Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937

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The Henry and Elizabeth Baird Papers (1798-1937) document the birth and growth of Wisconsin over the course of the 19th century. The Bairds played a key role in negotiating Indian treaties, establishing state government, and leading political and economic development Wisconsin. Their surviving manuscripts fill six boxes.

Elizabeth Baird (1810-1890) and her husband, Henry (1800-1875), were prominent 19th-century Wisconsin settlers. Henry S. Baird was a territorial politician and the first practicing attorney in Wisconsin. Elizabeth was the daughter of a British fur trader and a French-Ottawa mother and moved easily among both Indian and white communities. During their lives, Wisconsin's environment, politics, economics, culture, and languages were completely transformed, and Henry and Elizabeth were usually involved. They were connected to most of the founders of modern Wisconsin through family ties, marriage, business interests, and politics. Henry played key roles in negotiating Indian treaties, establishing state government, and leading the political and economic development of the new territory and state.

This digital collection includes all the Baird correspondence (3,865 pages in 17 folders) and selected business, family, and personal papers (about 400 pages selected from 10 folders).

Documents may be written in French or English

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 1

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 1

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192 pages: 72% complete (84% transcribed, 11% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 2

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 2

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106 pages: 29% complete (88% transcribed, 59% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 3

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 3

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136 pages: 15% complete (91% transcribed, 76% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 4

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 4

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139 pages: 37% complete (92% transcribed, 55% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 5

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 5

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158 pages: 14% complete (78% transcribed, 63% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 6

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 6

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149 pages: 5% complete (42% transcribed, 37% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 7

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 7

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95 pages: 14% complete (18% transcribed, 3% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 8

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 8

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180 pages: 0% complete (3% transcribed, 2% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 9

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 1, Folder 9

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213 pages: 9% complete (20% transcribed, 11% needs review)
Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 2, Folder 1

Henry and Elizabeth Baird papers, 1798-1937. Box 2, Folder 1

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190 pages: 17% complete (71% transcribed, 54% needs review)
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