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Roy James Robb papers

Identifier: 00067

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection consists largely of survey field books, survey maps, and diaries of Roy James Robb. His diaries contain brief notes related to the surveys, which were done in Ingham, Clinton, Barry, Iosco, Mackinac, and other counties in Michigan.

Also in the collection are nineteenth century survey papers and field books, which he purchased to use for reference. Among the papers of Ingham County Surveyors are surveys by Anson Jackson, the first County Surveyor (1838-1848), Thomas J. Brown (1857-1860 and 1873-1874), William H. Raynor (1865-1870), and Aron P. Drake (1877-1880). Some of the survey papers may be copies from the original.

The early field books contain papers surveys of townships of Ingham County by Joseph Wampler (1824) Musgrove Evans (1826-1827), John Mullet of Detroit (1888-1889), and Walter Heath, County Surveyor (1903-1908). Another field book is of surveys in Menominee County by Henry Floyd (1847).


  • Creation: 1824 - 1957

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.


Roy James Robb, of East Lansing, Michigan, was Ingham County Surveyor from approximately 1906-1918. His later surveys include work for the Clinton County Drain Commissioner (circa 1940s) and surveys for the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club in Mackinac County.


1.33 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Gift of Carl O. Robb.

Legal Status

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

Roy James Robb Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
J. VanderWal
July 1968
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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