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The Mead Family collection consists of photographs, historical documents and artifacts pertaining to Azel Mead (1784 to 1871), his descendents, and other relatives. The materials cover various aspects of the family's lives from 1833 to approximately 1960. This includes documents relating to Minerva Jeanette Mead and her husband George G. Mead who were involved in the spiritualist movement at the turn of the century. They were active members of the Haslett Park Club which held a yearly spiritualist retreat on Lake Lansing. Other materials relating to the family include Azel Mead's divorce papers and casual letters written between family members.The photographic material contains a number of images of people and houses in Mason, Michigan, circa 1900 as well as vacation photographs and formal portraits from that era. There also are a large number of snapshots from the portions of the family that lived in Kansas.
This collection was donated by Shirley Silker. Additional items in the collection document her research into the Mead family and the local spiritualist movement.