Waterous family papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains letter fragments, receipts, handbills, copies of a hand-written newspapers, and business and household accounts of John, Edward, and Purden Waterous, who moved from Avon, New York, to the Grand Blanc area of Michigan (circa 1830).
Three ledgers - "cider books" - record the business transactions of Edward Waterous' New York distillery. Dated from 1807-1829, the ledgers note customers' names, grain and whiskey prices, and some grocery prices. A whiskey tax receipt issued to Edward Waterous in 1800 is included. Purchase receipts from an Avon, New York, general store note prices of a variety of items, including silk, raisins, umbrellas, and a vest pattern. A small notebook lists wages for farm labor in the Avon area in 1825.
Also included are a letter from Purden to John; pages apparently from an assessor's notebook for an area in Genesee County, Michigan; a receipt to John Waterous for a purchase of land in this area; two other receipts to John for paid installments on shares in the Algerville and Grand Blanc Plank Road (1856); copies of the "Star of the West", a paper put out by S.E. Waterous in 1852; an advertisement for a medical cure-all; a handbill for a concert; and two essays.
- 1800 - 1910
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.
0.25 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders, 2 volumes in folder, 1 volume on shelf)
Language of Materials
Gift of Edward Waterous, 1961-01-17. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum
Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University
- Waterous Family Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- February 1967
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.