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  • Finding Aid Jacques LeStrang Collection TBRC-21
        Biographical & Historical Information: “Jacques LesStrang was one of the nation's outstanding and most widely quoted authors on the Great Lakes. He wrote six books on subjects ranging from international trade to maritime and political history, to U.S.-Canadian relations. His book ``Seaway,' which chronicled the history of the St. Lawrence ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: “Jacques LesStrang was one of the nation's outstanding ...
  • Finding Aid John McConnell TBRC-22 & 23
        Biographical & Historical Information: John McConnell is a maritime enthusiast, hobbyist, and diver who has devoted several years to researching the local historical maritime community including the lighthouse / life-saving stations and area shipwrecks. He, also, played a significant role in the area’s underwater preserve designation and in the development ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: John McConnell is a maritime enthusiast, hobbyist, and ...
  • Finding Aid Judy Kimball Collection TBRC-25
        Biographical & Historical Information: Judy Kimball retired to the Grand Lake area in Presque Isle County, became active in the preservation of the Presque Isle Lighthouses, and did extensive historical research. This collection evolved from that research. Scope & Content: Copies of historical documents & other ephemera relating to Middle ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: Judy Kimball retired to the Grand Lake area ...
  • Finding Aid LaCross Boat Works Inc. Collection TBRC-26
        Biographical & Historical Information: The LaCross Family’s first business ventures began in the early 1940s with cabinet making and general woodwork. In 1951, brothers Arthur and Ernest, with sons Jim and Charles, began constructing wood filing cabinets in Alpena, MI, which was distributed through Leonard’s Office Supply and Equipment Co. ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: The LaCross Family’s first business ventures began in ...
  • Finding Aid Steven D. Tongue Collection TBRC-27 [Thunder Bay Island]
        Biographical & Historical Information: Steve Tongue worked as the Alpena Regional Medical Center Building & Grounds Supervisor before moving to Traverse City with his family in 2007. He was president of the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society c2005-2007. In 2006, the Lafarge North America approached him to write the ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: Steve Tongue worked as the Alpena Regional Medical ...
  • Finding Aid Loretta Udell Collection TBRC-28
        Biographical & Historical Information: Loretta May Udell was born on May 20, 1926, in Painsville, OH to Waldmar and Edna (nee Maine) Mikowetz. Her family was involved in Great Lakes shipping from Toledo, OH, and Alpena, MI. She married Clarence Udell on May 25, 1946, and drove the school bus ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: Loretta May Udell was born on May 20, ...
  • Finding Aid Robert Geno Collection TBRC-29
        Biographical & Historical Information: Robert Arthur Geno, 68, of Alpena, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 10:10 AM at home following a long fight with cancer. He was born July 29, 1952, at Bay City General Hospital in Bay City, MI. to the late George and Florence (Philopulos) Geno ...
      Biographical & Historical Information: Robert Arthur Geno, 68, of Alpena, passed away ...
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TBRC Finding Aids


The Thunder Bay Research Collection contains a variety of shipping records (ex. newspaper clippings, photographs, vessel plans, and publications) related to Great Lakes Shipping and Northeast Michigan during the 19th and 20th centuries. This group contains pdf finding aids for research use.