Lucy E. Chapin papers: 1834-1910
Summary Information
Title: Lucy E. Chapin papers
Creator: Chapin, Lucy E., 1835-1910
Inclusive dates: 1834-1910
Extent: 1 linear foot
Extent: 2 oversize volumes
Ann Arbor, Michigan, resident and local historian. Collected Washtenaw County historical documents and scrapbooks of clippings, programs, photographs, and memorabilia.
Call number: 85961 Aa 2; AC
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
Home Page:
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection came from the Lucy Chapin estate (donor no. 1274) and from the Washtenaw Historical Society (donor no. 945). A few items came from Ethel Green (donor no. 3966)

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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:


Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Lucy E. Chapin papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Lucy Chapin was a local historian of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lucy Chapin collection includes collected letters and manuscripts, most notably papers of James Kingsley, Washtenaw County public figure and member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan. Of great importance are the scrapbooks maintained by Lucy Chapin on the people and events of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. These scrapbooks document life in the nineteenth century from the 1840s to 1900. The volumes include clippings, programs, photographs, and memorabilia.

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.)
  • Business records.
  • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
  • Ann Arbor's earliest select school.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Kingsley, James, 1797-1878.
  • Woodbridge, William, 1780-1861.
  • Breed House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Volney Chapin House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Danforth House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Godfrey House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • James House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Kingsley House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Kingsley, James, 1797-1878.
  • Loomis House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Lund House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • MacIntyre House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Maynard House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Morgan House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Porter House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Pulcipher House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Miles-Sinclair House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Vail House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Wheeler House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Wilson-Wahr House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Ransom, Epaphroditus, 1797-1859.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Letters, manuscripts, etc. [series]
James Kingsley papers
Box   1  
Letter from William Woodbridge 1835
Box   1  
Correspondence regarding his law practice
Box   1  
Receipts and miscellaneous
Box   1  
Collected documents

(include John Allen land memorandum, petition regarding insolvency of Washtenaw County debtors, and document pertaining to Bank of Washtenaw)

Box   1  
Paper entitled "Ann Arbor's Earliest Select Schools"
Box   1  
Photographs, mainly Ann Arbor residences
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   1  
Scrapbook of clippings photographs, postcards, etc. relating to Ann Arbor buildings, residents, and events (1 volume (in 3 folders))
Box   1  
Scrapbooks containing Ann Arbor newspaper business advertisements (2 volumes)
Box   1  
Scrapbook of Ann Arbor theatrical and musical programs and notices 1880s (1 volume)
Box   1  
Scrapbook primarily relating to the University of Michigan circa 1877-1885 (1 volume)
Box   1  
Scrapbook primarily relating to the University of Michigan circa 1886-1896 (1 volume)
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook of clippings photographs, correspondence, and other documents relating to the career of James Kingsley 1830-1900s

(include letter from Epaphroditus Ransom, 1849)

Oversize Volume   2  
Scrapbook of clippings and memorabilia relating to Ann Arbor events and personalities with many clippings re: Ann Arbor churches and schools 1840s-1940s

(include Bank of Washtenaw bank notes)