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Manuscripts Division Newsletter August 2018



Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts

Julie Mayle, Associate Curator of Manuscripts 


1/800-998-7737 Ext. 239 

Fax: 419-332-4952 

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Lexi Davis Completes Her Internship with the Manuscripts Department  


Under the guidance of Associate Curator Julie Mayle, Lexi Davis completed an internship with the Manuscripts Department this summer. She performed conservation measures on a large collection of glass negatives, helped prepare the WWI exhibit, learned how to create finding aids, and processed special collections, including the Hayes Bible Collection. Lexi  said, “ I enjoyed getting the experience to work with the collections and learn if this is the type of career I would enjoy in the future.” Originally from Bettsville, Ohio, Lexi will return to school at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she is majoring in Political Science and American Studies. She serves as a tutor and as an assistant in the History Department. Julie and Nan deeply appreciate Lexi’s hard work and positive attitude and wish her the best as she takes up her studies again.



Belinda Elliot McLellan Journal Donated


  Recently, John Fitch of Cambridge, Massachusetts, son of missionary parents,             donated a journal (1845 - 1871) kept by Belinda Elliot McLellan, first cousin of         President  Hayes. Struggling with caring for young children and a husband suffering   from depression, Belinda came to Ohio at the insistence of her much-loved   half-   brother John Pease. They lived in his home for   nearly  a year. Deeply religious,   Belinda prayed that her daughters might become faithful Christians. They did not   disappoint. Indeed, they married the sons of Ferris Fitch of Ballville Township.   Eventually, daughter Mary and   husband George served as Presbyterian missionaries in China. Thus beginning a family legacy devoted to missionary work. Hayes writes about the Fitches in his diary.



 Johnson's Island Confederate Officer's 1863 Autograph Book Now Part of the Hayes Manuscript Collections

We are deeply appreciative to donors who have supported the Hayes Manuscripts Fund. They helped make possible the acquisition of an autograph book kept by a Confederate officer during his imprisonment in the officers’ prison on Lake Erie’s Johnson’s Island. The names of the Confederate officers, their rank, and date and location of capture are believed to have been recorded during the year 1863. Follow the link to read the names and data. We thank Hayes volunteer Fran Fleet for digitizing the names and data.



First Frohman Summer Series “Hands on History” STEM Projects a Success!

The Frohman Summer Series: Hands on History focused on STEM projects for 6 to 11 year-olds. Early Sandusky aviators, Cedar Point’s roller coasters, and Lake Erie’s ever-changing waters were this year’s topics. Using historic photographs and research from the Charles E. Frohman Collections, students connected history to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. They were excited to make their own airplanes, roller coasters, and water-cycle terrariums.  Thank you to Sierra Lobo,Inc. for sponsoring this program.  


Master Storyteller Mike Gilbert Presents History Roundtable Again this Fall

History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns once again this fall. Sponsored by Dr. Mary Wonderly, History Roundtable will meet Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Museum/Library auditorium on September 15, 22, 29, and October 20 and    27. The October 13th session, trolley tours at Oakwood Cemetery, sponsored by attorney George Schrader is sold out. You can pre-register by contacting Nan Card at 332-2081 x239     or [email protected]. Each session is $5.00. Follow this link to learn more about the topics.





We are grateful to these special individuals and organizations, who through their thoughtfulness and generous donations, made it possible to acquire new Manuscript Collections and resources at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums that benefit researchers - genealogists, scholars, local historians, students, and educators - not just for today, but for a lifetime! Thank you for helping the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums continue its tradition of research excellence! 

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





Ronald L. Stuckey, Ph.D.

Larry and Susie Michaels 

The Family of James and Dorothy Thierry 

In Honor of Mary B. Wonderly


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