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Barbeau and Scranton shipping records

Identifier: MSS-061

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains correspondence, financial records, ship manifests, legal documents, insurance, and other documents which pertain to the business transactions and shipping of Peter B. Barbeau and the Scranton family, bankers and general merchants to and from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The collection provides important historical insight into nineteenth century trade between the Upper Peninsula, Canada, and various cities and regions around the Great Lakes. The collection's materials date from 1820 to 1909.


  • 1820 - 1909


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Barbeau and Scranton shipping records, MSS-061, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Historical Note

Peter Barbeau and the Scranton family operated as bankers and general merchants for the Upper Peninsula and were based in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They engaged in business transactions with merchants as far away as New York City but mainly Canada and cities around the Great Lakes, particularly Chicago and Detroit.


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The collection is arranged into 12 series: Clippings, Correspondence, Customs Vouchers, Deeds, Exports, Financial Records, Inspections, Insurance, Legal Documents, Manifests, Newsletters, and Shippers. The Financial Records series contains seven sub-series: Abstract of Monthly Accounts, Checks, Navy Provision Requisitions, Notarized Payment Demands and Agreements, Receipts, Stock Certificates, and Time Card.

Each series and sub-series is arranged chronologically with the exception of a group of receipts from the Treasury Department which was separated from the rest of the receipts.

Custodial History Note

The Bishop Baraga Association of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette donated the collection to the Marquette Maritime Museum in 1996. Regis Walling, Association archivist, discovered the collection in a storage room, and was unable to find a record for how the collection came to the Baraga Association.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Marquette Maritime Museum placed this collection on deposit at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives in 1998.

Legal Status Note

This collection is on deposit with legal ownership retained by the Marquette Maritime Museum.

Barbeau and Scranton shipping records
Annika Peterson
27 January 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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