CCI Record Group 68-102

RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

Parks and Recreation Division
RG 68-102
Lot 40
Records of the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company

ADMINISTRATIVE CORRESPONDENCE.  1860-1905.   143 vols. Bound; 3 ft., 5 in. unbound.                                      1

Mainly letters in press copies of letters out, bound in volumes, 1863-1903, and unbound, 1860-1905.  Letters originating with officials of the company and agents for sale of products relating to financial affairs and the business of manufacturing iron.  Includes transmittal of routine recurring reports; statements; directives for installations, business procedure and policy.  Loose letters are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, then chronologically, i.e., Abeel, John H., 1885-1886; Barnum, W.H., 1872-1886; Canda, Charles J., 1867-1873, 1881-1886; Colman, Francis, 1868-1869; Fraser and Chalmers, 1877; Gaylord, William, 1868-1873; Groenmeyer, P.H., 1872-1873; Houston, T.J., 1873-1874, 1878; Isham, E.B., 1872-1873; Maitland, A.W., 1880-1882; Murray, W.H., 1872-1873; Nimick & Company, 1867-1871;   Redington, James A., 1866-1867; Rood, James,  1867-1869, 1871-1873, 1884-1886; Rowland, E. Scott, 1873; stockholders, 1865-1867; and miscellaneous sources, 1860, 1864-1869, 1872-1873, 1892, 1895-1905. Other letters in and press copies of letters out are arranged by major correspondent and bound in chronological order. See volumes 1-69, 73-142, and 181.

GENERAL BUSINESS RECORDS.  1865-1933. 70 vols. Bound, 8 ft. unbound.                       2

Mainly statements, reports and memoranda relating to financial aspects of the Company’s various operations involving mines, land, employees, sales and transportation.  Earliest record relates to sales of sawmill products, and the latest reports operation of Hotel Williams.  Unbound items include:  applications for options on land, 1885-1887;  assessments for tax purposes, 1904, bills of landing, 1867-1869, 1873-1878, 1885, 1891; bonds, 1878-1879; collections due store, n.d.; consignments and vouchers on freight, 1865-1869; complaint (Teal Lake Mining Company), 1878-1879, contracts, agreements, leases, etc.,  1867-1901; court cases, 1878, 1879, 1882-1888,  1894-1895; garnishments, 1875-1885, 1890-1891; land appraisal notes, 1889, 1892-1893,  1895-1897, 1902-1903, 1913;  land: invitation to settlement, n.d.; land: Scottish Carolina Timber and Land Company, 1884-1890; land descriptions and notes, 1878-1890;  land sold for homes by Munising Railway Company, 1889, 1896, 1897;  mortgages (chattel), 1867-1883;  orders for forage, ore, pig iron, 1867-1868, 1881, 1889-1890; petitions to city of Negaunee about streets, 1873, 1876, 1878, 1879, 1884; Receipts for freight, 1876-1884;  receipts for rent, 1914-1917;  reports of all accounts, 1866-1867; reports of blast, 1889-1891; reports of charcoal, 1891, reports (annual), 1878-1883; reports of construction, 1889-1895, diamond drill, 1881-1887, farm, C 1895-1913, forest products, 1912-1920, Hotel Williams, 1933, ore, 1887-1890, sales, 1869-1885, sawmill, C 1864-1868, stockholders, 1867, 1869, 1874, 1885; specifications for equipment, 1891; statements of accounts, 1873-1887, 1895, 1913-1915; statements of cost of mining, 1876-1890, fire damages, 1891,  forest preserve, Grand Island improvements, Hotel Williams, 1906-1907;  statements of financial condition, 1865-1866, 1868,  timber products and charcoal, C 1879-1917,  waybills for freight, 1883, 1891,  “team book” 1876-1888,  and time cards, 1911.  Bound volumes include like orders, copies of leases, ledgers, cash books, descriptions of land, statements of amount of raw materials received, manifests of shipments, general bookkeeping records, credit ratings, tables of wages, memorandum or debit, inventories, and employee labor.   See Appendix I for list.           

Note:  The Cleveland-Cliffs Company retained extensive records relating to the companies they absorbed, land acquisitions, and production information.  These are currently (1969) stored in company-built structure in Negaunee.

APPENDIX  I
LIST OF GENERAL BUSINESS RECORDS (Bound)

Record of Greenhouse and Nursery Sales                                                                     1895-1902

Press Copies of Nursery and Greenhouse Orders                                                          1897-1903

Record of Grand Island Game Purchased                                                                      1904-1906

Record of Leases—all companies                                                                                 1892-1927

Record of Leases of Farms                                                                                           1892

Record of Rents Received                                                                                            1895-1904

Record of Land Sales and Rentals                                                                                 1908-1912

General Ledger of Land Department                                                                             1895-1900

Cash Book                                                                                                                   1895-1902

Descriptions of Land Taxed                                                                                          1893-1901

Record of Bills Audited                                                                                                 1895-1902

Cash Book (Receipts)                                                                                    1900-1902; 1922-1924

“Office Tickler”                                                                                                            1910-1914

Press Copies of “Daily Report”                                                                                     1890-1896

Ledger of Land Sales and Rent                                                                                     1895

Ledger of General Accounts                                                                                         1926-1927

Statements of Charcoal Received                                                                                  1893-1894

Register of Charcoal                                                                                                     1891-1893