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Joseph Bailly collection

Identifier: L005

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Joseph Bailly's accounts, financial journals, and record books of his fur trade business in Indiana and Michigan ranging from 1789 to 1847. Also included are business correspondence (1800-1801), letters and other papers relating to the settlement of his estate (1836), as well as account books from the Chicago and Lake Superior Mining Company (1846-1847). The collection also contains various photographs and post cards of the family other locations.


  • 1789-1847


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Joseph Bailly, born April 7, 1774, was a fur trader at Michilimackinac (1794-1812), southwest Michigan, and northwest Indiana (1812-1835). Bailly established a trading post and missionary center near Chesterton, Indiana in Porter County in 1822. He also maintained trading centers at Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Montreal, Canada. Bailly died December 21, 1835.


1.8 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 1 volume)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Marjorie Bowers on 1934/08/20 and Julia C. Altrocchi during June 1974.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V003: Joseph Bailly, "Wolves Against the Moon" working manuscript


"Ledger, 1815, previously listed in the finding aid as Box 3, Folder 3 could not be found. Could be a mistake since there is a Box 1 Ledger, 1815?

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during May 2010.
Joseph Bailly collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.