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Mather Inn Preservation Society records

Identifier: MSS-053

Scope and Contents Note

This collection documents the Mather Inn Preservation Society's efforts to save the old Mather Inn in Ishpeming, Michigan as an operating business or historical landmark. The most important activities documented by the collection include legal issues involving local courts and state government; tax information regarding the group’s standing as an “S” organization; correspondence between the organization and local governments; and minutes from organizational meetings. The materials date from 1984 to 1987.


  • 1984-1987


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Mather Inn Preservation Society records, MSS-053, 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.

Historical Note

The Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company (CCI) built the Mather Inn in 1932 and named the building in honor of company president, William G. Mather. James H. Ritchie designed the Inn in the Georgian Revival architectural style. The Mather Inn Preservation Society formed in 1984, following the bankruptcy of the Ishpeming Hotel Company that owned the Mather Inn. At the same time, a separate citizens group formed the Mather Inn, Inc., as a vehicle to raise money to purchase the Inn from the Ishpeming Hotel Company. The Society and the Mather Inn, Inc., hired a consultant to develop a business model, and they petitioned government agencies for grants, loans, and tax breaks. Both organizations also held numerous fundraisers and circulated petitions calling upon government officials to intervene on behalf of the Inn.


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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into fifteen series: Correspondence, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Histories, Meeting Minutes, News Clippings, Resolutions, Legal Files, Reports, Financial, Applications, Legislative Acts, Publications, Programs, and Addresses. The correspondence and news clippings series are arranged chronologically. All other series are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift received from Burton H. Boyum in 1998.

Related Archival Materials Note

Researchers should also consult the Mather Inn records, MSS-055.
Mather Inn Preservation Society records
Kathleen Ryan
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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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