Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
A. Munro Correspondence, 1872-1873

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2011

Summary Information
Title: A. Munro correspondence
Creator: Munro, Mary
Inclusive dates: 1872-1873
Extent: 9 items
The A. Munro correspondence contains nine letters written by the Michigan laborer from 1872-1873, addressed to his wife in Ohio. The letters describe the timber industry and the challenges presented by harsh Michigan winters.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2011. M-4847.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

A. Munro Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Little is known of A. Munro. His letters indicate that he was born and raised in Canada, where his parents and brother lived in 1872-3. His wife, Mary, and small son remained in Ohio with her family while Munro worked at Holden & Loney's lumber mill in Hoppertown (now Pullman), Michigan. In early 1873, Munro planned to relocate his family to Michigan City, Indiana.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The A. Munro correspondence contains nine letters written by the Michigan laborer from 1872-1873, addressed to his wife in Ohio. In his letters, Munro described the challenges facing timber industry workers in Michigan's harsh winter climate. Though he was happy to be employed by Holden & Loney, Munro initially planned to return to Ohio in the spring of 1873. His most frequent complaints were about the weather, as he told Mary, "I hate to leave Mr. Loney but what can I do it's a pretey hard place to live hear" (January 26, 1873). Munro described his financial difficulties and frequently promised Mary that he would send her a portion of his wages. By March 1873, Munro's thoughts on moving seemed to have changed, and he wrote, "Mary I have no great liking to go to Ohio[.] Some how or other & if do go it will be to stay the summer season & return hear in the fall when cold weather coms" (March 25, 1873). In the final letters, Munro indicated that he was making arrangements for Mary and their young son to live in Michigan City, Indiana. His letter dated November 15, 1872, contains a child's pencil sketch.

Subject Terms

    • Lumbermen--Michigan.
    • Michigan--Climate.
    • Michigan--History--1837-
    • Migrant labor--Michigan.
    • Munro, A.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   49, Small Collections  
    A. Munro correspondence [series]
    Folder   19  
     November 15, 1872-March 25, 1873
    Folder   20  
     April 10, 1873-June 1, 1873