This is a collection of business and estate papers of Rix Robinson, the majority of them dating to the later 19th century, although a few early 20th century additions are present. Rix Robinson is often attributed with being the first pioneer of European descent to settle in what is now Kent County, Michigan. He did extensive work in the fur trade and eventually turned toward public service and other business interests. In 1834 he was elected the first supervisor of the newly incorporated township of Grand Rapids, and went on to serve as an associate judge of the Kent County Circuit Court, and was also elected as a Michigan state senator. Of special notice, in this collection, are Mr. Robinson's 1874 last will and testament, as well as several dozen estate papers representing the disbursement of his property and assets to settle debts and contracts in the years immediately after his death. A photo of Robinson's memorial marker at Ada Cemetary is also present.
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.