Rosevelt Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Rosevelt Family, (John V. Rosevelt, 1826)
Rosevelt family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 11 folders and 2 volumes on shelf, 4 volumes in box

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 business and personal correspondence, various bulletins, papers, and advertisements of the Rosevelt family.

Most of the business papers involve John V. Rosevelt, a dealer in agricultural machinery, and Charles Rosevelt, a farmer, both of Keeler (Van Buren County), Michigan. The personal correspondence in the collection involves several individuals: Elizabeth Hirkham, Emma Varnovery, and Allie, possibly Charles' wife.

Additionally, the collection includes advertisements for new products; the Kirtland family record of deaths and births; a Union ticket announcing Abraham Lincoln for President; proof of insurance papers; railroad passes; papers for guardianship of a child; numerous marriage and anniversary announcements; party invitations; the will of John Cagney; and Michigan State College's Horticulture Department Bulletin, 1895.

Also included in the collection are four account books, c.1850-1880, probably belonging to Charles Rosevelt containing business notes recording the sale of farm products as well as personal notes, and two large diaries (shelved separately) of Charles Rosevelt, 1878-1886 and 1892-1894, giving details of farm work and including a few accounts.

Additionally there is a booklet entitled "Lily of the Valley," a child's storybook; an Almanac for 1879; and a speech on American labor by the Hon. Byron M. Cutcheon, given in the House of Representatives in 1884.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 1966

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

Revision Description

  April 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 Theodore John Rosevelt, 1962-09-07. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Navy.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Keeler (Mich. : Township)


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Almanacs
  • Business -- Michigan
  • Expense accounts
  • Labor

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Collection Inventory



Box Volume

Volume 1, Ledger circa 1863 - 1872 

c.00307 1

Volume 2, Daybook 1872 

c.00307 2

Volume 3, Ledger undated 

c.00307 3

Volume 4, Ledger undated 

c.00307 4

Volumes on shelf 


Vol. 1, Journal 1878-1886 


Vol. 2, Journal 1892-1894 


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