George W. Pray Papers: 1844-1890
Summary Information
Title: George W. Pray Papers
Creator: Pray, George Washington, 1825-1890
Dates: 1844-1890
Extent: 1.5 linear feet, 1 oversize volume, 1 microfilms, 6,307 digital images
Abstract:
Physician; member of the first graduating class of the University of Michigan in 1845; papers include journals, correspondence, physician's records.
Call number: 852080 Aa 2 mf235c
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of the Pray family (Donor no. 4444), December 1993. A small addition to the collection came in 1998.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research. Researchers are required to use either the digitized copy, photocopy or microfilm copy of the Pray student journals.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

Materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online; please see the Contents List. Microfilm copies of the Pray student journals are available.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., George W. Pray Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

George W. Pray was born August 27, 1825 in Angelica, New York. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1845 as a member of the first graduating class. He then enrolled at Western Reserve College where he received his medical degree in 1849. He practiced medicine first in Salem in Washtenaw County, Michigan (1849-1856), in Ronald Township in Ionia County (1856-1863), in Ann Arbor (1863-1867), and then back to Ionia County to his home near Woodard Lake. George Pray, in addition to his practice, also engaged in politics, serving his community as a Supervisor and as a member of the state House of Representatives (1879-1880). He died January 27, 1890.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Pray collection includes journals, 1844-1849, covering his years as a student at the University of Michigan and in the Medical Department of Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, there is correspondence exchanged with his wife, Adele, primarily during the year 1879 when they were separated due to his service in the Michigan House. Other materials of interest include various personal and business account books and record books from his medical practice.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Ann Arbor (Mich.)
  • Cleveland (Ohio)
  • Ionia County (Mich.)
  • Literature -- Societies, etc.
  • Northfield (Mich. : Township)
  • Physicians -- Michigan -- Northfield (Township)
  • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
  • Physicians -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Physicians -- Michigan -- Ionia County.
  • Michigan -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
  • Digital file formats.
  • Microfilms.
  • Pray, George Washington, 1825-1890.
  • Pray, Adele.
  • Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives.
  • University of Michigan -- Class of 1845.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1841-1850.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Sexual behavior.
  • Western Reserve University.
  • Woodard Lake Literary and Dramatic Association.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Education: University of Michigan and Western Reserve College [series]
 
Journals June 1844-November 1849
Box   1  
Roll   1  
Microfilm of Journals (1 reels)
Box   2  
Original journals (5 volumes)  [Restricted, for preservation reasons, researchers must use either the photocopies or microfilm, or access digitized materials online.]
Box   2  
Volume 1 2 June 1844 [Restricted, for preservation reasons, researchers must use either the photocopies or microfilm, or access digitized materials online.][view item]
Box   2  
Volume 2 17 August 1845 [Restricted, for preservation reasons, researchers must use either the photocopies or microfilm, or access digitized materials online.][view item]
Box   2  
Volume 3 3 December 1846 [Restricted, for preservation reasons, researchers must use either the photocopies or microfilm, or access digitized materials online.][view item]
Box   2  
Volume 4 17 May 1848 [Restricted, for preservation reasons, researchers must use either the photocopies or microfilm, or access digitized materials online.][view item]
Box   2  
Volume 5 27 September 1849 [Restricted, for preservation reasons, researchers must use either the photocopies or microfilm, or access digitized materials online.][view item]
Box   1  
Loose page from journal [view item]
Box   1  
Partial typescript of journals (2 folders) [view part 1][view part 2]
 
Western Reserve College student notebooks and printed material
Box   1  
Western Reserve College student notebooks (4 volumes (in 1 folder)) [view part 1][view part 2][view part 3][view part 4]
Box   1  
Western Reserve College printed material (6 volumes (in 1 folder)) [view part 1][view part 2][view part 3][view part 4][view part 5][view part 6]
Box   1  
Student essay [view item]
Box   1  
Expense log 1849 [view item]
 
Professional career [series]
Box   1  
Box   1  
Oversize Volume   1  
Financial daybook 1849-1859 [view item]
 
Personal and estate material [series]
Box   1  
Letters of George Pray to Adele Pray 1879, 1881, 1889 [view item]
Box   1  
Letters of Adele Pray to George Pray 1879 [view item]
Box   1  
Record book of the Woodard Lake Literary and Dramatic Association 1879-1882 [view item]
Box   1  
Clippings about Pray family [view item]
Box   1  
Political advertisements and miscellaneous [view item]
Box   1  
Inventory of library 1906 [view item]
Box   1  
Pray estate agreements 1863-1887 [view item]
Box   1  
Pray estate receipts circa 1887 [view item]
Box   1  
Pray estate receipts circa 1885-1899 [view item]
Box   1  
Pray estate receipts circa 1895 [view item]
Box   1  
Receipts circa 1896 [view item]
Box   1  
Registry circa 1890 [view item]
Box   1  
Miscellaneous correspondence, ephemera, receipts, etc [view item]
Box   1  
The Radii newspapers [view item]
Box   3  
Published materials [Restricted, for preservation reasons. Researchers should use copies in the published collections.]

(cataloged copies available in printed collection)

Additional Descriptive Data

Select files digitized in 2019.