1960
    Box   10 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘D-DE’, 1933-1951 (Scattered)
    Box   10 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, “Dear Friends” (unidentified), 1941 (2 letters), 1959, 1941, 1959
    Box   10 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, DeMitchell, Otto “Blinky” and Alma (operated games), 1936-1939
    Box   11 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, DeSpain, Nellie (Hall), 1928-1934
    Box   11 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, DeSpain, Nellie (Hall), 1935-1940
    Box   11 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Devine, Vivian (LaVardo) and Dave (They married in 1926 and divorced by March 14, 1932. Vivian then married Jack Ballard in either late 1934 or early 1935.), 1926-1927
    Box   11 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Devine, Vivian (LaVardo) and Dave, 1928-1930
    Box   11 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Devine, Vivian (LaVardo) and Dave, 1931-1932
    Box   11 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Devine, Vivian (LaVardo) and Dave, 1933-1934
    Box   11 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘DI’-‘DU’, 1932, 1934, 1943, and undated
    Box   11 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Diehl, George and Hattie “Tooey” (Tooey d. in 1957), 1935-1937, 1954, 1957
    Box   11 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Dilworth, Janet, 1929-1930; Dilworth, Dot, 1930, 1929-1930
    Box   11 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘E’, undated
    Box   11 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Earl Wm. (Married Helen in 1935) and children, 1926, 1928-1930, 1932-1937, 1945-1947 1962
    Box   11 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, James Hansford, 1932-1933
    Box   11 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, James Howard, Jr. (cousin?, correspondence begun as a young boy), 1928-1934, 1936-1937, 1940
    Box   11 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Jim, Margie,and daughter Corliss, 1962
    Box   11 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae (Mrs. Howard Evans; Emmitt Griffith married Ruth, Rosa Mae’s daughter), 1925, 1928-1929
    Box   12 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1930
    Box   12 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1931
    Box   12 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1932
    Box   12 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1933
    Box   12 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1934
    Box   12 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1935
    Box   12 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1936-1939
    Box   12 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1940-1944
    Box   12 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae and [her daughter?] Barbara Jean (Evans) Oats), 1945-1951
    Box   12 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosa Mae, 1954-1963
    Box   13 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Rosemary (Correspondence begun as a young girl), 1929-1934, 1938-1939, 1944-1945, 1958
    Box   13 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Ruth Thelma (Correspondence begun as a young girl) (“Ruthie,” “Pest,” was Rosa Mae Evans’ sister. Ruth married Emmitt Griffith between June and December 1937.), 1928-1929
    Box   13 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Ruth Thelma, 1930-1931
    Box   13 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Ruth Thelma, 1932-1933
    Box   13 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Ruth Thelma, 1933-1934
    Box   13 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Ruth Thelma, 1935-June 1937
    Box   13 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Vera Mae (Mrs. William Griffith, by May 1, 1937. Their children: Judy, Bill, Dick. Ruth and Vera married brothers.), 1928-1929
    Box   13 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Vera Mae, 1930-1931
    Box   13 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Vera Mae, 1932-1933
    Box   13 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Vera Mae, 1935-February 1937
    Box   13 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Evans, Wilma, 1930
    Box   13 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘F’-‘G’, 1924-1956 (Scattered)
    Box   13 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Fish, G. R. “Jerry” and Mabel, 1935-1938
    Box   13 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Frantz, Gerald and Leota, 1933, 1938, 1951
    Box   13 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Geyer, Burt, 1942-1945
    Box   13 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Geyer, Blanche, (Abbott Jones), (part of the Sensational Revolving Ladder Act), 1926-1935, 1944
    Box   14 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Griffith, Emmitt, Ruth (“Pest” or “Ruthie” (Evans), and Children: Katy Lou, Bobby Lee, and [Uncle] Howard, 1937-1940, 1942-1955, 1959, 1962
    Box   14 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Griffith, Vera Mae (Evans, his cousin, Mrs. William Griffith), and children: Judy, Bill, and Dick, 1935-1937, 1943, 1945-1950, 1952-1953, 1961-1963
    Box   14 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Griffith, Vera Mae, Family Photographs (5), 1959-1960
    Box   14 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Gruber, Ioris M., 1916, 1928-1935
    Box   14 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘H’-‘Ha’, 1924-1946 (Scattered)
    Box   14 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hall, Orma K., 1930-1932, 1934; Hall, Earl C., 1924, 1932, 1946; Hall, Ed. L., 1950-1951; Hall, Mary J., 1932, 1930-1951 (Scattered)
    Box   14 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hanf, Edith (Thompson) [See in Business Correspondence, “Thompson, James” for Martin Hanf.], 1933-1934; Hanf, Jeannette (and Edith), 1934-1936, 1933-1936
    Box   14 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Harris, Bessie, Roxie, Mrs. W. T., 1934-1936; Harris, Toby C. (Cola.), 1912, 1927, 1934
    Box   14 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hart, Harry C., 1926-1928, 1931, 1933, 1938 (includes two letters from Hart while in Jackson State Penitentiary, December 1932 and February 1933; and his wife, Ruth Hart, 1935, 1926-1938 (Scattered)
    Box   14 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘He’-‘Hu’, 1923-1938 (Scattered)
    Box   14 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Henson, Howard Andrew “Andy” and Ada, 1932, 1935 (Uncle Howard’s son),  1932, 1935, 1945-1947
    Box   14 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Henson, Uncle Howard M., Aunt Ada, and Emma, 1921-1931, 1935-1940, 1943-1944, 1946, 1948, 1957
    Box   14 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hermes, Charles B., 1932-1940 (Scattered)
    Box   14 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hill District Improvement Association Meeting (Grand Rapids), Invitations, 1962
    Box   14 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hilton, Audrie and June, 1927-1929, 1932-1938
    Box   14 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Housler, Uncle Arthur and Aunt Lulu, 1953
    Box   14 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hubbel, “Dot” (Wiser Sparks), Howard, and Beverly Jean, April–December 1935
    Box   14 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hubbel, Beverly Jean, 1961-1962
    Box   14 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hull, Ivan and Grace, 1930-1937 (Scattered); Hull, Stanley A. “Sailor Sam,” 1937-1938, 1930-1938
    Box   14 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Hunting, Harry and Ethel, 1935-1938, 1942, 1950
    Box   15 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Irwin, John and Kate, 1936-1939
    Box   15 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘J’-‘K’, 1923-1957 (Scattered)
    Box   15 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Jackowski, Kathryn B. (Wieland) [cousin, daughter of Uncle Joe and Aunt Lizzie Wieland, married Felix on January 14, 1928], 1928-1935, 1952, 1963
    Box   15 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Jones, H.R., Mr./Mrs, re: adopting Lorna Jones, Blanche Geyer’s daughter, 1931
    Box   15 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Jones, Lorna, 1930-1938
    Box   15 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Kline, Lois, 1918-1920, 1926; Kline, Maxine “Babe”, 1926, 1918-1926 (Scattered)
    Box   15 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Kurtz, George and Phyllis (Comrie), 1935-1939, 1941, 1955-1960, 1962-1963; Kurtz, Harry F., 1938-1939, 1935-1963 (Scattered)
    Box   15 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘L’, 1919-1938 (Scattered)
    Box   15 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Latto, Al, 1936
    Box   15 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri, November-December 1925
    Box   15 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri, 1926-1927
    Box   15 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri (Married Muriel in August 1929, Henri William b. July 19, 1930), 1929-1930
    Box   15 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri, Muriel, and children, Tuffy (Henri W.), (Henri left them in July 1937), 1931
    Box   15 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri, Muriel, and children, Tuffy (Henri W.), 1932-1933
    Box   15 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri, Muriel, and children, Tuffy (Henri W.), 1934-1936
    Box   15 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henri, Muriel, and children, Tuffy (Henri W.), 1938, 1940, 1944, 1951, 1958
    Box   15 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henry (d. 1931, Father of Henri, Phyllis, Vivian), 1924-1926
    Box   15 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henry, 1927
    Box   15 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Henry, 1928-August 20, 1931
    Box   16 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Phyllis, [Sister? of Vivian LaVardo, married Mr. Milford by March 14, 1932, died June 29, 1933.], 1926-1929
    Box   16 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Phyllis, 1930-1931
    Box   16 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, LaVardo, Vivian (Later Mrs. Dave Devine, Mrs. Jack Ballard, Mrs. Milford, Mrs. McConnell), 1924-1925
    Box   16 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Lee Family: Lee, Jean, 1930-1932; Lee, Leota and Gerald, 1938; Lee, Leonard and Mary (cousins), 1936, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1957, undated; Lee, JoAnn, 1959; Lee, Barbara, 1962, 1924-1962 (Scattered)
    Box   16 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘M’, 1926-1957 (Scattered)
    Box   16 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mankin, Harley and Menette, 1931-1939, 1944, 1950, 1959, and undated
    Box   16 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘Mc’: McCarty, Ruby, 1928; McDiarmid, Vera, Stuart “Doc”, and Heraldine, 1940, 1946, 1928, 1940, 1946
    Box   16 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, McConnell, Mrs. F.L. (Frederick, Vivian (LaVardo), Sheriann Lee, Kathleen M.), 1945-1950, 1952-1954, 1957, 1961
    Box   16 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1927-1928 are only John’s letters to her, 1927-1928
    Box   16 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1929-1930
    Box   16 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1931
    Box   17 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1932
    Box   17 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1933
    Box   17 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1934
    Box   17 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1935
    Box   17 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1936
    Box   17 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1937
    Box   17 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1938
    Box   17 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1939
    Box   17 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1940-1941
    Box   17 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1942-1943
    Box   17 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], 1944
    Box   18 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mendiones, Elvira (Maas Pollie) [John's Mother], Re: his Mother's birth/death information, 1943-1944
    Box   18 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Metzger, Edna (Little Sullivan) (cousin), 1930
    Box   18 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Milford, Phyllis (LaVardo, Vivian’s daughter?), 1932
    Box   18 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Milford, Phyllis, 1933
    Box   18 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Milford, Phyllis, 1934
    Box   18 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Milford, Phyllis, 1935
    Box   18 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Milford, Phyllis, 1964
    Box   18 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Milford, Vivian (LaVardo Devine Ballard) [Mutual friends and their marriages are discussed in these letters], September 1936-1938
    Box   18 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Millspaugh, Alvin and Gladys (cousin), 1916, 1935-1937, 1944, 1948, and undated
    Box   18 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Millspaugh, Alvin and Velma (cousin) [wife #2?], 1963
    Box   18 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Millspaugh, Aunt Laura (Little), Uncle Elza, 1923-1924, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940
    Box   18 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Millspaugh, Inez (cousin, Laura’s daughter), 1962-1963
    Box   18 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Mulaik, Frances “Brownie,” 1923-1924
    Box   18 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Nelson, Homer H., 1927-1932
    Box   18 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Nelson, Homer H.,1933-1945; Nelson, Roy, 1928-1929, 1928-1945 (Scattered)
    Box   18 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Newbanks, Helen, 1932-1936
    Box   18 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Oats, Sammy and Barbara (Evans), 1961
    Box   18 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, O’Keefe, Sue “Lupe” (Milford) and Mrs. Larry Francis (Sue’s Mother), 1935-1939
    Box   19 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘P’, 1920-1959 (Scattered)
    Box   19 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Patrimos, Lee, 1928, 1930, 1932-1933
    Box   19 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Uncle Adrian, Aunt Ann, and cousins Alice and Margaret, 1918, 1924, 1933, 1935-1937, 1939, and undated
    Box   19 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Bea and Janice (b. 1942) [John’s Wife and Daughter], 1940-1943
    Box   19 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Bea and Janice (b. 1942) [John’s Wife and Daughter], 1944-1945
    Box   19 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Bea and Janice (b. 1942) [John’s Wife and Daughter] (Curtis b. 1947), 1946-1949
    Box   19 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Bea and Janice (b. 1942) [John’s Wife and Daughter] (Curtis b. 1947) (1950s letters from John to his family while he was on the road working.), 1950
    Box   19 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Bea, Janice, Curtis [John’s Wife and children. Bea died November 1957.], 1952-1957
    Box   19 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Pollie, Janice and Curtis [John’s children], 1958-1960, 1962
    Box   19 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Re: birth of his daughter, Janice Pollie, on June 24, 1942, 1942
    Box   19 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Re: Pollie Children, School, Clubs, 1958-1963
    Box   19 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Henry J. [John's Dad], 1927-1929
    Box   20 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Henry J. [John's Dad], January-April 1930
    Box   20 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Henry J. [John's Dad], February-April 1931
    Box   20 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Henry J. [John's Dad], 1932-1935
    Box   20 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Henry J. [John's Dad], 1936-1937
    Box   20 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Re: Death of John’s Dad, Pollie, Henry J. 1937
    Box   20 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Uncle Jim and Lottie, 1936-1937, 1954, 1957
    Box   20 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, John C., Mr./Mrs. Maude (grandparents of John, parents of Henry J. Pollie), 1918-1919 (two letters in Dutch), 1928, 1918-1919, 1928
    Box   20 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Uncle Mitchell and Aunt Agnes, 1934-1935
    Box   20 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Pollie, Ossie (Toothman Littleton) [John’s step-mother], 1919-1930, 1935, 1940
    Box   20 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Re: John’s Step-mother, Pollie, Ossie, 1956
    Box   20 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘R’, 1920-1957 (Scattered)
    Box   10 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ragsdale, Giles N. “Bud”, and Betty (includes v-mail), 1941-1946
    Box   20 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Raubolt, J. L., 1936-1938 (Scattered)
    Box   20 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Arthur L. [Father of Marie Ritter and Morrison], 1932-1934, 1957
    Box   20 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Marie “Pal,” 1932-1933
    Box   20 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Marie “Pal,” January-May 1934
    Box   21 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Marie “Pal,” August-December 1934
    Box   21 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Marie “Pal,” 1935
    Box   21 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Marie “Pal,” 1936
    Box   21 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Ritter, Marie “Pal,” 1937-1938
    Box   21 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Rochon, Mae (Morrison, sister of Marie Ritter), 1932-1938
    Box   21 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Rusch, Jean Louise, 1930-1931
    Box   21 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘S’-‘Si’, 1913-1956 (Scattered)
    Box   21 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Schneider, Virginia, 1930-1932
    Box   21 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shamony, Della (Mrs. Joseph Shamony), 1937, 1952, 1954-1955, 1957, 1961
    Box   21 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shelly, Herb “Bozo” and Lamont, Zeke (Police Clown), 1926-1941 (Scattered)
    Box   21 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shepherd, Elfie (Ramsay, part of Ramsay Family, aerialists), 1924-1928
    Box   21 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shepherd, Elfie, 1929-1930
    Box   21 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shepherd, Elfie, 1931-1932
    Box   21 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shepherd, Elfie, 1933-1935
    Box   22 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Shepherd, Elfie, with Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Ramsey, 1937-1943, 1945, 1947-1949
    Box   22 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Sheppard, B.C. “Old Man Shep,” 1929-1930, 1937
    Box   22 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Smiths, 1932-1933, 1935, and undated
    Box   22 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames, ‘Sn’-‘St’, 1929-1957 (Scattered)
    Box   22 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Sparks, “Dot” (Wiser was her maiden name. She married Howard Hubbell by April 1935.), December 30, 1929-1931
    Box   22 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Sparks, “Dot," 1932-February 1935
    Box   22 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Squires, Bob “Blackie” (Bingo Manager) and Hilda, 1935-1936, 1939-1940
    Box   22 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Stewart, Charles “Chas”, Ruth, (Mr/s Charles) (New World of Pleasures Show. He was previously the Manager of World of Pleasures Show.), 1935, 1945, 1955-1960; and Nellie Stewart, 1944, 1958-1959, 1935-1960 (Scattered)
    Box   22 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘Sw-Sy’: Swain, Frank H., 1923; Sykes, A.L., 1933, 1923, 1933
    Box   22 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘T’, 1930, 1932, 1953
    Box   22 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Thomas, Wm. A. “Bill” (a showman), 1927-1942, 1959-1962 (Scattered)
    Box   22 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Toothman, Maude, Marjorie, 1928-1938 (Scattered)
    Box   22 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Turpin, Lydia, Mrs. Aunt (Henson Little), 1910, 1911?, 1927
    Box   22 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘V’, 1923-1939 (Scattered)
    Box   22 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, VanNortrick, Vada, and David (Vivian McConnell’s sister), 1945
    Box   22 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, VerBeck, Mrs. Florence (Wiser) (Florence married Ivo VerBeck between 1927 and 1931), 1926-1927, 1931-1932
    Box   22 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘W’, 1928, 1932, 1956
    Box   22 F   18
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Warnock, James M. “Whitey,” 1928-1943, and undated
    Box   22 F   19
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Watson, Frank, 1932-1933
    Box   22 F   20
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wheaton, Harold L. and Alma, 1936-1938
    Box   22 F   21
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Whitmore, George and Carol, 1928-1933
    Box   23 F   1
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wieland, Henrietta “Etta” (cousin), 1924, 1928-1930, 1935-1937, 1945, 1958
    Box   23 F   2
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wieland, John and Marie (cousin), 1930, 1935, 1937-1939, 1944
    Box   23 F   3
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wieland, Uncle Joseph ‘Joe’, Aunt Elizabeth (Lizzie), Susan, Helen, John (cousins), 1918, 1926, 1930, 1932, 1935
    Box   23 F   4
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wilson, Leonard Raymond (cousin), 1922-1925, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1938
    Box   23 F   5
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wilson, Mary M. (Schmidt) (later married Leonard R. Wilson, John’s cousin), 1933, 1935
    Box   23 F   6
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Winter, Edwin B. and Mrs., 1938-1939, 1941, 1946
    Box   23 F   7
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wiser, Alfred S., 1927-1934 (includes letters from Jackson State Penitentiary, May 1931-May 1933), 1927-1934
    Box   23 F   8
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wiser, Al, Lillian, Donny, Della, Clyde, 1935-1939, 1962
    Box   23 F   9
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wiser, Art and Norrine, 1927-1930
    Box   23 F   10
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wiser, Leila Agnes “Dot” (She married Mr. Sparks by December 30, 1929), December 25, 1925-December 25, 1929
    Box   23 F   11
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wiser-Pope, Mrs. Charlotte “Lottie” and Jim, Dot, and Al, 1935
    Box   23 F   12
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wisotzkey, Claude B. “Shorty,” 1928-1932
    Box   23 F   13
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Wright, Hilda, Bob, Bobbie, 1935-1936, 1939
    Box   23 F   14
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Surnames ‘Y’-‘Z’, 1924-1939 (Scattered)
    Box   23 F   15
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Zeidman family (mostly Christmas cards), Abe,  1924, 1927, and undated
    Box   23 F   16
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Zeidman family (mostly Christmas cards), Al, 1937, and undated
    Box   23 F   17
    Pollie, John C., Personal Correspondence, Zeidman family (mostly Christmas cards), William, Mr./Mrs., 1914, and undated
    Box   24 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Big Eli Wheels (Ferris Wheel), Price List, Instructions, Forms, Photographs (13) of Construction, 1928, 1937
    Box   24 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Famous Pollie Shows, Advertisements, 1933
    Box   24 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Famous Pollie Shows, Form (Blank), 1930s
    Box   24 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Famous Pollie Shows, Letterhead with Advertisement, undated [1930s]
    Box   24 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Famous Pollie Shows, Printing Plate [for Letterhead], undated
    Box   24 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], List of Prizes at Three Counters (Games), List of Employees and Prizes, August 29-September 2, 19??
    Box   24 F   7
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Madame Orva the Psychic, Advertising Brochure, [1929]
    Box   24 F   8
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Michigan Association of Fairs, Guest Ribbons, 1955-1956
    Box   24 F   9
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Michigan County Fairs, Tickets and Sticker, 1938, 1940s, 1951, and undated
    Box   24 F   10
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Newspaper Clipping (copy) Belding man, Animal Trainer, Norman Dennis, 1959
    Box   24 F   11
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie Amusement Company, Advertising Contract, 1938
    Box   24 F   12
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Shows (John C. and Louis J. Berger), General Receipts for Salaries (2 folders), 1935
    Box   24 F   13
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Shows (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Legal Agreements and Contracts, 1935
    Box   24 F   14
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Shows (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Mansch Account, Settled in Full (Mutual Amusement Co.), May 11, 1935
    Box   24 F   15
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Shows (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Receipts for Salaries, May 1935
    Box   24 F   16
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Shows (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Receipts for Salaries, June 1935
    Box   24 F   17
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Shows (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Receipts for Salaries, July 1935
    Box   24 F   18
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Exposition and Wild Animal Circus (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Article in Circus Magazine, 1935, pp. 34-35, 1935
    Box   24 F   19
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Berger Exposition and Wild Animal Circus (John C. and Louis J. Berger), Forms (Blank), 193[-]
    Box   24 F   20
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Kenosian Shows, Business Correspondence re: Social Security Numbers of Employees, 1939
    Box   24 F   21
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Kenosian Shows, Form (Blank), 193[7]
    Box   24 F   22
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie and Latto Shows, Ticket, [show formed after February 1936 by Henry J. Pollie and Al Latto], undated
    Box   24 F   23
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie Brothers Circus, Business Card (Henry J. and John C. Pollie), undated
    Box   24 F   24
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie, Henry, Funeral Register, May 15, 1937
    Box   24 F   25
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie’s Greater Shows, Forms (Blank), 1920s
    Box   24 F   26
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie’s Shows, Advertisements, 1932, and undated [1930s]
    Box   24 F   27
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Pollie’s Shows, Forms (Blank), Business Card, undated
    Box   24 F   28
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Sketch for Louvered Blinds on a Concession Stand (by John C. Pollie), 1950
    Box   24 F   29
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Token with “John C. Pollie Concessions” [on the top] and “Good for 1 Free Game” [on the bottom], undated
    Box   25 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1931
    Box   25 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1935-1936
    Box   25 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1939
    Box   25 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1940
    Box   25 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1941
    Box   25 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, January -December 1941
    Box   25 F   7
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, Ball Games and Bingo, May-September 1941
    Box   25 F   8
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, Christmas Shopping List, 1941
    Box   25 F   9
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1942
    Box   25 F   10
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1942
    Box   25 F   11
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1942
    Box   25 F   12
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1943
    Box   25 F   13
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1944
    Box   25 F   14
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1944
    Box   26 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1944
    Box   26 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Includes lists of show equipment, 1944
    Box   26 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1947
    Box   26 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1947
    Box   26 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1948
    Box   26 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1948
    Box   26 F   7
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1949
    Box   26 F   8
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1949
    Box   26 F   9
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1950
    Box   26 F   10
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Accounts, Bingo Stands, 1950
    Box   26 F   11
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1950
    Box   27 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (2 folders), 1950
    Box   27 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, May-June 1950
    Box   27 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, July 1950
    Box   27 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, August-September 1950
    Box   27 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, October-December 1950
    Box   27 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Contracts/Donors, Lists, 1950
    Box   28 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1951
    Box   28 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (3 folders), 1951
    Box   28 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, For Buick (car), 1951
    Box   28 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, Freight Fees and Merchandise Costs, 1951
    Box   28 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, Personal Receipts, 1951
    Box   28 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1952
    Box   28 F   7
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1953
    Box   28 F   8
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (2 folders), 1953
    Box   29 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (5 folders), 1953
    Box   29 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1953
    Box   29 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1954
    Box   29 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Accounts, Bingo Stands, May-July 1954
    Box   29 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Accounts, Bingo Stands, August 1954
    Box   30 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Accounts, Bingo Stands, September-October 1954
    Box   30 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1955
    Box   30 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (4 folders), 1955
    Box   30 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, 1955
    Box   31 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1955
    Box   31 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1956
    Box   31 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Inventory, 1956
    Box   31 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (5 folders), 1956
    Box   31 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employee Records, June-August 1956
    Box   32 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employee Records, September 1956
    Box   32 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employee Records, October 1956
    Box   32 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1956
    Box   32 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1957
    Box   32 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Inventory, 1957
    Box   32 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1957
    Box   32 F   7
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, June-July 1957
    Box   32 F   8
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, August 1957
    Box   32 F   9
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, September 1957
    Box   32 F   10
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1957
    Box   33 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1958
    Box   33 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts (2 folders), 1958
    Box   33 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, May-July 1958
    Box   33 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, August 1958
    Box   33 F   5
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Stock/Merchandise, Employees Records, September 1958
    Box   33 F   6
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Personal Receipts, 1958
    Box   33 F   7
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), U.S. Income Tax Returns, Forms, 1959
    Box   33 F   8
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], U.S. Income Tax Returns (John C. Pollie and family, may include accounts, receipts, bills, correspondence, and forms), Business Receipts, 1959
    Box   33 F   9
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeidman and Pollie Shows [William Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie], Articles and Advertisements in The Show World, 1925-1926
    Box   33 F   10
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeidman and Pollie Shows [William Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie], Christmas card from Joseph E. Walsh, Special Agent for Zeidman and Pollie Shows, 192[-]
    Box   33 F   11
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeidman and Pollie Shows [William Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie], Forms (Blanks), 1920s
    Box   33 F   12
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeidman and Pollie Shows [William Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie], Michigan Central Railroad Script Book, September 16, 1927
    Box   33 F   13
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeidman and Pollie Shows [William Zeidman and Henry J. Pollie], Official Route Booklet, 1925
    Box   33 F   14
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence [Note: this is the only place in the collection where John filed one year’s correspondence in strict alphabetical order. This includes letters from suppliers of goods and equipment, and many people looking for work in circuses including acts, freaks, and hermaphrodites.], A-B, 1939
    Box   33 F   15
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence, C-D, 1939
    Box   33 F   16
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence, E-F, 1939
    Box   34 F   1
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence, G-H and J-K, 1939
    Box   34 F   2
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence, L-M, 1939
    Box   34 F   3
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence, N-T, 1939
    Box   34 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, Business Correspondence, V-Z (includes correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. Zeigler), 1939
    Box   34 F   4
    Pollie, John C., [Subject Files], Zeigler and Pollie Shows [Zeigler and John C. Pollie], billed as “Michigan’s Modern Midway”, List of Employees, 1939
    Box   35 F   1
    Pollie, Henry J., (legal-size) Legal Documents, Agreement of Sales (Debt), 1928-1929
    Box   35 F   2
    Pollie, Henry J., (legal-size) Legal Documents, Contracts, Sibley Fair Grounds (Wyandotte, H. J. was Director), 1929
    Box   35 F   3
    Pollie, Henry J., (legal-size) Legal Documents, Divorce Papers (H. J. Pollie vs. Elvira Pollie), 1927
    Box   35 F   4
    Pollie, Henry J., (legal-size) Legal Documents, Indenture, 1918; Memorandum of Agreements and Bill of Sale [both papers are from Zeidman and Pollie], 1927, 1918, 1927
    Box   35 F   5
    Pollie, John C., (legal-size) Legal Documents, Account Book, Marie’s “Tab” Inn (Meals, Huntington, WV), September-October 1932