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Rosevelt family papers

Identifier: c-00307

Scope and Contents

This collection contains business and personal correspondence, various bulletins, papers, and advertisements of the Rosevelt family.

Most of the business papers involve John V. Rosevelt, a dealer in agricultural machinery, and Charles Rosevelt, a farmer, both of Keeler (Van Buren County), Michigan. The personal correspondence in the collection involves several individuals: Elizabeth Hirkham, Emma Varnovery, and Allie, possibly Charles' wife.

Additionally, the collection includes advertisements for new products, the Kirtland family record of deaths and births, a Union ticket announcing Abraham Lincoln for President, proof of insurance papers, railroad passes, papers for guardianship of a child, numerous marriage and anniversary announcements, party invitations, the will of John Cagney, and Michigan State College's Horticulture Department Bulletin, 1895.

Also included in the collection are four account books, circa 1850-1880, probably belonging to Charles Rosevelt containing business notes recording the sale of farm products as well as personal notes, and two large diaries (shelved separately) of Charles Rosevelt, 1878-1886 and 1892-1894, giving details of farm work and including a few accounts.

Additionally there is a booklet entitled "Lily of the Valley," a child's storybook, an Almanac for 1879, and a speech on American labor by the Hon. Byron M. Cutcheon, given in the House of Representatives in 1884.


  • Creation: 1850 - 1953

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.


John Veeler Rosevelt was born in 1826 in New York. His wife, Mary E., was born in 1833 in Pennsylvania. They lived in Keeler Township, Van Buren County, Michigan. John died in 1895; Mary in 1899.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 11 folders and 2 volumes on shelf, 4 volumes in box)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Gift of Theodore John Rosevelt, 1962-09-07. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Rosevelt Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
October 1966
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Language of description note
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