Collection Spotlight: Barbeau and Scranton Shipping Records

Today we thought that we would highlight one of our recently processed collections: the Barbeau and Scranton shipping records. The Barbeau and Scranton company moved goods from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula from the 1820s to about 1910. The collection spans this entire range, although the bulk of the documents date from the 1850s and 1860s.

The collection contains correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, newletters, deeds, insurance documents, ship manifests, shippers, and boat inspections. Of particular interest to researchers are the individual orders and requests from traders, Native Americans, and early white settlers of the Upper Peninsula. The collection serves as an (incomplete) documentation of the goods imported into the Upper Peninsula during the 19th century.

Those interested in the company might also want to explore the Barbeau and Scranton letters possessed by the Marquette County Historical Society, the Barbeau papers at the Bayliss Public Library,  and the Peter Barbeau papers at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Interested in the Barbeau and Scranton collection? Come and check it out at the archives! We are open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM.

Written by Annika Peterson

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