The Askin Papers
The "Askin Papers", a collection of documents and correspondance left behind by John Askin Sr., provide an interesting view of the Windsor/Detroit border region. The papers range from the mid 18th through early 19th century, during the development of a concept of borders along the Great Lakes and Detroit River. Represented within the collection are figures from both sides would that would interact with one another freely, influencing the shaping of the Detroit Border Region. John Alexander Askin was one of the figures that would aid in the development of this region on both sides of the border. Each of these documents from the "Askin Papers" explore the various ways that land was acquired in the development of the Great Lakes along with Askin's personal connection to the land owners.