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Kirkland family papers

Identifier: c-00127

Scope and Contents

The majority of the Kirkland family papers consist of letters between family members who migrated to the United States and relatives who remained in England. The American branch eventually settled in Livingston County, Michigan. Letters discuss family matters, prices, and English farming.

One letter (December 1, 1880) describes in detail a trip from Chicago to California by train. A letter dated November 4, 1898 discusses the outcome of the Spanish-American War, the acquisition of the Philippines, and the possibility of American blacks relocating there. A brochure for "Dr. Pierce's World Famed Family Medicines" is included in a letter dated December 7, 1893. A poem describing an ocean voyage (1901) and a postcard photograph (1908) are also included.

In addition, the collection contains a volume entitled "Genealogy of the George Kirkland Family of Iosco Township, Livingston County, Michigan," compiled by George Kirkland. This volume contains excerpts from letters in the collection as well as extensive family records and biographies.


  • Creation: 1850-1914, Undated


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

George Kirkland (1816-1906) was born in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England. He married Jane Cobb (1816-1904) in 1841. In 1850, the couple immigrated to the United States. They settled in Livingston County, Michigan and are both buried in the Munsell cemetery in Iosco Township.


0.1 Cubic Feet (6 folders, 1 volume)

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Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Robin Carr. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum. Gift of George Kirkland.

Legal Status

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.

Kirkland Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
March 1965
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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