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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

FEBRUARY 2007

LAURA WONDERLY JOINS THE HAYES CENTER STAFF

Laura Wonderly

The Hayes Center welcomed Laura Wonderly to its staff in 2006. Laura is a native of Fremont, Ohio. She received her degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2006. Her remarkable researching and writing skills have been invaluable in processing collections, editing and transcribing documents, writing collection descriptions, and responding to inquiries. Laura's insatiable curiosity and wide-ranging interests have proved to be great assets whether delving into old engineering blueprints, Civil War letters, or the records of local women's organizations! Laura will be with us until early summer when she plans to marry and move to Indianapolis.


HAYES CENTER CREATION NOW AT THE OHIO GOVERNORS MANSION

Ohio First Lady Hope Taft and Hayes Center Head of Photographic Resources Gilbert Gonzalez

After admiring Gilbert Gonzalez's work for the Hayes Presidential Center's exhibit, State of Eight: Ohio's Presidential Legacy, former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft asked Mr. Gonzalez to create a special collage for the Ohio Governors Mansion. Her goal was to educate students touring the mansion about the 8 Ohioans who rose to the U. S. Presidency. Gonzalez created a unique work using original images and artifacts from the Hayes Center's collections. In late December, Gonzalez presented it to the First Lady at the Ohio Governors Mansion in Columbus.

NEW ON THE HAYES CENTER'S WEB SITE

Civil War Letters of Theodore Edwards, 12th OVC

Seventy letters by Fremont, Ohio native Theodore Edwards written from 1863 to 1865 primarily from the U.S. General Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and several from Johnson's Island.

Civil War Letters of Andrew Powell, 123 OVI

One hundred sixty-seven letters written from Sept. 1862 to June 1865 by Seneca County, Ohio native Andrew Powell to his brother Israel.

Records of the Order of the Eastern Star

Records of the Order of the Eastern Star chapters of Fremont, Clyde, Oak Harbor, and Gibsonburg, Ohio, from 1900 to 1999

Civil War Letters of John E. Bowers, 148 Pennsylvania

Nearly 100 letters by John E. Bowers, native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, written to his family from 1862 to 1864

Civil War Homefront Letters of Sarah Elizabeth Wilson Rice

Sarah Elizabeth Wilson Rice

Contributors to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund made possible the purchase of 36 letters written by Sarah Wilson Rice of Fremont, Ohio, to her husband, 72nd OVI Surgeon Dr. John B. Rice during his service in the Civil War. Several of the letters have already been used by students and in published works - most recently by Dr. Christine Dee in Ohio's War: The Civil War in Documents. Now you can enjoy reading all 36 letters (Jan. 1863 - Feb. 1864) online - thanks to the efforts of volunteer Jacci Penrose, a student at Bowling Green State University, who transcribed each of the letters.

THANK YOU to all of you who contributed Funds and Used Books! The Hayes Presidential Center's Manuscript Collections have been at the very heart of the institution's mission for more than 90 years. Because of your loyal support, Sarah Wilson Rice's letters are preserved and available to everyone now and for decades to come!

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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS
TO THE
HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

William J. Ballard, D.D.S.

James H. and Anne Harding

Zoe L. Titchener

Barbara K. Stager

Dan James

Larry Nesbitt

Burns Iron and Metal

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As a donor to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund your donation is tax deductible. Your name appears as a donor 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.

SHARING THE HAYES CENTER'S RESOURCES

Just as you have shared with us, the Hayes Center has shared its resources with others. Recently, photographs, documents, and artifacts from the Hayes Center's collections have been shared for exhibits with:

  • White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois
  • Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio
  • Clyde Public Library, Clyde, Ohio
  • Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, California

SOME RECENT PUBLICATIONS USING THE HAYES CENTER'S MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

rutgers university press (permission)

  • Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: When Clowns Make Laws for Queens, 1880 1887, ed. Ann D. Gordon

  • The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa by Paul E. Bierley

  • The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever: The Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby

  • The United States Cavalry: An Illustrated History, 1776 1944 by Gregory J. W. Urwin and Ernest L. Reedstrom

  • Shenandoah Valley, July 1864 in Blue and Gray Magazine by Scott Patchan

  • William McKinley (Presidential Series) by Laura Edge

  • Lynchings, Legends, and Lawlessness by Loren Avey

VISIT THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER


Hayes Home, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio

As winter begins to loosen its grip on Northwest Ohio, I hope those of you who live nearby or a traveling in our area will take time to visit the Hayes Center. Enjoy By Presidential Design , an exclusive exhibit curated by Executive Director Tom Culbertson, detailing the evolution of the Hayes Home. Discover your family roots through a genealogy class conducted by Head Librarian Becky Hill. Register for History Mystery. You will join other amateur historians and detectives attempting to solve a series of history mysteries while enjoying a fun-filled evening of dining and camaraderie. This special fundraising event benefits the Center and its plan to Restore the President's House.

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