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MAJOR UNITED STATES RESEARCH TRIPS SERIES
    

United States ~ Springfield (Illinois) ~ (1) Fortress of Louisbourg Research
  
Research Trip to the United States: Ottawa (Canada) / Springfield (Illinois) / St. Louis (Missouri) ~ August 13 to September 21, 2003  


RESEARCH VISIT TO THE ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES ~ 
CONTENT REPORT

Eric Krause, Krause House Info-Research Solutions
September 21, 2003

(I) INTRODUCTION

I have visited the Illinois State Archives in Springfield, Illinois. Lynda Krause provided transcription assistance. 

(1) Raymond H Hammes Collection 

(2) Perrin Collection

(1) The Fortress of Louisbourg should purchase the following microfilm from the following series:

(A) The Raymond H. Hammes Collection consists of 157 reels. Some were filmed by the Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, at the State Archives, Springfield, Illinois. These, and others, are described in Jeffrey D. Garman, Inventory of Microfilms in the Raymond H. Hammes Collection  (1988) which is available at the Illinois State Archives. The reels selected for purchase are as follows:
  
   

GARMAN DESIGNATION

  • Drawer 1, Reel No. 2, Roll No. 1535995
  1. Land transactions (1720-1814)
2. Land transactions (1678-1814)
3. Abstracts (1791-1806)
4. Surveys (1810-1814)
5. Surveys (1814-1827)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 4
  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Record Book II anee 1722, 1783, 1784
  • Drawer 2, Roll 7
  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Mss, Circuit Clerk, Commercial Papers 1, 1718-1741
  • Drawer 2, Roll 8
  Public Papers, Volume One and Volume Two (French), 1720-1744
  • Drawer 2, Roll 9
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, Volume One and Volume Two (French), 1739-1748, 1722-1739
  • Drawer 2, Roll 10
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts (Some French) Misc. Documents late 1700's-1800
  • Drawer 2, Roll 11
  Randolph County Records (Some French) Misc. Documents late 1700's-1800
  • Drawer 2, Roll 12
  Randolph County Records (Some French) Misc. Documents late 1700's-1800
  • Drawer 2, Roll 13
  Randolph County Records, Circuit Clerk, 19th century translation of French Records 1, first date 1747, last date 1740. NOTE: This reel is not mentioned on the Gagnon Inventory of microfilm
  • Drawer 2, Roll 14
  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Mss (1) Public Papers, Volume 3, 1748-1779 (2) Public Papers, Volume 4, 1779-1788
  • Drawer 2, Roll 15
  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Mss, (1) Public Papers, Volume 5, 1782-1816 (2) Private Papers, Volume 3 (1739-1741) (3) Private Papers, Volume 4 (1741-1746)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 16
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, 1741-1746, Commercial Papers (French) 1737-1739
  • Drawer 2, Roll 17
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts Commercial Papers, Volume 4 (1740-1741); Commercial Papers, Volume 5 (1740-1741)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 18
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts Commercial Papers, Volume 5 (1740-1741) and Volume 6 (1742-1745)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 19
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts Commercial Papers, Volume 7 (1746-1748) and Volume 8 (1749-1756)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 20
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts Commercial Papers, Volume 8 (1756-1783), Volume 9 (1757-1760), and Volume 10 (1760-1763)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 21
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts Commercial Papers, Volume 10 (1763-1764), Volume 11 (1765-1779), and Volume 12 (1748-1796)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 22
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts Commercial Papers, Volume 12 (1748-1796)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 36
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, Volume Five (1747-1769)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 37
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, Volume Six (1727-1781), and Volume Seven (1782-1796)
  • Drawer 2, Roll No. 39
  Randolph County Records, Misc Kaskakaskia Manuscripts, 1718-1790, [Series K Miscellaneous I, 1718-1790]
  • Drawer 3, Roll 11-39
  Randolph County Records, Misc Manuscripts, Kaskaskia Manuscripts
  • Drawer 3, Roll 30-16
  Randolph Co, Circuit, Court Records, Section A, 1737-1789; Section B, 1790-1818 [Territorial Period]
  • Drawer 3, Roll No. 30 - 53
  Raymond H. Hammes Collection, Perrin Collection, Record of Registrations and Donations in Kaskaskia Dist 1739-1796. (Also Illinois Land Records, Kaskaskia, Translations of French Early Grants 1722 and Up.)
  • Drawer 3, U of I, Reel 1
  Miscellaneous Illinois Archives, Microfilmed November 1759 by the U of I Library, Record Book I: 1748-1783
       
   

UNKNOWN GARMAN DESIGNATION

  • Roll No. 1 (1012401) 
    Kaskaskia French and English Deed Record, Volumes A (1804-1805) and B (1805-1806)
  • Roll No. 2 (1012402) 
  Kaskaskia French and English Deed Record, Volumes C and D 
  • Roll No. 3 (1012403) 
  Kaskaskia Translation of French-English Early Grants and Transfers, Volumes A, B, C & D 

(2) The Fortress of Louisbourg should purchase the following book, which is still in print, as a general history book and for its extensive bibliography:

(A) Clarence Walworth Alvord, The Illinois Country, 1673-1818 (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1920 [1987]), Published for the Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission and the Illinois State Historical Society. The Sesquicentennial History of Illinois, Volume 1, with a new Introduction by Robert M. Sutton 29.95 USA)

(A) Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Volume 2, Virginia Series, Volume 1, Cahokia Records, 1778-1790. Clarence Walworth Alvord, editor (Published by Illinois State Historical Library, Illinois, 1907) [The French is on one side; the English translation on the other]

(B) Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Volume 5, Virginia Series, Volume 2, Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790. Clarence Walworth Alvord, editor (Published by Illinois State Historical Library, Illinois, 1909) [The French is on one side; the English translation on the other]


(II) RESEARCH FINDINGS

(1) Hammes Collection

According to the Consolidated Index, Hammes Collection, which Karl Moore of the Illinois State Archives kindly made available to us:

"INTRODUCTION

The Hammes Collection is an abstract and index to selected Illinois records created prior to statehood (1818). Mr. Hammes chose documents located in the Randolph and St. Clair County Courthouses, in the Illinois State Archives, and on microfilm from the National Archives. His emphasis was on records relating to land transactions. 

Mr. Hammes planned to publish twenty or more volumes. As only a portion of Volume II was in the final form before he died, most of the material on these microfilms are his rough drafts. Occasionally, his hand written remarks can be found in the margins.

The Consolidated Index includes all of the volumes II through XX. Each volume also contains a separate index. The chronological listing appearing after Volume XX are not included in the Consolidated Index. There is no Volume 1 as it was to be an introductory volume that was yet to be written when he died. 

THE COLLECTION

Vol. I    Introduction
Vol. II Randolph County Record Books A through H
  A collection of over 1,000 land transactions recorded during the French regime, translated by William Henry in compliance with an act of the Illinois General Assembly, Feb. 14, 1855.
Vol. III Cahokia Record Book A, 1790-1797
Vol. IV Cahokia Record Book B, 1800-1810
Vol. V Cahokia Record Book C, 1810-1813
Vol. VI Kaskaskia Record Book A
Vol. VII Kaskaskia Record Book B
Vol. VIII Kaskaskia Record Book C
Vol. IX Kaskaskia Record Book D
Vol. X Randolph County Record Book G (English entries)
Vol. XI Randolph County Record Book I (i)
Vol. XII Randolph County Record Book J
Vol. XIII Randolph County Record Book K
Vol. XIV Randolph County Record Book L (one)
Vol. XV Randolph County Record Book L (two)
Vol. XVI Randolph County Record Book M
Vol. XVII Depositions
Vol. XVIII Report of Squatters in 1807
Vol. XIX Preemption Permits in 1813
Vol. XX Miscellaneous
  A. Insinuations (Perrin Collection)
  B. Grants by Commander Bertet
  C. Claims confirmed at Cahokia
  D. Confirmation of claims by governors
  E. Book 1 (one) (Land transactions only)
  F. Misc. Kaskaskia file
  G. Randolph County Record H (Five English deeds)"

Note: Although this calendar is a valuable research tool in many ways, as a index to structural matters it was not forthcoming in any direct manner. Only an examination of the microfilm itself provided the basis for the material listed below. Please note that due to time constraints the microfilm rolls were often quickly scanned and sampled rather than  closely read page by page (or folio by folio).

 

   

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES - HAMMES COLLECTION
DRAWER ONE (As per Garman Microfilm Inventory)

   

Research Material Used for the 
Raymond H. Hammes Collection

  • Drawer 1, Reel No. 2, Roll No. 1535995
  1. Land transactions (1720-1814)
2. Land transactions (1678-1814)
3. Abstracts (1791-1806)
4. Surveys (1810-1814)
5. Surveys (1814-1827)

This series consists of useful typed and computer generated finding aids. It was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

     
   

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES - HAMMES COLLECTION
DRAWER TWO (As per Garman Microfilm Inventory)

   

Randolph County Records

  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Record Book II anee 1722, 1783, 1784

This series consists of  the following original manuscripts: French language, Court of Judicatory (British court record book of 1768 - English/French), British French Notaires (continued by the French notary on the unused portion of the 1768 Court book above), and Circuit Court (1815-1823 - English)

Often encountered in the French language documents were house inventories, court interrogations, cases and tutor assignments

  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Mss, Circuit Clerk, Commercial Papers 1, 1718-1741 - Volume One (1718-1729), Volume Two (1730-1737)

This series consists of original manuscripts. It was examined with some care.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 8
  Public Papers, Volume One and Volume Two (French), 1720-1744

This series consists of original French manuscripts. Encountered were court cases of a nature similar to those found in the Fortress of Louisbourg collection such as punching in the bousillage to gain access to rob a storehouse. Also encountered were sales of effects, inventories of household items, inheritance settlements, etc.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 9
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, Volume One and Volume Two (French), 1739-1748, 1722-1739

This series consists of original French manuscripts. Encountered were sales of effects, court cases, etc.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 10
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts (Some French) Misc. Documents late 1700's-1800

This series consists of original French/English manuscripts  with a modern typed index at the beginning of each bundle. Some documents are 18th century, but most are of a later date.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 11
  Randolph County Records (Some French) Misc. Documents late 1700's-1800

This series consists of original French/English manuscripts  with a modern typed index at the beginning of each bundle. Some documents are 18th century, but most are of a later date.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 12
  Randolph County Records (Some French) Misc. Documents late 1700's-1800

This series consists of original French/English manuscripts  with a modern typed index at the beginning of each bundle. Some documents are 18th century, but most are of a later date.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 13
  Randolph County Records, Circuit Clerk, 19th century translation of French Records 1, first date 1747, last date 1740

This reel is not mentioned on the Gagnon Inventory of microfilm. 

Volume 1 and 2: 1737-1747. Mr. Henry was the commissioner for the entire period.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Mss (1) Public Papers, Volume 3, 1748-1779 (2) Public Papers, Volume 4, 1779-1788

This series consists of original manuscripts.

Encountered were house inventories, forge effects, etc.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 15
  Randolph County Records, Kaskaskia Mss, (1) Public Papers, Volume 5, 1782-1816 (2) Private Papers, Volume 3 (1739-1741) (3) Private Papers, Volume 4 (1741-1746)

This series consists of original manuscripts.

Encountered were: Public Papers -  house sales, etc.; Private Papers - Tutors, contract of marriage, Inventory sales

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, 1741-1746, Commercial Papers (French) 1737-1739
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Commercial Papers, Volume 4 and Volume 5 (1740-1741)
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Commercial Papers, Volume 5 (1740-1741) and Volume 6 (1742-1745)
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Commercial Papers, Volume 7 (1746-1748) and Volume 8 (1749-1756)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 20
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Commercial Papers, Volume 8 (1756-1783), Volume 9 (1757-1760), and Volume 10 (1760-1763)

This series consists of original French manuscripts.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Commercial Papers, Volume 10 (1763-1764), Volume 11 (1765-1779), and Volume 12 (1748-1796)
  • Drawer 2, Roll 22
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Commercial Papers, Volume 12 (1748-1796)

This series consists of original French manuscripts.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 36
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, Volume Five (1747-1769)

This series consists of original French manuscripts. Encountered were marriage contracts, sales of effects, inventory sales, application of seals, Baptismal records, etc.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 2, Roll 37
  Kaskaskia Manuscripts, Private Papers, Volume Six (1727-1781), and Volume Seven (1782-1796)

This series consists of original French manuscripts. Encountered were marriage contracts, sales of effects, inventory sales, Division of property, etc.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  Randolph County Records, Misc Kaskakaskia Manuscripts, 1718-1790, [Series K Miscellaneous I, 1718-1790]

This series consists of 45 Documents - Marriages, contracts, inventories, sales, engagements to work, notes, etc.

           
   

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES - HAMMES COLLECTION
DRAWER THREE (As per Garman Microfilm Inventory)

   

Randolph County Records (Continued)

  • Drawer 3, Roll 11-39
  Randolph County Records, Misc Manuscripts, Kaskaskia Manuscripts

This series consists of  19th century translations and transcriptions and original French manuscripts. Encountered were as follows: Record Book 1 - Land transfers, Receipts, Petitions, Power of Attorney, Wills and House Sales; Miscellaneous 1 - 45 documents [repeat of Drawer 2, Roll No. 39] and other stuff.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  • Drawer 3, Roll 30-16
  Randolph Co, Circuit, Court Records, Section A, 1737-1789; Section B, 1790-1818 [Territorial Period]

This series consists of original French manuscripts. Section A: Encountered were sales, bills, receipts, work agreements, house plan, Business accounts, etc.; Section B: murder case, receipts, depositions, power of attorney, etc.

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

  Raymond H. Hammes Collection, Perrin Collection, Record of Registrations and Donations in Kaskaskia Dist 1739-1796. (Also Illinois Land Records, Kaskaskia, Translations of French Early Grants 1722 and Up)

This series consists of original French manuscripts and 1807 period translations. 

This is Drawer 3, Roll # 30-53 in the Inventory of Microfilms in the Raymond H. Hammes Collection by Jeffrey D. Garman, 1988). 

  • Drawer 3, U of I, Reel 1
  Miscellaneous Illinois Archives, Microfilmed November 1759 by the U of I Library, 

This series consists of original French manuscripts. 259 manuscripts found in the Lincoln Hall in the summer of 1959. Same material as Drawer 3, Roll 11-39 (Record Book 1: 1748-1783) and as Drawer 3, Roll 11-40 (missing from Drawer 3)

This series was not examined further than a quick scan of its contents.

      
   

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES - HAMMES COLLECTION
DRAWER FOUR (As per Garman Microfilm Inventory)

   

St. Clair County Records

       
   

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES - HAMMES COLLECTION
UNKNOWN GARMAN DESIGNATION

    Kaskaskia French and English Deed Record, Volumes A (1804-1805) and B (1805-1806). 

This series consists of original period transcriptions contained in a hard-cover bound book. Volume A was sampled; Volume B was quickly scanned but not examined in any detail.

This is Volume 6 in the the Hammes Consolidated Index. Not sure where it is described in the Inventory of Microfilms in the Raymond H. Hammes Collection by Jeffrey D. Garman, 1988). 

  • Roll No. 2 (1012402) 
  Kaskaskia French and English Deed Record, Volumes C and D 

This series consists of original period transcriptions contained in a hard-cover bound book. The two volumes were quickly scanned but not examined in any detail.

  • Roll No. 3 (1012403) 
  Kaskaskia Translation of French-English Early Grants and Transfers, Volumes A, B, C & D 

This series consists of original period translations contained in a hard-cover bound book. The four volumes were quickly scanned but not examined in any detail.

         

(2) Perrin Collection

Karl Moore of the Illinois State Archives also kindly made available to us the following:

(A) Index to Perrin Inventory which was a Calendar of the Perrin Collection (1722-1823) prepared by Ico Iben. This calendar was similar to the Hammes Collection Consolidated Index, in that as a index to structural matters it was not forthcoming in any direct manner. Note too that the Hammes Collection also holds some of the same documents as does the Perrin Collection.

(B) Two bound volumes containing typed summaries of wills, deeds of gift and similar documents from the Registre des Insinuations des Donations (1734-1769). The typed material consisted of modern 20th-century transcriptions of the original French and corresponding translations.