Alanson Royce Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Royce, Alanson
Alanson Royce papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet 2 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

This collection consists primarily of letters from Alanson Royce to his family, describing his farm in New Buffalo, Michigan, and his migration to Mornington, Missouri, where he also farmed. In his letters home Royce discusses Missouri's economy and agricultural prospects, as well as education and social conditions. There are very few references to slavery. Royce farmed in Missouri until 1862, when his pro-Union views angered local Confederate sympathizers and forced him to flee to Illinois. The letters describe Civil War conditions in Missouri in 1861 and 1862, especially the hostility between Unionists and Confederates.

Two of the letters during the Civil War years, are from Orin Baker. Baker enlisted in the 24th Missouri Infantry Regiment as a sergeant. He died from illness in 1862.

The letters from the Civil War years have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at

Also included is a United States Land certificate for Alanson Royce in Webster County, Missouri dated March 1, 1960.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 1965

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

Revision Description

  October 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 Mrs. Alfred Sherman, 1961-01-05. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Missouri -- Economic conditions -- 19th century
  • Missouri -- Social life and customs
  • New Buffalo (Mich.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Agriculture -- Missouri
  • Education -- Missouri

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1855-1862 


Dear Sister 1855-1857, 1858-1860 

Dear Brother 1858 

Dear Nephew 1860 

Civil War 1861-1862 

United States Land certificate for Alanson Royce in Webster County, Missouri March 1, 1860