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Andrew J. Alford papers

Identifier: MSS 127

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.


  • Creation: 1855-1895 and undated


Language of Materials

English and Swedish

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

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.


0.2 Cubic Feet (/ 1 box)


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.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Minnesota Historical Society, July 1968.

Processing Information

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

Andrew J. Alford papers, 1855-1895 and undated.
Atticus Garrison
June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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