Charles Walter Hamilton Genealogy
- 1 folder
- This collection consists of a partial copy of a genealogy covering ten generations of the Hamilton family, several of whom settled in Michigan in the 1860s and 1870s. The genealogy includes biographical sketches of family members.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1303
Robert Hicks Family Papers
- UA 28.13
- 0.33 cubic feet
- The Robert Hicks family papers consist of documents, oral history interviews, memorabilia, and two published family histories. An album and three folders contain photographs, news articles, documents, family histories, and a history of the development of the "Flowerpot" neighborhood in East Lansing, Michigan. The album also contains an outline of Thurber family history, an account of Robert Hicks' life from 1972 to 1986, and minutes from a Hicks Family Reunion. Letters discuss family activities, encyclopedia sales in Indiana, and farming in Canada. Oral interviews detail the life of Robert Hicks, his parents, and the development of the "Flowerpot" neighborhood. Also included is a history of the Sickle Family.
- The "Flowerpot" neighborhood was an East Lansing subdivision until 1948, which eventually became part of US-127 and I-496. Robert Hicks was born in St. Johns, Michigan, and married Zoe Thurber of Lansing in 1916. He died in 1986 at the age of 93.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1670
Francis Hodgman Papers
- UA 10.3.92
- 5 folders
- This collection contains five books by Francis Hodgman: Early Days in Climax, The Hodgman Family, Home’s Sweet Harmonies, Songs by the Wandering Singer and The Wandering Singer and His Songs and Other Poems. Early Days in Climax was written in 1905 and outlines the history of the schoolhouses in the area. There are also several illustrations in the book of different schoolhouses. The Hodgman Family, 1903, is a partial genealogy of the family from 1663-1903. Home’s Sweet Harmonies is a book of music for either mixed voices or male voices published in 1899. Songs by the Wandering Singer are poems written by Hodgman and published about 1898. Lastly, The Wandering Singer and His Songs and Other Poems includes twenty-five of his poems with illustrations.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/299
Perry Greeley Holden Collection
- UA 17.26
- 9 folders, 1 volume
- The Holden Memoirs, which were printed in a scrapbook format, includes photographs, genealogies, and reproductions of correspondence, certificates, and news clippings.
- Perry Greeley Holden (1865-1959) was an educator, farmer, and scholar in the field of agriculture. He graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1889; taught at M.A.C. 1889-1893; taught at the University of Illinois 1896-1899; was professor of Agronomy, 1903-1907, and Director of the Agricultural Extension Department, 1908-1912 at Iowa State College. In 1913 he joined the International Harvester Company and remained with that company until retirement.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/326
Charles Adolphus Jewell Papers
- UA 10.3.5
- 3 folders
- The Charles A. Jewell papers consist of original correspondence from Jewell's days as a student at Michigan Agricultural College from 1860 to 1862 (now Michigan State University). Also included are letters from Jewell while he served in the 18th Michigan Volunteers during the Civil War (1862-1865). A photocopy of a manuscript edited by Jewell's granddaughter, Ruth Jewell Nelson, contains transcribed family letters, family anecdotes, and genealogical information on the Jewell family.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1011
Sarah Van Hoosen Jones Papers
- UA 1.1.3
- 8 cubic feet
- The Sarah Van Hoosen Jones papers document her academic, agricultural, and civic accomplishments, and her interest in local Rochester history, but offer a very incomplete record of her activities as a farmer and a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and the Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions. In her master's thesis and scientific articles, she discusses theories of dairy farm management and animal genetics, but there is almost no information regarding their later application on her farm. Her files relating to her public service add little to the official record, and her letters consist primarily of invitations, messages of congratulation, and letters of appreciation.
- The family papers include a genealogy, letters sent to family members, and tax receipts for the farm. Letters to Joshua Van Hoosen, Sarah's grandfather, were written by Rochester friends and neighbors while he was in California from 1852 to 1853. Two other letters, dated 1889 and 1892, are from Wilfred A. Brotherton, a Michigan botanist. Letters to Joseph C. Jones and his wife concern the former's career as a school administrator and editor and include letters from American author William Dean Howells. The Bertha Van Hoosen materials evidence her interest in the role of women in the medical profession.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/336
Kedzie Family Papers
- UA 28.6
- 0.5 cubic feet
- The Kedzie family papers consists of genealogies, correspondence, and books published by members of the family. Also included are photographs of Robert Mark Kedzie, Ester Hawley Kedzie, A. S. Kedzie, and unidentified men. Additionally, there are items relating to Michigan Agricultural College/Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), such as a 1907 Alumni luncheon program, a commencement program, and a brochure which seeks donations for various buildings titled "For the Veterans of World War II."
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/3193
John A. King Papers
- UA 17.206
- 1.3 cubic feet
- The papers of John A. King contain correspondence, diaries, and typescripts of his diaries. One diary is from his freshman year at the University of Michigan (1939). The other diaries describe his experiences in World War II, his travels abroad, and King’s daily life in Michigan.
- The majority of the diaries contain information about King and his wife Joan’s life in Webberville and Okemos, Michigan. He writes about daily happenings and social activities that the two engaged in. He also makes note of the weather, relative humidity, and temperature for each day. In addition, he notes native animals such as fox, squirrels, raccoons, deer, mink, and muskrat that frequent his backyard and pond. Several of the diaries contain notes about raccoons caught in traps. The diaries also list books and movies that King read and viewed and his comments on each.
- The correspondence files contain conversations on politics, social functions, and discussions about issues of nature and scientific discoveries, as well as talk about families and happenings in each other's lives.
- Also included in the collection are King’s early research notes and field work on prairie dogs.
- The electronic resources series contains digital versions of King's autobiographical sketches, diaries, and correspondence from the years 1937-2013. The autobiographical short essays cover King's own life, genealogies of family members and himself, and his observations and philosophy. His curriculum vitae and other career documentation, as well as short biographies of some of his friends, are also included with the autobiographical material. Correspondence includes letters to business associates, politicians, colleagues, students, friends (including Army friends), and relatives. Some of his wife Joan's letters to politicians during her tenure as AARP State Legislative Chairman (1990-1991) are also included. The digital transcripts of King's diaries cover the years 1937-2002, from his time as a student at the University of Michigan through his careers in the Army and academia, and his family life. Four manuscripts of short stories and essays written under the pseudonym Rexford Strathroy are also included, as well as manuscripts for two scientific papers and a biographical sketch of his mentor and colleague J. Paul Scott.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/460
Kinney Family Papers
- UA 10.3.440
- 9 folders
- The Kinney family papers cover three generations, and family members were located in Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, and Ohio. Edward Porter Kinney's papers comprise a sizable portion of the collection. Since E. P. Kinney lived and worked in the Lansing area, much of the material in this collection pertains to East Lansing and Lansing, Michigan. Also, a majority of the material included in the family papers pertains to electricity and electrical engineering as many of the family members worked in this profession. The Kinney "family tree" is included in the genealogical files. The tree is extensive, dates back to the 1500s, and includes some narrative family history and three newspaper articles featuring Kinney family homes in East Lansing, Michigan.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1679
Kirkland Family Papers
- 6 folders, 1 volume
- The majority of the Kirkland family papers (1850-1889) consist of letters between family members in England and those who immigrated to the United States. The American branch eventually settled in Livingston County, Michigan. The letters discuss family matters and agriculture. Also included is a letter describing a trip (1880) to California via the transcontinental railway; a letter discussing the outcome of the Spanish-American War (1898); a patent medicine brochure (1893); and a genealogy of the family compiled by George Kirkland, which includes family records and a biography.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/933
Lansing and Taft Families Papers
- 0.66 cubic feet, 1 volume
- This collection includes the personal papers and records of Elijah M. Lansing, his grandson or nephew, Frank M. Lansing, Frank's wife, Rosadel Taft Lansing, and her father, Daniel Owen Taft. Papers span 1838-1917 with a generational gap from 1845-1881.
- E. M. Lansing's papers deal with his service in the 5th Brigade of the 6th Regiment of the Michigan Militia (The Washtenaw Guards) from 1838-1845. They include muster rolls, company orders and its constitution, a request to join the guards, and an invitation to a military ball.
- F. M. Lansing's papers include diaries and personal account notebooks, 1889-1916, and business records, receipts, and advertisements for the Howell Steam Laundry, his Lansing, Michigan, insurance agency, and his dry goods business. Also included are a scrapbook and an autograph book (1886) from Eastman College of Business, of Poughkeepsie, New York. His 1901 notebook contains some biographical data. His 1886 autograph book includes stamp portraits of himself and some Eastman College classmates.
- Rosadel T. Lansing papers include an autograph book (1883-1892), a chemistry workbook, and miscellaneous notes and receipts.
- D. O. Taft papers include personal correspondence, two eviction notices to his tenants, personal and farm accounts and transactions, and miscellaneous papers from his farm machinery sales. Three manuscript maps detail his own and neighbors' property holdings. Genealogical information on the Taft family is given briefly in the back of volume 18.
- Elijah M. Lansing, of Pittsfield, Washtenaw County, Michigan, was a member of the 5th Brigade, 6th Regiment, of the Michigan Militia (Washtenaw Guards). He was appointed Sergeant in 1842, Lieutenant in 1843, and Captain in 1845. Frank M. Lansing (born 1868) was the nephew or grandson of Elijah Lansing. He graduated from Eastman Business College in 1886 and was a dry-goods merchant until the mid-1890s, when he took over the Howell Steam Laundry in Howell, Michigan. From 1906 to 1917, he ran an insurance agency in the Howell area, until he resigned to become cashier at the Milford State Bank in Milford, Michigan. He married Rosadel Taft, daughter of Daniel Owen Taft (born 1833), of Livingston County, Michigan. Taft was a farmer and a dealer in farm machinery.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/896
Frank D. Lewis Collection
- 1 folder
- This collection contains two Civil War poems "The Dying Soldier at Manassas," and "The Veteran's Growl." "The Veteran's Growl" was written by a soldier sent to Texas on garrison duty after the war ended; it describes the miserable conditions in Texas and satirizes War Department policies and Union leaders. Also included is a brief genealogy of Frank Lewis' family.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1329
Lowe family Papers
- 0.66 cubic feet and 7 volumes
- This collection primarily consists of family letters from Vincent Lowe, a pharmacist in Benton Harbor, Michigan, his wife, Mary Emma Lowe, son, Harvey, and cousin, Angela Crooks. Also included are Mary Lowe's diary (1888-1891), newspaper clippings and miscellaneous printed materials from Benton Harbor High School (circa 1898-1908), a printed genealogy of the Lowe family, and a song book.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/1154
Richard E. Lucas Publication
- 1 folder
- This publication provides an outline of all the residents and landowners of Meridian Township, Ingham County, Michigan in the nineteenth century. The information outlined came from federal censuses, cemetery records and several atlases. Near the beginning of the publication there is a citation for each person along with their age at the time of the record.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/162
Mattoon family Papers
- 1 cubic foot
- This collection consists of letters, diaries, and financial notebooks from various members of the Mattoon family. Most of the early letters (1835-1859) were collected by Charlotte B. Sweet Lindley, who was related to Nancy Agnes Amy Lindley Mattoon by marriage. Much of Lindley's family lived in New York, and most of the early letters relate to this state. There are scattered letters from Michigan in the earlier years, and a large number of letters from Shiawassee, Clinton, and Alcona counties beginning in 1851. These Michigan letters contain limited information on agriculture and general life in the area. The most informative portion of this collection is the correspondence relating to the Civil War. Letters from Gershom Woodruff Mattoon and his brother, George Pearson, describe their enlistments and the movements of their regiments. A letter from Gershom dated December 4, 1864, tells of the burning of Loudon County, Virginia by Union forces in retaliation for raids by General Mosby. His mother’s letter of April 27, 1865 tells of the death of Abraham Lincoln. A letter from Cambric, New York dated April 24, 1864, describes how a neighbor of the family enlisted and then deserted after receiving his bonus, and a letter from another soldier dated July 12, 1864, tells of the horrors of the Wilderness Campaign during that summer. Gershom Mattoon remained interested in veteran's affairs and corresponded with old army comrades long after the war (1890-1910). Some of these letters shed additional light on the war. Letters from Samuel Smith (1900) describe conditions in Confederate prisons. A letter dated October 16, 1905, tells of Sheridan's famous ride from Winchester, and a letter of December 19, 1908, describes the battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia. A final letter of interest in the collection, dated March 13, 1881, relates the opinions of an old army comrade in Virginia on race relations, politics, Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. This collection also includes diaries, financial accounts, and expense notebooks containing information on daily life and costs of goods and labor during the years indicated. One of these books contains notes spanning the years 1727-1908 and is interesting as an example of the art of the early bookbinder. Included in the collection is a financial record dated 1918-1920 was kept by Mildred Mattoon during her years at M.A.C. (now Michigan State University). Additional information concerning the Civil War is recorded in a bound book of family and regimental records. This book includes genealogical records. Rough notes, speeches, and writings by Gershom Mattoon, as well as newspaper clippings he collected to preserve the history of the war round out the collection.
- Finding aid to the collection: https://findingaids.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/864