Frank Ward Fletcher papers: 1875-1922
Summary Information
Title: Frank Ward Fletcher papers
Creator: Fletcher, Frank Ward, 1853-1922
Inclusive dates: 1875-1922
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Alpena, Michigan, lumberman and Republican member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan; business and personal correspondence, University of Michigan Board of Regents correspondence, financial materials, and photographs.
Call number: 88306 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Fletcher’s son Philip Kingbury Fletcher (donor no. 17) and came to the library in 1936. Additional material came from Fred R. Trelfa (donor no. 3 223).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Frank Ward Fletcher papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Frank Ward Fletcher was born in Boston on May 16, 1853. At a young age, he moved with his parents to Detroit where he received his early education. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1875, then completed his education at the Boston Institute of Technology and the Columbia School of Mines. He joined his father in George N. Fletcher's extensive lumbering and mining interests in the vicinity of Alpena, Michigan. The younger Fletcher devoted his energy to increasing and developing Alpena industries, being instrumental in the organization of the Alpena Paper Co. and the Fletcher Paper Company. Politically active, Fletcher served two-terms as regent of the University of Michigan from 1894 to 1910. He did not seek a third term. He died December 18, 1922.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Frank Ward Fletcher collection includes letters from his father George N. Fletcher concerning business and personal affairs. There are also letters received from faculty and university administrators from the period when he was a member of the Board of Regents. Miscellaneous items include a letterpress book, 1885-1899, of business letters and files of bills and receipts. Of interest are materials relating to state Republican politics, especially the elections of 1896 and 1898. The one file of photographs includes portraits of family members as well as snapshots of Fletcher and others on a boating excursion.

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.

  • Alpena (Mich.)
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1896.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1898.
  • Logging -- Michigan -- Alpena.
  • Lumbering -- Michigan -- Alpena.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1877-1898.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1899-1916.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Photographs.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • University of Michigan. Board of Regents.
  • Fletcher family.
  • Fletcher, George N., 1813-
  • Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Business and personal correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1880-1899, 1913 (26 folders)

(include letter from Mark Hanna, April 1896 and from Chase S. Osborn, 1913)

Board of Regents Files [series]
Box   1  
1895-1899 (10 folders)
Other materials [series]
Box   1  
Letterpress book 1885-1899
Box   1  
Personal bills and receipts 1909-1917 (10 folders)
Box   1  
Pages from check book 1922
Box   1  
Check book stubs 1913-1922 (4 volumes)
Box   1  
Box   2  
Miscellaneous pocket diaries, notebooks, etc. 1875-1922 (32 volumes)
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

The library also has a Fletcher family collection which contains personal papers of Frank W. Fletcher. Also related are records of the Fletcher, Pack and Company and the Thunder Bay Boom Company.