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News from the Hayes Presidential Center 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


JANUARY 2009


SPRING INTERN: HEIDELBERG SENIOR LARRY LAUGHERTY

Larry Laugherty joins us to perfom an archival internship during the spring semester at Tiffin's Heidelberg College. A double major in History and Education, he will graduate this spring. During his internship, Larry will help process and conserve photograph collections, enter metadata in the online image database, and assist with exhibit preparation.


JOHN BROWN, JR. CORRESPONDENCE


The Correspondence of John Brown, Jr eldest son of abolitionist John Brown, Sr., is one of our most heavily-used collections. Now, with the help of your donations, the Hayes Center has acquired more than 70 additional letters (1838 - 1888). Most were written by Brown and his family. The correspondence not only adds to our understanding of the family's attitudes toward slavery, but also reveals more about life on Lake Erie's South Bass Island, where John Jr. and several family members settled shortly after the Civil War began. Thank you for helping make this acquisition possible! I am most grateful for your thoughtful generosity. You have helped preserve these letters for EVERYONE - teachers, students, local historians, and scholars - now and for the decades ahead.






PRESIDENT WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT


Also recently acquired is the glass plate negative of this amazing photograph of President William Howard Taft campaiging on the steps of the Sandusky County Courthouse in Fremont, Ohio during the spring of 1912. Read more on our Paper Trail about Taft and Teddy's wild week of campaigning in Ohio that resulted in a political showdown. William Howard Taft

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NOW ON THE WEBSITE

SARDIS BIRCHARD PAPERS

Sardis BirchardMerchant, philanthropist, and uncle of President Rutherford B. Hayes, Sardis Birchard purchased Spiegel Grove and built the home where President Hayes and the Hayes family lived from 1873 to 1966. A description of Sardis Birchard's collection is now on the website ( www.rbhayes.org ). Through the generosity of Warren Brown, Sandusky County Clerk of Courts, that description includes an item-level listing in pdf format (147 pages) of the correspondents (their names and dates). Typed transcriptions, made decades ago by Hayes Center staff, are extremely labor intensive to reproduce today for the website. We hope that in the future we can provide greater in-depth descriptions to our collections by scanning more of these transcriptions.




BENSON J. LOSSING PAPERS

Benson J. Lossing


Artist, author, editor, publisher, and engraver,Benson Lossing( 1813-1891) produced pictorial histories that recorded historic events through firsthand accounts and drawings of people, artifacts, and actual locations where the events occurred.Lossing published histories and biographies, creating his own illustrations. Popular for decades were his Pictorial Field-Book of the American Revolution and Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812.






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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS
TO THE
HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

Jane L. Fox
In Memory of June Smith Rice

Zoe L. Titchener

Donald M. Roper

Ann Kassing

Anne W. Reeve and James S. Reeve II
In Memory of Stephen and Lucy (nee Whittlesey) Buckland

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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. We deeply appreciate your continuing support. As a donor, 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 donation to Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund, Attn: Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420

THANK YOU FOR INVESTING IN AMERICA'S HISTORY!

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Timelline
Photographs of the devastating Flood of 1913 from the Charles E. Frohman Collection appear in Timeline's first issue of 2009. This award-winning quarterly about Ohio - its people, its places, and its past - is published by the Ohio Historical Society. Filled with beautiful photographs and excellent writing, Timeline is one of the nation's finest history publications. If you aren't already a subscriber, you can purchase the 2009 issue at the Hayes Center's Museum Store. If you would like to receive all four 2009 issues, click here.






RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND STUDIES USING THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER'S PHOTOGRAPH AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

hunting the american west



Hunting the American West: The Pursuit of Game for Life, Profit, and Sport, 1800-1900, by Richard C. Rattanbury

Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George Bush, by Richard J. Ellis

Homes and Libraries of the Presidents, by William G. Clotworthy

Twenty West: The Great Road Across America, by Mac Nelson

"Swept Away: The Great 1913 Flood" in Timeline by Trudy E. Bell

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Ulysses S. Grant


Join us!
at 7:00 P.M. on February 15th for the annual Hayes Lecture on the Presidency.
Andrew Cayton, Miami University's Distinguished Professor of History, discusses the impact of the two-year world tour of Ulysses S. Grant, our 18th President and one of America's greatest military leaders. The 7 p.m. lecture is preceded by a reception and dinner with the speaker. Cost for the entire evening is $30. Admission to the lecture only is $10. Advance reservations required.






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

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