Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Leroy DeForest Satterlee Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Leroy DeForest Satterlee Collection,
Creator: Satterlee, Leroy DeForest.
Inclusive dates: 1926, 1963, and undated
Extent: 1.5 cubic ft. (in 3 boxes)
The collection includes maps, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographic materials, postcards, publications, scrapbooks drafts and revisions of Satterlee's catalogs, and information from the Michigan Antique Arms Collectors, Inc.

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:

Leroy DeForest Satterlee Collection is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Leroy DeForest Satterlee Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized by size and then alphabetically.



L.D. (Leroy DeForest) Satterlee was born on November 13, 1891, to parents Ethan G. Satterlee and Christy Satterlee in Saginaw, Michigan. He attended high school in Battle Creek, Michigan. Leroy was employed as a Clerk in Detroit, Michigan, 1917, and a topographical surveyor by 1920. However, his passion was his research and authorship on guns and gunsmiths. Among some of his works are A Catalog of Firearms for the Collector, Ten Old Gun Catalogs for the Collector, American Gun Makers, and Fourteen Old Gun Catalogs for the Collector. Leroy spent a lot of his time traveling the United States in pursuit of his research. No death date is available, but by 1967, Mrs. Leroy D, Satterlee renewed copyrights on his publications so he was probably deceased by then. (Birth date and additional biographical information are from

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes Michigan-related materials including hand-drawn maps, newspaper clippings (copies), and correspondence, as well as photographs, two slides, postcards, publications, rough drafts by Satterlee, revisions of Satterlee's work, and materials from the Michigan Gun Collectors Association now the Michigan Antique Arms Collectors, Inc. (Box 1). Also included are scrapbooks and re-foldered scrapbook materials on Satterlee's research, his future publications of A Catalog of Firearms for the Collector, and miscellaneous materials (Boxes 2-3).

Subject Terms

    • Satterlee, Leroy DeForest.
    • Gamble, Roy C., 1887-1972.
    • Michigan Antique Arms Collectors, Inc.
    • Firearms industry and trade--United States.
    • Gunsmithing.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Leroy DeForest Satterlee Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Michigan Gun Collectors Association, May 18-19, 1963
    Box   1 F   3
    Michigan Related, Maps, Newspaper Clippings (copies), Correspondence (copies), 1935, 1950-1951, 1953, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Photographs, Two Slides, Related Correspondence, 1939, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Postcards, 1930, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Publications, 1926, 1928
    Box   1 F   7
    Revision of Satterlee's Catalog of Firearms for the Collector (1927), 1939
    Box   1 F   8
    Rough Drafts by L.D. Satterlee (copies), 1918
    Box   1 F   9
    Roy Gamble (newspaper copy), undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Scrapbook, A Catalog of Firearms for the Collector, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Scrapbook, Research, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Scrapbook, Research, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Scrapbook, A Catalog of Firearms for the Collector, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Scrapbook, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Scrapbook, Miscellaneous, undated