Sam M. Cohodas papers
MSS-018

Summary Information

Repository
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Cohodas, Sam M., 1895-1988
Title
Sam M. Cohodas papers
ID
MSS-018
Date [inclusive]
1903 - 1988
Extent
12.0 Cubic feet
Language

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], in the Sam M. Cohodas papers, MSS-018, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Biographical note

Sam M. Cohodas was born on September 19, 1895 in Kobylnik, Poland. His father Aaron immigrated to the United States and moved to Marinette, Wisconsin. Aaron's wife Eva and six children followed in 1903 when Sam was 7 years old. Sam quit school in the sixth grade, and by the age of 13 began peddling fruits. He served in the United States Army during World War I.

The family produce business was established by Sam's father Aaron in Houghton, Michigan. The Cohodas Brothers Fruit Company was formed when Sam was nineteen and eventually became the third largest produce company in the United States. Sam Cohodas was involved in fruit and vegetable manufacturing for 60 years and served as president and vice president of Western Fruit Jobbers in 1933-1934, and as director of the International Apple Association.

Cohodas’s second major career began in banking in 1934 when he opened the Miners’ First National Bank of Ishpeming, Michigan. He eventually acquired the First National Bank of Marquette, as well as banks and branches in Escanaba, Hermansville, Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Trenary, and K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, which together formed Michigan Financial Corporation (MFC) of which he remained chairman of the board until age 90.

Cohodas, or “Mr. Sam” as his friends often called him, was also known for his philanthropic and community activities. Locally, he was involved in such organizations as the Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Way. He was instrumental in establishing Francis A. Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming. In recognition of his work, he was named “First Citizen of Ishpeming” in 1960.

Cohodas was supportive of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel where he received an honorary doctorate of Agricultural Economics in recognition of his support. The University also named the Sam Cohodas Chair in Agricultural Economics at the Faculty of Agriculture in his honor. Cohodas was involved in many charity activities, including Boys Town in Jerusalem and Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming, for which he raised $2 million. He also made contributions and/or helped raise funds for the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota), The Shaare Zedek Jewish Hospital (Detroit, Michigan), and the National Jewish Hospital (Denver, Colorado).

Cohodas died in 1988 at the age of 92.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains papers, photographs, and audio visual records of Sam M. Cohodas, documenting his life and accomplishments from World War I when he served in the United States Army until his death at the age of 92. These materials, dating from 1903 to 1988, primarily relate to Cohodas’ latter years--in particular, celebrations in Cohodas' honor as a prominent force in Upper Peninsula banking and philanthropy both locally and internationally.

The bulk of the collection was arranged and collected in scrapbooks, by and for Sam Cohodas. These scrapbooks pertain both to specific and miscellaneous events and consist of greetings and congratulatory cards, letters, and telegrams, photographs relating to the event(s) as well as earlier photographs interspersed to document Cohodas' life over the years. Events documented include birthday celebrations, banking anniversaries and openings, visits to Israel, his relationship to Northern Michigan University, and Cohodas' home and family life in Ishpeming, Michigan; Sarasota, Florida; and at the Cohodas Lodge at Lake Michigamme, Michigan. Also included in the collection are early photographs of the Cohodas family including several which illustrate Cohodas' early years in business as a produce manufacturer.

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Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855
906-227-1225
archives@nmu.edu

Revision Description

  4/27/2010

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Related Materials

Separated Materials Note

Information on materials separated from the collection can be found in Box 10, folder 1.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Universitah ha-'Ivrit bi-Yerushalayim.

Personal Name(s)

  • Cohodas, Sam M., 1895-1988

Subject(s)

  • Banks and banking--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.
  • Farm produce--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.
  • Jewish businesspeople--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.
  • Jewish philanthropists--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.

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Collection Inventory

Box

 MSS-018 Box 1 of 12 Scrapbook Contents and Memorial 1928-1989  (Bulk, 1960-1989)   1.0 box

16-07-10

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Condolences (4 of 5), 1988 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Condolences (5 of 5), 1988 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Contributions to the Sam Cohodas Chair of Banking and Finance at Northern Michigan University--Thank You Letters, 1988 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Funeral Register, 1988 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Memorial Collection Dedication Ceremony (at Northern Michigan University), Sept.-Oct. 1989 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Scrapbook Contents, Apr. 1988 

Miners' First National Bank (Ishpeming, Michigan)--Silver Anniversary, 1959 

Miscellaneous, 1934-1982 

Miscellaneous News Articles, 1960s; 1973; n.d. 

National Jewish Hospital and Asthma Center--Fund Raising, 1980 

Northern Michigan University--Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, 1962 

Scottish Rite of Freemasonry--33rd Degree, 1964-1965 

Scrapbook Contents (1 of 2), 1928; ca. 1940s; 1960s-1980s 

Scrapbook Contents (2 of 2), 1928; ca. 1940s; 1960s-1980s 

Scrapbook Contents, ca. 1930s-1985 

Scrapbook Contents, (1 of 2), 1935; [1960-1971]; 1986-1988 

Scrapbook Contents, (2 of 2), 1935; [1960-1971]; 1986-1988 

Scrapbook Contents, 1935; 1957; 1970s-1980s 

Scrapbook Contents, 1937; ca. 1960; [1968-1975]; 1988-1989 

Scrapbook Contents, 1940; 1970s 

Scrapbook Contents, 1960; 1970; 1982-1989 

Scrapbook Contents (1 of 2), 1959; [1983-1985]; 1986-1987 

Scrapbook Contents (2 of 2), 1959; [1983-1985]; 1986-1987 

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 MSS-018 Box 2 of 12 Celebrations and Condolences 1938-1988  (Bulk, 1970-1988)   1.0 box

16-07-11

Audio Visual Materials, 1938-1988 

Awards and Letters, 1958-1988 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th--"Mr. Sam" Jubilee, Sept. 1970 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 80th--Cards and Letters, Oct. 1975 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 81st--Cards, 1975 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 83rd--Cards and Letters, 1978 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 90th, Aug.-Oct., 1985 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 90th--Committee Members, 1985 

Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 90th--Invitation List, 1985 

(Sam) Cohodas Administration Building Dedication (at Northern Michigan Unviersity), May 22, 1976 

Cohodas Produce Companys--Packaging Labels, n.d. 

Cohodas Produce Companies--Twelfth Anniversary/Warehouse and Cold Storage Plant, 1931 

Colorado Springs/Air Force Academy/NORAD (North American Defense Command) Tour, 1960s ? 

First National Bank and Trust Company--Centennial Celebration, 1964 

First National Bank and Trust Company--K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Dec. 1960 

First National Bank and Trust Company--Marquette, Michigan, 1960 

Guest Register, Aug. 6, 1977 

Hebrew University, Jerusalem--Honorary Doctorate Degree, 1983 

Jerusalem--Miscellaneous, 1971; n.d. 

Jerusalem Liberation Award, Apr. 6, 1968 

Jerusalem Liberation Award--Congratulatory Letters, Mar.-May, 1968 

K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base--410th Munitions Maintenance Squadron Honorary Commander, 1987 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Condolences (1 of 5), 1988 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Condolences (2 of 5), 1988 

Memorial (Sam Cohodas)--Condolences (3 of 5), 1988 

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 MSS-018 Box 3 of 12 Scrapbook Contents 1963-1988   1.0 box

16-07-12

Scrapbook Contents, 1963; 1981-1984 

Scrapbook Contents, [1970-1983]; 1984-1985 

Scrapbook Contents, 1982-1983 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th--"Mr. Sam" Jubilee (1 of 4), Aug.-Oct. 1970 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th--"Mr. Sam" Jubilee (2 of 4), Aug.-Oct. 1970 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th--"Mr. Sam" Jubilee (3 of 4), Aug.-Oct. 1970 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th--"Mr. Sam" Jubilee (4 of 4), Aug.-Oct. 1970 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 80th, Sept.-Oct. 1975 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 85th, 1980 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 89th, 1984 

Scrapbook Contents--News Articles and Advertisements, ca. 1958-ca. 1964 

Scrapbook Contents--Shaare Zedek Hospital (Jerusalem) Dedication, 1980 

Scrapbook Contents--State of Israel Book of Honor in Tribute to Sam M. Cohodas-for Dedicated Service to Israel--Israel Dinner of State; Sarasota, Florida, Apr. 1968 

Scrapbook Contents--Testimonial Dinner--"First Citizen of Ishpeming" (1 of 2), Oct. 8, 1960 

Scrapbook Contents--Testimonial Dinner--"First Citizen of Ishpeming" (2 of 2), Oct. 8, 1960 

Scrapbook Contents--Testimonial Dinner--"First Citizen of Ishpmening"--Guest Register, Oct. 8, 1960 

Scrapbook Contents--Tribute Dinner--Honoring Sam M. Cohodas for His Fifty Years in Banking, 1984 

Speeches and Addresses, 1961; n.d. 

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 MSS-018 Box 4 of 12 Honors and Awards 1938-1988   1.0 box

Scope and Contents note

Box 4: oversize, flat-storage box containing oversize papers (oversize photographs located in box 9) Oversize blueprints located in Olson Library Map Room--Archives Flat Storage--Drawer 4/folder 1, "Miscellaneous--Posters, Newspapers, Blueprints, Building and Site Plans"

18-07-06

Certificates of Appreciation, Honors, and Awards; "The Cohodas Family Story"; Cohodas Brothers Packaging Labels; Elberta Packing and Cold Storage Company, Elberta, Michigan, 1940 (Separated. See "comment" above.) 

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 MSS-018 Box 5 of 12 Photographs 1930-1980  (Bulk, 1960-1980)   1.0 box

17-07-10

Business--Banking--Buildings, ca. 1930s-1970s 

Business--Banking/Business Associates, 1929-1970s 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Fifty Years in Banking Anniversary, 1984 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--First National--Centennial, 1964 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Miners' First National--25th Anniversary, Jan. 15, 1959 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Miners' First National--30th Anniversary, May 23, 1964 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Miners' First National--Re-Opening, ca. 1978 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Miners' First National--50th Anniversary (and "50 Years in Banking") (1 of 2), 1984 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Miners' First National--50th Anniversary (and "50 Years in Banking") (2 of 2), 1984 

Business--Banking--Celebrations--Miscellaneous, ca. 1950s-1980s 

Business--Banking--Directors, Officers, and Personnel, 1960s-1970s 

Business--Banking--Sam at Work, 1975 

Business--Cohodas Brothers Companies, ca. 1930s-ca. 1950s 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Ethel Cohodas, ca. 1980s 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th (1 of 2), 1970 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th (2 of 2), 1970 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 80th (1 of 3), Sept. 10, 1975 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 80th (2 of 3), Sept. 10, 1975 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 80th (3 of 3), Sept. 10, 1975 

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 MSS-018 Box 6 of 12 Papers 1920-1983  (Bulk, 1960-1983)   1.0 box

17-07-11

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 81st, Sept. 10, 1976 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations-- Sam's 83rd, 1978 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 85th, (1 of 2), 1980 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 85th, (2 of 2), 1980 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 90th, Aug. 24, 1985 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Miscellaneous Dinners and Banquets, 1950s-1980s 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Miscellaneous Dinners and Banquets (sets), 1950s-1980s 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Sam Receiving Awards, 1960s-1980s 

Celebrations, Banquets, Awards and Honors--Speeches and Addresses, 1960s-1970s 

Home, Family, Friends--Cohodas Lodge (Michigamme, Michigan) (1 of 2), 1940s-1980s 

Home, Family, Friends--Cohodas Lodge (Michigamme, Michigan) (2 of 2), 1940s-1980s 

Home, Family, Friends--Early, 1920s-1950s 

Home, Family, Friends--Ishpeming, Michigan, ca. 1920s-1940s; 1970s 

Home, Family, Friends--Miscellaneous, 1960s-1980s 

Home, Family, Friends--Poodles, 1980s 

Home, Family, Friends--Sam at Camp Grant, ca. 1918 

Home, Family, Friends--Sarasota, Florida, 1920s-1980s 

Home, Family, Friends--Sarasota, Florida--Evelyn Cohodas Birthday Party, Apr. 4, 1970 

Israel--Israel Bonds--Meetings, Dinners, and Ceremonies, 1970s 

Israel--Jerusalem--Boys Town, 1981-1982 

Israel--Jerusalem--Hebrew University--American Friends of, ca. 1970s 

Israel--Jerusalem--Hebrew University--Honorary Doctorate, June 29, 1983 

Israel--Jerusalem--Hebrew University--Sam M. Cohodas Center of Agricultural Economics and Management (at the Faculty of Agriculture), 1970s-1980s 

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 MSS-018 Box 7 of 12 Photographs 1920-1980  (Bulk, 1960-1980)   1.0 box

17-07-12

Israel--Jerusalem--Hebrew University--Sam M. Cohodas Chair in Agricultural Economics, Feb. 1, 1974 

Israel--Jerusalem--Hebrew University--Visit to Faculty of Agriculture, Sept. 10, 1982 

Israel--Jerusalem--Miscellaneous (1 of 3), 1970s 

Israel--Jerusalem--Miscellaneous (2 of 3), 1970s 

Israel--Jerusalem--Miscellaneous (3 of 3), 1970s 

Israel--Miscellaneous, ca. 1973 

Miscellaneous, 1940s-1980s 

Miscellaneous--Evelyn T. Cohodas Memorial Building/Dedication, July 31, 1971 

Miscellaneous--Photo Album Contents--"S.M.C.", 1950s 

Miscellaneous--Sam M. Cohodas Memorial Dedication Ceremony, Sept. 15, 1989 

Miscellaneous--Sam with Military Personnel/K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, 1960s-1980s 

Miscellaneous--Sam with Politicians, 1960s-1970s 

Miscellaneous--Travel, Vacations, Outings, 1920s-1950s 

Northern Michigan University--Honorary Doctorate of Laws, 1964 

Northern Michigan University--Miscellaneous, 1970s-1980s 

Northern Michigan University--Sam. M. Cohodas Administrative Center Ground Breaking and Dedication, 1975-1976 

Northern Michigan University--Sam with NMU Presidents, 1960s-1980s 

Philanthropy--Cohodas Scholarship, 1970s-1980s 

Philanthropy--Miscellaneous, 1960s-1970s 

Philanthropy--Shaare Zedek Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, 1980 

Portraits--Family Members, ca. 1890s-1984 

Portraits--Sam M. Cohodas (black and white), ca. 1930s-1980s 

Portraits--Sam M. Cohodas (color), ca. 1960s-1970s 

Scrapbook Contents, 1928; ca. 1940s; 1960s-1980s 

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 MSS-018 Box 8 of 12 Scrapbook Contents 1930-1985  (Bulk, 1970-1985)   1.0 box

35-01-20 LRC

Scrapbook Contents ca. 1930s-1985 

Scrapbook Contents 1935; 1957; 1970s-1980s 

Scrapbook Contents 1935; [1960-1971]; 1986-1988 

Scrapbook Contents 1959; [1983-1985]; 1986-1987 

Scrapbook Contents [1970-1983]; 1984-1985 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 75th--"Mr. Sam" Jubilee Aug.-Oct. 1970 

Scrapbook Contents--Birthday Celebrations--Sam's 89th 1984 

Scrapbook Contents--Miscellaneous 1940s-1970s 

Scrapbook Contents--"State of Israel Book of Honor in Tribute to Sam. M. Cohodas for Dedicated Service to Israel--Israel Dinner of State; Sarasota, Florida" Apr. 1968 

Scrapbook Contents--Testimonial Dinner "First Citizen of Ishpeming" Oct. 8, 1960 

Scrapbook Contents--"Tribute Dinner Honoring Sam M. Cohodas for His Fifty Years of Banking" 1984 

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 MSS-018 Box 9 of 12 Photographs 1940-1985   1.0 box

18-07-04

United States Air Force--Thunderbirds, n.d. 

Sam and Evelyn Cohodas present car to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Frazer (with biography of Frazer), ca. 1955 

57th Annual Convention Banquet--International Apple Association--at Hotel Statler, New York City, Aug. 15, 1951 

53rd Annual Convention Banquet--International Apple Association, August 11-14, 1947 

Sam Cohodas (colorized), ca. 1950 

410 Bombardment Wing--K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, 1969 

Bay Cliff Health Camp--Aerial View (4), n.d. 

Sam M. Cohodas with NMU president John X. Jamrich, ca. 1970s 

Sam M. Cohodas, ca. early-mid 1940s (5) 

Sam M. Cohodas with Sam Frazer, ca. late 1940s 

Group of Men in Park (Sam is 8th from right, front row), ca. late 1940s 

Unidentified Man, ca. 1900s 

Sam with Scholarship Recipients, 1984 

Sam Frazer, July 20, 1950 

Fred Hilvert, 1940s ? 

"Mr. Sam" Air Force Bomber--K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, n.d. 

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 MSS-018 Box 10 of 12 Motion Picture Film   1.0 box

Box
13-03-01-02

Separation Records 

Apple Keg (small box) n.d. (film--16 mm) 

Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl: An Unusual View of God for 1975 ca. 1975 (film 16 mm) 

Evelyn T. Cohodas Memorial Center n.d. (film--16 mm) 

Sam M. Cohodas Dinner Program n.d. (film--16 mm) 

"Mr. Sam" Jubilee (1 of 2) (with Sam/s Speech and D. J. Jacobetti, etc.) Sept. 10, 1970 (film--16 mm) 

"Mr. Sam" Jubilee (2 of 2) (with D. J. Jacobetti and Glenn T. Seaborg, etc.) Sept 10, 1970 (film--16 mm) 

Mother and Dad in France (1 of 2) ca. 1938 (film--8 mm) 

Mother and Dad in France (2 of 2) ca. 1938 (film--8 mm) 

no title (small box) n.d. (film--8 mm) 

no title (small box) n.d. (film--8 mm) 

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 MSS-018 Box 11 of 12 Motion Picture Film and Video   1.0 box

Box
13-03-01-03

no title (film--8 mm) n.d. (large box) 

Dr. Jamrich (Sr.) Isreali Tour (film--8 mm) 7/22/73 (large box) 

Presentation of P.M.'s Medal (film--8 mm) 7/22/73 (large box) 

Orient P.B. (film--8 mm) 9/10/70 (large box) 

Uncle Sam's 90th Birthday 1985 (Video--Beta) 

Uncle Sam n.d. (Video--Beta) 

Uncle Sam--Memoriam n.d. (Video--Beta) 

Dedication--Cohodas Family Chair in Clinical Microbiology / Barbecue for Stahls and O'Bermans May 7, 1983 / July, 1983 (Video--Beta) 

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 MSS-018 Box 12 of 12 Motion Picture Film and Video   1.0 box

13-03-01-04

Lake Superior State College Commencement / Sam Cohodas Distinguished Citizen Award May 1987 (Video--VHS) 

Dedication "Women in the Cohodas Family"--Chair in Clinical Microbiology and Dinner May 7, 1983 (video--VHS) 

Highlights of Sam Cohodas's 90th Birthday 1985 (video--VHS) 

Sam Cohodas's Birthday Celebration, Part I n.d. (video--VHS) 

Sam Cohodas's Birthday Celebration, Part II n.d. (video--VHS) 

Sam Cohodas's 90th Birthday Celebration Aug. 1985 (video--VHS) 

Gateway to Health (color) n.d. (film--16mm) 

Chai Means Life n.d. (film--16 mm) 

Boys Town, Jerusalem 1982 (?) (film--16 mm) 

no title n.d. (film--16 mm) 

Cohodas New Year's Eve Party (metal canister) Dec. 31, 1939 (film--16mm) 

no title (small metal canister) n.d. (film--8 mm) 

no title (small metal canister) n.d. (film--8 mm) 

no title (small metal canister) n.d. (film--8 mm) 

no title (small metal canister) n.d. (film--8 mm) 

Sam Cohodas Testimonial n.d. (LP records) 

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 MSS-018 Eightieth Birthday Scrapbook   1.0 box

Scope and Contents note

Unprocessed scrapbooks including photographs. Box is arranged with "folders" 1 and 2 to the side. Items 3 through 6 are arranged from bottom up (item three is on the bottom.)

Custodial History note

Had unusual call number: M95-5. Also unusual location: 11-12. Unclear as to the location or existence of boxes 1-5 or 7-9.

Box
11-12

Birthday cards (white envelope) 

Birthday cards (yellow envelope) 

81st birthday scrapbook (brown) 

80th birthday scrapbook (1 of 2) (gold) 

80th birthday scrapbook (2 of 2) (gold) 

80th birthday tribute dinner "Happy Birthday Mr. Sam" scrapbook (brown) 

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