Harvey C. Saunders Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Saunders, Harvey Cookson
Harvey C. Saunders papers
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

Harvey Cookson Saunders was born on May 9, 1878 in Greenfield, Maine. He came to Michigan in 1897 and worked for his uncle, Frank Cookson, on the Driggs River. He married Sarah Eastman and they had three children. He died in January 1967 in Schoolcraft, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a series of short reminiscences by Harvey C. Saunders describing lumbering in Michigan between 1878 and 1934. Saunders worked on log drives near Seney, Michigan, and along the Manistique and Indian Rivers, and Doe and Skeels Lakes. He describes logging camps and towns, as well as the different aspects of logging, especially the drives.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 1966

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

Revision Description

 Added bio note and expanded inventory list. August 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 Harvey C. Saunders, 1965-07-12. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Schoolcraft County (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Saunders, Harvey Cookson


  • Lumbering -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Papers undated 


"River Driving: Wm. A. Woods First Drive on the Driggs" 

"Logging on Skeels Lake in 1902 (July and August)" 

"Dams & Dam Building on the Indian River in 1902" 

"Memories of Logging & River Driving Days (1903 & 1904 Hemlock Bark)" 


"How Grand Marais Became a Town" 

Consolidated River Improvement Company 


"My First Visit to Seney (April 1899)" 

"Memories of Camp Life & Logging Days (April 1904)"