Mather Inn Preservation Society records

Summary Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Mather Inn Preservation Society (Ishpeming, Mich.).
Mather Inn Preservation Society records
Date [inclusive]
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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], in the Mather Inn Preservation Society records, MSS-053, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Historical Note

The Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company (CCI) built the Mather Inn in 1932 and named the building in honor of company president, William G. Mather. James H. Ritchie designed the Inn in the Georgian Revival architectural style. The Mather Inn Preservation Society formed in 1984, following the bankruptcy of the Ishpeming Hotel Company that owned the Mather Inn. At the same time, a separate citizens group formed the Mather Inn, Inc., as a vehicle to raise money to purchase the Inn from the Ishpeming Hotel Company. The Society and the Mather Inn, Inc., hired a consultant to develop a business model, and they petitioned government agencies for grants, loans, and tax breaks. Both organizations also held numerous fundraisers and circulated petitions calling upon government officials to intervene on behalf of the Inn.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection documents the Mather Inn Preservation Society's efforts to save the old Mather Inn in Ishpeming, Michigan as an operating business or historical landmark. The most important activities documented by the collection include legal issues involving local courts and state government; tax information regarding the group’s standing as an “S” organization; correspondence between the organization and local governments; and minutes from organizational meetings. The materials date from 1984 to 1987.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into five series: I. Meeting Minutes; II. Correspondence; III. Reports and Studies; IV. Financial Information; and V. Miscellaneous Material.

Series 1: Meeting Minutes This record series includes copies of the minutes taken at the various meetings held by the Mather Inn Preservation Society.

Series 2: Correspondence This record series documents communications between the Society and members of the community, including private citizens, business, and government.

Series 3: Reports and Studies This record series documents work done by contractors, business models provided by consultants, and renovation estimates provided by a building engineer.

Series 4: Financial Information This record series contains bank loan statements, bills paid, and monies owed to the Society. The series also includes state and federal tax records.

Series 5: Miscellaneous Material This record series contains information on the history of the Mather Inn, famous lodgers, and newspaper clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 5/19/2010

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855

Revision Description


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift received from Burton H. Boyum in 1998.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Researchers should also consult the Mather Inn records, MSS-055.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mather Inn (Ishpeming, Mich.).
  • Mather Inn Preservation Society (Ishpeming, Mich.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Boyum, Burton H.


  • Community organization--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.
  • Historic preservation--Michigan--Ishpeming.
  • Hotels--Conservation and restoration--Michigan--Ishpeming.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 of 2 


Mather Inn Preservation Society Minutes 

Mather Inn Incorporated Minutes 

Correspondence 1985 

Correspondence 1986; 1987 

Reports and Studies 

Tax Form 1985-1986 

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 MSS-053 Box 2 of 2 1985-1987   2.0 boxes




Mather Inn History and Miscellaneous 

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