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Charles Burmeister papers, 1864-1891, 1918, 1959

Burmeister, Charles, 1855-1891

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films
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  • Physical Details
    • 0.6 c.f. (2 archives boxes)
    • 118 photographs (2 albums and 1 folder)
    • 1 scrapbook (1 flat box)
    • 1 piece of ephemera, and
    • 1 film
  • OCLC ocn173705376
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  • COLLECTION STORED, IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection may be available for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Papers of Charles Burmeister of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Frankfort, Michigan, containing: memoranda concerning the history of the merchant marine of the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan; correspondence, 1879-1880, of Hannah, Lay & Co., a Traverse City, Michigan, lumber firm; diaries, 1864-1891; reminiscences of life in Door County, Wisconsin; an Ottawa Indian trade vocabulary; an autobiography of his brother, Byron Burmeister; and photographs.
  • The photographs include an album with cyanotype images made by Charles Burmeister including views of Frankfort, Michigan, the harbor and shoreline, winter scenes, boats, a lifesaving station, shipping operations, family outings, a Methodist church camp, and an Indian camp; another album consists of portraits of Charles Burmeister and his family; and the loose photographs contain similar images of Frankfort found in the first album, 1879-1890, and two portraits of Burmeister. Also includes: a black cut-out silhouette of Burmeister, 1879; some clipped advertisements for his grocery store; and a 1959 film based on Burmeister's accounts of shipping accidents off of Frankfort from 1878 to 1886.


  • The film in this collection is also cataloged separately.
  • In English with some Ottawa.
  • Presented by Laura Burmeister, Pasadena, California, 1924, 1949, 1958.
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