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Item or Series Title Elmer Collection
Catalog Number 1996-11-001
Description This is a collection of the papers of Jackson K. Elmer and family. Elmer was born in New York in 1840, and moved to Michigan in 1853 after the death of his father. He spent most of his adult life in Mason. He was married to Mary E. Bond in 1866, and they had a daughter Dora D. Elmer. Both his wife and daughter's correspondence and other materials including schoolwork and text books are part of this collection.

Elmer was initially involved in carpentry and construction after learning the trade following public school in Rome, Michigan. He operated a carpentry and building buisiness in partnership with a half brother Lyman W. Baker. He also served for the Union in the Civil War, first enlisting as a sergeant and then receiving promotions to second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and adjutant. There is significant correspondence with military organizations and friends, and other paperwork related to his military service.

There are several warranty deeds for a piece of land in Ingham County between Mason and Lansing along the "State Road" which may have been where the Elmer, Baker, & Co. construction business or his future endeavors in mercantile, coal, and grocery was located. Elmer also owned 80 acres in Section 6, Aurelius Township, which he managed but never farmed himself.

The collection also includes a large number of calling cards, carte de visite photographs and other portraits and photographs, as well as small ledgers, travel diaries, and account books. One of the earliest account books is for the Primary School Interest Fund account that was kept at the Bank of Michigan for 1839-1841, which was probably not Elmer's personal record. He used blank pages later in the volume for his household and Elmer & Baker business accounting and drafts of correspondence. This reuse of items is common in the collection, especially in bound volumes.
Old ID Number 20221, 20110, 20513
Collection Title Elmer Collection
Creator Elmer, Jackson K.
Other Creators Elmer, Dora D.
Dates of Creation 1839-1929
Year Range from 1839
Year Range to 1929
Object Name Fonds
Copyright Information Capital Area District Libraries makes no representation that it is the owner of the copyright in any published material. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright.
People and Organizations Elmer, Dora D.
Elmer, Jackson K.
Elmer, Mary Bond
Allis Family
Rice Family
Soper Family
Search Terms Ingham County (Mich.)
Lansing (Mich.)
Mason (Mich.)
Aurelius Township (Mich.)
Civil War
Calling cards
Family history
Containers The Casket. Short Story (Mary E. Bond)
Waranty deed and property drawings (Ingham co. property)
Waranty deed
Waranty deed
Waranty deed
Waranty deed (Village of Mason property)
Waranty deed (Ingham co. property)
Waranty deed (Ingham co. property)
Waranty deed, mortgage (Ingham co. property)
Mary Bond Elmer correspondence and documents
Letter to Jackson K. Elmer
Jackson K. Elmer correspondence
Correspondence- Military letters
Correspondence, Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance annual reports
Correspondence- J.M. Dresser, Louisiana
Correspondence- documents (6)
Correspondence- Mrs. A.B. Soper
Correspondence- Miss Delia Soper
Adrian College Commencement program
Allis Historical Association
Correspondence to/from Dora Elmer- letters and postcards
Items of Dora Elmer- application to D.A.R., booklet, newspapers, and paper
Dora's school texts- texts
Dora Elmer's schoolwork
Dora Elmer's schoolwork
Dora Elmer's schoolwork
Dora Elmer's schoolwork- maps and drawings
Family Tree- geneology
Military documents- enlistment papers and muster
Military correspondence- Treasury Department and Ordnance Office
Miscellaneous military correspondence/documents- letters and roll call
New York Herald- Lincoln's Assaination
Family newspaper clippings (Bond, Baker, Elmer, Heath, Magown, Soper)
Papers- belongings of J.K. Elmer
Pension information- contract
Railroad billing
Railroad contract
Railroad contracts
Travel brochures
Volunteer Descriptive Lists
War Ephemera- broadsides, calling cards, bills, and letters
Dissolution notice, Elmer Baker & Co.
U.S. Court Summons, Jackson K. Elmer
Photographs- family, friends, places, and miscellaneous (105)
Negatives (3)
Envelopes (4)
Callings Cards- from friends and relatives (57)
Callings Cards Envelopes (7)
Blank book- J.K. Elmer, Mason, Michigan
Travel Journals- Dora D. Elmer (4)
Household Account Book- J.K. Elmer
Account Book- Primary School of Michigan Interest Fund
Black letter case, The Farmers Bank, Mason, Michigan
Household Account Book