Emerson R. Boyles papers: 1879-1911
Summary Information
Title: Emerson R. Boyles papers
Creator: Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960
Inclusive dates: 1879-1911
Inclusive dates: 1931-1960
Extent: 6 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Charlotte, Michigan, attorney, legal advisor to Governors Frank Fitzgerald and Luren Dickinson and justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials on Michigan politics, the Republican Party, and his association with Governor Dickinson; scrapbook, 1885-1889, compiled by Fred A. Pennington; account book, 1904-1905; day book, 1941; log book, 1942, of Beaver Island cabin; and miscellaneous notebooks and photograph albums.
Call number: 85840 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Henry Crouse (donor no. 3806) and came to the library in 1961.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Emerson R. Boyles papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Emerson R. Boyles was born in Chester Township, Eaton County, June 29, 1881. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1903, then entered the practice of law in Charlotte. He was elected prosecuting attorney, 1912-1916; probate judge of Eaton County, 1921-1927. He resigned to become Deputy Attorney General with Attorney General William W. Potter and served in that capacity for six years. He was appointed member of Michigan Public Utilities Commission, 1935-1936, then became legal adviser to Governor Fitzgerald and Governor Dickinson, who in August 1940 appointed Boyles to fill out the term of Supreme Court Justice William W. Potter. He was elected to fill the vacancy, November 5, 1940, and re-elected in 1943 and 1950. He died November 30, 1960.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Emerson Boyles papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials on Michigan politics, the Republican Party, and his association with Governor Dickinson; a scrapbook, 1885-1889, compiled by Fred A. Pennington; account book, 1904-1905; day book, 1941; log book, 1942, of Beaver Island cabin; and miscellaneous notebooks and photograph albums. The collection has been arranged into three series: Correspondence and other papers; Miscellaneous personal and family; and Photographs.

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.


  • Beaver Island (Mich.)
  • Charlotte (Mich.)
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- Michigan.
  • Japanese Americans.
  • Judges -- Michigan.
  • Lawyers -- Michigan.
  • Missionaries -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • African Americans -- Michigan.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Prisons -- Michigan.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1929-1938.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Camping.
  • Children.
  • Delton (Mich.)
  • Fishing -- Michigan.
  • Holidays.
  • Horses.
  • Hunting -- Michigan.
  • Ice fishing.
  • Ice skating.
  • Photography.
  • Wall Lake (Mich.)
  • Winter.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • American Liberty League.
  • Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960.
  • Crusade for Freedom.
  • Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • Lapeer Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
  • Order of Patrick Henry.
  • Starr Commonwealth for Boys.
  • Strang, James Jesse, 1813-1856.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945.
  • Protestant Reformed Churches of America.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Michigan. Supreme Court.
  • Michigan. Judges' Retirement Board.
  • Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960.
  • Boyles family.
  • Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • Michigan. Supreme Court.
  • Sigler, Kim, 1894-
  • Bingay, Malcolm Wallace, 1884-
  • Blodgett, John Wood, 1860-1951.
  • Bonisteel, Roscoe O. (Roscoe Osmond), 1888-
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Bushnell, George E. (George Edward), 1887-1965.
  • Butzel, Henry M. (Henry Magnus), 1871-1963.
  • Chandler, Bert D.
  • Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
  • Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943.
  • Hoffman, Paul G. (Paul Gray), 1891-1974.
  • Johansen, August E. (August Edgar), 1905-1995.
  • Kellogg, W. K. (Will Keith), 1860-1951.
  • Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971.
  • Knight, John Shively, 1894-1981.
  • Lindemer, Lawrence B.
  • McKay, Frank D., 1883-
  • Miriani, Louis C.
  • Mott, Charles Stewart, 1875-1973.
  • North, Walter Harper, 1871-1952.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Sigler, Kim, 1894-
  • Smith, William Parkhurst, 1897-
  • Starr, Floyd Elliot, 1883-1980.
  • Starr, Raymond Wesley, 1888-1968.
  • Stason, E. Blythe (Edwin Blythe), 1891-1972.
  • Summerfield, Arthur Ellsworth, 1899-1972.
  • Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
  • Wiest, Howard, 1864-1945.
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Wilson, Charles Erwin, 1890-1961.
  • Yntema, Hessel E.
  • Ziegler, Charles M., 1888-1959.
  • Pennington, Fred A.
  • Reid, Neil E., 1871-
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-1971.
  • Sharpe, Edward M., 1887-
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence and other papers [series]

The bulk of the Correspondence and other papers series covers the years 1939 to 1960 when Boyles served as legal advisor to Governors Frank D. Fitzgerald and Luren D. Dickinson (1939-1940), and as justice of Michigan's Supreme Court (1940-1956). Boyles' correspondence includes both letters received and copies of his own letters. While much of the collection is composed of family letters, there is a large body of letters, memoranda, clippings, and other materials pertaining to state and national politics, the Michigan Supreme Court and legal practice in Michigan.

Box   1  
1931-June 1942 (33 folders)
Box   2  
July 1942-September 1947 (56 folders)
Box   3  
October 1947-March 1952 (52 folders)
Box   4  
April 1952-June 1956 (49 folders)
Box   5  
July 1956-December 1960, undated (49 folders)
 
Miscellaneous personal and family [series]

The Miscellaneous personal and family series contains earlier materials of other Boyles family members, including a scrapbook from the 1880s concerning events in Charlotte, Michigan.

Oversize Folder   1  
Certificates
Box   6  
Scrapbook1885-1889 relating to events in Charlotte, Michigan, compiled by Fred A. Pennington, 1885-1889 1885-1889

(includes photographs)

Box   6  
Account book 1904-1905
Box   6  
Daybook 1941
Box   6  
Logbook of Beaver Island cabin 1942
Box   6  
Diaries, etc. (little content) (4 volumes)
Box   6  
Family and other miscellanea (3 folders)
 
Photographs [series]

The Photographs series includes portraits of Boyles, members of his family, the Supreme Court, and Governors Luren D. Dickinson and Kim Sigler. There are also photographs of hunting and fishing trips, ice fishing, vacations at Wall Lake, Michigan, cottages, and horses.

Box   6  
Camping
Box   6  
Luren D. Dickinson
Box   6  
Groups, including E.R. Boyles
Box   6  
Groups, not including E.R. Boyles
Box   6  
Michigan Supreme Court

(see also oversize folder)

Box   6  
Portraits of E.R. Boyles
Box   6  
Photograph album of vacation scenes 1914-1915
Box   6  
Kim Sigler
Box   6  
Family and personal postcards
Oversize Folder   1  
Michigan Supreme Court
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Bingay, Malcolm Wallace, 1884-
  • May 6, 1940, June 12, 1942
Blodgett, John Wood, 1860-1951
  • Dec. 10, 1941, Jan. 2, 1942, Apr. 1, 1942
Bonisteel, Roscoe O. (Roscoe Osmond), b. 1888.
  • Mar. 26, 1951
Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Jan. 13, 1940, Mar. 23, 1954
Bushnell, George E. (George Edward), 1887-1965.
  • 1940-1950
Butzel, Henry Magnus, 1871-
  • 1941-1951
Chandler, Bert D.
  • 1941-1944
Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • 1939-1942
Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
  • Sept. 2, 1948
Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Dec. 21, 1936, Mar. 1939 [clippings]
Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943.
  • Feb. 8, 1943
Hoffman, Paul G. (Paul Gray), 1891-1974.
  • Nov. 20, 1951
Johanson, August Edgar, 1905-
  • Nov. 6, 1956
Kellogg, W. K. (Will Keith), 1860-1951.
  • Sept. 5, 1939
Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971.
  • Apr. 10, 1941, Mar. 25, 1943, May 24, 1943, Sept. 22, 1943, Feb. 5, 1945
Knight, John Shively, 1894-1981.
  • Nov. 6, 1942
Lindemer, Lawrence B.
  • Mar. 7, 1960
McKay, Frank D., 1883-
  • Feb. 15, 1940, Dec. 25, 1940, Dec. 25, 1941, Dec. 25, 1942
Miriani, Louis C.
  • July 24, 1940, Nov. 7, 1951
Mott, Charles Stewart, 1875-1973.
  • July 9, 1957
North, Walter Harper, 1871-1952.
  • July 9, 1941
Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860
  • 1943-1945
Reid, Neil E., 1871-
  • 1945-1946
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
  • Mar. 11, 1940 [To Luren D. Dickinson]
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Dec. 4, 1939 [autograph value only]
Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-
  • Apr. 11, 1952
Sharpe, Edward M., 1887-
  • 1942-1951
Sigler, Kim, b. 1894.
  • Aug. 14, 1940, Dec. 22, 1941, Mar. 19, 1947, Sept. 11, 1947, July 13, 1948
Smith, William Parkhurst, 1897-
  • 1940-1960
Starr, Floyd Elliot, 1883-1980.
  • 1940-1960
Starr, Raymond Wesley, 1888-1968.
  • July 14, 1943-, July 13, 1945
Stason, E. Blythe (Edwin Blythe), 1891-1972.
  • May 8, 1950, Sept, 30, 1950, Mar. 9, 1953, June 4, 1954, May 12, 1960
Summerfield, Arthur Ellsworth, 1899-
  • June 23, 1952, July 12, 1952, June 22, 1953, Aug. 31, 1953, Feb. 15, 1954
Vandenberg, Arthur Hendrick, 1884-1951.
  • Nov. 26, 1943, Aug. 1939-Mar. 1940 and Mar. 19, 1946 [On "Vandenberg Movement for Michigan"]
Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
  • Dec. 28, 1940
Wiest, Howard M., 1864-1945.
  • Aug. 30, 1940
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-
  • Nov. 23, 1956
Wilson, Charles Ervin, 1890-1961.
  • Mar. 18, 1949
Yntema, Hessel E.
  • 1951-1955
Ziegler, Charles M., 1888-1959.
  • 1951-1955