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Lowe family papers

Identifier: 00136

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection include letters (1884-1913) from Vincent Lowe, a pharmacist in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to his wife, Mary Emma Lowe; his son, Harvey; and his cousin, Angela Crooks. Also included is an 1871 land title deed to Margaret M. Crooks. The original pages, together with photocopies, of the diary of Mary Emma Lowe, nee Miller, covering the period from her marriage on the 10th of April 1888, to 1890 are also included; the diary contains accounts for clothing for the Lowe's first child, Harvey, and later expenses, 1881-1891.

There is also a volume of miscellaneous newspaper clippings and anecdotes; death notices of James B. Book, another relative; the minutes of a society called "Crickets on the Hearth, " 1898-1899; Swastika, the Annual of the senior class of Benton Harbor High School for 1908; and a guide book for Benton Harbor.

Also included is the family chart of Absalom and Anna Mary Smith of the 19th century; Twelve Generations of One Line of Lowe, and its Supplement (access to the Supplement is restricted and requires the approval of the director of the Archives) by Blanche Beal Lowe, as well as Bill Lowe's Ditty Bag, 1975.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1975

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.


0.66 Cubic Feet (, 7 volumes in box)

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Custodial History

Gift of Blanche Beal Lowe.

Related Archival Materials

See also Reverend Leonard Smith diaries collection, 1973, (00121) at the University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Legal Status

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


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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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