Charles Francis Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Francis, Charles
Charles Francis papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 folders

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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Scope and Contents note

Charles Francis and his wife, Elizabeth, migrated from Wethersfield, Connecticut, through New York and Indiana, eventually settling in New Buffalo, St. Joseph County, Michigan. His papers include correspondence from various members of the Francis family in Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The collection also contains a ledger of Charles Francis, in which he recorded his daily work as well as expenses and receipts.

Much of the correspondence is concerned with family matters. Other subjects of particular interest include fires aboard the steamboats Brandywine and  Tollisman, and the difficulties associated with living and working in the French section of St. Louis, Missouri (April 15, 1830), a discussion of economic hard times and their causes in Springfield, Illinois (July 19, 1837, May 12, 1838), and the hardships faced by other members of the Francis family pioneering in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia (December 25, 1866, September 16, 1867).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1969

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

Revision Description

  February 2000

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 Chamberlain Memorial Museum, 1952-09-00. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chamberlain Memorial Museum.


  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • British Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • New Buffalo (Mich.)
  • United States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century
  • Wethersfield (Conn.)


  • Agriculture -- Connecticut
  • Agriculture -- Indiana
  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Agriculture -- New York (State)
  • Farm management
  • Frontier and pioneer life

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Collection Inventory


Correspondence 1827-1834, Undated 


Correspondence and Miscellaneous 1835-1867 


Ledger 1826-1832