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George Rupp papers

Identifier: 00135

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a number of mineral maps of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, three letterpress books of correspondence, an account book of the lands purchased in 1902, two lumber grading booklets, an 1880 land deed, the agreement between Rupp and Olson, some land redemption correspondence (1913 and 1915), and a large photograph of Bessemer, Michigan.


  • Creation: 1891 - 1916


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

George Rupp was a land surveyor, sales agent and land owner in Bessemer, Gogebic County, Michigan at the turn of the Twentieth Century. His correspondence indicates that he acted as a local contact for investors in Upper Peninsula mining and timber lands. At their request, he would survey land tracts for mineral and timber resources, and act as a sales agent, charging a fee.

In May 1902, with money provided by Otto B. Olson, Rupp purchased numerous parcels of Gogebic County land at tax sales. An agreement dated July 8, 1902 gave Rupp and Olson each a half interest in the future sale or redemption of these lands. Rupp died before 1913. His wife, Mary C. Rupp, took over his half interest.


0.66 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Gift of Eileen Haberman, 1979-03-23

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

George Rupp Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
G. Rose
April 1979
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US