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Andre family papers

Identifier: c-00069

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters, accounts books, and miscellaneous bills and receipts of the Andre and Hurlbert families. Most of the letters, written in 1874, are from Samuel to Elizabeth as he traveled through Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska as an itinerant farm worker. The bills and receipts are primarily from general stores, showing goods purchased, the prices paid, and eggs and dairy products accepted in trade. There are also accounts showing farm work performed; it is not clear who kept these accounts. In addition, a partial ledger contains accounts for the Andre and Spaulding general store (1879-1880), as well as Elizabeth Hurlbert's personal accounts and her accounts as guardian (1885-1888). Finally, there are several small account books kept by A.J. and Elizabeth Hurlbert. A.J. used his for farm accounts (1882-1889), while Elizabeth recorded household expenses and rent from boarders.


  • Creation: 1874-1892, undated


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

Samuel Andre came to Benzie County, Michigan, in 1874 to homestead. His wife Elizabeth later traveled from Pennsylvania to join him there. When Samuel died in 1881, Elizabeth became guardian of his estate. She married A.J. Hurlbert in 1882 but continued as guardian of Andre lands and property. It is unclear from the materials who inherited the property.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 4 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Kate Andre, 1962-01-05. 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

Andre Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
July 1967
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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