Gregory M. Franzwa Lincoln Highway Papers. (1913-2009, bulk 1992-2007)
Summary Information
Title: Gregory M. Franzwa Lincoln Highway Papers.
Author (aut): Franzwa, Gregory M., 1926-2009
Inclusive dates: 1913-2009
Bulk dates: 1992-2007
Extent: 4.5 Linear feet (9 manuscript boxes)
Abstract:
The Gregory M. Franzwa Lincoln Highway Papers consist of correspondence, publications, clippings, administrative papers, and audiovisual materials that not only discuss the inner workings of the Lincoln Highway Association that Franzwa helped spearhead in 1992 but also showcase the legacy of the historic interstate.
Call number: franzwa
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center)

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has not been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation:

Gregory M. Franzwa Lincoln Highway Papers, University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center)

Collection History
Acquisition Information:

The Gregory M. Franzwa Lincoln HIghway Papers were donated by his widow, Kathy Franzwa, on June 26, 2015.


Biography

Gregory Mathew Franzwa was born on February 27, 1926 in Carroll, Iowa, to Fred W. and Mabel Henderson Franzwa. He was raised in Glidden, Iowa and became a professional musician while a sophomore at Glidden High School, playing trumpet with local dance bands. During World War II, Franzwa served as a naval air navigator and was released to inactive duty as a Lt.(JG) in the United States Naval Reserve in August 1946. Franzwa attended the engineering program at Iowa State College in Ames from 1946 to 1947 and then transferred to State University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1950. He then moved to St. Louis and launched the Gregory M. Franzwa Public Relations company in 1955. Twelve years later, Franzwa founded The Patrice Press. Franzwa relocated to Gerald, Missouri in 1976, but he returned to St. Louis for a brief stint in 1987. In November 1991, Franzwa moved The Patrice Press to Tucson, Arizona. It was at this time that he began to phase out of the public relations business and put all of his energy into the initiatives of his publishing business.

In addition to his business pursuits, Franzwa has authored several books. His first book entitled The Old Cathedral was published by the St. Louis Archdiocese in 1965. Two years later, The Story of Old Ste. Genevieve. An Account of an Old French Town in Upper Louisiana, It's People and Their Homes was printed, being the first book to bear the imprimatur of The Patrice Press. The Oregon Trail Revisited , released in 1972, established Franzwa's reputation as a scholar of the history of the covered wagon emigration to the American West. Franzwa continued to publish widely about subjects related to the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. In 1995, he began his state-by-state series of hardcover books on the Lincoln Highway.

Franzwa had an active role in numerous organizations as well. He started the Oregon-California Trails Association in 1982, served as its first president, first chairman, founder and first editor of the quarterly magazine, Overland Journal , and was a charter life member. Franzwa was the principal founder of the re-formed Lincoln Highway Association in 1992, serving as the organization's first president and editor of the initial twelve issues of its quarterly journal, The Lincoln Highway Forum . He received the highest honors from this association, and remained an active and engaged member up until the end of his life. Other groups that Franzwa had a part of were the Santa Fe Trail Association and the Foundation for Restoration of Old Ste. Genevieve. In 1987, he was made the honorary citizen of Ste. Genevieve and the first recipient of Ste. Genevieve's Distinguished Service Award in December 1991.

Throughout his life, Franzwa remained passionate about music. He founded the Tiger Rag Forever Jazz Band in the and the all-star 1926 Jazz Band when he lived in St. Louis. When Franzwa moved to Tucson in 1991, he joined the Old Pueblo Jazz Band and acted as its leader until he relocated to Tooele, Utah in 2005. Gregory M. Franzwa died on March 29, 2009, leaving behind a long and distinguished career of advocacy and scholarship.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Gregory M. Franzwa Lincoln Highway Papers, donated by Franzwa's widow, Kathy, on June 26, 2015, is a compilation of correspondence, administrative documents, guides, articles, photographs, and audiovisual materials that deal with the running of the Lincoln Highway Association as well as with the history, sites, and legacy associated with the highway itself.

Correspondence: In this series, there are letters and emails arranged chronologically about a variety of subjects including: the publication of Franzwa's books, the formation and functioning of the Lincoln Highway Association, conventions, and information related to the history of the interstate. Some are the most frequent correspondents that appear in this collection are: Bob and Joyce Ausberger, Rob Bauer, Earl W. Givens, Brian Butko, Lawrence R. Eno, Randall A. Wagner, and Esther M. Oyster. Each of these individuals played a role in the management of the organization. Many of the earlier documents in this section deal with the construction of the Lincoln Highway and are photocopies of the originals.

Lincoln Highway Association Administration: The documents in this series relate to the operation of the Lincoln Highway Association. Located first within this section are the membership rosters that are organized by date. There are two rosters from 1992 that contain slightly different information and are separated from the other booklets due to their rarity, fragile condition, and abundant annotations. Following the rosters are the papers of the organization that are arranged chronologically. The types of materials included in the papers are: participant lists, bylaws, mission statements, reports to the board, position descriptions, invitations to events, financial records, meeting notes, and internal communication. There are also awards presented by the Lincoln Highway Association to chapters of the organization as well as to individual members. The Lifetime Membership Awards are arranged alphabetically by last name while all the other certificates are organized chronologically.

Guides: This section consists of brochures, educational materials, information about landmarks along the Lincoln highway, maps, tours, and travel guides. Both the brochures and the maps are alphabetically organized by state while the travel guides are arranged alphabetically. The travel guides from the beginning of the twentieth century are photocopies of the originals. Though many topics appear in this series, Iowa is particularly well represented.

Journals and Clippings: This series is comprised of seventeen journals, arranged chronologically, that contain articles that either mention the activities of the Lincoln Highway Association directly or discuss themes with which this organization contends. There are also clippings that include newspaper articles, periodical pages, and short narratives organized according to date. The older documents in this section have either been printed out or photocopied.

Photographs: In this section, there are seventeen folders of photographs, negatives, film strips, transparencies, and printouts that are predominantly arranged according to chronology. These pictures document landmarks and scenery alongside the Lincoln Highway, Lincoln Highway Association trips and gathering such as the 1992 foundation meeting in Ogden, Iowa, and reproductions of historic images. On the back of many of the sheets of negatives, there is a list detailing the sites depicted along with a date.

Slides: The slides contain images of Lincoln Highway Association members, landmarks and scenery, and reproductions of photographs that had been taken in the early days of the Lincoln Highway's history. Franzwa used these slides, which arrived in carrousels but have since been removed from their initial housing for storage concerns, in presentations about the Lincoln Highway. They have been kept in their original groupings. While some written components to these slideshows are included with the slides, there is also a folder of other scripts as well as introductory information about Franzwa himself.

Audiovisual: The audiovisual materials consist of cassette tapes and digital media. The cassettes contend with topics like: Iowa's relationship with the Lincoln Highway, Utah, and Franzwa's notes on various historic societies. The digital media sub-series is comprised of CDs that contain images of the Lincoln Highway and individuals affiliated with the Lincoln Highway Association. Two of the CDs are pictures that accompany tours, and the PowerPoint is a conglomeration of Edward A. Holden's 1915 expedition.

Subject Terms
    Genre Terms:
    • Correspondence.
    • Photographs.
    • Slides (photographs).
    Subjects:
    • Ramsey, Alice.
    • Lincoln Highway Association.
    • Lincoln Highway.
    • Transportation -- History -- 20th century.
    • Travel.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Correspondence [series]:
    Box   1  
    1910-1919  1916
    Box   1  
    1920-1929
    Box   1  
    1950-1959
    Box   1  
    1980-1989
    Box   1  
    1990-1999 (6 folders)
    Box   1  
    2000-2010
    Box   1  
    Undated
     
    Lincoln Highway Association Administration [series]:
    Box   2  
    Membership Roster (2 copies with ms. annotations),  August 31, 1993
    Box   2  
    Membership Rosters (14 booklets with ms. annotations),  1994-2008
    Box   2  
    Organization Papers (6 folders),  1991-2008
    Box   2  
    Awards (3 folders),  1992-2007
     
    Guides [series]:
    Box   3  
    Brochures (2 folders),  undated
    Box   3  
    Educational Materials (2 folders),  undated
    Box   3  
    Landmarks,  1998-2005, undated
    Box   3  
    Maps (3 folders),  undated
    Box   3  
    Tours (1 of 2 folders),  1991-2003
    Box   4  
    Tours (1 of 2 folders),  1996, undated
    Box   4  
    Travel Guides (6 folders),  1921-1927, 1931, 1992, 1995, 1999
     
    Journals and Clippings [series]:
     
    Journals [subseries]:
    Box   5  
    The Palimpsest, Vol XLVI, No. 2, February 1965
    Box   5  
    The Packard Cormorant, Vol. XXII, No.4, Winter 1975
    Box   5  
    Motoring Tourists and the Scenic West, Catalogue by Michael Vinson, 1989
    Box   5  
    The Trip, Written by Don D. Davis
    Box   5  
    Nebraska Humanities, Vol. 2, No.4, Fall-Winter 1992
    Box   5  
    Nebraska History, Vol.73, No. 4, Winter 1992
    Box   5  
    CRM, Vol.16, No.11, 1993
    Box   5  
    Trailer Life, March 1993
    Box   5  
    Wyoming Annals, Vol.65, No. 2/3, Summer-Fall 1993
    Box   5  
    The Elks Magazine, September 1994
    Box   5  
    The Annals of Iowa, Vol.52, No. 4, Fall 1993
    Box   5  
    American History, August 1994
    Box   5  
    Iowa REC News, Vol. 49, No.2, February 1995
    Box   5  
    National Geographic, Vol. 187, No.3, March 1995
    Box   5  
    Forbes American Heritage, Vol. 46, No. 2, April 1995
    Box   5  
    1995 Tooele County Summer Guide
    Box   5  
     
    Clippings [subseries]:
    Box   5  
    1910-1919
    Box   5  
    1920-1929
    Box   5  
    1930-1939
    Box   5  
    1940-1949
    Box   5  
    1960-1969
    Box   5  
    1970-1979
    Box   5  
    1980-1989
    Box   6  
    1990-1999 (8 folders)
    Box   6  
    2000-2010
    Box   6  
    Undated
     
    Photographs [series]:
    Box   7  
    1992: Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico, and the founding meeting of the Lincoln Highway Association
    Box   7  
    1993: Iowa amd California
    Box   7  
    1994: Iowa, Pennslvania, Utah, Nevada, Illinois, and Nebraska
    Box   7  
    1995: Iowa, California, Nebraska, and Wyoming
    Box   7  
    1996: Nebraska, Illinois, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah
    Box   7  
    1997: Illinois, Utah, and Nevada
    Box   7  
    1998: Utah and Wyoming
    Box   7  
    1999: Illinois and Utah
    Box   7  
    2000: Utah, Illinois, and California
    Box   7  
    2001: Utah, Nevada, and California
    Box   7  
    2002: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and California
    Box   7  
    2003: California, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Kansas, and Arizona
    Box   7  
    2004: Pennslvania
    Box   7  
    2006: Illinois and California
    Box   7  
    Undated: Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, and Wyoming
    Box   7  
    Printouts: Nebraska, Ohio, California, Wyoming, Nevada, Illinois, Utah, and Iowa,  undated
    Box   7  
    Film Strips and Negatives,   undated
     
    Slides [series]:
    Box   8  
    Alice Ramsey,  1996-2005
    Box   8  
    California,  2006
    Box   8  
    Illinois and Indiana,  2000-2003
    Box   8  
    Iowa (2 folders),  1992-1995
    Box   8  
    Iowa and Nebraska Extras (2 folders),  2000-2002
    Box   8  
    Iowa, Utah, and Nevada,  2003-2004
    Box   8  
    Nebraska (2 folders),  1992, 1995-1996
    Box   8  
    Nevada,  2003-2004
    Box   8  
    Ohio and Patrolian Road Guide,  1994-2005
    Box   8  
    Pennslyvania,  2000-2004
    Box   8  
    Utah,  1994-2003
    Box   9  
    Wyoming (2 folders),  1995-1999
    Box   9  
    Miscellaneous (2 folders),  1980-2006
    Box   9  
    Related Materials,  undated
     
    Audiovisual [series]:
     
    Audio [subseries]:
    Box   9  
    FRANZCA-1: 1st Tape of Lincoln Notes, Sony HF60 Pure Gamma format,  August 1992
    Box   9  
    FRANZCA-2: Lincoln Highway-Utah, Maxwell UR, 90 min.,  March 14, 1994
    Box   9  
    FRANZCA-3: Iowa-1994?, Maxwell UR, 90 min.,  1994
    Box   9  
    FRANZCA-4: Tape 2-Iowa, Iowa State Library Notes, Maxwell UR, 90 Min.,  November 15, 1994
    Box   9  
    FRANZCA-5: Gregory M. Franzwa Fairly Rambunctious Trumpet Player, Note on back addressed to Jim about directors of state historical societies, Printed illustrations on paper cover, Sony HF60 Pure Gamma,  March 19, 2002
     
    Digital Media [subseries]:
    Box   9  
    FRANZDIG-1: Bob Dietrich's Lincoln Highway Nevada images, 349 pictures, Sam's Club Fujifilm Digital Imaging Services, Powered by Microsoft PictureIT! Express Version 7.0 (CD),  2003
    Box   9  
    FRANZDIG-2: Lincoln Highway California, Bob Dieterich, TDK, 80 MIN., 700 MB,   May 2005
    Box   9  
    FRANZDIG-3: Creston Lincoln Highway, Verbatim, DataLifePlus, 80 Min., 700 MB (cd),  2005-2006, 2008
    Box   9  
    FRANZDIG-4: 1915 Lincoln Highway Transcontinental Filming Expedition Powerpoint Presentation of the Edward A. Holden Photo Album, 305 slides, Note about the content inside the case, Manufactured and made available by The Lincoln Highway Trading Post in Canton, Ohio, 51 Min., (ppt),  2006
    Box   9  
    FRANZDIG-5: California Driving Tours 2004 Lincoln Highway Tours 1, 2, 3, 4, Tour 1-1913-1926 San Joaquien Valley, Tour 2-Sierra Nevadas Southern Route, Tour 3-Sierra Nevadas Northern Route, Tour 4-Central Valley Route 1927-1928, TDK, 80 Min., 700 MB, (CD),  2005
    Box   9  
    FRANZDIG-6: Lincoln Highway Association California Chapter Historic Lincoln Highway California Driving Tour No.1 1913-1926 San Joaquin Valley Sacramento to San Francisco, Design on disk, (CD),  2005
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Archival Materials note

    There is a substantial amount of Lincoln Highway materials located in the Special Collections Transportation History Collection.