Alfred L. Williams Family Papers
c.00504

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Williams family, (Alfred L. Williams, 1808-1886)
Title
Alfred L. Williams family papers
ID
c.00504
Date [inclusive]
1885-1925
Extent
0.1 Cubic feet , 5 folders
Language
English

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

Alfred and his brother, Benjamin O. Williams, were the first white settlers to visit and eventually settle in Shiawassee County, Michigan. They operated a trading post at the Indian Village, Ketshewaudaugoning, prior to founding the village of Owosso in 1837.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains letters from members of the Alfred L. Williams family of Owosso, Michigan.

Most of the letters were written to Alfred L. Williams' daughter, Clara, by her sisters. The letters discuss pioneer life, the problems of being a single girl, hired help and treating illness with various home remedies. Also discussed are the development of the town, social life in Owosso and the Wesener fire in 1885, in which the block between Washington and Main streets burned. They also discuss the coming of the railroad in 1883 and the possibility of a men's Christian college (the forerunner of John Wesley College) being built.

There are also photographs of the Williams and related families in the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1976

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  July 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 Margaret Zdunic, date unknown.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Ketshewaudaugoning (Mich.)
  • Michigan -- Social life and customs
  • Owosso (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Williams, Alfred L., (Alfred Leonzo Williams), 1808-1886
  • Williams, B.O., (Benjamin Oliver Williams), 1810-1887

Subject(s)

  • Indians of North America -- Michigan
  • Railroads -- Michigan
  • Traditional medicine -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Letters 

Folder

 1882-1883 

1

 1884 

2

 1885 

3

 1886-1890 

4

 1925 

5

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Photographs 

Homes 

John Ingersoll residence, Corunna, Michigan 

Interiors. B. O. Williams residence, Owosso, Michigan 

People 

Dewey and McCormick Families 

Dewey, Ed 

McCormick, Colin 

McCormick, David 

Phelps, Hubert S. 

Sleight, Grandmother 

Unidentified 

Williams, Alfred L. 

Ship (drawing) 

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