Austin Blair Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Blair, Austin, 1818-1894
Austin Blair papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

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

Austin Blair (1818 – 1894) was governor of Michigan during the Civil War (1861-1865). In February 1849, Blair married Sarah L. Ford, of Seneca County, New York. They had four sons.

He died in Jackson, Michigan and is interred at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery there.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a transcript of biographical notes written by Governor Austin Blair, covering the period 1758-1873, giving information on family background, Michigan politics, the formation of the Republican Party, his years of service in the Michigan House of Senate, his governorship (1861-1865), and his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Also included is a typescript of several articles written by Nellie Blair Greene for the Jackson Tribune in 1930, including family anecdotes and a historical description of the Blair House in Jackson, Michigan.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 1965

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

Revision Description

 Added biographical note July 2013

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 Jack Daable, 1958-07-23. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Republican Party. (Mich.)
  • Republican Party. (U.S. : 1854-)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- History
  • Michigan -- Politics and government
  • United States -- History
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Blair, Austin, 1818-1894
  • Greene, Nellie Blair

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note


Papers 1898, 1930 


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People. Blair, Austin 

People Photographs

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