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News from the Fletcher-White Archives

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Gerry Pety
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Ypsilanti Historical Society
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First of all, we at the archives wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014.

Well, between Al and his helpers working on digitizing our glass photo plate collection and my project of getting the obituaries and death cards both orderly and repaired, it has been a very busy summer and fall for my assistant, Eric, and myself. The place is humming with activity and we set new parameters in the organization of our collections.

Melanie, our Graduate assistant, has been riding herd over all of us trying to get everything orderly and correctly classified as we move on into 2014. She can be a very stern taskmaster!

In August we had Mr. Allan Maxwell over for a visit with his wife Dori on his way to a family visit in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Maxwell contributed to the Archives one of the largest photo collections we have ever received totaling over 450, 8 ½ x 10 inch photos encompassing his father’s (Mr. Ellsworth Maxwell) work for Mr. Henry Ford and the Ford News Bureau. He was assigned to shoot all aspects of the Willow Run B-24 Plant and the people who accomplished the feat of producing one B-24 Bomber every 55 minutes! The photos are fantastic and some have never been publicly viewed until now. Remember these were produced before and during the Second World War. The individual photos are in mint condition, so if you are a maven of such topics or 1940’s aviation come on over to see this collection.

Finally, Mr. Maxwell said that he was amazed at how nice our Archives were. He expected an archive much smaller and certainly less organized than ours; a tribute to our faithful volunteers and staff that have made this place exemplary!


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