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Nathaniel A. Balch Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3648

Scope and Contents

The letter in the collection is a correspondence from Nathaniel Balch to the Michigan Audit General, Charles Hammond, on March 5, 1943. The letter contains information regarding a tax dispute Balch had with Mr. Howard over a certain portion of land. Balch wrote the Michigan Audit General to help get clarity on the situation.

Nathaniel A. Balch was born on January 22, 1808. He graduated from Middlebury College of Vermont and soon after graduation, he took the position of Principal of an academy in Bennington, Vt. He came to Kalamazoo in 1837 and organized the Kalamazoo Literary Institute, later becoming Kalamazoo College. Balch continued his interest in the studies of law he began in Vermont and was admitted to practicing law in Michigan in 1840. He served as prosecuting attorney for Barry County in 1840 and for Kalamazoo County in 1841. He served in the Michigan State Senate from 1847-1848. After, he served as the Superintendent (known as Director) of Kalamazoo Public Schools from 1851-1853. In 1857 he became the postmaster of Kalamazoo and also the president of the village of Kalamazoo. In 1860, Balch ran for congress as the Democratic nominee, but was defeated. Nathaniel Balch died on February 1, 1894.


  • Creation: 1843



1 items ; 15.5” x 12”

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Physical Description

The collection consists of one handwritten letter on a 15.5” x 12” piece of paper measuring .05 cubic feet. The letter is stored in an acid free folder with dimensions of 9.5” x 15”. The letter is in fair condition. There is writing on both sides of the paper and it has been folded numerous times. There are remnants of wax from two wax seals and holes where the paper adhered to the wax. There is no fading as regards to the ink.


The Nathaniel A. Balch Collection consists of one handwritten letter by Nathaniel Balch (1808-1894) to the Michigan Auditor General, Charles Hammond, dated March 5, 1843.


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Nathaniel A. Balch Collection Finding Aid
Samantha Beland
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Repository Details

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

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