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James J. Goulette papers

Identifier: MSS-017

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the political career of James Goulette (Democrat, Iron Mountain) as a state representative from the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The collection covers the period from 1936 to 1993.

The collection consists of awards, correspondence, memorabilia and scrapbooks of James Goulette, pertaining to his terms of office while serving as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from Iron Mountain, Michigan. One component that may be of interest to the researcher is a folder and a scrapbook pertaining to the Cornish Pump Museum in Iron Mountain, Michigan.


  • 1936 - 1993


Conditions Governing Acess note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the James J Goulette papers, MSS-017, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical Note

One of twelve children, James Goulette was born September 9, 1906 in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He entered the natural ice business with his brothers in 1926, and started a mink farm in 1936. He was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1938, serving intermittently for 18 years. He chaired the House Ways and Means Committee, and after leaving the House in 1957, Mr. Goulette served as the legislative representative for the Michigan Mining Association. He was chosen as Upper Peninsula Person of the Year for 1979, and served as committee head for the Cornish Pump Museum.


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Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

James J. Goulette papers
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Revision Statements

  • 4/27/2010: finding aid revisiion description not supplied

Repository Details

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

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


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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