Tinkham family papers: 1875-1963
Summary Information
Title: Tinkham family papers
Creator: Tinkham family.
Dates: 1875-1963
Extent: 1 microfilms
Branch County and Ann Arbor, Michigan, family. Family papers, reminiscences of Russell and Ralph R. Tinkham, and other papers relating to studies at the University of Michigan and elsewhere.
Call number: 85528 Aa Microcopy
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 originals of the microfilmed papers came from Mrs. Marjorie Scooros (donor no. 6065)

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Tinkham family papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Russell Tinkham was a graduate of the University of Michigan, class of 1872. He later practiced law in Detroit. Ralph R. Tinkham also graduated from the University of Michigan, receiving a degree in engineering in 1905. He later became an engineer for the U. S. Lighthouse Service and U. S. Coast Guard.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes papers relating to the Tinkham and Huxtable families of Branch County, Michigan. The bulk of the papers concerns Russell Tinkham and includes letters, 1875-1877, written while a student in Germany. Also in his papers are reminiscences of his life to 1868, and a notebook, ca. 1920's, containing drafts of letters and other writings. This notebook includes obituaries of University of Michigan class of 1872 classmates, drafts of legal documents, letters to state representatives from Ann Arbor concerning legislative issues and other matters. The reminiscences of Ralph R. Tinkham relate to his career as Chief Engineer for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and Chief of the Civil Engineering Division of the U.S. Coast Guard. His work took him to many places in the Great Lakes area, as well as Alaska, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. These reminiscences also concern his life as a student at the University of Michigan and his experiences during World Wars I and II.

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.)
  • Branch County (Mich.)
  • Engineers -- Michigan.
  • Germany.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Travelers.
  • Huxtable family.
  • University of Michigan -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1901-1910.
  • Tinkham, Ralph Russell.
  • Tinkham, Russell, 1845-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Family papers [series]
Roll   1  
Huxtable and Tinkham family genealogical materials
Roll   1  
"Some notes on the lives of Delevan Tinkham and his wife, Vilona Babcock Tinkham"
Roll   1  
Biographical account of Thomas Huxtable; and miscellaneous
Roll   1  
Letters , of Russell Tinkham, largely written from and concerning his student activities in Germany 1875-1877

(The letters are written to his future wife, Mollie Huxtable, and to his cousin.)

Roll   1  
Letter 1917, of Russell Tinkham to classmates of University of Michigan class of 1872 concerning his life and career to that date 1872-1917
Roll   1  
Reminiscences of life of Russell Tinkham prior to coming to the University of Michigan in 1868; also contains outline of his life through 1877 1868-1877
Roll   1  
Notebook , containing drafts of letters and other writings of Russell Tinkham circa 1920-1929
Roll   1  
Reminiscences of Ralph R. Tinkham, entitled, "Random Recollections of a Roving Civil Engineer"
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Materials

The library also has a separation collection of Ralph Tinkham papers. These include photographs and a scrapbook from the period when he was a student at the University of Michigan.