Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Cortland B. Stebbins Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Cortland B. Stebbins Papers,
Creator: Stebbins, Cortland Bliss.
Inclusive dates: 1825, 1951, and undated
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (in 1 box, 14 Oversized volumes)
Papers include articles, poems, and stories by Stebbins,correspondence, notably a letter from Stebbins to Horace Greeley, 1847 re: the presidential election, general store ledgers, a post office letter book, school notebooks, and miscellaneous.

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:

Acc# 405, 903

Access Restrictions:

Cortland B. Stebbins Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Cortland B. Stebbins Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is by size, then alphabetical and chronological.



Cortland B. Stebbins (1812-) operated a general store in Palmyra, Michigan, edited the Michigan Expositor, and served as a postal official and as deputy superintendent of public instruction in Adrian, Michigan. He was apparently involved with the Shiawassee Sunday School Association. Stebbins was married and had two children, Bliss and Susan Stebbins (Stark). It was through Susan’s estate in 1938 that these papers and many early American artifacts were distributed to libraries and museums in Michigan. Stebbins also wrote a book entitled History of Plymouth Congregational Church, Lansing, Michigan, 1864-1893, a copy of which is available in the Clarke Historical Library. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes a number of articles, poems, and stories by Stebbins. The correspondence between Stebbins and his children mostly describes family news and business travels. Of note is a letter from Horace Greeley, dated 1847, concerning the presidential election. His work is documented through surviving oversized store ledgers and a post office letter book. A number of school notebooks and miscellaneous items complete the collection.

Subject Terms

    • Stebbins, Cortland Bliss.
    • Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872.
    • Shiawassee Sunday School Association.
    • General stores--Michigan--Palmyra.
    • Adrian (Mich.)--History.
    • Palmyra (Mich.)--History.
    • Michigan--Authors.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Cortland B. Stebbins Papers are open for research.. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Estate Correspondence, concerning donations to museums and libraries, Susan Stebbins Stark Estate, 1938-1939
    Box   1 F   2
    Family Correspondence, includes 1847 letter about the presidential election from Horace Greeley, 1841-1951, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Invitations, 1876-1926, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    [Old] Inventory, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Miscellaneous, 1843-1850, undated; Obituary of F. R. Stebbins, furniture dealer, 1892, 1843-1850, undated; 1892
    Box   1 F   6
    Photographs, [mostly 19th century], undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Writings, Ora, the Green Mountain Lily: An Indian Tale, by C. B. Stebbins (Manuscript), undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Writings, Same as Above (Typed), undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Writings, Sketch of My LIfe (Volumes 1-2,), by C. B. Stebbins, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Writings, Store is and Poems, 1895, undated
    V   1  
    Oversized Volume, Store Ledger #1, 1837-1850
    V   2  
    Oversized Volume, Store Ledger #2, 1842-1845
    V   3  
    Oversized Volume, Store Ledger #3, 1842-1855
    V   4  
    Oversized Volume, Store Ledger #4, 1844
    V   5  
    Oversized Volume, Store Ledger #5, 1847-1850
    V   6  
    Oversized Volume, Adrian Post Office Letter Book, 1850-1853
    V   7  
    Oversized Volume, Scrapbook (Miscellaneous, Some of Stebbins' Articles), undated
    V   8  
    Oversized Volume, Shiawassee Sunday School Association Meeting Minutes, 1895-1904
    V   9  
    Oversized Volume, School Notebook, English History, 1825
    V   10  
    Oversized Volume, School Notebook, History, undated
    V   11  
    Oversized Volume, School Notebook, History, undated
    V   12  
    Oversized Volume, School Notebook, History, undated
    V   13  
    Oversized Volume, School Notebook, Literature, undated
    V   14  
    Oversized Volume, School Notebook, Eliza L. Smith, Troy Institute, Rochester, Bible History and French Notebook (in 1 volume), undated