Carl M. Weideman Papers: 1921-1972 (Majority of material found within 1932-1934)
Summary Information
Title: Carl M. Weideman Papers
Creator: Weideman, Carl May, 1898-1972
Dates: 1921-1972 (Majority of material found within 1932-1934)
Extent: 3 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, 2 oversize volumes
Abstract:
Detroit, Michigan trial attorney, Democratic Congressman, 1933-1935, and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge. Correspondence and other materials concerning his term in Congress, national and local politics, and various judicial decisions; miscellaneous diaries, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks concerning his association with the American Turners Association (German-American athletic society), Detroit, Michigan politics, and the election and recall of Detroit Mayor Charles Bowles; and photographs.
Call number: 86360 Aa 2; UAm; AC
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid prepared by: Thomas Jones, 1972

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Mrs. Weideman (donor no. 5265) and came to the library in 1972.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Carl M. Weideman Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Carl M. Weideman was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 5, 1898. He was a student at the University of Michigan from 1914 to 1916. With the outbreak of World War I, he attended the Naval Officers Training School, then enlisted in the United States Navy as an apprentice seaman. From 1918 to 1922, he was a member of the United States Naval Reserve. For much of this time, Weideman was able to continue his studies, graduating from the Detroit College of Law in 1921.

Weideman was a successful trial attorney throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. In 1932 he became politically active winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 14th Congressional District, which included Detroit's east side and the Grosse Pointes. While serving in Congress, he was a member of the Immigration and Naturalization, District of Columbia, and Un-American Activities committees. Weideman was a one-term Congressman failing to receive his party's nomination for re-election in 1934. He was elected a Wayne County Circuit Court commissioner in 1936 and served in that position until 1950 when he was appointed to the Wayne County Circuit bench by Governor G. Mennen Williams. He retired from the bench in 1969.

Weideman was active in various professional and civic organizations. He was a long-time member of the American Turners serving as national president from 1937 to 1952. He died March 5, 1972.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, primarily from the period when Weideman was a member of Congress; files relating to his election campaign and to a few of the issues of the time; and miscellaneous other materials from his career with the Wayne County Circuit Court and as a member of the American Turners. There is also an extensive series of scrapbooks detailing his professional and civic activities and several folders of 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.


  • Athletics -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • German Americans -- Michigan.
  • Judges -- Michigan -- Wayne County.
  • New Deal, 1933-1939.
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1929-1933.
  • Boats.
  • Business enterprises -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Butchers -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Dance.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Business enterprises.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Butchers.
  • Dogs.
  • German Americans.
  • Interiors.
  • Oaths.
  • Politics & government.
  • Diaries.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Photographs.
  • American Turners (Organization)
  • Bowles, Charles, 1884-1957.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Michigan. Circuit Court (Wayne County)
  • United States. Congress.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1932.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1934.
  • Weideman, Carl May, 1898-1972.
  • American Turners (Organization)
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • United States. Congress. House.
  • Weideman, Carl May, 1898-1972.
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Abbott, Horatio J. (Horatio Johnson), 1876-1936.
  • Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973.
  • Bushnell, George E. (George Edward), 1887-1965.
  • Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949.
  • Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979.
  • Debo, Alfred.
  • Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
  • Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Foley, Thomas.
  • Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
  • Hubbard, Orville Liscum, 1903-1982.
  • Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.
  • Jeffries, Edward J., 1864-1939.
  • Jeffries, Edward, 1900-1950.
  • Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936.
  • Lacy, Arthur J. (Arthur Jay), 1876-1975.
  • Lesinski, John, 1885-1950.
  • Martel, Frank Xavier, 1888-
  • O'Brien, Patrick H. (Patrick Henry), 1868-1959.
  • Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965.
  • Piggins, Edward S., -1972.
  • Romney, George W., 1907-1995.
  • Tugwell, Rexford G. (Rexford Guy), 1891-1979.
  • Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
September 1932-1934 (21 folders)
Box   1  
1935-1947 (6 folders)
 
Campaign and Congressional Files [series]
Box   1  
Election campaign 1932
 
1933
Box   1  
Congressional voting record
Box   1  
Briggs Strike in Detroit
Box   1  
St. Lawrence Seaway
Box   2  
Michigan Naturalization Plan circa 1933
 
1934
Box   2  
Horatio Abbott and Michigan patronage
Box   2  
Bill to provide compensation to an American Indian (H.R. 7543)
Box   2  
Arthur Lacy's campaign for governor in Michigan
Box   2  
"Dawn Patrol"

(alleged anti-union spy, agency)

Box   2  
Re-election campaign
 
Later Activities [series]
Box   2  
Election as Wayne County Court Commissioner 1935
Box   2  
Concerning appointment as Wayne County Circuit Court Judge 1950
Box   2  
Concerning Wayne County Circuit Court election 1959
Box   2  
Concerning Wayne County Circuit Court 1950s undated
 
Litigation files [series]
Box   2  
"Weideman vs. Heston" 1921 (2 folders)
Box   2  
"Weideman vs. The Detroit News" 1933
Box   2  
"Weideman vs. the County of Wayne" 1971
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   2  
American Turners Association
Box   2  
Miscellanea
Box   2  
Newspaper clippings (3 folders)
Box   2  
Biographies and obituaries
Box   2  
Diaries 1930-1931 (2 volumes)

(brief entries)

 
Photographs [series]

(see also oversize UAm folder)

Box   2  
Awards, bill signings, etc. (2 envelopes)
Box   2  
Early photos
Box   2  
Informal photos; with wife and others
Box   2  
Parents' butcher shop in Detroit
Box   2  
Portraits
 
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   3  
1921-1929
Oversize Volume   1  
1928-1931

(concerning Detroit politics, particularly the election and recall of Detroit Mayor, Charles Bowles)

Box   3  
1933-1939

(concerning the American Turners)

Box   3  
1948

(concerning the American Turners)

Box   3  
1945
Box   3  
1946-1951

(including material concerning the Detroit Lawyers Guild)

Oversize Volume   2  
1951-1955
Box   3  
1950-1957
Box   3  
1959
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Abbott, Horatio Johnson
  • May 31, 1933, Aug. 14, 1944 and Jan. 29, 1934
Brown, Prentiss Marsh, 1889-
  • May 19, 1933, Aug. 16, 1933, and Apr. 24, 1942
Bushnell, George Edward, 1887-1965.
  • 1933 and Feb. 13, 1934
Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949.
  • Nov. 8, 1933 and Dec. 22, 1933
Coughlin, Charles Edward, 1891-
  • Mar. 15, 1933, May 23, 1933, Jan. 3, 1934 and Dec. 29, 1934
Debo, Alfred
  • May 31, 1933 and Jan. 29, 1934
Farley, James Aloysius, 1888-
  • Mar. 31, 1933, July 14, 1933, Sept. 1, 1933 and Oct. 24, 1933
Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Jan. 22, 1934
Foley, Thomas
  • Oct. 1, 1971
Hoover, J. Edgar, 1895-1972.
  • Dec. 1, 1933
Hubbard, Orville L.
  • Oct. 10, 1952
Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Oct. 3, 1933
Ickes, Harold L., 1874-1952
  • Mar. 20, 1934
Jeffries, Edward J., 1900-1950.
  • Mar. 18, 1933
Jeffries, Edward J.
  • May 5, 1933
Joy, Henry Bourne, 1864-1936.
  • Apr. 27, 1933
Lacy, Arthur Jay, 1876-
  • June 15, 1934
Lesinski, John, 1885-1950.
  • Oct. 30, 1933
Martell, Frank Xavier, 1888-
  • 1933, Mar. 20, 1934, Apr. 20, 1934 and Jan. 31, 1934
O'Brien, Patrick Henry, 1868-1959.
  • May 1, 1933, June 23, 1933, May 22, 1934
Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965.
  • May 31, 1933
Piggins, Edward S.
  • Aug. 15, 1958
Romney, George Wilcken, 1907-
  • Sept. 30, 1968
Tugwell, Rexford Guy, 1891-
  • Feb. 21, 1934
Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
  • Oct. 12, 1933 and Dec. 4, 1933