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Item or Series Title Stebbins Real Estate Collection
Catalog Number 1992-01-001
Description This collection consists of nearly 400 boxes of real estate listing cards and other material for addresses throughout the greater Lansing area, including both commercial and residential properties. It was created in the course of business by the Advance Realty Co. of Lansing, founded by C. Rowland Stebbins.

Records make up two series: standard (card) files, and large files. The 4" x 6" card format was a common way real estate listings were recorded and shared by agencies, especially in the 1950s and beyond with the advent of simple card and photo printing systems. Large files are similar but sometimes include rough sketches of a property or a neighborhood section, correspondence, and/or larger newspaper clippings, with most material on 8 1/2" x 11" office paper as opposed to the smaller cards.

Materials are organized by street address. A typical address file will include at least one of the following:

-Photograph of property
-Negative (usually Kodak Brownie format) of property
-Sales listing card or sheet, detailing the structure, lot, location, any notes on showing the property for agents, notes on sale price and date. The 4" x 6" sales listing cards usually have a half-tone photograph of the property on the reverse.
-Newspaper clippings (classified advertisements or articles)
-Sales agent solicitation records
-Rental property information
-Vacant property information

Occasionally odd items such as a housekey have been found in the files.

The material was created and maintained by the Advance Realty Co. of Lansing. Advance was founded by C. Rowland "Rollie" Stebbins, the grandson of Cortland B. Stebbins, who was an editor of the Lansing Republican newspaper as early as 1857. The Stebbins family was prominent in Lansing business and local government for several generations.
Collection Title Stebbins Real Estate Collection
Creator Advance Realty Co.
Dates of Creation 1927-1972
Year Range from 1927
Year Range to 1972
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 Stebbins, C. Rowland
Advance Realty Co.
Search Terms Real estate agents
Real estate business
Lansing (Mich.)
Ingham County (Mich.)
East Lansing (Mich.)
Mason (Mich.)
Williamston (Mich.)
Leslie (Mich.)
Aurelius Township (Mich.)
Okemos (Mich.)
Haslett (Mich.)
Child Records Stebbins Standard Card Files
Stebbins Large Files