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Alexander B. Copley papers

Identifier: c-00320

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of miscellaneous notes and drawings of mill machinery and other papers of Alexander Copley, a flour and lumber mill operator of Champion, Jefferson County, New York. Included are three volumes (1825-1843) containing notes and drawings for the construction of mills and mill machinery, mill accounts (1837-1846) and family and farm accounts (1848-1879). Also included are a history of Alexander B. Copley and his family taken from the "Decatur Republican" (1945), and three small diaries.


  • Creation: 1822 - 1958
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1822 - 1886

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.


Alexander Copley (1790-1842) migrated to southwestern Michigan in 1833 from Champion, New York. He was the father of Alexander Bennett Copley (1822-1899) who inherited his father's business concerns and later disposed of them.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 2 folders, 3 volumes on shelf)

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Custodial History

Gift of Earl Copley, 1960-08-17. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Alexander B. Copley Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
April 1967
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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