Hanchett Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Hanchett family, (Elijah Hanchett)
Hanchett family papers
Date [inclusive]
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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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of four letters between members of the Hanchett family of New York, which discuss family and personal matters, as well as their respective travels in the west (Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and Louisiana. The first letter from Mary Ann Hanchett to Elijah Hanchett in 1826, describes her travels in Michigan and Ohio. The next letter from Josiah and Nancy Hanchett and their son Lewis, who moved to Detroit in 1829, gives descriptions of people and life in Detroit. This letter addressed to Elijah Hanchett, encourages him to move out "west" with the family. The third letter, sent in 1833, also from Lewis to Elijah, describes his visit down south to Louisiana. The final letter from Jeremiah Drake, who moved from Salisbury, New York to Columbus, Wisconsin in 1842, was written to Elizabeth Hanchett in 1853, and talks about relatives and his travels.

Included are transcriptions of two of the letters, and an article written by the donor, entitled "The Lure of the West a Century Ago," which contains further transcription of one of the letters.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 1993

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

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 Dr. Russell Nye, date unknown.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Detroit (Mich.) -- History
  • Louisiana
  • Louisiana -- Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Drake, Jeremiah
  • Hanchett, Elijah
  • Hanchett, Elizabeth
  • Hanchett, Josiah
  • Hanchett, Lewis
  • Hanchett, Mary Ann
  • Hanchett, Nancy
  • Nye, R.B., (Russel Blaine), 1913-1993
  • Nye, R.B., (Russel Blaine), 1913-1993

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1826-1853