Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Ira Jeffers Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Ira Jeffers Papers
Creator: Jeffers, Ira.
Inclusive dates: 1858-1926
Extent: 1 cubic ft. (in 1 box)
The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, field notes, legal documents, receipts of the Sylvester Sibley family, along with a Speech of Hon. H.H. Sibley on the Territories and Our Indian Relations.

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:

Ira Jeffers Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ira Jeffers Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.



Ira S. Jeffers (1843-1932) was a furniture dealer, barber, and the publisher of the Palo Post in Palo (Ionia County, Michigan). During the Civil War, he probably served in an unidentified New York (State) unit. Ira married Dophrona Jeffers. He was the son of Leverett Jeffers who died at age 76.

Issues of the Palo Post, September 7, 1900-May 24, 1901, are available in the Clarke Historical Library. The Palo Post was continued by the Palo Weekly Post, which was owned and operated by another man. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

Jeffers papers consist mostly of diaries belonging to him, his parents, wife, and other relatives, describing their daily lives in Binghamton (New York), Lone Tree (Nebraska), and Palo, Michigan, as well as Ira’s participation in the Civil War and his work as a barber and furniture dealer.

Subject Terms

    • Jeffers, Ira.
    • Diaries--Michigan--Ionia County.
    • Diaries--Michigan--Palo.
    • Diaries--New York (State)--Binghamton.
    • Diaries--Nebraska.
    • Sunday schools--Michigan.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
    • Palo (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Ionia County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Palo (Mich.)--History.
    • Ionia County (Mich.)--History.
    • Binghamton (N.Y.)--History.
    • Lone Tree (Neb.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Ira Jeffers Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, brief descriptions of Diaries, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Account Books, Ira Jeffers, and Diary, 1870
    Box   1 F   3
    Account Books, S. Jeffers, 1881-1882
    Box   1 F   4
    Account Books, 1901
    Box   1 F   5
    Account Books, 1926
    Box   1 F   6
    Bible Class Attendance Books, 1906,1912,1921-1924
    Box   1 F   7
    Diaries, Daphrona Jeffers, 1858
    Box   1 F   8
    Diaries, Ira Jeffers, (Civil War) 1864
    Box   1 F   9
    Diaries, Albert Jeffers, 1869
    Box   1 F   10
    Diaries, Ira Jeffers, January 1870, June-July 1868
    Box   1 F   11
    Diaries, Sate Jeffers, 1874
    Box   1 F   12
    Diaries, Mike, Ira, Sate Jeffers, 1874
    Box   1 F   13
    Diaries, Ira Jeffers, January 1 - February 10, 1889, February 10 - August 31, 1917
    Box   1 F   14
    Diaries, Leverett Jeffers, 1893
    Box   1 F   15
    Diaries, D. (Daphrona) Jeffers, 1893
    Box   1 F   16
    Diaries, Leverett Jeffers, 1894
    Box   1 F   17
    Diaries, D. (Daphrona) Jeffers, 1894
    Box   1 F   18
    Diaries, Leverett Jeffers, 1895
    Box   1 F   19
    Diaries, Sate Jeffers, 1895
    Box   1 F   20
    Diaries, Ira Jeffers, 1896
    Box   1 F   21
    Diaries, Mrs. Ira Jeffers, 1901
    Box   1 F   22
    Diaries, Mrs. Ira Jeffers, 1902
    Box   1 F   23
    Diaries, Ira Jeffers, 1904
    Box   1 F   24
    Diaries, Mrs. Jeffers, 1904
    Box   1 F   25
    M.E.C. (Methodist- Episcopal Church) Subscription book, 1876-1877
    Box   1 F   26
    Miscellaneous, undated