Henry Wirt Newkirk Papers: 1862-1931
Summary Information
Title: Henry Wirt Newkirk Papers
Creator: Newkirk, Henry Wirt, 1854-1946
Dates: 1862-1931
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
Member of the Michigan State Legislature. Personal papers include correspondence, speeches and writings, a scrapbook, and photographs.
Call number: 851978 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mr. Birkett Newkirk (donor no. 2191) and came to the library in 1946.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Henry Wirt Newkirk Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Attorney from Luther and Dexter, Michigan, Republican state representative from Osceola and Lake Counties, 1893-1894, Dexter businessman, Washtenaw County probate judge, state representative from Washtenaw County, 1907-1910 and 1917-1918, and mayor of Ann Arbor, 1931-1933.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection has been arranged into a single series of Personal papers. Included are correspondence; two volumes of speeches and other writings concerning prohibition, woman suffrage, and other political and patriotic subjects; scrapbook, family materials, and miscellanea. Within the correspondence, there are collected letters of Michigan Senator Charles E. Townsend, 1913-1914, and a letter from Benjamin R. Tillman concerning smoking in the U.S. Senate. Other correspondents include J. G. Cannon, Secretary of State William J. Bryan, Booker T. Washington, James B. Angell, Frank Knox, Harry B. Hutchins, Charles E. Townsend, and Earl C. Michener.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Ann Arbor (Mich.)
  • Dexter (Mich.)
  • Judges -- Michigan -- Washtenaw County.
  • Lake County (Mich.)
  • Lawyers -- Michigan -- Washtenaw County.
  • Luther (Mich.)
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1899-1916.
  • Osceola County (Mich.)
  • Prohibition -- Michigan.
  • Smoking.
  • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
  • Women -- Suffrage -- Michigan.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Business enterprises -- Michigan -- Luther.
  • Deckerville (Mich.)
  • Dexter (Mich.) -- Mills.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Luther.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Portage Lake (Livingston County and Washtenaw County)
  • Lake County (Mich.)
  • Lumber industry.
  • Luther (Mich.) -- Business enterprises.
  • Luther (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Luther (Mich.) -- Streets.
  • Mills -- Michigan -- Dexter.
  • Mills -- Michigan -- Petoskey.
  • Mills -- Michigan -- Portage Lake (Livingston County and Washtenaw County)
  • Newspaper industry.
  • Photography.
  • Petoskey (Mich.)
  • Petoskey (Mich.) -- Mills.
  • Portage Lake (Livingston County and Washtenaw County, Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Portage Lake (Livingston County and Washtenaw County, Mich.) -- Mills.
  • Portage Lake (Livingston County and Washtenaw County, Mich.)
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Silhouettes.
  • Michigan. Legislature.
  • Newkirk, Henry Wirt, 1854-1946.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Cramton, Louis C. (Louis Convers), 1875-
  • Dexter Union School (Dexter, Mich.)
  • Michigan. Legislature (37th : 1893)
  • Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives.
  • Newkirk, Henry Wirt, 1854-1946.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
  • Cannon, Joseph Gurney, 1836-1926.
  • Cutcheon, Byron M., 1836-1908.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Knox, Frank, 1874-1944.
  • Michener, Earl C. (Earl Cory), 1876-1957.
  • Smith, William Alden, 1859-1932.
  • Tillman, Benjamin R. (Benjamin Ryan), 1847-1918.
  • Townsend, Charles E. (Charles Elroy), 1856-1924.
  • Warner, Frederick Maltby, 1865-1923.
  • Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915.
  • Williams, John Sharp, 1854-1932.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Personal papers [series]
Box   1  
Biographical and genealogical material
Box   1  
Family letters 1862-1893 (scattered dates)
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Collected letters of Charles E. Townsend 1913-1914
Box   1  
Letter from A.B. to Col. Preston concerning court case involving a slave in Mississippi prior to the Civil War 1874
Box   1  
Copy of Kentucky newspaper published by Newkirk 1886
Box   1  
Military commission issued to Henry Johnson and signed by Dewitt Clinton April 24, 1818
Box   1  
Ledger (purpose unclear)
Box   1  
Scrapbook containing clippings, memorabilia, and letters circa 1893-1913
Box   1  
Republican Party miscellanea
Box   1  
Certificates of appointment and election, invitations, programs, etc.
Box   1  
Miscellanea; include clippings, etc.
Box   1  
Speeches and other writings (2 volumes)
Box   1  
Photographs (3 envelopes)

The photographs file includes prints of mills in Portage Lake, Dexter, and Petoskey, Michigan; photographs of dwellings and businesses in Luther, Michigan; group and individual portraits of Michigan legislators and other photographs relating to Newkirk's political career.