Family papers, 1830-1911.


Dousman, Hercules L. (Hercules Louis), 1800-1868. Family papers, 1830-1911.

Family papers, 1830-1911.

Papers, primarily business and financial records, of the American Fur Company's Prairie du Chien agent and papers of his son, also Hercules Louis Dousman, including correspondence, real estate and legal documents, bills, receipts, tax records, and bank and stock statements. Also includes materials relating to land speculation and property management, especially of Nina Sturgis Dousman's administration of the Villa Louis estate and St. Louis properties; and business interests in railroads, steamboats, lumber, gas lighting, art collecting, and horse breeding. Prominent correspondents include William B. Astor, Alexis Bailly, Henry S. Baird, Nelson Dewey, James D. Doty, John Kinzie, Juliette Kinzie, Morgan L. Martin, Josiah Noonan, Henry H. Sibley, and C. C. Washburn. Also included is a copy of "A Catalogue of the Paintings Contained in the Gallery of Hercules L. Dousman" containing 19 lithograph illustrations.

15.2 c.f. (38 archives boxes)19 lithographs (1 folder)

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