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Donald J. Maile Collection

Identifier: RH-A-232

Scope and Contents

This collection is a set of diaries, accounting books, and miscellaneous documents pertaining to Judson A. Edmunds and his immediate family.

The content of the Journals primarily covers financial information, listing primarily the Edmonds’ daily expenditures. Also included are a few sentences detailing daily events, the weather, and the thoughts of the writer.


  • Creation: 1832-1908


Biographical / Historical

Judson A. Edmonds (1835-1906) was born on July 9 1835 in Chautauqua, New York. In 1850, Judson moved to Kalamazoo with his family. He married his first wife Janette Terrell (b. d. 1872) in 1856 with whom he would have 5 children, including their daughter Jeanette Edmonds Maile (b. 1868 d. 1964). In 1872, Janette died and Edmonds married Mary E. Rowe (b. 1832 d. 1914) in 1875. Judson died on May 7th 1906 in Schoolcraft, Michigan. Judson primarily worked as a farmer his whole life, though he served as a Justice of the Peace in Schoolcraft, Michigan for a short period of time.


1 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Regional History Collection at Western Michigan University by Donald J. Maile of Schoolcraft Michigan, grandson of Judson A. Edmunds.

Physical Description

This collection amounts to 1.0 cubic feet of material. The collection is a set of diaries, accounting books, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to the economics of Judson A. Edmunds and his family. The earliest dated document is from 1832, while the latest dates to 1908. 12 of the 15 diaries are written by Judson. The diary dated 1906-1909 are written by Judson’s wife, Mary E. Rowe Edmunds. Two of the diaries are written by their daughter, Jeannette Edmunds Maile, dated 1894 and 1906-07. The collection also includes a diary written by Judson A. Edmunds in the years 1869-1907, when he served as a Justice of Peace for Schoolcraft. Most of the diaries are bound in black or brown leather. Some of them are bound colorfully in a red, white and blue hardcover, which seem to bear the most damage and weathering of the collection. The condition of the collection is good. There are signs of aging and weathering on the leather diary covers, as well as some page tears throughout the books. Overall, the collection is well kept.

Donald J. Maile Collection finding aid
Michael Ebert, Margaret Hennessy, Patrick Gleaton, Stephanie Chapman
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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
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