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James L. Carter papers

 Collection — Box: 05-02-01
Identifier: MSS-360

Scope and Contents

Scattered papers of James L. Carter including biographical materials; press releases, news clippings, and brochures relating to the Greenwood Nature Center, which was a nature education facility operated by Northern Michigan University during the early 1980s; a summary of activities, list of titles published, and selected memos associated with the NMU Press; and progress reports and correspondence regarding the American Indian Program at Northern during the 1970s.


  • 1968 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-360, James L. Carter 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

James L. Carter, educator, writer, and journalist, is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Carter graduated from Grand Marais High School in 1953 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in history, with minors in geography, Spanish, and English from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids in 1961. James L. Carter received his Master of Arts degree in history with cognates in geography from Northern Michigan University in 1967; he also did additional master's studies at the University of Michigan, Grand Rapids, from 1962 to 1964.

James L. Carter came to Northern Michigan University in 1968 as a technical writer in the Research and Development Office. From 1970 to 1975, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Development and was the Coordinator of the American Indian Program from 1970 to 1972. He became the Director of the Northern Michigan University Press in 1972 and the News Director of the NMU News Bureau in 1975.

James L. Carter was a charter member and president of the Michigan Historical Preservation Review Board, member of the Michigan History Bureau, and president of the Marquette Jaycees. He also served as the chairman of the Marquette County Historical Society's Publications Committee and was actively involved in the publication of hardcover books on the history of the Lake Superior region.


1 box

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James L. Carter papers
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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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