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Dunks family papers

Identifier: c-00123

Scope and Contents

The Dunks family papers consist primarily of correspondence addressed to Oliver Dunks of Detroit and Coldwater, Michigan, the bulk of which is dated in the 1860s. The letters discuss business, agriculture, and social activities in Southern Michigan. Several also deal with important aspects of the Civil War period, such as "Copperhead" feeling in the North, the election of 1864, and Lincoln's assassination.

Of particular interest are letters from Julius Dunks discussing the presidential election returns in November, 1864 (folder 5); and letters dated April, 1865 describing memorial events in Detroit following Lincoln's death (folder 8). A letter from John Hughes describes oil well drilling in Venago County, Pennsylvania in 1865 (folder 8).

Also included are several letters from E.O. Burton, a student at Olivet College, discussing college life and activities (1864-1865). Other documents in the collection include an announcement of a political rally at Coldwater, Michigan (1864) and advertisements for watches and ready-made clothing (1865).


  • Creation: 1836 - 1877

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.


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Custodial History

Gift of Fred S. Dunks, 1962-08-10. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

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


Dunks 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

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943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US