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City of Ishpeming records

Identifier: MSS-373

Scope and Contents

MSS-373 consists of records from the city of Ishpeming, Michigan. The records are a mixture of loose papers and ledgers and cover various aspects of city government from the 1880s through the early 1950s.


  • 1880 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

The city of Ishpeming retains copyright and ownership of the records.

Permission to publish material from MSS-373, City of Ishpeming records, must be obtained from the Univeristy Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at (906) 227-1225 or email, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical / Historical

The city of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was chartered in 1854. Its primary industry was iron mining. Thousands of immigrants from mainly European countries came to this area to work in the iron mines. These documents were stored in the basement of Ishpeming's City Hall and highlight a number of aspects of Ishpeming's city government from the early 1880s through the mid 1950s.


21 Cubic Feet (8 archival boxes, around 100 ledgers) : The collection consists of eight boxes of small ledgers and loose documents and approximately one hundred ledgers of varying sizes. Most of the materials are in surprisingly good condition. The City Council minutes books are warped and have some ripped pages but have no water damage or mold. The Public Works department time book do have a great deal of water damage and mold on them and probably need to be copied to be preserved. There is also one letter book from the Ishpeming City Water Works that is quite moldy. ; Varied: letter and legal sized documents, tiny scraps of papers, 4x12 checks and receipts, ledgers up to approximately 1 foot x 1.5 feet x 1 foot in size.

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The materials in this collection, MSS 373, City of Ishpeming records, are arranged in the following series:

1. Cemetery Records, 1901 to 1943 (Chronological) (some gaps) 2. Ledgers, various years (Subject and Chronological within the Subject) 3. Department of Public Works (Subject) 4. City Records (Subject) 5. Voter Registration Ledgers (Chronological/By Ward) 6. Committee Reports, 1894 to 1953 (Chronological)

Custodial History

This collection is governed by a Custodial Agreement. We are still waiting the return of the signed Custodial Agreement from Gavin Leach's office.

Related Materials

MSS-254, Ishpeming Ski Club Records; MSS-053, Mather Inn Preservation Society; MSS-055, Mather Inn Records.

City of Ishpeming records
Karen Kasper
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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)


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.

These finding aids will give you an overview of the contents and context of each collection. Finding aids only exist for collections that each organization has shared with UPLINK or (in the case of the NMU Archives) for processed collections. For a more comprehensive list of collections that might help with your research, please contact the relevant heritage organization(s) directly.

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