Jane Schmiedeke papers, 1973-2009
018.JS

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Edmonds, Nathalie
Creator
First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti
Creator
Schmiedeke, Jane
Creator
State of Michigan. Michigan.
Creator
Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation.
Creator
Ypsilanti Historic District Commission. City of Ypsilanti.
Title
Jane Schmiedeke papers
ID
018.JS
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1980-2006
Date [inclusive]
1974-2009
Extent
5.5 Linear feet 3 record center cartons, 4 archive boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials note
All records are in English unless otherwise noted.
Abstract
The Jane Schmiedeke papers consists of materials relating to her preservation efforts in Ypsilanti, Michigan from 1974 through 2009. The majority of the materials are centered on the foundation, operation and preservation activities of the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation (YHF), preservation of the Towner House, her time on the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission (YHDC), and the controversy between the YHDC and the National Bank of Ypsilanti. This collection contains primary and secondary research materials such as agendas and minutes, correspondence, meeting notes, legal documents, promotional calendars / postcards, photographs and newspaper clippings. Also, this collection contains information on preservation legislation, proposals to the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission, recognition of fellow preservationist Earl Greene, fund raising activities, Historic District Marker program and various tours of historic sites and homes in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The collection is arranged into four series: Towner House; Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation; Ypsilanti Historic District Commission; and Visual Materials.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History Note

The Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation (YHF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti contains the second largest historic district in the State of Michigan and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The YHF was formed on 21 October 1974 to maintain the historic Towner House and to preserve other historic structures in city.

The Towner House is a historically significant structure in Ypsilanti that was purchased by the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti in the early 1970s and rented out as a residence to local college students. After falling into disrepair the church considered tearing down the structure. In 1974 the YHF approached the church and offered their services to maintain and find an adaptive reuse for the structure. Eventually the YHF and church became in a very long legal battle that eventually reached a precedent setting settlement that turned ownership of the structure over to the YHF.

Including Schmiedeke, the first Board of Directors also included prominent Ypsilanti residents Nathalie Edmonds, Dorothy Disbrow (Ypsilanit Historical Society), Oscar Haab (founder of Haab's Restaurant), John Kirkendall (local attorney and member of First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti), Benjamin Koerber (local banker), Andrew Smith (owner of Smith Electric), Maxe Obermayer, Jr (local realtor), Donald randazzo (restoration carpenter), Mary Warner and Joseph Warren.

The Ypsilanti Historic District Commission (YHDC) guides development and renovation within the district and is charged through the provisions of the Historic District Ordinance. Any proposed work on the exterior of a structure within the District must be reviewed by the YHDC.

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Biographical Note

Jane Bird Schmiedeke has been a resident of Ypsilanti since 1955. Early in her life she became interested the importance of Ypsilainti's cultural heritage and quickly became a strong advocate for the identification and appreciation of the built environment, cultural landscapes and material culture of Ypsilanti. Schmiedeke is a founding member of the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation and also served on the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission.

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Scope and Contents note

The preservation activities and efforts of Jane Schmiedeke are documented in this collection of administrative, legal, financial, and outreach materials. The collection is arranged into four series Towner House, Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation, Ypsilanti Historic District Commission and  Visual Materials and within those series are arranged alphabetically then chronologically.

The Towner House series contains one subseries (Documents), the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation has two subseries (Home Tours and Publications) and the Ypsilanti Historic Districts Commission series contain two sub series (Agendas & Minutes and National Bank of Ypsilanti).

The Towner House, Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation, Ypsilanti Historic District Commission series primarily contains papers with a small portion containing postcards and publications. The  Visual Materials series contains 3 1/2 x 5 and 4 x 6 photographs on photographic and letter sized paper and negatives. The Towner House series contains materials related to the legal battle between the YHF and the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, administrative operations, adaptive reuse plans, building permits, grants, publications and grants. The Publications subseries in the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation series contains almost complete runs of The Old House Journal from 1973 through 1986. Missing are The Old House Journal Vol. IV, No. 3 (1976 March) and Vol. VIII, No. 6 (1980 June); runs of this publication after 1985 in this collection are incomplete.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2011 October 7

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Revision Description

  2014 January 22

Legal Status note

This collection contains copyrighted materials. Researchers must secure permission from the University Archivist before any materials are copied.

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Custodial History note

Papers and organizational records were accumulated by Jane Schmiedeke while involved in preservation activities and organizations before being donated the University Archives at Eastern Michigan University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials related to this collection may be found in the Susan Wineberg papers (University Archives, Eastern Michigan University) and at the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan.
  • Ypsilanti

Occupation(s)

  • Architects

Personal Name(s)

  • Greene, Earl
  • Schmiedeke, Jane

Subject(s)

  • Built Environment
  • City planning.
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Greek revival (Architecture)
  • Heritage tourism
  • Historic districts
  • Historic Preservation Organizations
  • Historic preservation.
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Towner House

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Collection Inventory

Towner House 

Box Folder

Adaptive Reuse, Childrens Museum 

1 1

Building Permit & Plans 

1 2

Correspondences 

1 3

Documents 

Box Folder

1980-1982 

1 4

1982 

1 5

1992 January-April 

1 6

1993 September 22-1994 November 7 

1 7

1994 November 10-1995 March 

1 8

1995 April 24-1996 February 1 

1 9
Box Folder

First Presbyterian Church 

1 10

Grants 

1 11

History 

1 12

Legal 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988992)   4 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307023988968)   1 13-18

Box Folder

Master binder 

1 19-21

Meeting Notes 

1 22

Newspaper Clippings 

4 2

Notes from Negotiations between First Presbyterian Church & Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation, Lease of Towner House, 1974 

1 23

Petition for Demolition 1993 

1 24

Publications 

1 25

Public Hearing on Petition for Demolition/Relocation 1996 April 16 

1 26

Publicity 

1 27

Records of Proceedings of Public Hearing, 1996 April 16 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988968)   1 28-29
    Box Folder
Text (32307023988984)   2 1

Box Folder

Stabilization Project 

2 2

Towner House 2009 

7 6

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Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation 

Box Folder

Agendas & Minutes 

2 3-6

Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws 

4 3

Banquets 

2 7

Calendar Creation Materials 

2 8

Calendars 1976-1980 

2 9

Calendars 1981-1985 

2 10

Calendars 1986-1989 

2 11

Calendars 1990-1994 

2 12

Correspondences 

2 13-15

Publications 

Box Folder

Heritage News, 1995-2001 

2 31

Heritage News, 2002-2009 

2 32

Index to The Old House Journal 1973 October, 1974 January - 1985 December 

5 1

The Old House Journal Vol. I 1973 

5 2

The Old House Journal Vol. II 1974 

5 3

The Old House Journal Vol. III 1975 

5 4

The Old House Journal Vol. IV 1976 

5 5

The Old House Journal Vol. V 1977 

5 6

The Old House Journal Vol. VI 1978 

5 7

The Old House Journal Vol. VII 1979 

5 8

The Old House Journal Vol. VIII 1980 

5 9

The Old House Journal Vol. IX 1981 

5 10

The Old House Journal Vol. X 1983 

6 1

The Old House Journal Vol. XI 1983 

6 2

The Old House Journal Vol. XII 1984 

6 3

The Old House Journal Vol. XIII 1985 

6 4

The Old House Journal Vol. XIV 1986 February - April 

6 5

The Old House Journal Vol. XIV 1986 August - December 

6 6

The Old House Journal Vol. XVII 1989 November/December, Vol. XVII 1990 January/February, Vol. XVIII May/June 1991 

6 7

Getting to Know Your Early Twentieth-Century Neighbourhood Conserve Neighbourhoods Special Issue 1982 

6 8

The Old House Journal Buyers Guide 1977 

6 9

The Old House Journal Order Forms 

6 10

The Old House Journal Supplements 

6 11
Box Folder

Earl Greene 

2 16

Financials 

2 17

Fund Raising 

2 18

Heritage Festival 

2 19

Historic District Signs 

2 20

Historic Marker Program 

4 4

Home Tours 

Box Folder

Booklets & Maps 

4 5

Correspondences 

2 21

Docent Information 

2 22

Financials 

2 23

Historic Homes Information 

2 24

Newspaper Clippings 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023988992)   4 6
    Box Folder
Text (32307023988992)   4 7
    Box Folder
Text (32307023988992)   4 8

Box Folder

Wrap Up Meetings 

2 25
Box Folder

Maps 

2 26

Membership 

2 27

Proclaimations & Resolutions 

2 28

Projects 

2 29

Restoration of Demetrious Ypsilanti Statue 

2 33-34

Riverside Arts Center 

2 35

Tax Status 

2 36

20th Anniversary 

2 37

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Ypsilanti Historic District Commission 

Box Folder

Administrative 

2 38

Agendas & Minutes 

Box Folder

1996 July 16, 1997 January 21-1997 September 2 

2 39

1997 September 16-1998 May 19 

2 40

1998 June 2-1998 September 15 

2 41

1999 January 19-1999 October 5 

2 42

1999 October 19-2000 May 2 

3 1

2000 May 16-2000 August 15 

3 2

2000 September 5-2000 December 19 

3 3

2001January 16-2001June 19 

3 4

2001July 3-2001 December 18 

3 5

2002 January 15-2002 July 16 

3 6

2002 August 6-2002 December 17 

3 7

2003 January 21-2003 December 16 

3 8

2004 January 20-2004 December 24 

3 9

2005 January 18-2006 January 6 

3 10

2006 February 7-2006 December 19 

3 11
Box Folder

Built Environment 

3 12

Correspondences 

3 13

Legislation 

3 14

Michigan Historic District Network 

3 15

National Bank of Ypsilanti Controversy 

Box Folder

Bank Petitions 

7 1

Bank Purchase 

7 2

Bank Purchase, Newspaper Clippings 

7 3

Michigan, 133 W. (NBY) 

7 4

National Bank 

7 5

NBY Proposal HCD Denial to Review Committee Work 

3 16

CC Surveys to Miscellaneous 

3 17

Newspaper Clippings to Elections 

3 18
Box Folder

Newspaper Clippings 

4 9

Proposals & Reports 

3 19

Publications 

3 20

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Visual Materials 

Box Folder

Towner House 

3 21

Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation 

3 22

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