Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
David Blank Family Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: David Blank Family Papers,
Creator: Blank, David, 1826-1890.
Inclusive dates: 1854, 1933, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
The papers include family, personal and business correspondence, church records, and materials documenting the Greenback Party and the history of Clinton County, Michigan.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

David Blank Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

David Blank Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



David Blank (1826-1890) was raised in Woodville, Sandusky County, Ohio. He came to Clinton County, Michigan, in 1858, where he farmed, was active in the Greenbush Christian Church, and the Greenback political party of Prohibitionists. David had two brothers, Amos, in Michigan, and William, in Ohio, who were agents for farm machinery. (For further family information see p. 202 of Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio, in the Clarke Historical Library).

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes: family, personal, and business correspondence includes letters from his brothers, Amos and William, about their inheritance, farm products, the sale of grain, a new steam grist mill and railroads in Ohio, outrageous prices for dry goods during the Civil War, school life in Ohio, elections (1877), land prices, drought (1886), church life, Standard Oil Company drilling, etc., 1848-1892. Also included are miscellaneous church records of the Greenbush Christian Church, 1858-1908. Political correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting the National Greenback Party, 1882-1887, and undated are also included. Lastly, Blank’s diaries describe expenses, the weather, personal activities, churches in Greenbush and Eureca, Clinton County, Michigan, the death of his wife, Lydia, his childhood in Ohio (recounted in 1879), Greenback activities (1880-1881), death of his child (August 1882), suicide of his friend Britton (September 18, 1885), and Prohibitionists’ activities (1887-1888).

Subject Terms

    • Blank, David.
    • National Greenback Party (Mich.)
    • Greenbush Christian Church (Greenbush, Mich.)
    • Prohibition--Michigan.
    • Clinton County (Mich.)--History.
    • Greenbush (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    David Blank Family Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Cash Account Books, 2 volumes, 1881-1883, 1892-1928
    Box   1 F   2
    Family Letters (folder 1 of 2), 1848, 1853-1855, 1860-1861, 1963-1868
    Box   1 F   3
    Family Letters (folder 2 of 2), 1880-1892
    Box   1 F   4
    Greenbush Christian Church Records, 1858-1908
    Box   1 F   5
    Indenture, Promissory Note, Receipts, 1849-1933
    Box   1 F   6
    Miscellaneous (folder 1 of 3), 1860-1892, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Miscellaneous (folder 2 of 3), 1860-1892, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Miscellaneous (folder 3 of 3), 1860-1892, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Personal and Business Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1869-1875
    Box   1 F   10
    Personal and Business Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1876-1878
    Box   1 F   11
    Politics, 1882, 1887, undated
    Box   2 F   12
    David Blank's Diaries, 1854, 1858, 1861, 1866, 1874, 1876-1880, 1880-1882, 1883-1885, 1885-1890, 1916-1917