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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gould Family Papers
    Dates: 1838-1883
    Bulk Dates: 1860-1870
    Collection number: 90.253.4123
    Creator: Gould, Amos.
    Creator: Gould, Ebenezer
    Collection Size: 1.25 linear feet
    Repository: Autry National Center. Institute for the Study of the American West
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Abstract: Items related to the business careers of Amos and Ebenezer Gould.
    Physical location: Autry Library, Autry National Center
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/research_application.php or contact library staff at (323) 667-2000.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Library, Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item identification] Gould Family Papers, 90.253.4123. Autry Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

    Acquisition Information

    Rosentock Collection.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Goulds were a prominent, Owosso, Michigan family.
    Amos Gould founded the First National Bank of Owosso in 1865, and was its president until his death in 1882. He was also Owosso's first mayor, elected in 1859. His brother, Ebenezer Gould, was a commanding officer of the 5th Michigan Cavalry.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection is divided into three series: Business Correspondence, Business Papers and Personal Papers. The Business Correspondence is comprised mainly of letters that Amos Gould wrote to Alfred L. Williams concerning their joint business interests in the Amboy, Lansing and Traverse Bay Railroad. The series also contains letters that Amos Gould wrote to other business associates, including A. Poud and E. Baker and his brother Ebenezer Gould. There is one file of letters written to Ebenezer Gould as well. The Business Papers contain deeds, contracts, patents, receipts and other miscellaneous items related to the business careers of Amos and Ebenezer Gould, as well as other Gould family members. The Personal Papers, the smallest of the three series, contains one file of letters written between family members and a file of photographs.
    See also the Williams Family Papers for a related collection of materials. Amos Gould and A.L. Williams were business partners in Owosso, Michigan. Amos Gould and A.L. Williams had business associates in common (such as A. Poud and A.N. Hart). The Williams Family Papers contains much information on the business and personal life of A.L. Williams.


    This collection is divided into three series: Business Correspondence, Business Papers and Personal Papers.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Gould, Amos.
    Gould, Ebenezer.
    Williams, Alfred Leonzo, b. 1808.
    First National Bank (Owosso, MI)
    Railroads--Michigan--19th century.
    Banks and banking--Michigan--19th century.
    Owosso (Mich.)--19th century.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Legal documents.
    Financial records.
    American newspapers.

    Related Material

    Williams Family Papers at the Autry National Center, 90.253.4122