Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Collet Family Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Collet Family Papers,
Creator: Collet family.
Inclusive dates: 1840, 1936, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The papers consist of family papers of the Collet and Hall families, including personal, business, legal papers and account books.

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:

Collet Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

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


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



The Collet and Hall families were joined in 1851 through the marriage of Emma Hall and Stephen Collet. Both families were pioneers; the Halls settling in Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana and the Collets in Gratiot and Montcalm counties, Michigan.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Collet-Hall papers consist of correspondence, financial, business, and legal papers, certificates, and account books. Sections of the William and Sarah Hall correspondence note views on politics, the Civil War, and slavery. Letters from William Collet to his parents describe working at the Pere Marquette Railroad offices in Michigan City, Ind. A letter to Emma from her brother James tells about the fluctuating currency situation in Indiana, 1860. One document grants Emma Collet legal guardianship of her children, William Hastings and Emma Jane, after the death of her husband (their father), Stephen. Genealogical materials include records of births, deaths, and marriages, notebooks, certificates, and newspaper clippings.

Subject Terms

    • Hall family.
    • Collet family.
    • Pere Marquette Railroad.
    • Michigan City (Ind.)--History.
    • Gratiot County (Mich.)--History.
    • Montcalm County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Montcalm County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Collet Family Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Calendars, Newspaper Clippings, 1908-1932, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1853-1936
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1853-1936
    Box   1 F   4
    Genealogical Material (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Genealogical Material (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Legal and Financial Papers, Account Books and Unidentified Materials, 1840-1913
    Box   2 F   1
    William Henry Collet Papers, 1885-1887, 1886-1890, 1873-1875, 1881
    Box   2 F   2
    Papers, 1832-1928
    Box   2 F   3
    Receipts (International Order of Odd Fellows and Maccabees), 1900-1927
    Box   2 F   4
    Photographs, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Poetry, undated