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Charles Francis papers

Identifier: c-00077

Scope and Contents

Charles Francis and his wife, Elizabeth, migrated from Wethersfield, Connecticut, through New York and Indiana, eventually settling in New Buffalo, St. Joseph County, Michigan. His papers include correspondence from various members of the Francis family in Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The collection also contains a ledger of Charles Francis, in which he recorded his daily work as well as expenses and receipts.

Much of the correspondence is concerned with family matters. Other subjects of particular interest include fires aboard the steamboats Brandywine and Tollisman, and the difficulties associated with living and working in the French section of St. Louis, Missouri (April 15, 1830), a discussion of economic hard times and their causes in Springfield, Illinois (July 19, 1837, May 12, 1838), and the hardships faced by other members of the Francis family pioneering in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia (December 25, 1866, September 16, 1867).


  • Creation: 1827 - 1867


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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Chamberlain Memorial Museum, 1952-09-00. 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.

Charles Francis Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
July 1969
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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