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Alan Naldrett

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Alan Naldrett is an automotive and Michigan history author. He has written the books Lost Car Companies of Detroit[1] and Michigan's C. Harold Wills-The Genius Behind the Model T and the Wills Ste. Claire with Lynn Lyon Naldrett. [2]

Naldrett has also written Forgotten Tales of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Lost Towns of Eastern Michigan [3], and Images of America: Chesterfield Township. He has co-authored Images of America: Ira Township, Images of Amerca: New Baltimore, Images of America: Fraser.[4].

Naldrett was born April 12, 1953 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and both of his parents were educators. His father was Superintdent of Anchor Bay School District in Michigan. After he died in 1958, the Dean A. Naldrett School was named for him in 1962.[5] [6]

Alan Naldrett grew up in Anchorville and New Baltimore and attended Anchor Bay Schools. While earning a bachelor's degree at Michigan State University, he started one of the nation's first used vinyl record shops and also Karma Film Society.[7]

Living in the Bay Area of California, Naldrett was a businessman/insurance broker by day and punk/new wave rocker at night in the 1980s clubs of San Francisco and environs. He was not only a musician, but also a manager of other S. F. bands in the early 1980s.[8]

Relocating back to Michigan in 1989, Naldrett continued working as a businessman/insurance broker and also co-owned Al's Comix in New Baltimore, Michigan. He became active in local politics and in 2000 was elected to the Chesterfield Township Library Board of Trustees.[9] He was a charter member of the Macomb County Historic Commission in 2004. [10]

Naldrett earned a Master's of Library and Information Science in 2003 and a Certificate in Graduate Archival Science in 2009 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a medical, academic/reference librarian for fourteen years.

His first academic article ran in the Michigan History Magazine in 2017 and was about, strangely enough, Traveling Libraries.[11]

Naldrett studied and wrote about the Toledo War and lectured about it extensively. His first article on the subject was, "Holy Toledo! Or the Continuing War Between Ohio and Michigan ..." and he wrote a book about the Toledo War named the "Forgotten Tales of Michigan's Lower Penisula."

In 2011 Naldrett wrote "Images of Anerica: Chesterfield Township"[12] and"Images of Anerica: New Baltimore" with Gonyeau and Mack in 2012, "Images of Anerica: Fraser" with 5 others in 2013, and "Ira Township" with 5 others in 2015.

In 2016 Naldrett wrote the Lost Car Companies of Detroit[13] and lectured all over Michigan.
Naldrett has continued to lecture, and has written "Steering on Unsteady Roads" for the Michigan History Magazine, as well as articles in the Michigan History Chronicle.[14]

Naldrett's books also includes Lost Towns of Eastern Michigan. [15]

Naldrett's e-books include "50 States of American Cars," "Michigan's Great Thumb Fires of 1871 and 1881," "Putting the Vice in the Vice-President," "Detroit Becomes the Motor City" "Michigan's Hidden Hamlets and Vanished Villages,""Michigan's Great Small Towns" and "Michigan's Forgotten Celebrities." [16]


In 2015 Naldrett won the New Baltimore Historical Society Award of Merit, and the C. Harold Wills Museum Spirit Award for 2018.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alan Naldrett, Lost Car Companies of Detroit, History Press, Charleston S C, 2016 Alan Naldrett, Lost Car Companies of Detroit
  2. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do? tabID=T003&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=2&docId=GALE%7CA530403418&docType=Book+review&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA530403418&searchId=R1&userGroupName=ches51946&inPS=true)
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springwells,_Detroit, et. al. =T003&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=2&docId=GALE%7CA530403418&docType=Book+review&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA530403418&searchId=R1&userGroupName=ches51946&inPS=true)
  4. Arcadia Publishing/The History Press)
  5. (*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Bay_School_District
  6. http://www.anchorbay.misd.net/schools/naldrett/).
  7. http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua12-3-55.html
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_of_Music_(punk_club)
  9. https://www.chelibrary.org/library-board
  10. Local History Tales Archive Archived 2007-01-13 at the Wayback Machine., Macomb County Historical Commission, Alan Naldrett
  11. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T003&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=4&docId=GALE%7CA492464150&docType=Article&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA492464150&searchId=R5&userGroupName=ches51946&inPS=true
  12. Naldrett, Alan (2011). Chesterfield Township. ISBN 9780738578033.
  13. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T003&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=1&docId=GALE%7CA456712503&docType=Book+review%2C+Brief+article&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA456712503&searchId=R1&userGroupName=ches51946&inPS=true
  14. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T003&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=3&docId=GALE%7CA492464063&docType=Article&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA492464063&searchId=R1&userGroupName=ches51946&inPS=true
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springwells,_Detroit, et. al. =T003&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=2&docId=GALE%7CA530403418&docType=Book+review&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=&prodId=AONE&contentSet=GALE%7CA530403418&searchId=R1&userGroupName=ches51946&inPS=true)
  16. https://www.amazon.com/Alan-Naldrett/e/B005KSR726

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