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Raymond F. Clevenger papers

Identifier: MSS-399

Content Description

This collection consists of correspondence and other papers of Raymond F. Clevenger, Democratic Congressman from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, from 1965-1967. The correspondence and other materials relate to Mr. Clevenger’s personal, political, and professional life as a lawyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to Democratic politics, congressional affairs, and the 1956 Democratic Convention, there is material relating to the Michigan State Police Red Squad, the proposal and establishment of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, family and political photographs, and a collection of 78-rpm phonograph records in Swedish.


  • 1953 - 2000


Language of Materials

Materials are in English with the exception of the phonograph records that are recorded in Swedish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the collection. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the records of the Raymond F. Clevenger 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

Raymond Francis Clevenger, Democratic Congressman from Michigan was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 6, 1926 and died on March 29, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended the Oak Park, Illinois, schools and graduated from high school in 1944. After serving in the United States Army Medical Corps, July 1944 to July 1946, Mr. Clevenger resumed his education and attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and graduated from Roosevelt University in 1949 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1952.

Mr. Clevenger began the practice of law in Sault Ste. Marie in 1953, where he became active in state Democratic Party, serving as delegate to the Democratic State conventions from 1954 to 1964 and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956. He was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee from 1958 to 1960. He was also a member of the Michigan Corporation and Securities Commission, 1961-1963. Elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress (1965-1967), he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress, and was appointed chair of the Great Lakes Basin Commission (1967-1968) by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. He then resumed his law practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Information contained in this biographical note was obtained from: “CLEVENGER, Raymond Francis - Biographical Information.” n.d. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed May 2, 2018.


2 boxes : Papers, photographs, phonograph records, awards, artifacts


This collection, MSS-399, Raymond F. Clevenger papers, is arranged into three Record Groups: Papers, Personal; Papers, Political; and Papers, Professional. These Record Groups are further divided into Series, Files, and Items, the majority of which are arranged chronologically; however, original order was maintained whenever feasible. One box of artifacts were transferred to the Beaumier UP Heritage Center containing campaign buttons, political memorabilia, plaques, framed art, mugs, tea kettle, and a set of two carved figurines.

Record Group: Papers, Personal

Series: Correspondence File: Family (Chronological) (1953-1998) File: Personal, General (Chronological) (1953-1990; 1991-1999) File: Greeting Cards, Post Cards, Announcements, and Invitations File: Paul Adams, MI Attorney General (1958-1962) (Item is signed and annotated as for “PRIVATE FILES – NOT FOR PUBLICATION” (Original Order) (1977) Series: Records, Financial (Chronological) (1960-1998) Series: Legal Document--Wills of James H. and Rose Ann Clevenger (Original Order) (1970-1995) Series: University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library (1996) Series: St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church Outreach (Chronological) (1989-1997) Series: The Red Squad (Chronological) (1976-1990) Series: Phonograph Records, 78rpm, Swedish (Original Order) Series: Photographs (1961-1970)

Record Group: Papers, Political

Series: Correspondence (Chronological 1961-1991) Series: Events File: Elections, Conferences, and Ceremonies (Chronological 1954-1961) File: 1956 Democratic National Convention (Chronological June-August 1956) File: Memorabilia (1956-1968) Series: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore File: Correspondence and Press Releases (Chronological 1965-1995) File: Legislation and Congressional Statements (Chronological 1964-1966) File: Maps (Alphabetical) File: Newspaper Clippings (Chronological 1964-1995) File: Publications (Alphabetical)

Record Group: Papers, Professional

Series: Correspondence (Alphabetical) File: Professional Correspondence, General (Chronological 1959-1998) File: Joseph A. Jacobs, M.D. (1983-1985 Chronological) File: Property at 427 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1975-1998 Chronological) Series: Clients (Alphabetical) Series: Meeting Minutes (Law Firm) (1975-1978 Chronological) Series: Employment (1989-1998 Chronological) Series: Organizations (Alphabetical 1997-1998) Series: Washtenaw County, Michigan (Chronological, 1982-1997) File: Washtenaw Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA) (1982-1997 Chronological) File: Ann Arbor Area 2000: Quality Government Task Force (1987-1991 Chronological) File: Request for Proposal # 5516 – County Legal Services (Original Order 1995) File: Request for Proposal # 5620 – Legal Services for Washtenaw County Regional Dispatch Authority (1996-1997 Original Order)

Custodial History

The material in this collection were donated to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by Raymond F. Clevenger. The materials were accepted by Marcus Robyns, University Archivist.

Separated Materials

1 box of materials was transferred to the Beaumier UP Heritage Center - Transfer documentation is in the Donor File.

The items transferred were campaign buttons, political memorabilia, plaques, framed art, mugs, tea kettle, and a set of carved figurines.

Raymond F. Clevenger papers
Glenda K. Ward
May 3, 2018
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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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