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News from the Manuscripts Division

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts



Untarnishing the Gilded AgeThis summer brought special opportunites for educators to deepen their knowledge about America's past through two weeklong seminars for community college faculty. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. the sessions, titled "Untarnishing the Gilded Age," allowed 50 professors from as far away as Texas and Alaska to discover the breadth and depth of the Hayes Center's primary sources.

K-12 teachers from Fremont, Toledo, and northwest Ohio area school districts also found enrichment through two weeklong seminars titled "Expanding America" and "History Links," funded by grants from the U.S. Dept. of Education. While the seminars required an incredible amount of planning and coordination, the Hayes Center staff found the experience of interacting with these bright, enthusiastic educators richly rewarding.


Joe FaykoshThe Hayes Presidential Center welcomed Joe Faykosh of Defiance, Ohio as a summer intern. The Hayes Center proved to be a perfect place for Joe to pursue his lifelong interest in the U. S. Presidency. His ten-week internship was supported by the Ohio Humanities Council's Community History Grants Program. A 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe provided valuable assistance to staff members in nearly every department. Joe commented that "it worked out better than I ever could have imagined!" The entire staff wishes Joe the very best in his future endeavors!


John Lupton and Susan Krause, assistant editors of the Abraham Lincoln Papers, spent more than a week this summer at the Hayes Center. Their goal was to capture images of each of the Lincoln documents in our collections. They were particularly thrilled to discover a pardon Lincoln granted after speaking with the widowed mother of a Pennsylvania Civil War soldier who had deserted. "It exemplifies Lincoln's humanity and compassion for the individual despite the enormous pressures of the war that he lived with each day," Krause said. You can view this rare manuscript on July's

Paper Trail.

Johnson's Island Civil War Prison Birdseye ViewHistory Detectives Those of you who watched PBSí History Detectives in August saw Wes Cowan's exciting investigation of several photographs taken secretly by a Confederate officer imprisoned on Johnsonís Island during the Civil War. You can learn more about the prison by using the research materials of the late Charles E. Frohman at the Hayes Center . Frohman wrote the ever-popular Rebels on Lake Erie, available at the Hayes Center or through our online Museum Store.


The new materials featured below are just a few of the recent additions. Others will be highlighted in future issues.

Frohman Theatre CollectionFrohman Theatre Collection

Titles from more than 500 pieces of American theatrical and film memorabilia, dating from 1873 to 1966, now appear online. Playbills, programs, and promotional material document performances at more than 150 establishments in 12 states. Many are from theatres owned by Charles F., Daniel, and Gustav Frohman during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Two Medal of Honor Winners by L. Keith Snipes

Thanks go to Keith Snipes for this fine article about northwest Ohio Civil War soldiers, John Miller and James Richmond of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and their courageous actions during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. Both men won the Medal of Honor for capturing Confederate battle flags. For more about the 8th Ohio, read Keith's well-researched article, "The Improper Placement of the 8th Ohio Monument: A Study of Words and Maps," in the latest issue (Number 35) of The Gettysburg Magazine.

Speeches & Messages by Rutherford B. Hayes

This collection, a part of the Rutherford B. Hayes Papers, includes all known notes, drafts, messages, and speeches of President Rutherford B. Hayes. Appearing on the website is a chronological list of the dates, locations, and occasions of the 865 speeches given or written by Hayes from 1841 while a student at Kenyon College to December 1892 at the Ohio College Association








Your support in preserving our past helps the Hayes Presidential Center meet the dramatically rising cost of purchasing original documents, letters, photographs, and diaries for everyone - students, scholars, genealogists, and teachers. Your contributions -. whether $1 or $1,000 - make all the difference! We deeply appreciate your continuing support.

As a donor to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund your name appears on our web site and in the Statesman newsletter. You can donate safely and conveniently online at Donations to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund. - or you can send your contribution to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund, Attn: Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420.


We also thank John Schwartz of Fremont, Ohio and the Sandusky County Park District for their donations:

  • Civil War Letters of Theodore Edwards, 12th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
    John wanted to preserve and also share with the public the more than 70 letters written during the Civil War by his ancestor Theodore Edwards to his family in Sandusky County, Ohio. Many of the letters were written while Edwards was a patient and then a nurse at the U.S. Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. John also donated Edwards' rifle and North-Savage .38 caliber revolver.
  • Civil War Letters of John Bowers, 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
    The Sandusky County Park District donated the Civil War letters of John Bowers of Centre County, Pa., a relative of the Roush family of Lindsey, Ohio. While the original letters will be preserved and available to researchers at the Hayes Presidential Center, acid-free copies and scans of each letter were prepared for the park district for use in its future programs.

Unidentified Church: Do you remember the image of the unidentifed church featured in the May issue? While the name of the church remains a mystery, James Harding of NYC wrote to tell us that the image was taken in 1886 by the Rev. Henry Cooke, son of Jay Cooke, who built Cooke Castle on Lake Erie's Gibraltar Island. While Cooke was away, he often invited ministers to use the island as a retreat. Jim is a direct descendant of Jay Cooke, financier of the Civil War.


  • Ohio's War: The Civil War in Documents, Christine Dee
  • First-Person Cornell, Carol Kammen
  • America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Ann Elizabeth Dickinson, J. Matthew Gallman
  • The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, Debby Applegate
  • Empire and Revolution: The Americans in Mexico since the Civil War, John Mason Hart
  • Collaborative Access To Virtual Museum Collection Information: Seeing Through The Walls , Bernadette G. Callery
  • Rutherford B. Hayes (Presidential Leaders Series), Debbie Levy
  • The Diaries of John Gregory Bourke: July 29, 1876-April 7, 1878 , Charles M.Robinson III

And thank you to the many subscribers who forwarded the May issue to others! You have helped extend the reach of the Hayes Presidential Center!

Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420