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Powell family papers

Identifier: c-00059

Scope and Contents

The papers include the last will and testament (1826) of John Powell; and nine letters (1803-1846) and their typed transcriptions relating to John Leavitt Powell and his family, giving information about agricultural conditions in New York and Michigan. There is also a farm account book (1846-1887) containing a family record, and several receipts (1842-1843) of Joseph Priestley Powell, son of John L. Powell, who operated a farm in the township of Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan. Also included is a handwritten indenture dated February 26, 1853, between Joseph Powell and sixteen-year-old James Joyce. Finally, there is a family genealogy with explanatory notes and a family tree compiled by Ralph W. Powell (1970).


  • Creation: 1803 - 1970
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1803 - 1887


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

The papers in this collection relate to several generations of the family of John Powell (1752-1827) of Lanesboro, Massachusetts. His son, John Leavitt Powell, moved to Oneida County, New York in the early nineteenth century. Some of the latter's descendants eventually settled in Michigan and Illinois (circa 1835).


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders, 1 volume)

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Custodial History

Gift of Ralph W. Powell and Stanley M. Powell. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Gift of Alice Powell Harrison.

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

Powell Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
September 1968
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US