Porter Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Porter family, (Grace Porter Pierce)
Porter family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

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Scope and Contents note

The Porter family papers consist of correspondence and printed materials relating to members of the Porter, Prindle, and Pierce families, primarily to Grace Porter Pierce of Grand Ledge, Michigan. The daughter of Henry and Emma Prindle Porter, she married William Pierce in 1898.

The collection contains letters between family members primarily dealing with family concerns. It also includes a series of letters from Bert Porter, Grace Porter Pierce's brother, who served with the 8th U.S. Cavalry. Porter was stationed on garrison duty at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, but he was later sent to the Philippine Islands as part of the American occupation forces. His letters, which express his dissatisfaction with army life, describe his experiences in the Philippines and the army's attempts to quell native uprisings (1910-1912).

Grace Porter Pierce was an active member of the Ladies of the Modern Maccabees, and the collection contains correspondence and printed materials relating to that organization. It includes materials on the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which Mrs. Pierce was also a member. Her application for membership in the D.A.R., which traces her genealogy, is included.

Four letters from Horace Greeley (1860-1861) are included in the collection. Greeley was connected by marriage with the Porter family and the letters are concerned with family matters. Also included is a letter of thanks to Mrs. Pierce from Vice-President Richard Nixon (1957).

Other materials in the collection include marriage and school certificates; Civil War pension applications for Henry Porter, and for his daughter, Grace Pierce, as a veteran's widow; a genealogy of the Prindle and Howe families; horoscopes drawn up for Mrs. Pierce (1914-1919); materials dealing with the history of Grand Ledge, Michigan (1935-1936); and a certificate commending Mrs. Pierce for her work with Selective Service Registration (1940). Also included are Carte de Visite and tintype photographs of members of the Porter, Pierce, Prindle, and Tripp families.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 1965

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

Revision Description

 January 2014 March 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 Mrs. Robert Porter, 1963-05-17. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Acc# 02414 Photograph Collection 1 tintype 14 cartes de visite 3 prints approx 400 post cards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 20th century.
  • United States. Army. Cavalry, 8th.

Family Name(s)

  • Pierce family, (Grace Porter Pierce)
  • Prindle family, (Grace Porter Pierce)


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

Geographic Name(s)

  • Grand Ledge (Mich.)
  • Philippines -- History
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872
  • Nixon, Richard M., (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
  • Pierce, Grace Porter
  • Porter, Bert
  • Porter, Robert, Mrs.


  • Education -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note












Howie-Prindle. Genealogy 1928 


D.A.R. Materials 


Horoscopes 1914-1919, n.d. 




Patriotic Materials 


Grand Ledge (MI) Historical Materials 1935-1936 


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Alaska. Juneau 

Alaska. Oliamna Bay 

Animals. Bears 

Arizona. Roosevelt Dam 

Arkansas. Little Rock. Railroad bridge over Arkansas River 

Art. Painting. Chardin. The House of Cards 

Austria. Vienna 

Brazil. Rio de Jeneiro 


California. (2 folders) 

California. Arcadia 

California. Coronado 

California. Fresno 

California. Knott's Berry Farm 

California. La Jolla 

California. Loma Linda 

California. Long Beach 

California. Los Angeles 

California. Mission Carmel 

California. Mission San Antonio de Padua 

California. Mission San Antonio de Pala 

California. Mission San Diego de Alcala 

California. Mission San Gabriel 

California. Mission San Juan Capistrano 

California. Mission San Luis Rey 

California. Mission San Rafael Arcangel 

California. Mission Santa Ires 

California. Monterey 

California. Oakland 

California. Ocean Park 

California. Pacific Grove 

California. Pasadena 

California. Riverside 

California. San Francisco (3 folders) 

California. San Francisco. Chinatown 

California. San Francisco. Golden Gate Park 

California. San Jose 

California. Santa Monica 

California. Shasta Springs 

California. Santa Cruz 

California. Yuba County 

California. Venice 

California. University of, Berkeley. Strawberry Creek 

Canada. Alberta. Calgary. General Hospital 

Canada. British Columbia. Victoria 

Canada. Canadian Rockies 

Canada. Ontario. Brighton 

Canada. Ontario. Hamilton 

Canada. Ontario. Sault Ste. Marie 

Canada. Ontario. Toronto 

Canada. Ontario. Windsor 

Canada. Quebec 

Canada. Quebec. Montreal 

Chicago, University of. Buildings 


Colorado. Denver 

Colorado. Pike's Peak 

Colorado. Royal Gorge 

Cuba. Matanzas 

England. Blackpool 

Expositions and Fairs. Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 

Expositions and Fairs. Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915 

Expositions and Fairs. Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915 


Florida. Bradenton 

Florida. Jacksonville 

Florida. Miami 

Florida. Ocala 

Florida. Palm Beach 

Florida. St. Augustine 

Florida. Tampa 

France. Paris 

Georgia. Atlanta. First Presbyterian Church 

Georgia. Fort Benning 

Georgia. Fort Jackson 



Hawaii. Camp Very 

Hillsdale College 

Hong Kong. Harbor 


Illinois. Aurora 

Illinois. Chicago 

Illinois. Paris 

Illinois. Rock Island Arseral 

Indiana. Elkhart 

Indiana. Indianapolis 

Indiana. LaPorte 

Indiana. Michigan City 

Indiana. South Bend 

Japan. Tokyo. Imperial Palace 

Kansas. Hanover 

Kansas. Fort Riley 

Kentucky. Louisville. Seelbach Hotel 

Massachusetts. Arlington 

Massachusetts. Boston 

Mexico. Civided Juarez. Iglesia de Guadalupe 

Michigan. Addison 

Michigan. Alma 

Michigan. Ann Arbor 

Michigan. Barry County. Gun Lake 

Michigan. Belding 

Michigan. Benton Harbor. Hotel Vincent 

Michigan. Benzie County. Crystal Lake 

Michigan. Berrien County 

Michigan. Big Rapids 

Michigan. Byron Center. M.E. Church 

Michigan. Cadillac. Public Library 

Michigan. Charlotte 

Michigan. Cheboygan 

Michigan. Clarks Lake 

Michigan. Clarksville 

Michigan. Crystal 

Michigan. Battle Creek 

Michigan. Bay City 

Michigan. Detroit. (2 folders) 

Michigan. Devils Lake 

Michigan. Detroit. Belle Isle 

Michigan. Detroit. Hospitals 

Michigan. Detroit. Parks 

Michigan. Dowagiac. Indian Lake 

Michigan. Eaton Rapids. GAR Park 

Michigan. Flint 

Michigan. Frankenmuth 

Michigan. Frankfort 

Michigan. Grand Haven 

Michigan. Grand Ledge 

Michigan. Grand Rapids 

Michigan. Grand Rapids. Parks 

Michigan. Grand Traverse Bay 

Michigan. Greenville. Baldwin Lake 

Michigan. Grosse Ile 

Michigan. Hart. Methodist Church 

Michigan. Holland 

Michigan. Houghton. Douglass House 

Michigan. Houghton County 

Michigan. Houghton Lake 

Michigan. Hubbardston 

Michigan. Hudson 

Michigan. Ionia 

Michigan. Kalamazoo 

Michigan. Lake Odessa 

Michigan. Lakeland. Strawberry Lake 

Michigan. L'Anse 

Michigan. Lansing (2 folders) 

Michigan. Lansing. Capital Building 

Michigan. Macatawa 

Michigan. Mackinac Island 

Michigan. Manistee 

Michigan. Mason 

Michigan. Mason County 

Michigan. Middleville 

Michigan. Montrose. Flint River 

Michigan. Muskegon. (2 folders) 

Michigan. Nashville. Railroad Station 

Michigan. New Era 

Michigan. Newaygo County 

Michigan. Oceana County 

Michigan. Ottawa Beach 

Michigan. Paw Paw 

Michigan. Pontiac 

Michigan. Port Huron 

Michigan. Portland 

Michigan. Quincy 

Michigan. Reading 

Michigan. Rochester 

Michigan. Saginaw 

Michigan. St. Clair 

Michigan. St. Louis 

Michigan. Sault Ste. Marie 

Michigan. Shelby 

Michigan. Sheridan 

Michigan. South Haven 

Michigan. Traverse City. Hannah Park 

Michigan. Whitehall. White Lake 

Michigan. University of. Buildings 


Mining. Copper 

Mining. Equipment. Hoists 

Minnesota. Minneapolis 

Minnesota. St. Paul. Como Park 

Mississippi. Biloxi 

Missouri. Excelsior Springs 

Missouri. Kansas City 

Missouri. St. Louis 

National Parks. Grand Canyon National Park 

National Parks. Mt. Ranier National Park 

National Parks. Yellowstone National Park 

Nebraska. Military Camp 

Nevada. Palisade Canyon 

New Jersey. Atlantic City. Hotel Dennis 

New Mexico. Deming 

New York. Buffalo 

New York. Cornwall Lansing 

New York. New York City 


Ohio. Cedar Point 

Ohio. Cleveland 

Ohio. East Toledo. Church of the Good Shepherd 

Ohio. Findlay 

Ohio. Lorain 

Ohio. Norwalk. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Chapel 

Ohio. Portsmouth. U.S. Grant Bridge 

Ohio. Sandusky. Erie County Infirmary 

Ohio. Spencer 

Ohio. Tiffin 

Ohio. Toledo (2 folders) 

Ohio. Toledo. Parks 


Oregon. Columbia River Highway 

Oregon. Marshfield 

Oregon. Portland 

People. Gordon, Emma 

People. Porter, Joseph 

People. Porter, Robert or Joseph 


Philippines. U.S. Military Camps 



Ships. Battleships. "Nebraska" 

Ships. Battleships. "Oregon" 

Ships. Steamships. "Governor" 

Ships. Steamships. "Tionesta" 

Stanford University. Memorial Church 


Texas. El Paso. Washington Park 

United States Civil Wars. "Women and Girl Workers of the Civil War '61-'65" Oakland, California, 1918 

Utah. Salt Lake City 

Vermont. East Poultney 

Vermont. St Johnsbury 

Washington. Bremerton. U.S. Navy Yard 

Washington. Cascade Mountains 

Washington. Edmonds 

Washington. Mt. Tacoma 

Washington. Seattle 

Washington. Tacoma 

Washington, D.C. Treasury Building 

Waterfalls. Niagara Falls 

Western Michigan University 

Wisconsin. Delavan Lake 

Wisconsin. Green Bay 

Wisconsin. Lake Mills. Rock Lake 

Wisconsin. Nashotah 

Wisconsin. Racine. Post Office 

Wisconsin. Superior 

Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells 

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Machinery. Steam Shovels (Grand Ledge, Michigan) 1888 

SC Photo 1

Michigan. Grand Ledge. Home of Grace Porter Pierce 

SC Photo 1

People. Pierce, Grace Porter 1919 

SC Photo 1

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Photographs/Carte de Visite (CDV) 

CDV Photographs

Anderson D. 


Lampson, Edmund and Diantha 

Lewis, I.H. 

Mann, Don 

Mann, Helen 

Pierce, Grace P. 

Pierce William R. 

Porter, George W. 

Porter, Luther 

Prindle, Emma 

Florence Lampson 

Prindle, Gilbert Henry 

Prindle, Harriet L. 

Prindle, Wilbur Bradley 

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Photographs - Tintypes 


Prindle, Horace circa 1870 

Prindle, Willie Bradley circa 1871 

Tripp, Clinton C. 

Tripp, Florence Nellie Prindle 

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