Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
John E. McDowell Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: John E. McDowell Papers,
Creator: McDowell, John E., died circa 1995.
Inclusive dates: 1968-1995, and undated
Extent: 1.25 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
The papers include notes, unpublished papers, drafts, and related correspondence, mostly about Madeline La Framboise, Charles H. Salter, and Ulysses S. Grant.

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
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#41638, 40546

Access Restrictions:

John E. McDowell Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke Historical Library.

Preferred Citation:

John E. McDowell Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by size, Box 1 contains letter-size and Box 2 contains legal-size materials. Then the collection is divided into correspondence and papers, which are then sorted alphabetically and chronologically.


History

Biography:

John E. McDowell, a self-proclaimed amateur historian, had his own Tax Consultant/Accounting Service business in Indian River, Michigan. He researched and wrote on several Michigan history topics. Some of his articles were published in Civil War Times Illustrated, Michigan History, and a Michigan local history series. He published a book on women fur traders, including Madeline La Framboise, Therese Schindler, and Elizabeth Mitchell. His lawyer, John F. Welch, donated the collection following McDowell’s demise in 1995.


Collection Scope and Content Note

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • McDowell, John E., died circa 1995.
    • Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
    • Salter, Charles H., died 1892.
    • La Framboise, Madeline, died 1846.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Fur traders--Michigan--Mackinac Island (Island)
    • United States--Personal narratives--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Mackinac Island (Mich.: Island)--History.
    • Detroit (Mich.)--History--19th century.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    John E. McDowell Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence, General, May 1968-January 1991, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence Re: Donation of Papers to the Clarke Historical Library, February 1991
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, Re: La Framboise, April 1970-January 1992
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, Re: La Framboise, Related Papers and Reference Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Papers, A Long, Long Trail a Winding [draft], undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Papers, A Pretty Good Case [draft], undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Papers, Boat, Notes and Photographs (5), undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Papers, Charles H. Salter: a Typical "Yankee" Company Officer, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Papers, Civil War, Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Papers, Don't Spoil the Ducks [Voyageurs], undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Papers, Engineer, Signal Officer, Ordnance Chief and Artillerist: E. Porter Alexander, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Papers, Has the West Declined? [2 versions], undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Papers, "I had come...to attack...": Johnston at First Manassas, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Papers, J. E. Johnston (Lieutenant Colonel), Papers (at Duke University), Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Papers, Major General Joseph B. Kershaw: an Appraisal, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Papers, My Brush with History: They Don't Live Here Anymore, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Papers, Nathaniel P. Banks: the Almost Successful Failure, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Papers, Once, When Macho Fur Traders Met Their Equals: the Stories of Madeline La Framboise, Therese Schindler, and Elizabeth Mitchell, [Chapters I-V], undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Papers, Once, When Macho Fur Traders Met Their Equals: the Stories of Madeline La Framboise, Therese Schindler, and Elizabeth Mitchell, [Chapters VI-VII], undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Papers, Parties and Parades: From the Letters of Captain Charles H. Salter, undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Papers, [the] Professor Propounds, 1993
    Box   1 F   22
    Papers, Salter Letters, Notes, and Drafts, undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Papers, She Stymied the Powerful John Jacob Astor: The Life and Times of Madeline La Framboise [draft, Chapters I-VIII], undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Papers, She Stymied the Powerful John Jacob Astor: The Life and Times of Madeline La Framboise [draft, Chapters IX-XV, Bibliography], undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Papers, She Stymied the Powerful John Jacob Astor: The Life and Times of Madeline La Framboise, Correspondence re: Publication, 1993-1995
    Box   1 F   26
    Papers, "Such an Opportunity" Lamented an Anxious and Careworn General Ulysses S. Grant [from the Letters of Captain Charles H. Slater, final draft], 1995
    Box   1 F   27
    Papers, "Such an Opportunity" Lamented an Anxious and Careworn General Ulysses S. Grant [from the Letters of Captain Charles H. Slater, first draft], undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Papers, Therese Schindler Family: and the Upward Mobility of Great Lakes Fur Traders [2 versions], and Related Correspondence, November 1975-July 1979
    Box   1 F   29
    Papers, To Steer a Boat, 1973-1974
    Box   1 F   30
    Papers, To Suffer and Struggle on: Major Charles H. Salter [first draft], undated
    Box   1 F   31
    Papers, To Suffer and Struggle on: Major Charles H. Salter [final draft], undated
    Box   1 F   32
    Papers, [the] Turnpike-2090, 1992
    Box   1 F   33
    Papers, [the] War of 1812 [Chapters VIII-X], undated
    Box   1 F   34
    Papers, When Lincoln Wrote his Generals, There Was No Evil Eye Watching, 1974
    Box   1 F   35
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Introduction and Chapters 1-4, undated
    Box   1 F   36
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Chapter 5, undated
    Box   1 F   37
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Chapters 6-7, 9, undated
    Box   1 F   38
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Chapters 10-14, undated
    Box   1 F   39
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Chapters 11-15, Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   40
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], List of Relatives, Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   41
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Notes on Haldimand Papers (Cited in the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   42
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Notes on Haldimand Papers (Cited in the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   43
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise, [drafts], Notes, Reference Materials, 1971, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise and Related Correspondence from Henry S. Baird Papers (at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, copies), 1808-1847, 1970s
    Box   2 F   2
    Papers, 1803-La Framboise's Great-great-granddaughter's, Vera Weldy, Correspondence with McDowell, January 1963-January 1974