George Rupp Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Rupp, George
George Rupp papers
Date [inclusive]
0.66 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

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

George Rupp was a land surveyor, sales agent and land owner in Bessemer, Gogebic County, Michigan at the turn of the Twentieth Century. His correspondence indicates that he acted as a local contact for investors in Upper Peninsula mining and timber lands. At their request, he would survey land tracts for mineral and timber resources, and act as a sales agent, charging a fee.

In May 1902, with money provided by Otto B. Olson, Rupp purchased numerous parcels of Gogebic County land at tax sales. An agreement dated July 8, 1902 gave Rupp and Olson each a half interest in the future sale or redemption of these lands. Rupp died before 1913. His wife, Mary C. Rupp, took over his half interest.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes a number of mineral maps of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, three letterpress books of correspondence, an account book of the lands purchased in 1902, two lumber grading booklets, an 1880 land deed, the agreement between Rupp and Olson, some land redemption correspondence (1913 and 1915), and a large photograph of Bessemer, Michigan.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1979

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Gift of Eileen Haberman, 1979-03-23

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Account books
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Maps
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Bessemer (Mich.)
  • Gogebic County (Mich.)
  • Ontonagon County (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Haberman, Eileen, Mrs.


  • Geological surveys
  • Surveying
  • Surveying -- Public lands
  • Surveyors

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Collection Inventory


Letterpress Books 

Box Volume

 January 21, 1891 - February 1, 1897 

1 1

 July 9, 1902 - May 22, 1904 

1 2
Box Folder

 May 8, 1904 - May 22, 1904 

1 1
Box Volume

 May 1904 - November 12, 1908 

1 3

Land Records 

Box Volume

Account Book, giving index of bids, lands purchased, location, and payments at tax sale in May 1902 and subsequent sale of redemption of these lands 1902-1916 

2 4
Box Folder

Agreement between Rupp and Olson, giving each half-interest in the lands brought at the May 1902 tax sales July 8, 1902 

2 1

Land Redemption Correspondence 1913, 1915 

2 2

Land Warrant and Military Bounty Land in Gogebic County, Michigan, assigned to William B. Harter June 13, 1889 

2 3


Box Folder

"Scribner's Lumber and Log Book" 1882 

2 4

"Rules for the Grading of White Pine Lumber" March 1, 1897 

2 5

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Oversized Materials 


Mines and Minerals in Gogebic County, between Lake Gogebic and Sunday Lake undated 


Portion of Gogebic County, between Bessemer and Lake Superior, showing Surface features, timber, and minerals undated 


Bessemer, Michigan, showing mines and surface features circa 1882 


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