Michigan Polar-Equator Club Records
00152

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan Polar-Equator Club.
Title
Michigan Polar-Equator Club records
ID
00152
Date [inclusive]
1965-2000
Extent
2.5 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Historical Note

In December of 1964 several Michigan outdoorsmen began discussing the idea of organizing an association with the intent of promoting communication and camaraderie between those Michigan sportsmen who had hunted or fished outside the continental United States. Initially calling themselves the "Michigan Explorers," these men held a series of meetings in early 1965 to organize the club. They changed their name to "The Michigan Polar-Equator Club," and under the leadership of Chairman Harold Walter and Secretary-Treasurer Rollin Baker, by-laws and operating policies were created. The first official meeting was held April 23, 1965, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The club objectives are stated in the by-laws, and emphasize public education in natural resource use, conservation and preservation activities, and the promotion of club-member social gatherings. Principal activities included: the twice-yearly publication of a newsletter called the Logbook, various conservation efforts, minor political activities, numerous social events, and the establishment of the Michigan Polar Equator Trail

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Scope and Contents note

The collection is organized into an administrative series, a general subject series and Photographs series. The administrative series contains a subseries on committee materials and subseries on membership materials. All correspondence has been sorted and filed by type.

The general subject series has been organized into sections on associated organizations, conservation activities, general reference, the Michigan Polar Equator Trail, political activities, projects, and publications. The associated organizations subseries contains correspondence, bulletins, and newsletters as available on the listed organizations. The general reference subseries is made up of items which are not strictly germane to the normal operation of the club. The material tends to supplementary information of use primarily to individual members. Box 3, folders 13 through 23 make up a miniseries on hunting, and folders 29 through 35 make up a miniseries on miscellaneous publications. The Michigan Polar Equator Trial was a major project of the organization in which they created a trail across Michigan at the 45th parallel of latitude, and the subseries contains material on the creation, maintenance, and history of the trail. The organization of the 1974 correspondence differs slightly from the rest of the collection, in that it consists of a large quantity of information requests: these have been loosely organized according to the date on which they were answered.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 1983

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

 AT revisions September 2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Rollin Baker

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Polar-Equator Club.

Personal Name(s)

  • Baker, Rollin H., (Rollin Harold), 1916-
  • Baker, Rollin H., (Rollin Harold), 1916-
  • Walter, Harold

Subject(s)

  • Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Nature conservation -- Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory

Administrative Files. 1965 - 1999 

Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

By-laws 

1 1

Short History 

1 2

Agendas -- 1965, 1967, 1968, 1977, 1990, 1994 

1 3

Minutes 

1
Box Folder

 1965 - 1970 

1 4

1971 - 1979, 1982, 1994 

1 5

Executive Board Membership Lists 

1 6

Meeting Attendance Lists -- 1965 - 1968 

1 7

Meeting Correspondence 

1
Box Folder

1965 - 1971, 1973 -1974 

1 8

 1975 - 1979 

1 9

Meeting and Special Event Announcements 

1
Box Folder

 1965 - 1973 

1 10

 1975 - 1979 

1 11

 1983 - 1999, n.d. 

1 12

Newsletters from the Secretary -- June 8, 9171, Dec. 3, 1983, May 2, 1993 

1 13

Dues Lists -- 1969 - 1974, n.d. 

1 14

Financial Correspondence and Records -- 1965 - 1969, 1972 - 1977 

1 15

Contribution Correspondence and Material -- 1972 - 1974, 1976 - 1977 

1 16

Donation and Correspondence Material -- 1966 - 1970, n.d. 

1 17

Dues Correspondence -- 1969 - 1971, 1973, 1975 - 1976, n.d. 

1 18

Organizational Correspondence -- 1964 - 1965 

1 19

Executive Correspondence -- 1965, 1968 - 1970, 1975 1 -978 

1 20

Rollin Baker Correspondence 

1 21

Committees. 1965 - 1977 

Box Folder

Committee Correspondence -- 1966, 1968 -1 970, 1975 - 1977 

2 22

Committee Lists -- 1969, 1971, 1975 - 1976 

2 23

British Honduras Committee 

2 24

Long Range Program Committee 

2 25

Membership Committee 

2 26

Natural History Museum Committee 

2 27

Printed Roster Committee 

2 28

Program Committee 

2 29

Special Projects Committee 

2 30

Membership Materials 

Box Folder

Membership Materials 

2
Box Folder

 1965 

2 1

 1966 - 1967 

2 2

 1968 - 1969 

2 3

 1970 - 1971 

2 4

 1972 - 1976, 1979 

2 5

Membership Applications 

2 6

Membership Nominations -- 1966 - 1976, n.d. 

2 7

Curriculum Vitae 

2 8

Articles and Information on Various Members 

2 9

Membership Lists -- 1965 - 1995 

2 10

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General Subject 

Associated Organizations. 1965 - 1995 

Box Folder

Explorers Club Correspondence and Information 

2 11

Michigan Partners of the Alliance 

2 12

Michigan United Conservation Clubs 

2 13

Safari Club International 

2
Box Folder

Correspondence 

2 14

Newsletters -- 1976 - 1978 

2 15

Detroit Chapter. Journal -- October 1976 

2 16

Sierra Club 

2 17

Miscellaneous Organizations 

2 18

Conservation Activities. 1965, 1979 

Box Folder

Conservation-Related Information 

3 1

Great Lakes Lamprey Control 

3 2

Indian Fishing Controversy 

3 3

Kitengela Fund 

3 4

Large Spotted Cat Coat Requests 

3 5

Michigan Deer Herd Management 

3 6

Resolution to Establish Wild Rivers 

3 7

Save the Quetzal Project 

3
Box Folder

Correspondence 

3 8

Information 

3 9

General Reference. 1951 - 1979 

Box Folder

Canadian Lakes 

3 10

Clippings 

3 11

General Reference Information 

3 12

Associated Booking Consultants, Inc. 

3 13

Christi's South Kensington 

3 14

Gordon Cormack 

3 15

Arthur Court Designs 

3 16

Frontiers International 

3 17

Klineburger 

3 18

Knopp Brothers 

3 19

Pelee Island Hunt 

3 20

Rowland Ward Limited 

3 21

World Exhibition of Hunting 

3 22

World Wide Trophy Outfitters 

3 23

Michigan State University Museum 

3 24

Miscellaneous 

3 25

Miscellaneous Announcements 

3 26

Miscellaneous Correspondence -- 1965 - 1970 

3 27

Miscellaneous Pamphlets 

3 28

"African Wildlife News" -- December 1969 

3 29

"Alaska" Magazine -- August 1975 

3 30

"American Shotgunner" -- November 1974 

3 31

"Michigan Conservation" -- January - February 1968 

3 32

"Michigan Counties" -- December 1970 

3 33

"Michigan Living" -- September 1978 

3 34

"Michigan Natural Resources" -- July - August 1972, September - October 1974 

3 35

Newell-Gulf Road Logs 

3 36

Outdoor Editors 

3 37

Michigan Polar-Equator Trail. 1970 - 1996 

Box Folder

Related Administrative Materials 

4 1

Artwork 

4 2

Brochure 

4 3

Committee Materials 

4 4

Correspondence 

4
Box Folder

 1970 - 1971 

4 5

 1972 

4 6

 1973 

4 7

 January 8, 1974 - September 19, 1974 

4 8

 September 19, 1974 - September 26, 1974 

4 9

 October 1, 1974 - December 23, 1974 

4 10

 January 2, 1975 - May 21, 1975 

4 11

 May 22, 1975 - December 29, 1975 

4 12

 1976- 1978, n.d. 

4 13

Financial Materials 

4 14

 Historical and Geographic Materials 

4 15

 Newspaper Clippings and Advertisements 

4 16

Miscellaneous 

4 17

Political Activities. 1965 - 1979 

Box Folder

Anti-Hunting Information 

4 18

British Columbia Trophy Fee Controversy 

4 19

Gun Legislation/Dodd Bill. Correspondence 

5 1

Gun Control Legislation/Dodd Bill. Information and Materials 

5 2

Hickel Appointment Protest 

5 3

Miscellaneous Political Activities 

5 4

Crago Museum Suggestions 

5 5

Shiga Project 

5 6

Miscellaneous Projects 

5 7

Publications. 1965 - 1998 

Box Folder

Logbook-Related Correspondence 

5 8

Logbook Information 

5 9

Logbooks 1 - 12 

5 10

Logbooks 13 - 20 

5 11

Logbooks 21 - 25 

5 12

Logbooks 26 - 29 

5 13

Logbooks 30 - 33 

5 14

Logbooks 38 - 58 

5 15

Maps. 

Box Folder

Polar-Equator Trail 

5 16

Miscellaneous 

5 17

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Photographs, Postcards and Other Images 

Photographs 

Drawer
Photographs

Alaska. Lliamna Lake. Lodge 

Animals. Rhinoceroses 

Animals. Tigers 

Michigan. Grayling Hotel 

People. Groups. 1965 Organizational Meeting 

Postcards 

Drawer
Postcards

Animals 

Animals. Bears 

Animals. Lions 

Art. Painting. Ted Long. "The Muggers" 

Australia 

Automobiles. Buick 

Canada. Manitoba. Winnipeg Lodge 

Denmark. Odense 

Eskimos 

Florida. Miami Beach Hotel 

Florida. St. Petersburg Beach 

Florida. Sarasota 

Hawaii. Honolulu Hotel 

Hawaii. Oahu 

Kashmir. Sringar 

Michigan. Kalamazoo. Nature Center. 

New Mexico 

New York. New York. Buildings 

Plants. Passion Flower 

Somalia. Mogadiscio 

Unidentified 

Virgin Islands. St. Thomas 

Oversized Materials 

Drawer

Michigan Senate Concurrent Resolution (No. 12) to Designate the Michigan Polar -Equator Trail February 19, 1971 

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