Skip to main content

Judith Burrows Petersen scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 04-07-01
Identifier: MSS-283

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials contained within a looseleaf binder scrapbook donated to the Archives.

Materials to be found within this collection are:

Pierce Journal (Summer 1948) The Pierce Journal was established to give college students and teachers who did not have the opportunity to visit the Training School a look at the type of work that was done by each grade. It also served to show students in other classrooms within the school what the other classes were doing.

Chit-Chat (1949, 1950) The Chit-Chat was a school newspaper written and printed by the 8th grade of John D. Pierce School. The idea for the newspaper came from an item left in the 8th grade suggestion box – “Why not have a junior high school paper?” The first edition was released on November 10, 1949.

“The Little Dog Laughed” by Vera and Ken Tarpley This is a book containing the script for a 3-part comedy that was performed by the Senior Class of the John D. Pierce High School on November 19, 1953. It was directed by Lucile Payne and held at the Northern Michigan College of Education Auditorium.

Photographs of the 1955 Junior Picinic, 1954 Class Days, and 2 class photographs that are undated.

Senior Class Memories Book containing autographs and Senior Class ID cards.

Newspaper Clippings.

Event Programs - Physical Education Demonstration (April 4, 1950/April 8, 1952/March 31, 1953); 8th grade Sleepy Hollow puppet show (November 8, 1949); Upper Peninsula Chorus and Orchestra Festival (April 1, 1950/April 7, 1951/April 5, 1952/April 15, 1953); Junior Prom (May 27, 1950); Pierce Party (November 10, 1950); Upper Peninsula Scholastic Journalism Conference (April 15, 1950 & April 19, 1952); John D. Pierce Open House (November 8, 1950); The John D. Pierce School Presents The Christmas Story (Undated); Local Speech Festival (Undated); U.P. High School Chorus & Orchestra Music Festival (April 5, 1952); Upper Peninsula High School Solo & Ensemble Music Festival (March 21, 1953); The Little Dog Laughed (November 19, 1953); 37th Annual Commencement Exercises (June 10, 1954); and the John D. Pierce All-School Reunion 1917-1971 (Undated).

Dates

  • 1943 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1943 - 1953

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for Research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Judith Burrows Petersen scrapbook, MSS-283, 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/Historical

Judith Lorraine Burrows Petersen attended the John D. Pierce School in Marquette, MI. Graduating from the John D. Pierce High School as part of the Class of 1954, Mrs. Petersen was on the Honor Roll for maintaining a scholastic average of "B" or better throughout her enrollment in high school.

Her involvement in school activities started in 1948 with her position of Jokes Editor for the Pierce Journal. The Pierce Journal was established to give college students and teachers who did not have the opportunity to visit the Training School a look at the type of work that was being done by each of the grades. It also served to show students in other classrooms within the school what the other classes were doing. Judith continued her writing when she became the Feature Writer for the John D. Pierce School newspaper, Chit-Chat, during the 1949 and 1950 school years. The Chit-Chat was a school newspaper written and printed by the 8th grade. The idea for the paper came from an item left in the 8th grade suggestion box. With the first edition being released on November 10, 1949. She represented the John D. Pierce School in both the 2nd Annual Northern Scholastic Press conference and the Upper Peninsula Scholastic Journalism Conference. Judith was a member of the John D. Pierce School Spelling Bee Team with school mates Robert Samuelson, Judy Salminen, Julee Ann Weston, and Zaiga Barnaks.

Mrs. Petersen expanded her creativity with her participation in the performing arts while attending John D. Pierce School. In November 1949, she was the Assistant Director and a performer in the 8th grade puppet show production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." With classmates Lyla Riopelle and Shirley Carlson, Judith co-hosted and performed as part of the "Pierce Party Radio Show" that was broadcast on WDMJ Radio on November 10, 1950. She went on to perform in the Local Speech Festivals that were held at Northern Michigan College of Education; performing a Narrative Reading of "Bill's Little Girl' by Zona Gale and a selection of Lyrical Poetry entitled, " Go Down, Death." In November 1953, she portrayed Joan Wood in the John D. Pierce High School Senior Class production of "The Little Dog Laughed." Judith played violin in the John D. Pierce High School Orchestra, sang soprano in the John D. Pierce High School Chorus, and was the Secretary for the John D. Pierce High School Art Class in 1952.

Mrs. Petersen was a member of the Future Homemakers of America (FHA), a member of Girl Scout Troop 23, and attended the Red Cross Home Nursing Course offered at the Northern Michigan College of Education taught by Ada Vielmetti.

Extent

1 folder (This collection is maintained in an archival box with other small collections.)

Arrangement

The materials in this collection were maintained in original order as displayed within the scrapbook binder.
Title
Judith Burrows Petersen scrapbook
Status
Completed
Author
Glenda K. Ward
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)

ABOUT THIS COLLECTION GUIDE

This is your guide to our historical collections of personal papers, organizational records, and manuscripts. Our collections cover 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. Search by Keyword, Name, Title, Subject, or Collecting Areas. The finding aids for our collections will give you an overview of the contents and information on where they are located.


Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave. • Marquette, MI 49855-5301 • 906–227–1000
© 2018 by the NMU Board of Trustees. NMU is an equal opportunity institution.