Library of Michigan
The Fur Trade in Michigan's History
Materials available at the Library of Michigan. Check with your local library for other holdings.
The fur trade was a vital industry in the Great Lakes region long before Michigan became a state. From the early days of French-Canadian "voyageurs" who travelled the waterways in birch-bark canoes, trappers and traders followed their business from the Straits of Mackinac to the Straits of Detroit and beyond.
Below is a selection of materials in the Library. To generate a more comprehensive list, use our online ANSWER catalog under these subjects:
Frontier and Pioneer Life -- Michigan
Great Lakes Region -- History
Michigan -- History
Pioneers -- Michigan
Trapping -- Michigan
Letter book of William Burnett: early fur trader in the Land of four flags.
MICH. F566.B92 1967
Cadillac, Antoine de la Mothe.
The western country in the 17th century; the memoirs of Lamothe Cadillac and Pierre Liette.
MICH. E78.N76 C3 1947
Dr. Beaumont and the man with the hole in his stomach.
Ford, R. Clyde.
A tale of the Mackinaw fur trade: Sandy MacDonald's man.
MICH. PZ3.F7556 Sanz 1985
Fur trade (picture).
MICH. Oversize F551.F9 1985
Where two worlds meet: the Great Lakes fur trade.
MICH. HD9944.U46 G744 1982
Gilman, Rhoda R.
The fur trade in the upper Mississippi Valley, 1630-1850.
MICH. HD9944.U63 M6 1974
Hamil, Frederick Coyne.
When beaver was king.
MICH. HD9778.U63 M53 1951
Massacre at Mackinac: Alexander Henry's travels and adventures in Canada and the Indian territories between the years 1760 and 1764.
MICH DOCS 2S F551 .H42 1966
The historic Johnston family of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
MICH. F 574 .S3 H57 1982
Johnson, Ida Amanda.
The Michigan fur trade.
MICH. HD9944.U46 M5 1971
A Great Lakes fur trade coloring book = Les fourrures et les Grands lacs cahier a colorier.
MICH. HD9944.U46 G756z 1981
Nute, Grace Lee.
MICH. F1027.N96 1986
The recollections of Philander Prescott, frontiersman of the Old Northwest, 1819-1862.
MICH. F606.P74 1966
Russell, Donna Valley.
Michigan voyageurs from the notary book of Samuel Abbott, Mackinac Island, 1807-1817.
MICH. CS88.Q4 M53 1982
Wheeler, Robert C.
A toast to the fur trade: a picture essay on its material culture.
MICH. F597.W57 1985