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Library Summary

Status: Completed
Type: Real
Size: Small (51 - 100)

John Askin

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Library date
1821
Location
Library size (titles)
58 identified
Library size (volumes)
407
Sources
Annual inventories of Askin's estate dated 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1787, and ~1808
Probate inventory "Inventory of Property Real and Personal Belonging to the Estate of the Late John and Archange Askin, Sandwich" (1821)
Agnes Haigh Widder, "The John Askin family library: a fur-trading family's books." Michigan Historical Review 33:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 27-57.
Library notes
Askin's library, one of the first known collections in Michigan, is documented in annual inventories of his estate dated 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, 1787, and ~1808, plus an 1821 inventory of Askin's estate titled "Inventory of Property Real and Personal Belonging to the Estate of the Late John and Archange Askin, Sandwich." Each of these contains a section headed "Writing Implements, Books, and etc." - these list the books by author and/or short title and an assigned monetary value. The inventories, held at several archival repositories in Canada, are not thoroughly transcribed in Widder's article; more data (including assigned values) could be retrieved from them in future.
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Date of birth
1739
Date of death
1815
Gender
male
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