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Alford (Andrew J.) papers, 1855-1895 and undated. Edit


MSS 127
Finding Aid Author
Atticus Garrison
Finding Aid Date
June 2016
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  • 1855-1895 and undated (Creation)


  • 0.25 Linear Feet (Whole)
    / 1 box

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  • Abstract

    Andrew J. Alford immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1867, settling in Kankakee County, Illinois. Andrew J. Alford papers, 1855-1895 and undated, contains correspondence between members of Alford's family, title certificates and receipts, insurance policy receipts, Alford's naturalization certificate, and other papers.

  • Arrangement


  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Received from Minnesota Historical Society, July 1968.

  • Language of Materials

    English and Swedish

  • Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], in MSS 127 Andrew J. Alford papers, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Julia G. Westblade, 2013. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.

  • Historical Note

    Andrew J. Alford was born in Sweden in 1836 and immigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen 21 November 1867. He settled in Kankakee County, Illinois, on land provided by the Illinois Central Railroad. Alford married Betsey Harkness in 1858, and the couple had four children: Robert Harkness Alford, Jennie Anna Alford, Jacob Andrew Alford, and George Edwin Alford. Andrew Alford died in late 1878.

  • Scope and Contents

    Andrew J. Alford papers, 1855-1895 and undated, contains the personal and financial papers of Andrew J. Alford. The collection is divided into three series.

    Correspondence, 1855-1895, contains personal letters between Alford and his family as well as correspondence concerning professional and monetary issues. Official Documents, 1865-1890 and undated, includes land titles and insurance policies as well as an official Naturalizaition certificate and receipts. Included in this series is an undated design for a country villa. Photographs series contains one undated photograph of Andrew J. Alford.