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Detroit Public Library

5201 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, Michigan 48202

 

 

http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/special-collections

Description:

The Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in Michigan. The Detroit Public Library opened for service on March 25, 1865 in one room of the old Capitol High School located at State and Griswold streets with a collection of 5,000 books.

 

Description from: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/library/about-us

Categories: Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes,

Collections:
Burton Historical Collection: Van Buren Petition, ca. 1838
Grover Cleveland Letters, 1886-1897
Burton Historical Collection: William H. Harrison Papers, 1734-1939
William R. Shelby Papers, 1885-1907
Andrew Johnson papers, 1866-1868
Henry T. Thurber Papers, 1871-1900
Ulysses S. Grant papers, 1849-1864.
Sands Fish Moore Papers, 1873-1908
Rutherford B. Hayes correspondence, 1873
Edwin Denby Papers, 1907-1925
Thomas H. McMinn Papers, 1731-1927
Frances Folsom Cleveland Letters, 1888-1900

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Burton Historical Collection: Van Buren Petition, ca. 1838

The Burton Historical Collection (BHC) of the Detroit Public Library began as the private library of Clarence Monroe Burton. In addition to being a prominent attorney, Mr. Burton was a Detroit historiographer and the founder of the C. M. Burton Abstract Co. Mr. Burton’s original intention was to assemble a collection on the history of Detroit. Realizing that Detroit’s history was inextricably connected to that of Michigan and the Old Northwest and those histories to that of Canada and New France, he assembled a collection that was one of the most important private historical collections in the country.

 

Over the course of 40 years, Mr. Burton systematically collected original documents and personal papers of prominent citizens of Detroit and Michigan. By 1914 the library contained 30,000 volumes, 40,000 pamphlets and 500,000 unpublished papers. Mr. Burton donated his collection, including the building it was housed in, to the Detroit Public Library in 1915. The collection was moved to the new main library in 1921.

 

Description from: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/special-collections

 

Petition signed by citizens "on the North Side of Grand River" Mich. regarding public lands
Born in Kinderhook, New York, December 5, 1782; studied law, was admitted to bar, New York, 1803; moved to Huson surrogate of Columbia Co.; member of State Senate, 1813-1820; attorney general of New York, 1815-1819; delegate to state constitutional convention, 1821; U.S. Senate Democrat, March 4, 1821-1828; Governor of New York, 1828-1829; U.s. Secretary of State, March 12, 1829 - August 1, 1831; Vice President, 1832; President, 1836-1840; died in Kinderhook, New York, July 24, 1862. (from Bio. Cong. Dir.) (blue index cards)
 

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren

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Grover Cleveland Letters, 1886-1897

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey, S. Grover Cleveland was the son of Richard F. and Ann Neal Cleveland. When he was a small boy, the family moved to New York. Prevented by his father's death from attending college, Cleveland studied by himself and was admitted to the bar in Buffalo, New York in 1859. In succession he became assistant district attorney in 1863; sheriff, 1871; mayor, 1881; and governor of New York in 1882. Cleveland was nominated for president in 1884 and served two nonconsecutive terms, 1885-1889 and 1893-1897. Papers contain letters, mainly to Don M. Dickinson and some letters to Cleveland from cabinet members, members of congress, and the public.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/289296057

Size
2.5 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Burton Historical Collection: William H. Harrison Papers, 1734-1939

Finding aid and white index cards available in the Burton Historical Collection and on the World Wide Web.

Size
2.3 linear ft.(1 box, 1 large manuscript, 6 microfilm reels)

Presidential content includes:

- William Harrison

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William R. Shelby Papers, 1885-1907

Shelby, William R. Includes a letter from Samuel Tilden to Grover Cleveland and reply.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/502011377

Size
0.2 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Andrew Johnson papers, 1866-1868

0.2 linear ft. (1 microfilm reel)
From Austin Blair, Zachariah Chandler, Jacob Merritt Howard and Robert McClelland Papers.
This collection is open for research use.
Papers relating to his impeachment.
In English.
White index cards available in the Burton Historical Collection.
 

Size
1 microfilm reel

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Johnson

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Henry T. Thurber Papers, 1871-1900

Thurber, Henry Thomas, 1854-1904. Detroit attorney and private secretary to President Grover Cleveland. Jefferson Gage Thurber, born in Unity, N.H. in 1807, was admitted to the bar in 1833, and moved to Monroe, Mich., where he married Mary Bartlett Gerrish of Boscawen, N.H. He held many public offices and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. He died May 6, 1857 (or May 5, 1858). Their children were Edward G., Jefferson M., Henry Thomas born in 1854, Elizabeth T. (wife of Talcott E. Wing), Julia, and Mrs. Dunlap. Henry T. Thurber married Elizabeth Croul in 1898, and their children: Donald M.D. born in 1884, Marion (wife of Edwin Denby), Mrs.James A. Cameron, Henry T. born In 1890, and Cleveland born 1896. Thurber was a member of the law firm of Dickinson, Thurber & Stevenson. From 1892-1897 he served as secretary to President Cleveland. He died on Mar. 17, 1904 (from Wing. Hist. of Monroe Co. ; Burton. Hist. of Detroit ; Biog. file catalog alcove.) (blue index cards). Miscellaneous business and legal papers along with letters from Connecticut Life Insurance Co; also notebooks from student days at the Univ. of Mich., and Minutes (1871-1872) of the Ladies Home Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church of Detroit.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/500848503

Size
0.7 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Ulysses S. Grant papers, 1849-1864.

0.2 linear ft. (1 wallet)
This collection is open for research use.
Includes a letter describing conditions of officers' quarters at Detroit, 1851.
In English.
White index cards available in the Burton Historical Collection.
 

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Sands Fish Moore Papers, 1873-1908

Moore, Sands Fish, -1895. Collection includes a letter from President Taft regarding Freemasonry items and high school miscellany.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/320348861

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Rutherford B. Hayes correspondence, 1873

0.2 linear ft. (1 wallet)
This collection is open for research use.
Letter to C.I. Walker.
In English.
White index cards available in the Burton Historical Collection.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/391052035

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Edwin Denby Papers, 1907-1925

Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929. Detroit lawyer, secretary of the navy during the Harding administration, U.S. congressman (1905-1911).
Collection indexed in card file in library. Correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, members of the cabinet, scrapbook of photos of U.S. fleet on maneuvers, drafts of speeches. Includes several letters from Theodore Roosevelt as acting secretary of the navy. Description based on entry in: Guide to the manuscripts in the Burton Historical Collection / compiled by Bernice Cox Sprenger. Detroit, Mich. : the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library, 1985.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/55804614

Size
12 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Warren G. Harding

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Thomas H. McMinn Papers, 1731-1927

McMinn, Thomas H., 1894-1963. 1 wallet. Miscellaneous items: a deed to land in New Jersey, 1731; Commission as 2nd Lieutenant, United States Navy, 1798 to Samuel Chase; Letter of Daniel Webster, 1851; Letter, John W. Davis, 1827; Letter, Calvin Coolidge to David Lawrence, 1926.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/340800002

Size
1 wallet

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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Frances Folsom Cleveland Letters, 1888-1900

Cleveland, Frances Folsom, 1864-1947. Daughter of Oscar Folsom. Married Stephen Grover Cleveland on June 2, 1886. They have five children. She was born in 1864. Letters concerning family, social matters, and Washington Society. 

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/316507798

Size
26 letters

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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