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News from the Manuscripts Division

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
F
remont, Ohio 43420
Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
1/800-998-7737
ncard@rbhayes.org

DECEMBER 2006

THE WHITE HOUSE LIBRARY


Catherine Parisian during a recent visit to the Hayes Library.Catherine Parisian, visiting scholar at the Library of Congress, recently visited the Hayes Center to continue her research on the first White House Library. Great readers, President Millard and Mrs. Abigail Fillmore established the library in 1850, hoping to develop a permanent collection for use by future U. S. Presidents. Critical to Dr. Parisian's research is the "Executive Mansion Library Catalog" that is part of the Hayes Collection. The handwritten ledger, bearing the signature of President Hayes and the year "1878," provides a list of all books in the White House Library through the Theodore Roosevelt administration. How the ledger disappeared from the White House Library remains a mystery, but it was purchased by the Hayes Presidential Center in the 1960s and added to President Hayes' collection. Dr. Parisian's work, The First White House Library: From Its Founding to Its Reconstruction, is an initiative begun by the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio.

FREMONT'S ROSS HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY STUDENTS USE THE HAYES CENTER'S RESOURCES FOR LOCAL HISTORY PROJECTS

Once again this fall, more than 30 students used the Hayes Center's resources to learn more about the area's local history. Mike Gilbert, Fremont Ross High School social studies and government teacher, assigned each student several topics. Students needed to document their research with original photographs, diaries, letters, or legal records. Mike believes students who learn about their own area's past become more excited about history. You can read more about the project in the December 4, 2006 Fremont News-Messenger .

SPIEGEL GROVE HOLIDAY CARDS

Spiegel Grove Christmas CardsIf you are seeking something special to send or give to family and friends this holiday season, you will want to order several sets of Spiegel Grove Holiday Cards. Head of Photographic Resources Gil Gonzalez has captured Spiegel Grove's winter beauty in this year's exclusive Holiday Cards. You can purchase the cards individually or in a set of 7 at the Museum Store or order them online.

NEW ON THE WEBSITE

New materials featured below are just a few of the recent additions.

Supreme Court Justice Stanley Matthews


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley Matthews

Stanley Matthews was one of President Hayes' closest friends. He served with him in the Civil War: The collection includes family correspondence, memoranda, arguments, addresses, court opinions, speeches, and notes on the extended Matthews family from 1856 to 1881.


Civil War Letters of John Hetrick

Lorie Neuman of Michigan State University and ggg grandaughter of Sandusky County Civil War soldier John Hetrick, has graciously digitized letters written by John Hetrick to his wife during his service with the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Civil War Letters of Robert H. Caldwell

Sgt. Robert H. Caldwell of Elmore, Ohio, wrote more than 100 letters to his family while serving with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. Caldwell died of wounds received at the Battle of Stones River. The letters are part of the much larger Caldwell Family Collection at the Hayes Presidential Center.

Charles Lewis Miner

For more than a quarter century, Clyde, Ohio, native and Ohio State University graduate, Miner kept a daily journal of his years in Mexico, Calgary and the western U.S. His entries provide a glimpse of this Midwesterner's life during the 20th-century's early years, WWI, and the beginnings of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

Rev. James B. Finley

Rev. Finley was one of the earliest Methodist missionaries to the Wyandots. His papers (1821 - 1838) include correspondence, documents in the Wyandot language, government reports, and broadsides that deal with the establishment, development, and management of the Wyandot Mission at Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

James W. Wilson, M.D.

Wilson was one of Northwest Ohio's most prominent pioneer physicians. His papers (1835 - 1918) include a detailed record of his migration in 1839 from New Berlin, Pennsylvania to Ohio with his partner Dr. Thomas Stilwell; account ledgers, family and business correspondence, and examinations of Sandusky County, Ohio residents for the 1862 Civil War draft.

Robert S. Platt

The Robert S. Platt Papers record the life of one of the United States' earliest professional geographers. The collection (1894-1964) includes family and professional correspondence, clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and published materials.

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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS
TO THE
HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

SOPHIA and JIM DRAEGER

GENE DEAR

ARLENE A. CARR

WALLACE EBERHARD, Ph.D.

EDITH G. WALDEN

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THANK YOU!

Your contributions help the Hayes Presidential Center preserve and expand an evolving Manuscript Collection that for 90 years has educated, inspired, and helped all of us better understand America's past.

The Manuscripts Collections at the Hayes Presidential Center are available to all researchers who wish to discover, learn, and share new information about our historic past. Your donations of $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, in the Statesman newsletter, and in the Hayes Presidential Center Annual Report . 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.

NEW ACQUISITIONS

FREMONT OHIO NEWS MESSENGER PHOTOGRAPHS

The Hayes Presidential Center thanks the Fremont News-Messenger for its recent donation of black-and-white prints used in issues of its Fremont, Ohio newspaper from the 1970s to 1993. The prints will be processed, dated, described, and preserved as part of the Hayes Presidential Center's Local History Photograph Collection. After processing, some of the images will appear on the website.

SOME RECENT PUBLICATIONS USING THE HAYES CENTER'S MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

  • " Dod Ramseur's Dose of Reality" in America's Civil War ( January 2007) by Professor Jonathan A. Noyalas
  • Science in Flux: NASA's Nuclear Program at Plum Brook Station: 1955 - 2005 by Mark D. Bowles
  • Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles & Scrawls from the Oval Office by David Greenberg
  • " Presidential Visits" in Pebble Beach - The Magazine by Neal B. Hotelling
  • " The Soldiers' Home: First Presidential Retreat" in White House History (Spring 2006) by William Seale
  • The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America's First Black Dynasty by Lawrence Otis Graham
  • Ohio Then and Now by Robin Smith and Randall Lee Schieber

Ohio Then and Now

Happy Holidays
and
Please Remember Our Soldiers Serving in Iraq and Around the World and Their Families This Holiday Season!

Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
1/800-998-7737
ncard@rbhayes.org
www.rbhayes.org