Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Clarence Tuma Papers

Finding aid created by
C. Engerson

Summary Information
Title: Clarence Tuma Papers,
Creator: Tuma, Clarence, 1925-2016.
Inclusive dates: 1961, 2016, and undated
Extent: 6 cubic feet (in 6 boxes, 1 oversized folder, 4 oversized volumes, 5 framed items)
Papers include family genealogical materials, Tuma's biographical materials, awards and certificates, photographs, DVDs and a cassette tape of anniversary and reunion celebrations, large framed photographs, and other materials documenting the Embers Restaurants in Mount Pleasant and Traverse City, Michigan..

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#72582, 70965; 75619

Access Restrictions:

Clarence Tuma Papers are open for research.



Preferred Citation:

Clarence Tuma Papers, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is by size, alphabetical and chronological.



Clarence Tuma (1925-2016) was the son of Ameen and Abeeda Rashid Tuma who immigrated to America from Lebanon. Clarence graduated from Berkley High School in 1942 and upon graduation entered the U.S Army at 18 years of age in 1943. He joined the 789th Anti-aircraft Battalion and served until the end of World War II in 1945. He attended Central Michigan University and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Manual Arts and Sports. However, Clarence pursued his culinary talent and opened The Embers, a gourmet dining restaurant, in 1958. In 1990, Clarence sold The Embers to his son, Jeff, who remained its owner until the restaurant closed in 2007. Clarence was married to Janet Thorne, with whom he had five children: Jeffrey, David, Mary Beth, Amy, and Scott.

Clarence Tuma received many awards and much recognition for his work in the Mount Pleasant Community. In 1974, Clarence was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year and in 2004 received the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. He was appointed as an ambassador for Michigan Tourism and was a recipient of the Michigan Restaurant Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Clarence Tuma received the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from Central Michigan University in 2007. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Clarence Tuma Papers consist of the Tuma family genealogy, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, recipes, menus, bank statements and awards and certificates. The topically grouped material is arranged alphabetically. Newspaper clippings,1960 – 2007, include information on Tuma’s World War II Service, The Embers, and the Rashid Family. Photographs consist of Tuma’s service in World War II, family, The Embers, and Rashid Family Reunions. A special note is to be given to three photographs in the collection of a funeral of an unidentified individual. Also included are awards and certificates, 1964-2007, and plaques comprising of the Trustee Appreciation Award, the Salut Au Restaurateur Award, and the Alumni Recognition Award. Oversize Folder 1 contains oversized documents such as bank statements and certificates. Oversize Folder 2 contains family photos. Oversize Folder 3 contains a photograph of the Embers Restaurant in Traverse City, Michigan. Oversize Folder 4 contains photos of the Rashid Club of America.

Electronic sources include DVDs of Clarence Tuma’s 80th Birthday, the 75th Reunion of the Rashid Club of America and the Lion’s Club Farewell to the Embers. A cassette tape is also included, which is titled “Congratulations Clarence and Janet Tuma.” A later addition includes a thank you note from Rosalynn Carter, 2015.

Subject Terms

    • Tuma, Clarence.
    • Embers Restaurant (Mount Pleasant, Mich.)
    • Rashid Club of America.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--Michigan.
    • Cookbooks.
    • Restaurants--Michigan--Mount Pleasant.
    • Lebanese-Americans.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Clarence Tuma Papers [series]:
    F   1  
    Framed Item, Acc# 70965, 33 x 27 x 1.5 inches, This frame contains a hand painted external illustration of the Embers Restaurant. It is a reproduction of the artwork featured in the Ford Times and is signed by Grace MacArthur. The frame is wood with a wood and metal mat and glass cover. Damage includes numerous cracks along the bottom of the painting as well as chips in both the bottom left and right hand corners., undated
    F   2  
    Framed Item, Acc#72582, 20 x16.25 inches x 1 inch, This frame is a collage containing a statement from the Florida State University’s Department of Hospitality Administration recognizing Clarence Tuma as a recipient of the Salut Au Restaurateur Award, 1987. It also contains two pictures, the first of which shows Clarence Tuma accepting the Salut Au Restaurateur Award and the second depicting Tuma with other Sault Au Restaurateur honorees. The wooden frame is slender and decorative with a blue paper mat and glass cover., 1987
    F   3  
    Framed Item, Acc#72582, 18.75 x 22.25 inches x 1 inch, This frame is a collage of letters and envelopes from the White House. The first is signed by Rosalyn Carter, dated 1975, praising Clarence Tuma for a wonderful meal at the Embers. The second discusses the possibility of Clarence Tuma fixing his famous peanut salad at the White House, dated 1979. The third is written by the social secretary of the White House thanking Clarence Tuma for the peanut salad recipe, dated 1979. The frame is wood with a green paper mat and glass cover., 1975, 1979
    F   4  
    Framed Item, Acc#72582, 30.25 x 26.25 x 2.5 inches, This frame contains a picture of “Dad” Tuma’s original store located at 661 Charlotte Detroit, Michigan. “Dad” Tuma is shown displaying a fancy beef roast. The frame is dated 1920. The wooden frame is large and decorative with a glass cover. There are minor cracks in the paint covering the illustrative inner design of the frame. In addition, the outer rim of the frame is detached from the inner rim on the upper left hand corner., 1920
    F   5  
    Framed Item, Acc#72582, 28.5 x 35 x 1.75 inches, This is a picture of Clarence Tuma in the form of a painting. He is located in the Embers restaurant holding a plate of his famous one pound pork chop. The picture is signed by Pulver, 1988 and is formatted in a thick, wood frame without mat or glass cover., 1988
    B   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1994, undated; Obituaries, 2016, 1994, undated; 2016
    B   1 F   2
    Awards and Certificates, 1964-2007
    B   1 F   3
    Awards, Alumni Reception, 1973
    B   1 F   4
    Awards, Central Michigan University Development Fund, undated
    B   1 F   5
    Awards, Distinguished Service, 1988
    B   1 F   6
    Awards, Phi Delta Kappa, 1974
    B   1 F   7
    Awards, Salut Au Restauranteur, 1987
    B   1 F   8
    Awards, Trustee Appreciation, 1990-1996
    B   2 F   1
    Commencement, 2007
    B   2 F   2
    Correspondence, Business, 1968-1999
    B   2 F   3
    Correspondence, Personal, 1960-2007, undated; from Rosalynn Carter, 2015, 1960-2007, undated; 2015
    B   2 F   4
    DVD, Clarence Tuma's 80th Birthday, [2004]
    B   2 F   5
    DVD, Farewell to the Embers, 2007
    B   2 F   6
    DVD, Rashid Club of American, 75th Reunion, undated
    B   2 F   7
    The Embers, Memorabilia, undated
    B   2 F   8
    The Embers, Plaque, undated
    B   2 F   9
    The Embers, Restaurant, 1979
    B   2 F   10
    Family Miscellaneous, undated
    B   2 F   11
    Governor's Conference on Tourism, Tuma's Schedule, 1986
    B   2 F   12
    Guest Book, 1951-1966
    B   3 F   1
    Guest Book, 1959-1960
    B   3 F   2
    Guest Book, 1963-1966
    B   3 F   3
    Janet E. Tuma, Certificate of Appreciation, 1987
    B   3 F   4
    Lebanon, Tourist Materials, undated
    B   3 F   5
    Magazine Articles, 1972-1990, undated
    B   3 F   6
    Menus, undated
    B   3 F   7
    National Museum of the U.S. Army, Correspondence, Certificates, 2004
    B   3 F   8
    National Museum of the U.S. Army, Correspondence, Certificates, 2004
    B   3 F   9
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), undated
    B   3 F   10
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1960s
    B   3 F   11
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1970s
    B   3 F   12
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1980s
    B   3 F   13
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1990s
    B   3 F   14
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 2002-2007
    B   3 F   15
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), Advertising, undated
    B   3 F   16
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), Central Michigan University Football, 1970s
    B   3 F   17
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), Central Michigan University Football, 1970s
    B   3 F   18
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), The Rashid Family, 1978
    B   3 F   19
    Photographs, Advertising, undated
    B   3 F   20
    Photographs, Central Michigan University, Aerial, 1957
    B   3 F   21
    Photographs, Clarence Tuma, undated
    B   3 F   22
    Photographs, Clarence Tuma, undated
    B   4 F   1
    Photographs, Clarence Tuma and Family, 1999
    B   4 F   2
    Photographs, Clarence Tuma, Portraits, 1943, undated
    B   4 F   3
    Photographs, The Embers, undated
    B   4 F   4
    Photographs, The Embers, undated
    B   4 F   5
    Photographs, The Embers, undated
    B   4 F   6
    Photographs, The Embers, Exterior, undated
    B   4 F   7
    Photographs, The Embers, Slides, 1978
    B   4 F   8
    Photographs, The Embers, Staff, undated
    B   4 F   9
    Photographs, The Embers, Staff, undated
    B   4 F   10
    Photographs, Family, Electronic, 2008
    B   4 F   11
    Photographs, Tuma Family, Portraits, 1937, 1986
    B   4 F   12
    Photographs, Food, undated
    B   4 F   13
    Photographs, Football, undated
    B   4 F   14
    Photographs, Funeral (Necrophotography), undated
    B   4 F   15
    Photographs, Homecoming, 1984
    B   5 F   1
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, undated
    B   5 F   2
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, undated
    B   5 F   3
    Photographs, Montreux, undated
    B   5 F   4
    Photographs, Parade, undated; Negatives, [1976], undated; [1976]
    B   5 F   5
    Photographs, World War II, 1941-1945
    B   5 F   6
    Postcards, Brochures, undated
    B   5 F   7
    Recipes, Dips and Spreads, Booklet, undated
    B   5 F   8
    Recipes, The Embers Original One Pound Pork Chop, Booklet, undated
    B   5 F   9
    Recipes, The French Cookbook, 1973
    B   5 F   10
    Recipes, Gourmet, 1960
    B   5 F   11
    Recipes, Gourmet, 1963
    B   5 F   12
    Recipes, Gourmet, 1979
    B   5 F   13
    Recipes, Gourmet, 1979
    B   5 F   14
    Recipes, House and Garden, 1958
    B   5 F   15
    Recipes, Isabella County Recipe Book, Times-News, [1937], undated
    B   5 F   16
    Recipes, Marvelous Barbeque Recipes, Consumers Energy, undated
    B   6 F   1
    Recipes, Mushrooms, Booklet, undated
    B   6 F   2
    Recipes, Olson Family Fruit, Booklet, undated
    B   6 F   3
    Recipes, Round-the-World Recipe Favorites, Booklet, undated
    B   6 F   4
    Recipes, Smorgasbord of Swedish Cookery, Booklet, undated
    B   6 F   5
    Recipes, Sour Cream Sampler, Booklet, undated
    B   6 F   6
    Recipes, Taste of Home, Booklet, 2009
    B   6 F   7
    Speeches, undated
    B   6 F   8
    Sport Pamphlets, 1974-1975
    B   6 F   9
    Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Foundation, Certificates, 2000
    B   6 F   10
    Switzerland, Michigan Restaurant Association Itinerary, 1969
    B   6 F   11
    [Cassette] Tape, Congratulations Clarence and Janet Tuma, undated
    B   6 F   12
    Tuma Family Genealogy, 1991
    B   6 F   13
    Tuma Football, 1947-1998
    B   6 F   14
    Wall of Liberty, 1994
    B   6 F   15
    War Years Alumni Reunion, Materials, 2000
    B   6 F   16
    White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Memorial Funeral Materials, 1969
    B   6 F   17
    World War II Memorial, 1997-2004
    B   6 F   18
    World War II Service, 1940s-1994