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Kalamazoo Light Guard Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4125

Scope and Contents

The Kalamazoo Light Guard was a military branch and the primary purpose of the guard was to be an independent military corps that is important for municipal regulation, as well as an efficient aid in war time. The Code of Laws books are from December 12th, 1881 and they consist of 23 articles, 15 rules of order, fines, penalties and the collection thereof, the original Light Guard Roster, the current guard roster and an index. The account book is hand written and is from June-August 1898 and it has an inventory of items that were available and who bought items. The letters seem to be like descriptions of a person joining the Light Guard and how much they would need to spend on supplies/how much their supplies would cost.


  • Creation: 1881



1 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection is composed of letters and booklets from the Kalamazoo Light Guard from 1881.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 0.5 cubic feet and is composed of letters, an account book, and two Code of Law books from the Kalamazoo Light Guard. The Code of Laws books are 4” x 5½” and are not in best condition: The covers of both books are loose from the spine, the books themselves are very dirty, there is major discoloration on the pages as well as stains, and one of the books has a red stain on the front. The account book is also not in the best condition: The cover is loose from the spine and the pages have major discoloration. However, the hand writing is still legible. The letters are “8 x 11” and are not in the best condition: The letters show significant discoloration as well as stains. The collection was received in a series of folders with no particular order and were later organized in categories that were similar and placed into archive safe folders.


This was found in the Wayne Mann Collection

The Kalamazoo Light Guard Finding Aid
Ian Daly
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490