The Papers are divided into Correspondence (4 folders) and Papers (approximately 1 cubic ft.). The Papers include his completed papers, drafts of the papers, and research notes, as well as Related Correspondence, 1968-1995, and undated. Most of the material relates to his biographies of Madeline La Framboise and Brevet Major Charles H. Salter. There are several smaller papers on other topics, including women fur traders. All of the materials are undated except for the General and Related Correspondence.
Books that were originally part of the collection have been separately cataloged.
Madeline La Framboise (circa 1780-1846), a fur trader at Mackinac Island, was a squaw who married Joseph La Framboise, another fur trader at Mackinac Island.
Charles H. Salter (died 1892) of Detroit, Michigan, was a Civil War veteran. He enlisted in Detroit at age 21 in April 1861 in Company A of the Michigan First Infantry. Salter mustered out in August 1861, and re-entered service in Company E, Sixteenth Michigan Infantry as a Second Lieutenant. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in Company B in August 1862. In September 1864 Salter became the Acting Brigade Inspector and was commissioned as a Brevet Major of the U.S. Volunteers for his courage and bravery throughout the war. He was discharged in January 1865. Salter died on March 23, 1892. (This information is from the Regimental History of the Sixteenth Michigan Infantry, p.141.). Other Civil War materials may be found under Civil War notes and “Such an opportunity” draft, about General Ulysses S. Grant.