The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Lloyd Roulet Collection, 1907-1998

MSS-136

Size:  4.1 linear feet

Provenance:  Received from Mrs. Ruth Wolfgang, daughter of Lloyd Roulet, March 10, 1999

 

Access:  Open

 

Collection Summary: Collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, photographs, and ephemera relating to Lloyd Roulet's political career, jewelry design business, and accomplishments as Mayor. These materials are complemented in the Toledo Mayoral and City Council collections (MSS-061) by his professional papers.

 

Subjects: Politics and Government

 

Related Collections:  The Lloyd Roulet Papers, his professional papers, make up one of the Toledo Mayoral and City Council collections (MSS-061).

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by:  Lisa Petree, April 1999 and July, 1999; last updated: July 2014


 

Biographical Sketch

 

     Lloyd Emerson Roulet was born September 15, 1891 in Toledo, Ohio where he attended Sherman Elementary and the former Central High School.  By 1907, he was working in the family owned business eventually becoming both vice president and general manager.  The Roulet Company established in 1877 by Lloyd's father, George, began as a jewelry and watch repair shop but by 1977 was the largest of five manufacturing jewelers in Northwest Ohio. 

     Lloyd, a Mason for sixty-five years, gained international notoriety for the design and manufacture of emblems.  One of these Roulet-produced Masonic emblems was worn by Walter Schirra, Jr. when he commanded the first manned Apollo mission in October, 1968.

     Throughout the company's hundred year history, more than 5,000 dies were created by the craftsmen.  When the Exchange Club brought Amelia Earhart here to speak, she was presented with a medal designed exclusively for her.  The die was retired shortly thereafter.  Another of national significance was used to make the gold seal stamped with the figures of a Gramophone, dog, and the words "His Master's Voice,” used as the RCA trademark.

     A Republican, Mr. Roulet was persuaded by friends to run for council in 1939.  He spent eighteen consecutive years in city government and was the visionary behind the Toledo Express Airport built entirely without the use of federal funds.  In 1946, he was appointed to the city's first board of community relations whose purpose was to fight discrimination within the housing and employment industry.  When Toledo's 41st mayor (1942-1948) died at the age of 94 on February 6, 1985, he held the distinction as "the longest-lived mayor."

         

 

  

Scope and Content Note

 

This collection amassed by Ruth Wolfgang, Mr. Roulet's daughter, consists of his personal papers rather than his professional papers which are included in the Toledo Mayoral and City Council Records (MSS-061).  The Lloyd Roulet Collection is composed of five series:  Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, Printed Material, Photographs and Ephemera. 

 

The Correspondence series is just one folder consisting of personal and business letters.

    

The majority of Newspaper Clippings from the Toledo Bladefocus on Lloyd Roulet's accomplishments as mayor and the family owned manufacturing jewelry business known as the Roulet Company. 

 

Printed Materials include programs, the City of Toledo Building Code, magazines, pamphlets, the proposed Airport Development Program for the Toledo Express Airport and the Dedication of the University Library at the University of Toledo. 

 

The black and white Photograph series is subdivided into Group Shots, Individuals, Buildings,Various and the King and Queen of Greece.

 

Ephemera is the last category of the series made up of souvenir railroad tickets, sample ballots and an advertisement to sell the book Bay Settlement of Monroe County, Michigan.  An oversize (d) folder contains two awards.


 

Series List

 

S1

Correspondence

 

1939-1978

 

Arranged chronologically.

 

One folder makes up this series.

 

Various correspondence related to work, speeches given, and visiting dignitaries.  Two of the letters are personal and addressed to Lloyd Roulet.

 

 

S2

Newspaper Clippings

 

1943-1996, n.d.

 

Arranged chronologically.

 

Clippings are from the Toledo Times and the Toledo Blade.  Topics include the U.S.S. Toledo Cruiser, Lloyd Roulet's accomplishments as mayor and the history of the Roulet jewelry company.

 

 

S3

Printed Materials

 

1941-1943, 1945-1955, 1977, 1980, n.d.

 

Arranged by topic and chronologically within the topic.

 

This series contains whole newspapers, the City of Toledo Building Code, information pertaining to the Toledo Lake Erie Water Supply, the Toledo airport and the University of Toledo.  Also included are assorted magazines, pamphlets and programs dealing with a variety of subjects from the Aquarama Festival (1947) to the Dedication and Official Opening of the Greek Orthodox Educational Building of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (1953).

 

 

S4

Photographs

 

1942-1947, 1950-1955, n.d.

 

Arranged by subject and chronologically.

 

Black and white photographs are divided into Group Shots, Individuals, Buildings,Various and King Pauland Queen Frederika of Greece.

 

 

S5

Ephemera

 

1940's and 1950's

 

Arranged chronologically.

 

The last series has only one folder which includes a sample ballot for the re-election of Municipal Judges, a list of the Republican Candidates endorsed for city council and two souvenir railroad tour tickets dedicated to the opening of Toledo's new Union Station, September 17-23, 1950.  An oversize (d) folder contains one Certificate of Merit given to the Mayor in May 1961 and a Proclamation of Goodwill from Sir Alexander Maxwell, Chairman of the British Travel Association, on behalf of London to the United States.

Folder List

 

Box

Folder

Description

 

 

 

 

 

S1. Correspondence

1

1

     1939-1978

 

 

S2. Newspaper Clippings

 

 

   Various

 

2

    1943-1996, n.d.

 

3

    1946-1988

 

 

    U.S.S. Toledo Cruiser

 

4

    1943-1947

 

 

S3. Printed Materials

 

 

   Newspapers

 

5

     1946-1953

 

 

    Joe E. Brown Day

 

6

     1943 & 1945

 

 

    City of Toledo Building Code

 

7

     December, 1945

 

 

    Lake Erie

 

8

     1941 & 1947

 

 

    Magazines

 

9

     1945-1955 & 1980

 

 

    Pamphlets

 

10

     1943-1951

 

 

    Programs

 

11

     1942-1952

 

12

     1953-1977, n.d.

 

 

    Toledo Airport

2

2

     1952 and 1954

 

 

    University of Toledo

 

2

     1953

 

 

S4. Photographs

 

 

    Group Shots

 

3

     n.d.

 

 

     Individuals

 

4

     n.d.

 

 

     Buildings

 

5

      n.d.

 

 

     Various

 

6

     1942-1947

 

 

     Various

 

7

     1950-1955

 

 

     King and Queen of Greece

 

8

     1953

 

 

S5. Ephemera

 

9

    1940's and 1950's

3

*

     1961, n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

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*=oversize cabinet