1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 17, 2021 6:15 AM by Ryan Noyes

    Seeking probable NARA Repository for a gubernatorial proclomation from Michigan Territory (pre-statehood)

    Ryan Noyes Wayfarer

      A federally-sponsored multi-volume set, published in 1943 called The Territorial Papers of the United States references, in volume 11 pp. 44-45, a county-subdivision proclamation that also establishes a township called Bloomfield.  The proclamation was dated was 28 JUNE 1820 and authorized by William Woodbridge.


      I am looking for the original document.  Though I presume it's in a State Department RG at NARA College Park, I am seeking clarity on this, because it appears some of the sources used to create this typeface transcription, were potentially transcriptions themselves, i.e.:


      My question is therefore: are territorial executive proclamations still in a State Department record-group, or elsewhere?  i.e. could they potentially be stored at NARA Chicago instead of College Park?


      Confusingly, Calendar of Papers in Washington Archives Relating to the Territories (to 1873) by David W. Parker does not list this item, but the compilation referenced above, from 1943, does--associating it with State Dep't records.


      Thank you in advance for your assistance!

        • Re: Seeking a Michigan territorial proclamation dated 28 June 1820
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Noyes,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Territorial Papers, 1789 - 1873 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that contains  correspondence, reports, copies of journals of proceedings of legislative assemblies, and other records as they relate to the administration of various territories including Michigan from 1802-1836. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We suggest that you contact the Archives of Michigan for assistance in locating the original territorial proclamation.  In addition, the guide Legislative Records: Territorial Papers may be useful.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!