Historical Society of Grand Rapids (Michigan) Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Grand Rapids Historical Society (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
Historical Society of Grand Rapids (Michigan) records
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 of two publications of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids (Michigan), which contain biographical sketches of John Ball by his daughter, Lucy Ball. John Ball, born in New Hampshire in 1794, was an early Michigan pioneer and one of the first to settle in Grand Rapids. The first publication, "John Ball and Early Grand Rapids," recounts Ball's early life, the settlement of the town, and the development of education, one of Ball's lifelong concerns.

The second publication, "The Overland Journey to Oregon of John Ball in 1832," is an account of Ball's experiences as a member of Captain Nathaniel Wyeth's expedition to the Pacific Northwest. Wyeth's party was only the third American party to cross the Rocky Mountains. The second publication also contains the minutes of the Historical Society's Annual Meetings for 1910 and 1911.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 1978

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 the Historical Society of Grand Rapids, 1977-10-24. Transferred by Michigan State University Library, Special Collections.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Historical Society of Grand Rapids (Mich.).


  • Publications

Geographic Name(s)

  • Grand Rapids (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Ball, John, 1794-1884
  • Ball, Lucy
  • Wyeth, Nathaniel J. (Nathaniel Jarvis), 1802-1856


  • Education -- Michigan
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


No.2, Volume 1, Part 2 1907 


No.6, Volume 1, Part 6 1911