William L. Carpenter Papers
00015

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Buesser, Frederick
Creator
Carpenter, William Leland, 1854-1935
Title
William L. Carpenter papers
ID
00015
Date [inclusive]
1851-1950
Extent
0.66 Cubic feet , 1 volume on shelf
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

William Carpenter was born in 1854, graduated Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1875, and from the University Law School in 1878. After practicing law for fifteen years he became a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge in 1894. In 1908 he was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. He resigned in the same year for financial reasons, resuming the Detroit law practice which he maintained until his death in 1935.

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Scope and Contents note

The bulk of the collection is composed of letters Carpenter received and duplicates of many of those that he sent. Many of them are of an essentially personal nature. In later life he became particularly interested in family genealogy and many letters were written and received on this subject.

Included in the collection are a number of writings by Carpenter relating his experiences as a lawyer and judge. References to Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) appear throughout the collection as Carpenter had two brothers and two sisters who also attended school there. There are letters from Europe written during World War I by his son, Rolla, and a diary kept by his son-in-law, Dr. Frederick Buesser. This diary is particularly valuable for its day to day accounts of life in the medical corps. The diary includes a particularly good description of Armistice Day in 1918.

Carpenter's correspondence includes letters from several prominent persons including Woodbridge Ferris, Charles Evans Hughes, John Basset Moore, Elihu Root, and William Howard Taft.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  September 2000

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Frederick Buesser, 1961-06-16.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1875.
  • Oakland County Bar Association (Mich.).
  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History.

Family Name(s)

  • Carpenter family, (William Leland Carpenter, 1854-1935)

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Carpenter, Paul
  • Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948
  • Moore, John Basset, 1860-1947
  • Root, Elihu, 1845-1937
  • Taft, William H., (William Howard), 1857-1930

Subject(s)

  • Armistice Day
  • World War, 1914-1918

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Scope and Contents note

Box

Correspondence 

1
Box Folder

 1851-1876 

1 1

 1883-1887 

1 2

 1888-1899 

1 3

 1902-1908 

1 4

 1909-1910 (missing) 

1 5

 November 1910 

1 6

 1-7 December 1910 

1 7

 8-15 December 1910 

1 8

 16-19 December 1910 

1 9

 20 December 1910 

1 10

 21-22 December 1910 

1 11

 23-31 December 1910 

1 12

 1911-1917 

1 13

 1918 

1 14

 1919-1926 

1 15

 1927 

1 16

 1928 

1 17

 1929 

1 18

 1930 

1 19

 1931 

1 20

 1932 

1 21

 1933 

1 22

 1934 

1 23

 1935 

1 24

 1942-1950 

1 25

 Undated 

1 26

Speeches and Papers 

2
Box Folder

"The Advancement of Practicality" 26 August 1874 

2 1

Speech by Carpenter at Banquet of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity 30 May 1907 

2 2

"Courts of Last Resort" 25 August 1909 

2 3

"The Social Life of Russia" circa 1891-1917 

2 4

"The Vatteure" - An Episode In the Lives of John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson April 1924 

2 5

Speech For Dedication of Beaumont Tower 22 June 1929 

2 6

Memorandum of Remarks At The Oakland County Bar 22 Aug 1934 

2 7

"Charity In Word and Thought" undated 

2 8

"Christ and the State: Christ and Government" undated 

2 9

"Comfort For Old Folks" undated 

2 10

"How Michigan Became a State" undated 

2 11

Speech On Judge Brooke undated 

2 12

Speech On Judge's Dissenting Opinions undated 

2 13

"The Ideal Judge" undated 

2 14

"The Judge Infallible" undated 

2 15

Speech on Obligations of Jurors undated 

2 16

"The Lawyer As a Public Servant" undated 

2 17

Speech to New Lawyers undated 

2 18

"Leonardo Da Vinci" undated 

2 19

"Alfred Russell" undated 

2 20

"The Supreme Court" undated 

2 21

"A Paper By C.K. Carpenter" On Subject of Temperance undated 

2 22

"Testimony In Will Contest" undated 

2 23
Box Folder

Financial Records 1889-1932, undated 

2 24

Legal Records 1889, 1935, 1949 

2 25

Biographical Sketch of Frederick G. Buesser For Detroit Medical News (4 July 1950) 

2 26

Advertising Circular For Lectures of Charles E. Davis 1922 

2 27

Writing Tablet Used by Carpenter undated 

2 28

List of People Who Recommended Flavius Brooke For Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (December 1910) 

2 29

"An Appreciation of James H. Lynch" 22 August 1934 

2 30

Genealogical Information For Carpenter Family undated 

2 31

Magazine Clipping 8 June 1929 

2 32

School Notebook of William Carpenter 1876 

2 33

Autograph Books undated 

2 34

"One Line of the Carpenter Family In America" by Paul Carpenter 1896 

2 35

Financial Account Book of Frederick Buesser 1905-1944 

2 36

World War One Diary of Frederick Buesser 1917-1919 

2 37

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Volumes 

Volume

One Letterpress Volume of Correspondence February-July, 1908 

1

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Photographs 

Drawer
Photographs

People. Carpenter, William L. 

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Postcards 

Drawer
Postcards

Korea. Seoul. Chosen Hotel 

Virginia. Fredericksburg. Brompton, Marye Mansion 1925 

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