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Division of Public Safety & Security (University of Michigan) records: 2006-2020 (with gaps)
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Container / Location Title
 
Organizational Records 1978-2012 (bulk 2004-2012) [series]

The Organizational Records series (4 folders and 736 MB, 1978-2012) consists of materials documenting or supporting the work of the organization, both on and off the island. This includes copies of FILA newsletters, presentation files, fact sheets about the island and its buildings, and the Historic Structure Report prepared by U.P. Engineers and Architects (which provides a history of the light station in addition to descriptions and recommendations for its buildings and structures) as well as collected news articles about the organization's work and the history of the light station.

 
FILA non-profit information: Information sheets, presentation files, newsletters, and other materials
Box   1  
Brochure, restoration notes, and award program 2004-2011
  Online  
Collage, task list, and captain's log, circa 2009 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Information sheets on buildings with images, circa 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Michigan Waterways Commission Presentation files including photos 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Newsletters 2008-2012
  Online  
Newsletters 2009-2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Notes for FILA newsletter spring 2012 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Historic Structure Report for South Fox Island Light Station
Box   1  
Administrative materials, architectural diagrams and plans, images, and feedback 2010-2012
  Online  
Final report November 30, 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Collected news articles and other Fox Island information
Box   1  
News releases/notes and clippings 1978-2012
  Online  
News articles and other materials (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
News articles, brochures, and other documents 1983, circa 2010-2011
 
News articles, fact sheet, and other documents, circa 2009
 
News article, circa 2010
 
News article and welcome sheet, circa 2011
 
Collected Research Materials 1875-1971, 2009-2010 [series]

The Collected Research Materials series (3 folders and 786 MB, 1875-1971 and 2009-2010) contains copies of photographs, maps, diagrams, correspondence, and other documents gathered in researching the history of the light station, its inhabitants, and its structures. Much of the material was copied or scanned at the National Archives in Chicago. It includes records from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Lighthouse Service as well as material about or from the lighthouse keepers themselves.

 
U.S. Coast Guard
Box   1  
Administrative records, diagrams, and photographs 1907-1971
  Online  
Photographs (scanned, 2012) of island and structures 1960s (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
U.S. Lighthouse Service
Box   1  
Records, maps, and additional correspondence 1884-1907, undated
  Online  
Correspondence, log book pages, and other items 1875-1895 (.PDF file and .ZIP file) [download item]
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
Engineer or Naval Secretary to the Engineer of the 9th Light-House District 1891-1904 (.PDF file and .ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Lighthouse Board to the Lighthouse Inspector 1887-1907 (.PDF file and .ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Lighthouse Inspector to the Lighthouse Keeper or Assistant Keeper 1891-1905 (.PDF file and .ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Lighthouse Keeper or Assistant Keeper to Lighthouse Inspector 1891, 1897-1906 (.PDF file and .ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Lighthouse keepers' material, personnel information, photographs, diagrams, and maps 1884, 1907, 2010, undated
 
Oral Histories 1953, 2009-2011 [series]

The Oral Histories series (8 folders and 496 MB, 1953 and 2009-2011) includes materials documenting oral history interviews with individuals who worked or lived at the South Fox Island Light Station while it was in operation. Interviewees include:

James Alger and Paul Stephan, who both served in the U.S. Coast Guard at Clarlevoix in the mid-1950s and helped transfer people and goods from the mainland to various light stations, including the one on South Fox Island;

Zane Bourisseau, who spent summers on the island as a child with his father, Frank Bourisseau, who was an assistant lightkeeper from 1928-1937;

Robert [Bob] Harris, who served as an engineer at the South Fox Island light station in 1953, and his wife, Rheda ;

Robert June, who served on South Fox Island in 1955 and 1956 as part of the U.S. Coast Guard, and his wife, Betty;

David Markle, who served on South Fox Island as part of the U.S. Coast Guard for one season, in 1957, and his wife Audrey.

The interviews serve to document the features of the island and its structures as well as stories of life on the island in the early to mid-twentieth century. The level of documentation varies by interview but may include audio files, transcripts, interview notes, summaries, diagrams, photographs, and copies of related correspondence.

  Online  
"Agreement on use" form 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Alger, James: interviewed by John Wells October 26, 2010
  Online  
Audio recording and transcript 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Notes, transcript, and correspondence 2010-2011
 
Bourisseau, Zane: interviewed by Carla Woodcock of the Lake County Historical Society August 17, 2011
  Online  
Audio recording 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Summary, notes, and correspondence 2011
 
Harris, Robert (Bob) and Rheda: interviewed by Jan Beller and Linda Baron April 14, 2010
  Online  
Summary of interview 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Photographs, summary, correspondence, and diagrams 1953, 2010-2011
 
June, Betty interviewed by Karen Wells January 27, 2011
Box   1  
Transcript 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
June, Robert interviewed by John Wells January 27, 2011
  Online  
Audio recording and transcript 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Notes, transcript, and correspondence 2011
 
Markle, David Edward August 16, 2009
Box   1  
Notes from Interview 2009
Box   1  
Interview transcript 2009 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Partial transcript of visit to the island with wife (Audrey Markle) circa 2009 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Stephan, Paul and James Alger, interviewed by John Wells October 26, 2010
Box   1  
Transcript and correspondence 2010
  Online  
Audio recording and transcript 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Visual Materials 1980s, 2006-2010 [series]

The Visual Materials series (462 MB, 1980s and 2006-2010) contains digital images of the island, FILA volunteers, and their work. Most of the images are digital photographs, but some maps are also included. The series is organized into 4 parts by the subject of the images: General, Island structures and grounds, Volunteers, and Miscellaneous. General includes sets of images documenting the island overall, such as web cam images and aerial photographs. Island structures and grounds documents the various buildings and other structures on the island, particularly before and after a restoration or repair project. Volunteers includes digital photographs of FILA volunteers on the island or the water, often working on various projects. Miscellaneous consists of digital photographs of a red dinghy and a boat sunk off shore.

 
General
  Online  
Aerial photographs of South Fox Island and structures 2006, undated (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Maps of South Fox and Michigan (with one scanned photograph of "winter on the island") undated (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Visit by Grace Johnson (Michigan mapmaker and photographer): photographs of the island, structures, and people 1980s (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Web cam images of island, water, and buildings in the snow
  Online  
December 2008 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Ca. 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Island structures and grounds (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Assistant keepers' quarters interior and exterior 2006-2007, undated
 
Boat house interior and exterior 2006-2009
 
Carpenter's shop exterior 2006-2009, undated
 
Dock, lake, and shoreline 2009, undated
 
Fog Signal Building interior and exterior 2007, 2009, undated
 
Lighthouse (1867) interior and exterior 2006-2009, undated
 
Oil house exterior 2007, undated
 
Skeletal lighthouse tower 2006-2007, undated
 
Walkways overgrown and cleared 2007, 2009, undated
 
Volunteers
  Online  
"Team Spears" working on the island dock 2009 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Volunteers working on projects 2006-2009, undated (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Volunteers on the water and island, working, eating, etc. 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]
  Online  
Miscellaneous (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
Red Dinghy on the water and on the shore 2006, undated
 
Sunk boat in the lake undated