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Elisha Cross papers

Identifier: c-00537

Scope and Contents

The Elisha Cross papers include an illustrated physics manual given to Cross in 1832 by John B. Calhoun ("President of the Moulders of the Howell Works Co."). Cross and his daughter, Susan, used the manual for a personal journal, scrapbook and botanical notebook (including plant specimens). The papers also contain a photographic copy of a drawing of the Hance farm and documents related to real estate Cross owned in the Detroit area.


  • 1832-1892, 1903


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.

Biography of Elisha Cross

Elisha Cross (1802-1893) was the owner of Cross Tavern on the Grand River road in Wayne County. He married Sarah Slokum in 1835, and of their three children, only one daughter, Susan, survived. She married Mark Hance in 1856 and, according to a note provided by the donor, the Hance farm in Farmington, Michigan was the north end of the Underground Railroad. In his later years Elisha Cross moved to Detroit where he owned a considerable amount of real estate.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 2 folders)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Gift of E. Edison Kinney, 1975-05-15.

Records Transferred to Other Collections

The following items were removed from Elisha Cross Papers, accession no. HC 00231, and were transferred to other collections, either to be retained or disposed. Any items that should receive special disposition are clearly marked.

PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION: 1 photograph of a drawing of the Mark Hance farm in Farmington, MI 1 photograph/postcard. Jovian Picnic at Pine Lane, 1914 1 postcard. Sledding scene. Eaglesham, Renfrewshire (Scotland)

Processor's Name: Peter Moody Date: October 6, 1986

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.

Elisha Cross Papers
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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