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Longyear Forest/Tract Property records

 Collection — Box: 04-07-01
Identifier: MSS-268

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes a copy of John Longyear's original deed to the Longyear Forest property, as well as the deeds of both transfers of Longyear Forest property to Northern Michigan College of Education.


  • 1948 - 1958

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-268, Longyear Forest/Tract Property records, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail,

Biographical / Historical

Abby Beecher Roberts (the daughter of John Longyear) and various other heirs of John Longyear donated the Longyear Forest/Tract property to Northern Michigan College of Education (now Northern Michigan University) to be used for educational purposes. The first portion of 120 acres was donated in 1949 and the second portion of 40 acres was donated in 1959. The land included Waldo Pond and Redberry Lake and was used by science classes for outdoor labs. In the 1970s, it became a cross country ski trail and a target practice area. By the 1980s, class use had decreased and the area became overgrown with vegetation. (Information in this note taken from materials in the collection and from A Sense of Time: The Encyclopedia of Northern Michigan University [compiled by Russell M. Magnaghi].)


1 folder

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General note

This document is commonly used by the GC475 class.


Longyear Forest/Tract Property records
Annika Peterson
16 September 2015
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Repository Details

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

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1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
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