.5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
These papers are of interest to anyone interested in early surveying of Michigan, the early development of Michigan, what Michigan was once like, and the life of Houghton. It consists of field survey notebooks (7 volumes.), 1837-1840, undated, of Michigan places, township survey maps of Michigan, undated, 1995 copies of transcriptions of the miscellaneous 1845 notebooks labeled by Houghton as No. 1-2 and the Index of Names (note: these volumes are listed as Volumes 8-10 in this finding aid) and a letter from Frank E. Stead re: his research and transcriptions, business correspondence, legal and financial papers of Houghton’s while a partner in Houghton and Hubbard regarding the real estate business in southern Michigan, 1830-1841, correspondence re: St. Paul’s Church, Detroit, Michigan, 1842, regarding its incorporation, and miscellaneous notebooks (3 volumes.), 1845, undated. The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically. The collection is also available on microfilm (Micro 686). Most of the collection is in good physical condition, but some materials are acidic, have edge and/or fold damage. White acid-free paper was inserted on either side of more acidic, ripped, or separated pieces, or related pieces to show context/relationship by the archivist. Researchers may also be interested in other Clarke Historical Library resources by and about Houghton. Stead also transcribed the Lower Peninsula Field Survey Notebook for July 15-August 13, 1837, a copy of which is in the Clarke.