Charles A. Sink Papers: 1900-1996
Summary Information
Title: Charles A. Sink Papers
Creator: Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972
Dates: 1900-1996
Extent: 21 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, 2.22 GB
Abstract:
Republican member of the state house and the state senate; president of the University Musical Society. Legislative and campaign files, 1919-1935, detailing his election campaigns, his activities within the legislature, and his various responsibilities as a member of the Republican State Central Committee; general correspondence files, 1922-1960, largely pertaining to his work with the University Musical Society and other civic activities; topical files; family history and memoirs; diaries and appointment books; papers of wife Alva Gordon Sink; and visual materials.
Call number: 8654 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Charles A. Sink and his wife Alva Gordon Sink (donor no. 541) and came to the library in multiple accessions.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

The collection contains audio tapes from which digital copies have been made. Source tapes are for staff use only. Audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.

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.

Processing Information:

Digitization: The Library has undertaken the digitization of a number of sound recordings within this collection. The resulting audio files are available for playback only in the Bentley Library Reading Room. Links to item images and additional information are available within this finding aid.  Original sound recordings are only available for staff use.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Charles A. Sink Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into the following series: Legislative and Campaign Files; General Correspondence; Chronological Correspondence; Topical File; Clippings; Family History; Alva Gordon Sink papers; Charles and Alva Gordon Sink diaries and appointment books; Visual Materials; and Sound Recordings.


Biography

Charles A. Sink was born July 4, 1879, in Westernville, NY in Oneida County, and attended high school in Churchville, NY He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1904. That same year, he began his long association with the University Musical Society, serving first as secretary (1904-07), executive manager (1907-27), and then president (1927-68). In addition, Sink was secretary and business manager of the University of Michigan School of Music (1904-27), then its president (1927-40).

Sink was also politically active. He served in both the state house and senate. He was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1919-20 and 1925-26) and the Michigan Senate (1921-22, 1927-28, 1929-1930). In the legislature, Sink was chairman of the committees on education in both the Senate and House. Here he sponsored legislation affecting the state educational system and institutions. Sink was also a candidate in the 1932 primary for the office of lieutenant governor. Prior to this he was a member of the Republican State Central Committee (1928-32).

Throughout his life, Sink was involved in a variety of community and philanthropic activities. He died December 17, 1972.


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.


  • Banks and banking.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1926.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1928.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1932.
  • Music -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Musicians -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • Public schools -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Roads -- Michigan.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Aged persons -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Agriculture -- Michigan.
  • Birthday parties -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Children.
  • Capitols -- Michigan -- Lansing.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Holly.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Families.
  • Farms.
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies.
  • Holly (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Lansing (Mich.) -- Capitols.
  • Manners & customs -- 1911-1920.
  • Musicians.
  • Ocean liners.
  • Passengers.
  • Singing -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Travel.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Videotapes.
  • Ann Arbor Rotary Club.
  • Eastern Michigan University.
  • First Congregational Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Kelsey, Francis W. (Francis Willey), 1858-
  • Michigan Historical Commission.
  • Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives.
  • Michigan. Legislature. Senate.
  • Michigan. Teachers' Retirement Fund Commission.
  • Michigan. Washington Bicentennial Commission.
  • National Association of Concert Managers.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Sink, Alva Joanna Gordon.
  • Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972.
  • Starr Commonwealth for Boys.
  • University of Michigan -- Finance.
  • University of Michigan -- Choral organizations.
  • University of Michigan -- Orchestras.
  • University of Michigan. School of Music.
  • University of Michigan. University Musical Society.
  • Acacia Fraternity.
  • Alumnae House (University of Michigan)
  • American National Red Cross.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Common Council.
  • Ann Arbor May Festival.
  • Baird Carillon (University of Michigan)
  • Beta Theta Pi. Lambda Chapter (University of Michigan)
  • Bonisteel, Roscoe O. (Roscoe Osmond), 1888-
  • Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925.
  • Burton Tower (University of Michigan)
  • Crisler, H. O. (Herbert Orin), 1899-1982.
  • Gordon family.
  • Kreisler, Fritz, 1875-1962.
  • Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives.
  • Michigan. Legislature. Senate.
  • Michigan Life Insurance Company.
  • Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Sink, Alva Joanna Gordon.
  • Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972.
  • Sink family.
  • United States. Army.
  • University of Michigan -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • University of Michigan. Choral Union.
  • University of Michigan. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Class of 1923.
  • University of Michigan. University Musical Society.
  • Bates, Henry Moore, 1869-1949.
  • Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942.
  • Bonisteel, Roscoe O. (Roscoe Osmond), 1888-
  • Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960.
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925.
  • Burton, Nina M.
  • Cabot, Hugh, 1872-1945.
  • Clancy, Robert Henry, 1882-1962.
  • Clements, William L. (William Lawrence), 1861-1934.
  • Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949.
  • Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • Copeland, Royal S. (Royal Samuel), 1868-1938.
  • Couzens, James, 1872-1936.
  • Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943.
  • Gansser, Augustus H., 1872-
  • Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936.
  • Groesbeck, Alexander J. (Alexander Joseph), 1873-1953.
  • Hudson, Grant Martin, 1868-1955.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Inglis, J. Gall (James Gall), 1864-1939.
  • Lennon, Peter B., 1878-
  • Little, Clarence C. (Clarence Cook), 1888-
  • Lockwood, Albert Lewis, 1871-1933.
  • McKay, Frank D., 1883-
  • McNutt, Paul Vories, 1891-1951.
  • Malcolm, George A. (George Arthur), 1881-1961.
  • Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
  • Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-
  • Michener, Earl C. (Earl Cory), 1876-1957.
  • Moore, Earl Vincent, 1890-1987.
  • Munn, John.
  • Murfin, James Orin, 1875-1940.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Palmer, Milton R., 1878-
  • Person, Seymour Howe, 1879-1957.
  • Potter, William W., 1869-1940.
  • Price, Percival, 1901-1985.
  • Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931.
  • Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960.
  • Sink, Alva Joanna Gordon.
  • Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959.
  • Stanley, Albert A. (Albert Augustus), 1851-1932.
  • Stone, Ralph, 1868-1956.
  • Turner, William F.
  • Upjohn, James T.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Wiley, Merlin, 1875-
  • Woodruff, Roy Orchard, 1876-1953.
Contents List
Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
Legislative and Campaign Files [series]
Box   1  
1919-1927
Box   2  
1927-1930
Box   3  
1929-1932
Box   4  
1932-1935
 
General Correspondence [series]
Box   4  
A-Z 1922-1923
Box   4  
A-L 1923-1924
Box   5  
M-Z 1923-1924
Box   5  
1924

(miscellaneous)

Box   5  
A-Z 1925
Box   5  
1925-1927
Box   5  
A-Z 1926-1927
Box   6  
A-Z 1927-1928
Box   6  
A-Z 1928-1929
Box   6  
A-Z 1929-1930
Box   6  
A-Z 1930-1931
Box   6  
A-Z 1931-1932
Box   7  
A-Z 1932-1933
Box   7  
A-Z March 1934-January 1935
Box   7  
A-Z 1935
Box   7  
A-Z 1936
Box   7  
A-Z November 1936-1937
Box   7  
A-Z 1937
Box   8  
A-Z September 1937-February 1938
Box   8  
A-Z February-September 1938
Box   8  
A-Z September 1938-January 1939
Box   8  
A-Z January-September 1939
Box   8  
A-Z September 1939-February 1940
Box   8  
A-O February-July 1940
Box   9  
P-Z February-July 1940
Box   9  
A-Z July 1940-January 1941
Box   9  
A-Z January-July 1941
Box   9  
A-Z July-December 1941
Box   9  
A-Z January-August 1942
Box   10  
A-Z September-December 1942
Box   10  
A-Z January-April 1943
Box   10  
A-Z April-August 1943
Box   10  
A-Z August-December 1943
Box   10  
A-Z January-April 1944
Box   10  
A-L May-December 1944
Box   11  
M-Z May-December 1944
Box   11  
January-August 1945

(chronological)

Box   11  
A-Z September 1945-April 1946
Box   11  
A-Z May-November 1946
Box   11  
A-Z November 1946-April 1947
Box   11  
A-Z May-December 1947
Box   11  
A-M January-August 1948
Box   12  
N-Z January-August 1948
Box   12  
A-Z September-December 1948
Box   12  
A-Z January-May 1949
Box   12  
A-Z June-December 1949
Box   12  
A-Z January-July 1950
Box   12  
A-Z August 1950-February 1951
Box   12  
A-O March-December 1951
Box   13  
P-Z March-December 1951
Box   13  
A-Z January-October 1952
Box   13  
A-Z November 1952-August 1953
Box   13  
A-Z September 1953-August 1954
Box   13  
A-Z September 1954-October 1955
Box   13  
A-Z October 1955-July 1956
Box   13  
A-Z August 1956-February 1957
Box   14  
A-Z March 1957-1960
 
Chronological correspondence (later accession) [series]
Box   14  
Undated, 1900-1972 (16 folders)
 
Topical File [series]
Box   14  
Acacia Fraternity
Box   14  
American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter 1943-1954
Box   14  
Awards, appointments and honors

(see also oversize folder Ac)

Box   14  
Biographical
Box   14  
Bonisink Saga
Box   14  
Christmas cards
Box   14  
Class notebooks (2 folders)
Box   15  
Huguenot Society of Michigan 1937-1945
Box   15  
Lieutenant Governor campaign 1932 (3 folders)
Box   15  
"Memory book" 1934-1940 (6 folders)

(requests for autographed copies of books from writers, musicians, and other public figures)

Box   15  
Miscellaneous (4 folders)
Box   15  
National Association of Concert Mangers 1949-1955 (8 folders)
Box   15  
Rotary Club
Box   16  
Scrapbook, ca. 1919-1925 (3 folders)
Box   16  
Shute, Nevil (Norway)
Box   16  
Sink, Dr. Emory W.
Box   16  
Sink, Loren A.
Box   16  
Speeches
Box   16  
Teachers Retirement Fund 1930-1931 (3 folders)
Box   16  
Travels
Box   16  
Villicus, Fritz
Box   16  
World War I, war effort activities
Box   16  
Ypsi-Ann Land Company 1925-1929
 
Clippings [series]
Box   16  
Undated, 1920-1972 (29 folders)
 
Family history [series]
Box   17  
"A bit of family history and a few reminiscences"
Box   17  
Miscellaneous family materials
 
Alva Gordon Sink [series]
 
Correspondence
Box   18  
Personal
Box   18  
Condolences on death of her husband
 
Topical File
Box   18  
Alumni activities
Box   18  
Alva Gordon Sink Alumnae Club
Box   18  
Biographical materials
Box   18  
Community activities
Box   18  
Hospitality
Box   18  
Johnson, Thor (about) 1975
Box   18  
Philanthropies
Box   18  
Republican Party Platform Planning Committee
Box   18  
University of Michigan Emeritus Club
Box   18  
Clippings 1923-1959 (3 folders)
Box   18  
Guest books (8 volumes)
 
Charles and Alva Gordon Sink [series]
Box   19  
Diaries and appointment books
Box   20  
Diaries and appointment books

(continued)

 
Visual Materials [series]
 
Photographs [subseries]
 
Topical
Box   21  
Acacia Fraternity and Beta Theta Pi
Box   21  
Alumnae House
Box   21  
Ann Arbor City Council 1917
Box   21  
Awards and dedication ceremonies
Box   21  
Baird Carillon
Box   21  
Burton family (including Marion L. Burton)
Box   21  
Burton (Marion) funeral
Box   21  
Friends
Box   21  
Gordon family home, Holly, Michigan
Box   21  
May Festival

(in over size folder Ac)

Box   21  
Michigan Capitol Building; members of Michigan legislature; Michigan House and Senate Club
Box   21  
Michigan Life Insurance Company

(see also oversize folder Ac)

Box   21  
Musicians (including Fritz Kreisler and Fritz Crisler)
Box   21  
Ormandy, Eugene (receiving honorary degree)
 
Sink, Alva Gordon
Box   21  
Informal
Box   21  
Photograph album 1910s
 
Sink, Charles and Alva
Box   21  
Official occasions
Box   21  
With musicians
Box   21  
Travels and vacations
Box   21  
Informal poses together
Box   21  
Sink family (include agricultural scene)
Box   21  
Portraits inscribed to Sink (5 folders)
 
Videotapes [subseries]
Box   21  
Alva Gordon Sink 100th birthday celebration 1995
Box   21  
Alva Gordon Sink 101st birthday celebration 1996
 
Sound recordings [series]
 
Sound recordings  [Access to digital audio files currently restricted to Bentley Library reading room]
Box   21  
Rotary luncheon honoring Charles A. Sink 1966 July 20 [Access to digital audio files currently restricted to Bentley Library reading room] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 in. reel; 3 3/4 ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([8654-SR-1-1]) [Access to digital audio files currently restricted to Bentley Library reading room]
(Recording of Rotary luncheon honoring Charles A. Sink. Tape comes with 3 sheet program and transcription of event.) [access item]
 
Audio Cassettes
Box   21  
Oral interview with Alva Gordon Sink circa 1970s (3 audiocassettes)

(includes unedited transcript of the recordings)

Box   21  
Oral interview with Alva Gordon Sink June 1994 (2 audiocassettes (with duplicate copies))