Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association papers

The Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association is a community group based in Marquette, Michigan. The group was established in 1990 to manage and promote the UP200 and Midnight Run dog sled races. The races have since become an annual event in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, attracting mushers and tourists from all over the country.

Pat Torreana, President of the Board of Directors, oversaw the donation of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association archival records to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives in 2009. Jaime Ganzel, Archives Student Assistant and Arrangement and Description Specialist, processed the collection which is now open for public research. The records document the annual UP200 and Midnight Run dog sled races from the first race in 1990 up until 2006.

The bulk of the collection consists of publicity materials. The Mining Journal, Marquette’s primary commercial newspaper, is the main sponsor of the event so the collection contains a large amount of promotional material published by the paper. In addition to the promotional material, the collection documents the evolution of mission statements and rules and policies, trail descriptions and planning, members, organizers, volunteers, and participants, race standings and disputes, and special events in conjunction with the sled dog races.

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