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Citizens to Save the Superior Shoreline records

Identifier: MSS-011

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, newsletters, new releases and articles, reports, membership lists, meeting minutes, and environmental reference materials of Reference files. The bulk of the collection includes correspondence, reports, and newsletters. Also included are newsletters, correspondence, occasional meeting minutes, bylaws, and miscellaneous materials of the group which was involved in general Lake Superior Basin issues. There is also scattered correspondence (1969-1989) of Dorothy Bird, founder of Citizens to Save the Superior Shoreline.


  • 1967-1996


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Citizens to Save the Superior Shoreline records, MSS-011, 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.

Historical Note

Citizens to Save the Superior Shoreline was an environmental organization formed in 1969 to halt the Upper Peninsula Power Company's proposed construction of a generating plant at Little Presque Isle in Marquette, Michigan. The group also monitored and engaged in letter writing campaigns involving other environmental issues such as water pollution, shoreline erosion, beautification of Marquette's Lower Harbor area, Reserve Mining (Silver Bay/Babbitt, Minnesota) taconite pollution, Seafarer (ELF)/Project Sanguine, Upper Peninsula Power Company expansion at Presque Isle Harbor, and the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad proposed coal unloading dock (also at Presque Isle Harbor). The organization was also a member of the Save Lake Superior Association out of Duluth, Minnesota.


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Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired from Dr. William Robinson, former professor of biology at Northern Michigan University.

Related Archival Materials note

William L. Robinson papers, MSS-191, also located at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives.

Separated Materials Note

During collection processing, the staff separated several items to various locations in the Archives. For a complete list of these items, please see the donor agreement located in the Archives reading room.

Citizens to Save the Superior Shoreline records
Clare Hensley and Marcus C. Robyns
January 1996
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Revision Statements

  • 4/22/2010: 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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