John Sherman Bagg Papers mssBG

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
December 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191


Finding aid last updated on October 10, 2022 by Melissa Haley.

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: John Sherman Bagg papers
Creator: Bagg, John Sherman, 1807-1876
Identifier/Call Number: mssBG
Physical Description: 5.83 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1835-1876
Abstract: Correspondence of John Sherman Bagg, Michigan Democratic politician and editor-owner of the Detroit Free Press.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. John Sherman Bagg papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Katherine Hastings, June 1948.

Biographical / Historical

John Sherman Bagg, Michigan politician and editor-owner of the Detroit Free Press, was an ardent Democrat, active in regional politics and in close contact with most of the prominent Michigan Democrats during the 1840's and 1850's. He was appointed state printer in 1841, postmaster of the city of Detroit in 1845, and U.S. Marshal in charge of the Michigan census of 1859.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence primarily relating to Michigan politics and the Democratic party, including material on boundary disputes, statehood, land speculation, tariffs, westward movement, etc.; state and national elections, with particular emphasis on Democratic conventions; Indian affairs, U.S. postal service in Michigan, and the National Census of 1860. Correspondents include John Steward Barry, Lewis Cass, Alpheus Felch, Cave Johnson, Robert McClelland, Jacob Thompson, and William Woodbridge. Also included are a few documents, and an engraved portrait of John Sherman Bragg.
Collection contains Martin Van Buren autograph letter signed to Anthony Ten Eyck, 1844 April 22 (BG 440).

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid. In 2022, Melissa Haley enhanced description of the presidential material present in the collection as part of the American Presidential Papers Project.


Former call number: mssBG 1-482.


Arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Indians of North America -- Michigan -- Government relations
Politicians -- Michigan -- Correspondence
Michigan -- Politics and Government -- 19th century
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Documents -- United States -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
Barry, John Steward, 1802-1870
Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866
Felch, Alpheus, 1804-1896
Johnson, Cave, 1793-1866
McClelland, Robert, 1807-1880
Thompson, Jacob, 1810-1885
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862
Woodbridge, William, 1780-1861
United States. Census Office (8th Census : 1860)
United States. Post Office Department -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Democratic Party (Mich.) -- History -- Sources
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Mich. : Weekly)

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