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Olney Family Papers

Identifier: MS 00166

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Papers, 1879-1915, of the Olney family of Newaygo County, Michigan. Includes letters to Bert Olney at various addresses in Indiana and Michgan, which relate school incidents and discuss political matters, such as James Garfield's presidency. There are also letters between Bert and Alice Olney and their sons, Albert J. Olney and Clinton Olney. Albert J. and Clinton Olney were both studying agriculture at (what is now) Michigan State University. The letters from their parents discuss family life and work, town events, their sons' academic studies, and book reccomendations, among other topics. Also included is an eight page manuscript of an oration on Frances Willard, the founder of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. There are also letters from Oral Seipp, a student at Albion College in Michigan, to the two brothers, which discuss college life, fraternities, hazing, student prayer meetings, schoolwork, and other activities. Finally, there are letters addressed to Albert J. Olney and Clinton Olney's sister, Marion Olney, while she is at a hospital recovering from an appendectomy.


  • Creation: 1879-1915

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Accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in August 2011.

Guide to the Olney Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Benjamin Bromley, Public Services Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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