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William Bonifas Lumber Company records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-136

Scope and Contents note

This collection features four ledgers from the William Bonifas Lumber Company. Each ledger contains information about lumber lands with land descriptions, jobbers, and various accounts. Although the writing is at times difficult to read, this collection can be useful to someone researching local and/or Upper Peninsula lumbering. The ledgers date from 1910 to 1936.

Dates

  • 1910-1936

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the William Bonifas Lumber Company records, MSS-136, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, archives@nmu.edu. The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical note

William Bonifas immigrated to the United States from Luxembourg. In 1910, he purchased several thousand acres of timberland north of Watersmeet, Michigan, and founded the company town of Bonifas. The town housed 200 people in twenty-five buildings, and the William Bonifas Lumber Company employed 350 people in several logging camps from approximately 1916 to 1932.

Extent

2 Cubic Feet

Bibliography

Karamanski, Theodore J., Deep woods frontier: a history of logging in northern Michigan, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.
  • Karamanski, Theodore J., Deep woods frontier: a history of logging in northern Michigan, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.
Title
William Bonifas Lumber Company records
Status
Completed
Author
Robin Kennedy and Marcus C. Robyns
Date
6/11/2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Contact:
Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1225
906-227-1333 (Fax)

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