Fred Sabin papers

Summary Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Sabin, Fred
Fred Sabin papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1961-1964
Date [inclusive]
3.0 boxes One cubic foot box. One flat storage box. One small box. One oversize drawer.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item] in the Fred Sabin papers, MSS-169, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Biographical note

Dr. Fred Sabin was born in Little Falls, New York in 1924, and died in Marquette, Michigan in 1997. After attending Albany Medical School, he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He was recruited by Dr. Dan Hornbogan to come to Marquette, Michigan, and practiced ophthalmology there from 1957-1985. Together, their practice included the entire Upper Peninsula. Sabin spent three years in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was an active leader in the Republican party and served as chairman of the Marquette County Republicans, vice chairman of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee, chairman of Citizens for Ruppe, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964. Sabin was also involved with the Marquette Rotary Club, of which he was president 1963-1964. He served on the Northern Michigan University Board of Control (1967-1984), as well as serving on the Alma College Board of Trustees for twelve years. He helped to found the Marquette Medical Center, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the MFC First National Bank and Trust. He served as president of the Association of Mayo Eye Fellows, and the Marquette-Alger Medical Society. Among several ophthalmology organizations, he was a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Scope and Content

This collection documents Dr. Fred Sabin's activities as chairman of the Marquette County Republican Party and as a member of the Northern Michigan University Board of Control, known as the BOT. The collection is comprised of correspondence, reports, event announcements, invitations, and programs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs from 1950-1973. The collection is a fairly accurate documentation of Republican politics in the 1960s. The bulk of the materials focus on the election of the 43rd governor of Michigan, George W. Romney (Republican). The collection documents Sabin’s interaction with politicians and political groups at the regional and national level, Marquette area community leaders, Northern Michigan University Administrators, and medical professionals. Also represented in the papers are the various groups and committees with which Sabin was involved, including, Young Republicans, Republican Women’s groups, the Republican State Central Committee, and the Marquette Rotary Club. Of particular use may be the project files which denote the handling of significant events in Michigan politics by the Republican party, such as the 1963 Constitutional Convention and recount, the reapportioning of Michigan voting districts, fundraisers and campaigning events, and elections.

Record Series 1. Administrative Documents, 1954-1969. 1 Cubic Foot (53 folders). This record series is arranged into five subseries: Correspondence; Committees, Conventions, and Project Files; Election Results and Voter Information; Candidate and Volunteer Information; and Reports and Correspondence of the Finance Committee.

The Correspondence subseries contains Fred Sabin’s written communication with major players in the Michigan Republican scene during the 1960’s. Some of the more known names found in the subseries are Governor George Romney, Ruth Butler, Ernest L. Pearce, Dominic J. Jacobetti, Kent Lundgren, John B. Bennett, Donald E. Holbrook, Alvin E. O’Konski, Stanley G. Thayer, Allison Green, Hilary Whittaker, James F. O’Neil, Edward A. Meany, William G. Milliken, John B. Martin, Jim Hayes, Ogden E. Johnson, Steve Nisbet, Frank Russell, Roy E. Miller, Joseph Hunting, Edgar E. Harden, and John X. Jamrich. The Committees, Conventions, and Project Files subseries documents major events during Fred Sabin’s involvement in the Republican State Central Committee and Marquette County Republicans. The subseries also contains administrative documents of the various groups and committees in which Fred Sabin was involved. The Election Results and Voter Information subseries contains reports and analysis of election results and voter statistics, and voter registers. The Candidate and Volunteer Information subseries contains guidebooks and instruction pamphlets for campaign and election volunteers and election and campaign organizers. It also contains candidate biographies. The Reports and Correspondence of the Finance Committee subseries contains administrative documents of the Republican State Finance Committee, including correspondence, memos, and reports.

Record Series 2. Media, 1950-1986. 45 folders, 1 linear foot flat storage box, and one oversize drawer. This record series is arranged into five subseries; Publications/Campaign Materials and Mailers, Newspaper Clippings and Journal Articles, Scrapbooks, Photographs, and Separated Items.

The Publications/Campaign Materials and Mailers subseries contains pamphlets, guide books, and newsletter. The Newspaper Clippings and Journal Articles subseries includes mostly information about the George Romney campaign but also contains publicity about the NMU Board of Control and the Red Scare of the 1950’s-1960’s. There are four political scrapbooks covering the proceedings of the Republican party between 1960 and 1973. One of the scrapbooks was kept intact, the other three were digitized and the savable materials were foldered. The scrapbooks contained photographs, pamphlets and magazines, small artifacts and memorabilia, newspaper articles, event announcements and invitations, as well as significant correspondence. The Photographs subseries contains photos of the NMU Board of Control and NMU Commencement ceremonies as well as some events in Fred Sabin’s political life in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, including high profile political visitors to NMU. The Separated Items subseries consists mainly of two types of materials separated from the rest of the collection for special storage. The first type of material features one intact scrapbook as well as a pin, a CD-R containing PDF files of three of the scrapbooks, some candidate cards, event tickets and register cards, a printing plate concerning the Constitutional Convention, and a phonographic recording of a speech by John (Jack) Gibbs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 10/01/10

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

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Custodial History note

The Fred C. Sabin papers were donated to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by Sarah Niemi in 2011. Ms. Niemi's donation was added to a 2010 acquisition of scrapbooks created by Fred Sabin. Both acquisitions were performed by University Archivist Marcus Robyns, and the collection was processed by Archives Student Assistant Jaime Ganzel in 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

For more information on Fred Sabin or the subjects covered in this collection see the following collections at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives.

University Series 058: Board of Control Minutes 0100-07: Board of Control 0100-02: Board of Control MSS-115: Rotary Club of Marquette records MSS-076: Charles H. Varnum papers MSS-077: Edgar L. Harden papers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Marquette-Alger County Medical Society.
  • Michigan. Constitutional Convention (1963).
  • Northern Michigan University. Board of Control.
  • Republican Party (Marquette County, Mich.).
  • Republican Party (Mich.). State Central Committee.
  • Republican Party (Mich.).
  • Rotary Club of Marquette.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Upper Peninsula (Mich.)--Politics and government--20th century.

Personal Name(s)

  • Romney, George W., 1907-1995
  • Sabin, Fred


  • Women--Political activity--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 of 3: Administrative Documents and Campaign Materials and Mailers 1958-1969  (Bulk, 1963-1964)   1.0 box


Correspondence -- Volunteer Lists and Recruitment 

Correspondence -- Letters Expressing Support for Candidates -- 1963 

Correspondence -- Political Appointments -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Questionnaires, Surveys, Studies -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Medical Contacts -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Republican State Central Committee -- 1963 

Correspondence -- Various County Republican Clubs -- 1962-1964 

Correspondence -- Arthur G. Elliot, Jr. -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Ralph E. Huhtala -- 1962-1963 

Correspondence -- Gov. George Romney -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Elected Polititians -- 1963 

Correspondence -- Ilmar Heinaru -- Nationalities Division -- 1963 

Correspondence -- Laurence B. Lindemer -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Jerry D. Roe, Director of Outstate Organization -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- John A. (Jack) Gibbs, Campaign Coordinator -- 1963 

Correspondence -- Elly Peterson (Office of Gov. Romney & Republican Women's Clubs) -- 1963-1964 

Correspondence -- Miscellaneous -- 1961-1964 

Project File -- "Dinner With Ike" Fundraiser -- 1964 

Project File -- Inauguration of Governor George Romney -- Escanaba -- 1963 

Project File -- Republican Round-Up -- Negaunee -- 1963 

Project File -- Republican Spring State Convention -- 1963 

Project File -- Apportionment -- 1963 

Project File -- Apportionment Data and Analysis -- 1963 

Project File -- Constitutional Convention (New Constitution) -- 1963 

Project File -- Recount -- 1963 

Project File -- Block Captain Training Course; "Action Course in Practical Politics" -- 1960 

Project File -- Marquette Republican Meeting -- September 1967 

Committee -- Young Republicans -- 1963 

Committee -- Republican Women's Federation of Michigan -- 1963 

Committee -- Republican State Central Committee; By-Laws, Member Lists, Meeting Minutes -- 1962-1964 

Committee -- Marquette Rotary Club; By-Laws, Member Lists, Meeting Minutes -- 1961-1969 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1966 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1964 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1963 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1962 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1961 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1960 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- 1958 

Miscellaneous -- Undated 

Voter Register -- 1960 

Voter Register -- 1962 

Congressional County Vote Analysis -- Republican State Central Committee of Michigan -- 1954-1960 

Instructions for Campaign Volunteers 

Instructions for Campaign Leaders -- 1961 

Candidate Biographies -- 1963 

Campaign Volunteers -- Township Leaders -- 1962-1963 

County Republicans Questionnaire and Survey -- 1962 

Michigan Delegates by County -- 1963 

Finances -- 1961 

Finances -- 1962 

Republican State Finance Committee -- Correspondence -- 1963 

Republican State Finance Committee -- Monthly Reports -- 1963 

Election Results and Voter Statistics -- Republican State Finance Committee -- Reports, Correspondence, Memorandums -- 1964 

Publications -- Republican Candidate Handbook -- 1962 

Publications -- Republican National Committee Campaign Materials -- 1964 

Publications -- Republican State Central Committee Calendar -- 1963 

Publications -- Guide for Precinct Captains -- 1963 

Publications -- Precinct Captains Guidebook -- 1962 

Publications -- Republican Guide to Good Government -- 1963 

Publications -- Folding Pamphlets and Brochures 

Publications -- "Michigan's Republican Plain Talk" -- March 1959-October 1963 

Publications -- Senator Pat McNamara's Report to the People of Michigan -- September 1961-January 1962 

Publications -- Delegate Newsletter -- February 1963-March 1964 

Publications -- Republican Pipeline -- October 1963-February 1964 

Publications -- Republican Action -- July 1963-March 1964 

Publications -- Miscellaneous Newsletters 

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Box 2 of 3: Later Scrapbooks and Media   1.0 volume


Materials from 1962 Political Scrapbook 

Materials from 1963 Political Scrapbook 

Materials from 1964-1973 Political Scrapbook 

Photocopies of 1964-1973 Political Scrapbook 

Photographs -- Mr. and Mrs. Sabin 

Photographs -- Fundraiser for Bob Davis (w/ George Bush) -- 1986 

Photographs -- Barbara Bush and Loret Rupper -- Winter 1980 

Photographs -- Political Event -- March 1973 

Photographs -- Dinner Party at the Sabin's -- George Bush, John Henderson, Phillip Rupper -- 1972 

Photographs -- Upper Peninsula Medical Society -- 1972 

Photographs -- Big Bay and Iron River -- July 1972 

Photographs -- Arial View of Campus 

Photographs -- Cohodas Groundbreaking -- 1973 

Photographs -- NMU Commencement Ceremony -- 1969 

Photographs -- NMU Commencement Ceremony -- May 1972 

Photographs -- NMU Commencement Ceremony -- 1972 

Photographs -- NMU Commencement Ceremony -- 1973 

Photographs -- NMU Commencement Ceremony -- Summer 1982 

Photographs -- NMU Board of Trustees in Washington D.C. 

Photographs -- NMU Board of Trustees -- April 1972 

Photographs -- NMU Board of Trustees -- June 1972 

Photographs -- NMU Board of Trustees -- 1977 

Photographs -- NMU Board of Trustees -- 1980 

Photographs -- NMU Board of Trustees -- 1984 

Romney on the Record 

Extremist Media Clippings 

Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings -- 1950-1973 

Milwaukee Picture Journal -- September 1962 

Journals and Magazines -- 1961-1968 

Governor Romney's Election -- February 1963 

NMU Board of Trustees -- 1968-1974 

Television and Radio Media -- 1962-1963 

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Box 3 of 3: Early Scrapbook and Artifacts 1958-1965  (Bulk, 1958-1965)   1.0 box


Print -- Constitutional Convention 

Pin -- Say Yes to Michigan 

Motivational Booklet 

Robert J. Danhoff 

Glenn S. Allen, Jr. 

Richard G. Haight 

Carroll C. Rushton 

Elmer K. Carlson 

Dr. Warren C. Lambert 

Voter Registration Card (Blank) 

Official Challengers Card -- November 1962 

Ticket -- Young Republicans Banquet -- October 1961 

Ticket -- "Hello Mrs. Romney" Pot Luck Buffet -- July 1962 

CD-R -- Sabin Scrapbook PDF's 

Hi Fi Phonograph Record -- Jack Gibbs -- 1963 

Political Scrapbook -- 1960 

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Oversized Materials   1.0 drawer


Bumper-sticker -- Griffin 

Bumper-sticker -- Nixon for President 

Bumper-sticker -- Romney for Jobs 

Bumper-sticker -- Michigan Needs Romney 

Bumper-sticker -- President Nixon 

Bumper-sticker -- Best for Michigan, New Constitution, Yes 

Instruction Ballot 

Straight Ticket Voting Instructions 

Map -- Marquette Districting 

Chart -- Biennial Spring Election Returns -- Upper Peninsula -- 1961 

Map -- Marquette County -- January 1958 

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