Gilbert Currie papers: 1910-1960
Summary Information
Title: Gilbert Currie papers
Creator: Currie, Gilbert, 1882-1960
Dates: 1910-1960
Extent: 0.6 linear feet
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from Midland, Michigan, 1909-1915; U.S. Congressman, 1917-1921. Correspondence, 1910-1913, relating to activities in the Michigan House, especially his successful effort to become speaker; speeches, 1920-1958 (scattered dates); file relating to his work as legal counsel for the Dow Chemical Company; file concerning his interest in golf; and photographs.
Call number: 91451 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by Joan Patterson, 1991

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Gilbert A. Currie, Jr. (Donor no. 7928) in May 1991.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Gilbert Currie papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Prominent Midland attorney, philanthropist, and civic leader Gilbert A. Currie was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives from 1909 to 1915. He served as speaker in 1913 and 1914. He was elected as a Republican to two terms in the U.S. Congress, serving from 1917 to 1921. Upon an unsuccessful bid for re-election in 1920, Gilbert Currie returned full time to his law practice as counsel for Dow Chemical Company in Midland.

Born in 1882 in Midland Township, Midland County, Currie was educated in district schools and was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1905. Gilbert Currie and his wife, the former Charlotte B. Chapman, had three children, Gilbert, Jean and Kathryn E. Gilbert Currie's involvement in politics began at the age of twenty-three when he was elected supervisor of his township and served three consecutive terms. In 1908 he was elected chairman of the board. During and following his terms in Congress, Gilbert Currie served as legal counsel for Herbert Dow and Dow Chemical Company. He died in 1960.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Currie papers cover the period between 1910 and 1960 and consist primarily of correspondence relating to his years in the Michigan Legislature, including letters of encouragement and support to and from peers and constituents. The majority of this correspondence focuses on support for and speculation concerning Gilbert Currie's bid for the job of speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.

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.

  • Golf.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1899-1916.
  • Midland (Mich.)
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Golf.
  • Midland (Mich.)
  • Photographs.
  • Currie, Gilbert, 1882-1960.
  • Dow Chemical Company.
  • Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives.
  • United States. Congress. House.
  • Currie, Gilbert, 1882-1960.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Subject files [series]
Box   1  
Michigan Legislature Correspondence 1910-1913 (13 folders)
Box   1  
Dow Chemical Company, General Legal 1910-1921
Box   1  
Dow Housing Subdivisions, Related Correspondence 1918-1921
Box   1  
Speech File 1920-1958 (scattered dates)
Box   1  
Golf 1953-1958
Box   1  
Personal, miscellaneous circa 1960-1984
Box   1  
Photographs, negatives (undated)