Carl Rominger family papers: 1840-1945
Summary Information
Title: Carl Rominger family papers
Creator: Rominger family.
Inclusive dates: 1840-1945
Extent: 5 linear feet
Abstract:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, family. Family correspondence of Carl, physician and geologist, his wife Frederika, his son Louis, and his daughter Julia; journals, 1861-1905, of Carl Rominger, including notes on his expeditions as State Geologist of Michigan, and other travels through New York, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio; and miscellaneous scrapbooks and account books; also photographs.
Call number: 85782 Aa 2
Language: The material is in German and 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 bulk of the collection was transferred from the University of Michigan Graduate Library (donor no. 1278) where the papers had been donated by Rominger’s daughter Marie Rominger in 1937. A smaller portion of the collection came from Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Haskell (donor no. 3772) in 1961.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

A microfilm copy of portions of the correspondence series (1845-1855) is available.

Preferred Citation:

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


Biography

Carl Ludwig Rominger was born December 31, 1820 in Schnaitheim, Württemberg. He studied at the University of Tübingen, 1839-1844, graduating with a medical degree. He then became an assistant at the university's chemical laboratory. At this same time, he received a gift of money to prepare geological studies of portions of Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland among other countries.

He emigrated to the United States in 1848 where he both practiced medicine and continued his geology and paleontology studies. He moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1859. In 1872, Rominger was appointed state geologist of Michigan, serving until 1885.

He died April 22, 1907


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection has been arranged into the following series: Biographical and genealogical material; Correspondence; Miscellaneous and other papers; Notebooks from courses at Tübingen, 1839-1842; Carl L. Rominger notebooks and journals, 1861-1905; and Drafts and manuscripts of various writings.

The notebooks and journal are especially rich documenting Rominger's interest in geology, paleontology, and allied fields in New York, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, with the bulk pertaining to Michigan where Rominger served as state geologist.

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.)
  • Geology -- Michigan.
  • German Americans -- Michigan.
  • Physicians -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Women -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Streets.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Fifth Street (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Furnishings.
  • Interiors.
  • Streets -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Michigan. Geological survey.
  • Neuman family.
  • Rominger, Carl Ludwig, 1820-1907.
  • Rominger family.
  • Rominger House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Rominger, Carl Ludwig, 1820-1907.
  • Rominger, Frederika, 1826-1914.
  • Rominger, Julia.
  • Rominger, Louis, 1859-1936.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical and genealogical material [series]
Box   1  
Genealogical material
Box   1  
Biographical material
 
Correspondence 1840-1945 [series]

(largely written in German)

Box   1  
[fragmentary]
Box   1  
Undated (6 folders)
Box   1  
1840-1844
Box   1  
1845

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1846

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1847-1849

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1850

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1851

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1852

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1853

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1854 (2 folders)

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1855

(microfilm copy available)

Box   1  
1856
Box   1  
1857
Box   1  
1858-1859
Box   1  
1860-1863
Box   1  
1864-1869
Box   1  
1870-1880
Box   1  
1881-1890
Box   1  
1891-1902
Box   1  
1903
Box   1  
1904-1905
Box   1  
1906-1913
Box   1  
, letters of condolences upon the death of Mrs. Carl Rominger April 1914 (6 folders)
Box   1  
May 1914-1920
Box   1  
, letters of condolence upon the death of Julie Rominger April 1921 (4 folders)
Box   1  
April 1921
Box   1  
May 1921
Box   1  
June 1921-1945
Box   1  
Correspondence of Carl Rominger and James Hall

(originals at the New York State Library)

(photocopies)
 
Miscellaneous and other papers [series]
Box   2  
Scrapbook, scattered dates, containing obituaries of Rominger family members
Box   2  
Scrapbook, circa 1846-1922 largely clippings, letters of condolence, 1907 and ephemera 1846-1922
Box   2  
Account books of Dr. Carl Rominger 1860-1870 (2 volumes)
Box   2  
Expense book including accounts of the Geological Survey of Michigan; and miscellaneous later accounts circa 1877-1890
Box   2  
Account book circa 1891-1904
Box   3  
Miscellanea concerning Schnaitheim (Ger.) and the Carl Rominger Silver Medal
Box   3  
Historical sketch of flour mills in Ann Arbor and vicinity
Box   3  
Autograph book of Marie Rominger
Box   3  
Album of Wilhelmine Mayer containing poetry, drawings, and ephemera
Box   3  
Book of Silhouettes
Box   3  
Miscellaneous (4 folders)
 
Photographs
Box   3  
Rominger family portraits
Box   3  
Carl Rominger House, including interior furnishings (4 folders)
Box   3  
Neuman family, Ann Arbor
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
 
Notebooks from courses at Tübingen 1839-1842 [series]
Box   3  
Pflanzenphysiologie von Hugo Mohl 1839-1840
Box   3  
Allgemeine Botanik von Hugo Mohl 1840
Box   3  
Allgemeine Chirurgie von Rieke 1840
Box   3  
Physiologie des Menschen von Rapp 1840
Box   3  
Allgemeine Pathologie von Gmelin 1840-1841
Box   3  
Materia medica von Gmelin 1841
Box   3  
Pathologische Anatomie von Rapp 1841
Box   3  
Miscellaneous and untitled notebooks 1840-1842
 
Carl L. Rominger notebooks and journals 1861-1905 [series]

(includes title used by CLR with occasional misspellings)

Box   4  
[Vol. 1] "Suspension bridge and Lockport" 1861

(contains also "Expense for Geol. Survey June 1876")

Box   4  
[Vol 2.] 1863

(volume includes sections titled:

  1. "Excursion to Widder, Canada W"
  2. "Excurs, to Alpena ..."
  3. "Excurs. to Sandusky"
  4. "Capture of the Boat by Southern rebels" (there are no notes on the capture of the boat)
Box   4  
[Vol. 3] 1868-1877

(Notes on trips beginning October 8, 1868, May 18, 1869, May 9, 1870, May 22, 1877)

Box   4  
[Vol. 4] , "Diary from Mai 2, 1871" 1871
Box   4  
[Vol. 5] , "C. Rominger . . . Escanaba . . ." 1871
 
[Vol. 6] 1871-1874

(includes segments titled:

  1. "Dubuque meeting of A.A.S."
  2. "Excurs. to Rockford, Iowa ..."
  3. "Expenses for Geol. Survey, Mai, 1871"
  4. "Expenses for Geological Survey, 1873"
  5. "Expenses 1874"
  6. "Fossilien nach Europa"
Box   4  
[Vol. 7] 1871, "Diary from August 1, 1871" 1871
Box   4  
[Vol. 8] 1871, "Diary October 4, 1871" 1871
Box   4  
[Vo/ 9] 1872, "Diary Mai 2, 1872 C.R." 1872
Box   4  
[Vol. 10] 1872, "C. Rominger Dezb. 1872 memoranda" 1872
Box   4  
[Vol 11] , "" 1873, Mai 1873
Box   4  
[Vol. 12] 1873. "Juli 1873. . .Saginawbay. . .Lake Erie . . " 1873
Box   4  
[Vol. 13] . "Cleveland Black Shales . . . Waverly group" 1873
Box   4  
[Vol. 14] 1874 "Geol. Diary May 1874 C. Rominger" 1874
Box   4  
[Vol. 15] 1874, "Diary August 1874" 1874
Box   4  
[Vol. 16] 1875 "Diary May 18, 1875 C. Rominger Exploration of Rifleriver . . Alabaster . . .Monroe . . . Lake Superior . . ." 1875
Box   4  
[Vol. 17] 1877 "Diary for the Explorations of the Geolog. Survey of Mich. during the year 1877 by C. Rominger" 1877
Box   4  
[Vol. 18] (August 21 and on) 1877
Box   4  
[Vol. 19] (September) 1877
Box   4  
[Vol. 20] (May 15 and on) 1878
Box   4  
[Vol. 21] (August 21 and on) 1878
Box   4  
[Vol. 22] (May 8 and on) 1879
Box   4  
[Vol. 23] 1879
Box   4  
[Vol. 24] , (May 27 and on and August and on) 1880
Box   4  
[Vol. 25] (May 14 and on) 1881
Box   4  
[vol. 26] (May 23 and on); 1882

(contains also notes beginning September 15, 1880))

Box   4  
[Vol. 27] (May and July) 1883
Box   4  
[Vol. 28] (May 20 and on) 1884
Box   4  
[Vol. 29] 1887, "Excursion to Mount Stephen and Vancouver Island"
Box   4  
[Vol. 30] 1888-1889 Notes from September 14, 1888, March 25, 1889 1888-1889
Box   4  
[Vol. 31] 1889, Notes from August 12, 1889 1889
Box   4  
[Vol. 32] 1890, Notes from March, 1890 1890
Box   4  
[Vol. 33] , (August 21 and on) "C. Rominger, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1893" 1893
Box   4  
[Vol. 34] (June 24 and on) "C. Rominger, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1895" 1895
Box   4  
[Vol. 35] "C. Rominger, Ann Arbor, Mich." 1896

(also contains notes dated July 7, 1896 and on, June 1, 1898 only, and June 13, 1900 and on)

Box   4  
[Vol. 36] , "Excursion to Tennessee phosphate districts . . . August examinations of the environs of La Salle . . ." 1897
Box   4  
[Vol. 36] "Catalogue of Star corals prepared " March 1874
Box   4  
[Vol. 39] "Register of Fossils Collected during the progress of the Geological Survey of Michigan"
Box   4  
[Vol. 40] Miscellaneous notes
Box   4  
[Vol. 41] "The Medical News Visiting List" -- contains "Mikroscopic sections of Monticuliporoids", etc.
Box   4  
[Vol. 42] "Corallen u. Bryozoen . . .", etc.
Box   4  
[Vol. 43] "Ausstände im Jahr " (personal accounts) 1878
Box   4  
[Vol. 43] Geological data

(two pages only)

Box   4  
[Vol. 45] "Memoranda for the Montreal Excursion"
Box   4  
[Vol. 46] "Fossilien . . . Hamilton group im Thunderbay"
Box   4  
[Vol. 47] "Fossilien. . . Le Anse"
Box   4  
[Vol. 48] Black thin case with notebook containing a few pages in German.
Box   4  
[Vol. 49] "Register of fossils Collected 1904, 1905 Environs of Louisville, Ky." 1904-1905

(There are newspaper clippings within front cover; contains also lists of fossils dated June 25, 1898, Dezbr. 9, 1898, Febr. 1, 1905 July 25, 1905)

Box   4  
[Vol. 50] Various

(Includes segments titled:

  1. "Register of Fossils found in Certain Localities"
  2. "Register of Corals in my Collection on January 1, 1906"
  3. "Register of Pamphlets. . . U.S. Government"
Box   4  
[vol. 50] Diary (no year given) beginning: "left Louisville . . . 19 June at noon . . ."; contains also "Enumeration of fossils collected in Autumn at Louisville Ky." 1904
 
Drafts and manuscripts of various writings [series]
Box   5  
Geological Survey of Michigan, articles, and unidentified
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

Rominger's survey maps (ca. 100 maps) have been separated from the collection and cataloged.