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News from the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Division

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43416
Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts
1/800-998-7737 x39
ncard@rbhayes.org

JUNE 2012

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES: BUCKEYE PRESIDENT OPENED MAY 9 AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY'S THOMPSON LIBRARY

Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President

The Hayes Presidential Center and The Ohio State University's Rare Books & Manuscripts Library partnered to create an exhibit that is on display through August 26 in Thompson Library Room 165 (1858 Neil Ave.). In addition to exploring Rutherford Hayes’ connection to OSU, the exhibit tells the story of his life. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President includes artifacts from the Center’s and OSU’s collections.

THE GILDED AGE OF HAVILAND CHINA OPENED MAY 15th AT THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER

Gilded Age of Haviland China The exhibit features an impressive collection of some of the earliest examples of Haviland China (1865-1895). The exhibit was created in partnership with regional Haviland collectors. Gilded Age of Haviland China continues through September 16th. The exhibit is supported by funding from title sponsor - The Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation.





CHARLES J. WEIKER FAMILY COLLECTION

Sarah Ellen Curtis

Charles J. Weiker recently donated a collection of genealogical research, records, and photographs. The collection documents not only some of the earliest African American pioneer families of Sandusky County, Ohio (ca. 1840s) through his collateral lines but also his direct ancestors who are from other Ohio counties and states. His lineage includes the surnames Weiker, Schmidt, Laughinghouse , Jones, Gardner, Ricks, Vaughn, Henderson, Godette , George, Harman, Sweet, Cornish, Weathers, Hunter, Asbrey, Banneker, Delaney, Lett, Caliman, Pearl, Guy, Redman, Robertson, Sweet, and Sweeney.










DR. HARLEY E. WARD RECORDS

Harley E. Ward, M.D.

Recently donated by Vicki Stuckert of Findlay, Ohio is the collection of the late Dr. Harley E. Ward of Pemberville, Ohio. Included are 13 booklets, dating from 1915 to 1957 in which Dr. Ward recorded data concerning more than 300 babies he delivered during those years. Dr. Ward recorded the name, sex, birth date, and birthplace of each newborn. Included are the names of the parents and their race, age, occupation, and birthplace. Ward delivered babies in villages in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky Counties. During the final years of his practice, Dr. Ward delivered almost exclusively Hispanic children born to families who resided in the area. Volunteer Dorothy Wagner is currently entering data from Dr. Ward's records in the Ohio Obituary Index. We thank Vicki for her donation and efforts to scan each of the fragile original records.


MANUSCRIPTS FUND DONORS HELP CENTER ACQUIRE SETH BARBER FAMILY COLLECTION

Manuscripts Fund Donors (Some of whom are listed below.) helped make possible the recent acquisition of the correspondence, diaries, documents, and photographs of the Seth M. Barber family of Norwalk, Ohio. Barber graduated from the University of Michigan, taught at the Norwalk Seminary, and was superintendent of Ashland, Ohio public schools. During the Civil War, he was captain of Company H, 42nd Ohio. Wounded at Vicksburg, Barber lost his right leg. Included in the wartime correspondence of Barber, are letters from his wife Amanda Gardner Barber and numerous comrades. Barber later served as a U. S. pension agent at Cleveland, Ohio.

Among his 7 children were daughters Bertha and Della, who were teachers for the Presbyterian Board of Missions for Freedmen in North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. While it will take time to process the hundreds and hundreds of letters and documents, dating to the 1920s, I want to express my gratitude on behalf of the Center to those special individuals who have donated so generously to the Manuscripts Fund. Local historians, Civil War researchers, and Gilded Age scholars will use the Barber Family Collection over and over in the decades ahead. THANK YOU!

CHRONICLING AMERICA NOW INCLUDES EARLY SANDUSKY COUNTY OHIO NEWSPAPERS

Chronicling America , from the Library of Congress, features a searchable newspaper archives. To date the site contains a listing of more than 700 digitized newspapers published in the US between 1836 and 1922. Ohio alone has nearly 40 newspapers available for searching. These include some of Fremont, Ohio's earliest newspapers. You you can search papers across the nation, state, or a single city. The myriad of options allows you to search by an individual name or by topic in a single newspaper or across all newspapers in a state or across the entire nation.


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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

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Zoe Titchener

Sandra Zenser

Barbara Phillips Reid

Robert Conrad

Gage Ricard

Robert Crall

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


Donald M. Roper

Wallace Eberhard, Ph.D.

Ronald L. Stuckey, Ph.D.

Alexander Kennedy

Dr. David and Mary Hockenbery
In Memory of Pastor Bill and Helen Slates

Gene Slaymaker

Rich and Linda Geyman
In Memory of Marian E. Hoffert

Rich and Linda Geyman
In Memory of Janice Ruth Kastor


We are grateful to these special individuals, who, through their thoughtfulness and generosity, have helped the Hayes Presidential Center continue its tradition of research excellence during these difficult economic times!


You can donate safely and conveniently online by following this link to Donations to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund - or you can send your donation to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund, Attn: Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420

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. As a donor, your name appears on our web site and in the Hayes Presidential Center Annual Report.

THANK YOU FOR INVESTING IN THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER WHERE AMERICA'S PAST COMES ALIVE FOR ALL!

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

Tarnished Victory

Tarnished Victory: Finishing Lincoln's War, by William Marvel

Virginia Roots in Kentucky Soil, by Judy Ware

From Classroom to White House: The Presidents and First Ladies as Students and Teachers, by J. M. Longo

"Lincoln and Chiriqui Colonization Revisited," by Sebastian N. Page in American Nineteenth Century History

"Soldier: Rutherford B. Hayes," by Emily George in On Point: Journal of Army History

"Mayer Frankel: A Tale from the National Archives' Service and Pension Records," by Steve Hammond in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray (documentary) by Indigo Films

The Civil War Anniversary Quilts: 150 Blocks to Commemorate 150 Years, by Rosemary Youngs

Skirmish at Pearisburg, by George A. McLean, Jr.

"Ballville Dam Removal Feasibility Study, City of Fremont, Ohio" by Stantec Consulting, Inc.

Rebels on Lake Erie (documentary) by Kathleen Endres, University of Akron

Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
1/800-998-7737 x 239
ncard@rbhayes.org
www.rbhayes.org
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