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Saginaw Bay Fish Company records

Identifier: 00009

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains business records and correspondence from 1898-1931 of four Saginaw Bay (Michigan) area fish companies: Saginaw Bay Fish Company, W.J. Orr Fish Company, Bay Port Fish Company, and the Ballard Fish Company. These records include invoices, labor accounts, bank statements, daily transactions, tax records, annual reports, founding agreements, price lists, and cancelled checks.

Also included is an 1857 survey map of the southeast shore of Saginaw Bay, the tax history of lots on Point Lookout, Michigan, real estate offers for lots around Sand Point, Michigan, and a report on the insulation of icehouses using dead air space.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1931

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.

Historical Note

The Bay Port Fish Company apparently established the Ballard Fish Company in 1898. The records of the former were kept jointly with those of the Saginaw Bay Fish Company, and deliveries for both were made to the Saginaw Bay Fish Company. Billing records, however, were made separately for each company. Payments were made from the same account.


1 Cubic Feet (, 13 ledgers on shelf)

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Custodial History

Gift of Harry Englehard. Transferred by the MSU Museum.

Legal Status

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

Saginaw Bay Fish Company Records
4 Published And Cataloged
November 1964
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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