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Sprague and Strange families correspondence

Identifier: c-00338

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence for the most part addressed to John Strange of Oneida, Eaton County, Michigan, and to his spouse Orinda (nee Sprague), from members of their families in Massachusetts and New York.

The letters are concerned with family matters -- births, deaths, and marriages -- and flavored with pious comments. Beginning in 1849, the correspondence includes much discussion of California and the Gold Rush, and of travel to the West.


  • Creation: 1832 - 1869

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

The Spragues, from New York state, were farmers and school teachers, and religious sectarians of an evangelistic nature. The Stranges, from the Massachusetts coast, were farmers and sailors.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 7 folders)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Sprague and Strange Families Correspondence
4 Published And Cataloged
June 1967
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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