Bamber Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Bamber family, (Joseph S. Bamber, 1835-1907)
Bamber family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 4 folders

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

Joseph S. Bamber was born in Lincolnshire, England on February 4, 1835, and was four years old when he accompanied his parents across the Atlantic to the United States.

On November 4, 1857, Mr. Bamber married Sarah A., daughter of Noah P. and Elizabeth W. (Hyde) Morse. They had four children, who were named respectively, Herbert, Albert M., Mary E. and Sherman L.

He lived in Milford and Highland Townships and Oakland County, Michigan.

Sons Herbert and Albert Morse both both attended the Michigan Agricultural College. Herbert graduated with a B.S. in 1881. Herbert was a civil engineer in Highland, Michigan. Albert died while attending M.A.C. June 1, 1883.

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Scope and Contents note

The Bamber family papers consist primarily of correspondence written or received by members of the family of Joseph S. Bamber, a farmer residing in Oakland County, Michigan. The collection includes letters (1862-1865) to Bamber from members of the Hayes family, related to the Bambers by marriage. These letters describe civilian experiences during the Civil War and contain information on food prices, the draft, and "Copperhead" activity in 1864.

Also included are letters (1879-1883) from Bamber's son Albert, a student at Michigan Agricultural College, and letters from various family members to Albert and his brother Herbert, also a student at M.A.C. The letters are concerned with family matters, especially the elder Bamber's sheep.

Miscellaneous papers include a letter expressing sympathy with the Bamber family over Albert's death in 1883, a memorial poem written by one of his classmates, and a humorous account, apparently written by Albert, of the freshman year (1879-1880) experiences of the M.A.C. Class of 1883.

The collection also contains Civil War letters (1861-1864) received by Edward H. Dickerman (3rd Michigan Infantry) from members of his family in Michigan and New England, and from his brothers Samuel (6th New Hampshire Volunteers) and James (8th Michigan Infantry). In addition, there is one letter from Miles Predmore to his brother (1864), describing army life at Fort Creighton in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Predmore and Dickerman's relationship to the Bamber family is unclear.

The civil ware related materials (folders 1 and 4) have been transcribed, scanned and put online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1968

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 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 John A. Cox. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1881.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1883.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865).
  • United States. Army. New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 6th. (1861-1865)

Family Name(s)

  • Hayes family, (Joseph S. Bamber, 1835-1907)


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Oakland County (Mich.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Bamber, Albert M., 1860-1883
  • Bamber, Herbert, 1858-1937
  • Bamber, Joseph S., 1835-1907
  • Dickerman, James
  • Dickerman, Samuel
  • Piedmore, Miles


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
  • Draft
  • Student activities -- Michigan

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General Note

A biographical sketch of Joseph S. Bamber can be found in Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan.

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1862-1865 


Letters 1879-1883 


History of MAC Class of 1883 1879-1880