This collection contains items pertaining to the lives of Louis and Antoine Campau, two of the earliest pioneers to West Michigan. Present are the estate papers of both men that summarize the estate proceedings of each through probate court judgments, receipts, and other related documents. Also present is an 1824 indenture transferring ownership of certain land and property from Louis Campau to Antoine Campau. Louis was born in Detriot and was a British prisoner during the War of 1812. After the war, he became one of the first French fur traders and later came to Grand Rapids in 1826. His brother joined him in 1827. These brothers traded furs and other materials and were well known among Native Americans and settlers of the northern Lower Peninsula.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.