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Austin Blair papers

Identifier: c-00014

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a transcript of biographical notes written by Governor Austin Blair, covering the period 1758-1873, giving information on family background, Michigan politics, the formation of the Republican Party, his years of service in the Michigan House of Senate, his governorship (1861-1865), and his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Also included is a typescript of several articles written by Nellie Blair Greene for the Jackson Tribune in 1930, including family anecdotes and a historical description of the Blair House in Jackson, Michigan.


  • Creation: 1898, 1930


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

Austin Blair (1818 – 1894) was governor of Michigan during the Civil War (1861-1865). In February 1849, Blair married Sarah L. Ford, of Seneca County, New York. They had four sons.

He died in Jackson, Michigan and is interred at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery there.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Jack Daable, 1958-07-23. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Austin Blair Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
January 1965
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Script of description
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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