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Tsu-Ming Han papers

 Collection — Box: 09-06-01
Identifier: MSS-296

Scope and Contents

MSS-296, Tsu-Ming Han papers, is separated into seven series: Autobiography -- "Autobiography of Tsu-Ming Han: Life Journey of a Chinese Country Boy" 2004-11. This series consists of one folder containing a working draft of Tsu-Ming Han’s autobiography telling the story of his life from his childhood in China and his life in the United States. There are stories about his family, work, and friends. Awards (1954-1999). This series consists of two files. One folder contains information on his award of the 1999 Goldich Medal by the Institute on Lake Superior Geology. The other folder contains miscellaneous awards and certificates received by Tsu-Ming Han during the years 1954-1966. Correspondence (1951-2001). This series consists of one folder containing personal, professional, and scientific correspondence that is arranged in chronological order. The majority of the documents are in English; however, there are some in Chinese and in German. Digital Media (1999-2004). This series consists of one folder containing five discs. These discs contain photographs, presentations, power points, and event videos. News Clippings (1948-1997). This series consists of one folder containing photocopies of newspaper clippings and a copy of the article on Tsu-Ming Han that appeared in the Red Dust magazine in 1994. Photographs (1920-1999). This series consists of five folders containing photographs of family, field work, fossils, geology, and a bound photo album titled “Photographs of My Field Life and My Field Work in the U.S.A.: 1948-1951." These photographs cover various periods of Tsu-Ming Han’s life from the 1920s through 1999. Publications (1981-1994). This series consists of one folder containing scientific reports written by Tsu-Ming Han, Karen Glaus Porter, Eleanora Iberall Robbins, Kurt A. Haberyan, and Bruce Runnegar.


  • 1920 - 2005


Language of Materials

The majority of this collection are in English. There are also documents in Chinese and German.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-296, Tsu-Ming Han papers, 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 / Historical

Tsu-Ming Han left China and came to the United States in 1948, when he was twenty-two years old. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the National Northwestern University of Si-An, China, his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in economic geology from the University of Minnesota. He began working as a mineralogist for the Geological and Metallurgical Departments at the Cleveland-Cliffs Research Laboratory in 1953. In 1967, he was promoted to the position of Senior Research Scientist in the Mineralogical Section at the Research Laboratory. In the fall of 1990, Tsu-Ming Han discovered a fossil in a light-colored area of the eastern wall of the Empire Mine. The fossil was determined to be 2.1 billion years old and was identified as Grypania spiralis.

Tsu-Ming Han was a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Society for Applied Geology of Mineral Deposits, Xigma Xi, and the Scientific Research Society of America. Tsu-Ming Han, his wife Joy, and children, Lisa, Dennis, and Timothy, lived in Ishpeming, Michigan, and were members of Bethany Lutheran Church of Ishpeming.


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The materials in this collection are arranged by subject and then chronologically within each file.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were gifted to the Central Upper Peninsula Archives and NMU Archives by Dennis Han, son of Tsu-Ming Han.

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Repository Details

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

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