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White Deer Lake Lodge journal

 Collection — Box: 09-02-06
Identifier: MSS-118

Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of the log and journal of James Scanlan, dated June 1, 1908 through November 24, 1909. The log documents Scanlan's employment at the White Deer Lake Lodge formerly located north of Champion, Michigan. Information includes orders to local and external businesses for building materials, grocery supplies, reports on the progress of work projects, and replies to inquiries from the owners and their agents. The collection also includes a set of photographs of the White Deer Lake Lodge prior to the demolition of the three log buildings in 1970.


  • 1908-1909


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the White Deer Lake Lodge journal, MSS-118, 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

In 1902 Cyrus McCormick Jr., a Chicagoan who founded the International Harvester Corporation, and his attorney Cyrus Bentley acquired 17,124 acres of land in West Marquette County, Michigan. They consequently constructed a lodge of three log buildings, named White Deer Lake Lodge. The land became informally known as the McCormick Tract. In 1968, the ownership was transferred to the United States Forest Service with the stipulation that the land return to its natural state, non-accessible to motor vehicles. In 1970, the Forest Service demolished the three log buildings. The land is now part of the Ottawa National Forest.

James F. Scanlan served as caretaker of the White Deer Lake Lodge from June 1, 1908 until November 1909. Scanlan was born on November 9, 1866, and lived his entire life in the Champion - Michigamme area. He worked in the railroad and lumber industries until his death in 1921.


1 box (One small, horizontal document storage container)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Constance Tanner, granddaughter of James Scanlan, donated the collection to the Archives in 2004.

White Deer Lake Lodge journal
Marcus C. Robyns
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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)


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