Dr. Alvan Chase (1817 - May 25, 1885) was an Ann Arbor publisher.
- Dr. Alvan Chase, Ann Arbor District Library, Gallery of Founders
Dr. Alvan Chase collected recipes for household remedies and published them as Dr. Chase’s Recipes; or, Information for Everybody. His hugely popular books, which sold all over the world, were printed in his large steam printing house at Main and Miller along with a newspaper, the Peninsular Courier. Wealthy and successful by 1869, he became worried about his own health, so he sold everything—business, patents, even his horse and buggy—to publisher Rice Beal, a fellow Republican and Methodist. Finding himself still healthy but poor, Chase then tried to continue publishing his books, but Beal successfully sued to prevent him from doing so.
- Rice A. Beal, appellee, vs. Alvan W. Chase and the Ann Arbor printing and publishing company, appellants. University of Michigan: Scholarly Publishing Office, 2005, ISBN 1425501885. Michigan Historical Reprint Series
About August 30th, 1869, the defendant, Chase, sold and conveyed to the complainant real estate in Ann Arbor, on which there was a dwelling-house and a brick building called "Dr. Chase's Steam Printing House."
- Dr. Chase's Recipes, via Michigan State University