George Wilson Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Wilson, George
George Wilson collection
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 contains scattered correspondence from members of the Wickim, Briggs, Sanford, and Mudgett families. A letter from H. G. Wickim to his family (1854) describes preparations for an overland trip to California. Two letters from H. F. Briggs (1857, 1860) discuss land prices and agriculture in Illinois. In two letters to his father (1860, 1861), E. P. Sanford describes life in the California mines. Another California pioneer, C. N. Mudgett, writing to her sister, declares that she is sick of the hard pioneer life and work (1865). Finally, a letter from Elliath Osgood to members of the Wilson family describes his missionary work in China and the beginnings of the Boxer Rebellion (1900). The collection also includes a teaching contract between W. Sanford and the trustees of the Ridgeway Township school district, Lenawee County, Michigan (1858).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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

Revision Description

  March 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 George Wilson, 1958-09-11. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • California --Description and travel
  • China -- History -- Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901.
  • Ridgeway (Mich. : Township)

Personal Name(s)

  • Briggs, H.F.
  • Mudgett, C. M.
  • Sanford, E. P.
  • Sanford, W.
  • Wickim, H.G.
  • Wilson, George


  • Agriculture -- Illinois
  • Education -- Michigan
  • Frontier and Pioneer Life -- California
  • Gold mines and mining -- California
  • Missionaries -- China
  • Women -- California

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Collection Inventory


Papers 1854-1900