This collection consists of a few business papers and six notebooks of the family of William S. Gunn. The former includes several inventories or receipts form the W.S. Gunn and Co., from the early 1880's The latter is a set of small notebooks used by William A. and Charles W. Gunn to record ornithological observations and field notes. The date from the late 1870's and early 1880's. William S. Cunn moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1846. He partnered with several businesses over the following decades but primarily remained in the hardware industry as W.S. Gunn and Company. The store specialized in stoves and house furnishing goods.
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.