Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Douglass Houghton Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Douglass Houghton Papers,
Creator: Houghton, Douglass, 1809-1845.
Inclusive dates: 1830-1846, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Papers include 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 regarding the incorporation of St. Paul's Church, Detroit, Michigan, as well as seven volumes of field survey notes of Michigan, 1837-1840, six folders of survey maps of Michigan, 1830s, undated, and three miscellaneous volumes, one of which is field survey notes, 1845..

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:

Douglass Houghton Papers are open for research.



Preferred Citation:

Douglass Houghton Papers, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.



Douglass Houghton (1809-1845) was a physician, scientist, surveyor, and the first State Geologist of Michigan. He was one of the earliest surveyors of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He drowned with two companions in Lake Superior in 1845. A county, city, lake, and three villages in Michigan are named for him. There are also numerous books about Houghton available in the Clarke Historical Library.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is 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 v.), 1837-1840, undated of Michigan places, township survey maps of Michigan, undated, two modern transcriptions of fieldnotes No. 1-2, 1845, 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, later Cathedral, Detroit, Michigan, 1842, regarding its incorporation, and miscellaneous notebooks (3 v.), two of which are undated, and the third which includes field survey notes, May 1845. The collection is also available on microfilm (Micro 686).

Subject Terms

    • Houghton, Douglass, 1809-1845.
    • Hubbard, Henry.
    • Houghton and Hubbard.
    • St. Paul's Cathedral (Detroit, Mich.)
    • Surveyors--Michigan.
    • Detroit (Mich.)--Church history.
    • Upper Peninsula (Mich.)--Description and travel.
    • Superior, Lake.
    • Lower Peninsula (Mich.)--Description and travel.
    • Isle Royale (Mich.)--History.
    • Keweenaw Peninsula (Mich.)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Douglass Houghton Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Accounts, Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1832, 1835-1840, 1846, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Bonds, 1835-1841, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Contracts, Deeds, 1830, 1835, 1837-1839
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence re: St. Paul's Church, Detroit, Michigan, 1842
    Box   1 F   5
    Pay Orders, 1835-1837, 1839, 1841-1842
    Box   1 F   6
    Promissory Notes, 1836-1838
    Box   1 F   7
    Receipts, 1835-1840, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Township Survey Maps, Genesee, Houghton Counties, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Township Survey Maps, Lapeer, Livingston, Marquette Counties, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Township Survey Maps, Oakland County, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Township Survey Maps, Saginaw County, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Township Survey Maps, Shiawasee County, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Township Survey Maps, Tuscola, Wayne, unidentified Counties, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    (Modern) Transcriptions of Fieldnotes, No. 1-2, 1845, 1845, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 1, Lower Peninsula, July 15-August 13, 1837
    Box   1 F   16
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 2, Lower Peninsula, August 28-September 24, 1837
    Box   1 F   17
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 3, Southern Part of the Lower Peninsula, September 25-October 15, November 10-16, 1837
    Box   1 F   18
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 4, Lower Peninsula, AuSable River, Bois Blanc Island, Mackinac Island, etc. May 19-November 1838
    Box   1 F   19
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 5, Calhoun County, Pontiac, Mackinac Island, Menominee River, Drummond Island, etc. (includes phonetic "Indian" phrases). May 15-August 31, 1839
    Box   1 F   20
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 6, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon River, Copper Harbor, Presque Isle, Montreal River, Manitou Island, etc., May-July 1840
    Box   1 F   21
    Field Survey Notebooks, v. 7, Salt Springs, Saline, etc., undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Miscellaneous Volumes, v. 8, Notes on Varieties of Trees in Lapeer (?) County, undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Miscellaneous Volumes, v. 9, Cash Book, Filed Notes, May 1845, Lists of Persons Employed for Research, 1845, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Miscellaneous Volumes, v. 10, Index of Names, undated