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Division of Public Safety & Security (University of Michigan) records: 2006-2020 (with gaps)
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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
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Transcript 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
 
June, Robert interviewed by John Wells January 27, 2011
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Audio recording and transcript 2011 (.ZIP file) [download item]
Box   1  
Notes, transcript, and correspondence 2011
 
Markle, David Edward August 16, 2009
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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
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Transcript and correspondence 2010
  Online  
Audio recording and transcript 2010 (.ZIP file) [download item]