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437 Arnold, Lee Ann. Letter, 1933 (1.0 item)

Lee Ann Arnold's letter of Aug. 23, 1933, explains the origin of the name of Opdyke, Jefferson County, Ill., as well as characteristics of the town during the Depression. The original letter is in the possession of George Opdyke, Jr., great-great-grandson of Wilbur F. Opdyke, after whom the town of Opdyke, ...

988 Ashmore Family. Papers, 1842-2004 (1.0 cubic feet)

The Ashmore Family Papers document five generations of one Illinois family in Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties, and contain materials related to Joseph Ashmore (1787-1868), a farmer; his children, Charles (1829-1925); Henry (1842-1908); and Arthur (1882-1969), also farmers; Henry's wife Belle (1850-1925) and son Walter (1879-1960); Arthur's wife Jessie (1887-1972), ...

438 Atherton, Rufus. Letters, 1862-1865 (1.0 folder; 6 items)

Rufus Atherton served in Co. I, 77th Ill. Vol. Inf. during the Civil War. A resident of Elmwood, Ill., Atherton enlisted on Aug. 14, 1862, and served until June 17, 1865. The collection contains six letters written by Atherton to family members between Dec. 12, 1862, and Feb. 10, 1865. ...

439 Atkinson, Jacob. Letter, 1846 (1.0 item)

Jacob Atkinson, writing to his parents in Maine, on June 7, 1846, describes his life in Dixon, Ill. Wilbur Duncan of Decatur, Ill. donated the letter to the Illinois Historical Survey.

440 Atwater, Elizabeth Emerson. Record Book, 1847-1876 (1.0 volume)

This collection includes a scrapbook inventory of Mrs. E. E. Atwater's collection of artifacts. Artifacts include architectural and cultural remnants from around the world, botanical specimens, mineral fragments, and Civil War battlefield relics. Elizabeth Emerson Atwater was born in Norwich, Vermont on August 8, 1812. She went to boarding school in ...

441 Atwood, John. Collection, 1869-1889 (10.0 items)

John Atwood of Alton, Madison County, Ill., was active in the purchase and sale of land near Sioux City, Iowa. His transactions involved land that had been set aside for the benefit of the Iowa Agricultural College and Farm (now Iowa State University). The collection includes original land grant certificates ...

836 Avery, Phineas Orlando. Diary and Correspondence, 1861-64 (1.0 microfilm reel)

Phineas Orlando Avery (1838-1916), of Earl, LaSalle County, Ill., enlisted as a private in Co. I, 4th Ill. Cav., on Sept. 4, 1861, and mustered out as a corporal on Nov. 4, 1864. His unit served in Tennessee and Mississippi, including at Shiloh, Apr. 6-7, 1862. After the war, Avery ...

442 Ayars, James S. Papers, 1863-1864, 1911-1985 (25.0 cubic feet)

James Sterling Ayars was a successful writer for young people, an editor of scientific and religious publications, and an activist for civil liberties and human rights. Ayars also served as a technical editor at the Illinois Natural History Survey from 1937 until his retirement in 1965. In addition, Ayars authored ...

444 Babb, Thomas (1841-1915). Diaries and Notes, 1905-1912 (8.0 volumes)

Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the ...

479 Baber, Adin. "The Charleston Affair", 1946 (1.0 folder)

This collection is comprised of manuscripts written by Adin Baber, which include one letter addressed to Mrs. Henrietta Calhoun Horner, as well as a typed copy of his work entitled, "The Charleston Affair." Adin Baber wrote several books on Abraham Lincoln and the Hanks family, including Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks. Baber sent ...

005 Babson, Jane F. Papers (0.8 cubic feet)

This collection is comprised of manuscripts written by Adin Baber, which include one letter addressed to Mrs. Henrietta Calhoun Horner, as well as a typed copy of his work entitled, "The Charleston Affair." Adin Baber wrote several books on Abraham Lincoln and the Hanks family, including Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks. Baber sent ...

445 Bailey Family. Letters, 1855-1889 (0.2 cubic feet)

The Bailey collection contains 52 letters written to Josiah Bailey in Maine by various members of his family in Illinois. The majority of the letters are from Isaac Bailey, Josiah's brother. Isaac Bailey spent a large portion of his life working with the Illinois railroad companies. In the letters he ...

446 Baird, Samuel John (1817-1893).  Correspondence, 1861-63 (10.0 items)

Samuel Baird, a Presbyterian clergyman and author, was known for his study of the Presbyterian form of government. These letters, written during his time as a pastor in Woodbury, N. J., discuss Baird's beliefs on the role of the clergy in the Civil War. These items are photocopies of the originals ...

830 Baker-Busey-Dunlap Family. Papers, 1866-1933 (4.54 cubic feet)

This collection consists of personal papers from the Baker-Busey-Dunlap family. The materials relate primarily to Kate Baker Busey (1855-1934), but materials from George W. Busey (1861-1944), Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Baker (1836-1913), Ellen "Nellie" Dunlap (1840-1891), and Hiram J. Dunlap (1841-1919) are also included. The collection contains personal family items, including ...

447 Baker, Ira Osborn (1853-1925).  Papers, 1870-1920 (0.2 cubic feet)

The Ira Baker Papers focus on his [i]Semi-Centennial History of the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois[/i]. The work was prepared by Professor Baker between 1920 and 1923 at the request of President David Kinley. The manuscript contains a significant amount of material on the early history of ...

448 Baldridge, Henry W. Papers, 1875-1897 (0.23 cubic feet)

This collection contains correspondence, diaries, pamphlets, advertisements, receipts, and illustrations related to Henry Baldridge. The correspondence includes personal letters from young women in Macon County and Decatur, Illinois, and business letters concerning Baldridge's activities as a salesman of Darby Gas Burners. In his diaries, he discusses courtship, social behavior, church programs, ...

449 Ball, William. Slave Bill Of Sale, 1803 (1.0 item)

On Jan. 22, 1803, William Ball of Frederick County, Va., sold a slave boy, Wilson, age 13, to James Powers, for 80 Pounds U.S. money. The sale was witnessed by William Patton and Charles Bakley or Barkley. Paul Hardin, University of Illinois Office of Instructional Resources, donated this item to the ...

450 Bancroft-Bliss Families. Papers, 1861-1865 (2.0 folders; 18 items)

The Bancroft-Bliss collection contains photocopies of official and personal correspondence of Leiutenant Colonel Alexander Bliss. It also contains photocopies of three letters sent to Bliss's mother, Elizabeth Davis Bliss Bancroft. Leiutenant Colonel Alexander Bliss (1827-1896) was assistant quartermaster general of the Union forces and a colonel of the United States Army ...

451 Barnes, Jacob H. Correspondence, Bills, Receipts, and Legal Documents, 1850-1898 (0.2 cubic feet)

The collection includes fifteen letters, 1866-71, from Henry Brown to Jacob H. Barnes. In the earliest letter, Brown instructs Barnes on how to travel to Bement, Ill., from Youngstown, Ohio, while later letters are written from Brown's homestead in Buffalo, Kansas, and urge Barnes to move to Kansas. Brown's letters ...

671 Barrett, George. Papers, 1854-1872 (11.0 items)

This collection contains a few letters, documents, and manuscripts written by, or relating to, George Johnson Barrett (1818-1876) of Pittsfield, Ill., an itinerant Methodist clergyman. His life is briefly sketched in Irving Dilliard's remembrance of his son, the Lincoln collector, who no doubt cherished his father's story of meeting Lincoln. ...

1014 Barrett, Oliver R. Papers, 1933-1952 (2.0 cubic feet)

This collection consists of correspondence between Oliver R. Barrett and Carl Sandburg, as well as letters sent to each of them. Oliver Barrett (1873-1950) was a Chicago lawyer and Lincoln collector. Carl Sandburg, an Illinois writer best known for his poetry, was also a Lincoln scholar who wrote several biographies on ...

635 Barrett, Oliver R., et al. Sandburg and Angle, Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow, 1930-1932 (0.4 cubic feet)

This collection documents the publication of Carl Sandburg and Paul M. Angle's [i]Mary Lincoln, Wife[/i] [i]and Widow [/i](New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932). In particular, it documents the role of Oliver R. Barrett in the publication of the book. In 1930, Logan Hay, a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, and president ...

452 Barstow, Wilson. Papers, 1861-1864 (2.0 folder; 16 items)

This collection consists of copies of letters from Captain Wilson Barstow to his sister, Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard, and her husband, Richard Henry Stoddard. Wilson Barstow (died 1869) was a captain in the Union Army and aide-de-camp to General John A. Dix, who commanded the Department of Virginia and the Department ...

453 Bartels, Louis. Letter, 1919 (1.0 item)

During World War I, Louis Bartels served as a private in Co. D, 308th Machine Gun Battalion, 78th Division. The 78th was composed largely of men from northern New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Bartels went "over the top" twice during the Meuse-Argonne offensive (Sept. 26 - Nov. 11, 1918), ...

454 Bartlett, Truman H.  Correspondence, 1919 (1.0 folder; 3 items)

The sculptor Truman H. Bartlett was an instructor in modeling at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for twenty-one years. This collection includes three letters from Bartlett to Professor Robert Tait McKenzie, physician, sculptor, and Director of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Two letters concern Bartlett's ...

455 Bartley, Samuel (1828-1909). Correspondence, 1857-90 (1.0 folder; 22 items)

Samuel Bartley, a graduate of Delaware College (Ohio Wesleyan University) in Delaware, Ohio, taught school at Murphysboro, Ill., from 1858 to 1859, before becoming principal of a school in Ohio. In 1870 he moved to Edgewood, Ill., to continue working as a school principal. Bartley, an amateur botanist, later ran ...

981 Barton, William E., and Robert S. Barton. Collection, 1890-1954 (10.0 cubic feet)

This collection consists of the personal and research papers William E. Barton, as well as the research papers of his son, Robert S. Barton. Both Bartons were Lincoln scholars who wrote extensively on Abraham Lincoln. William E. Barton (1861-1930) was a minister and Lincoln biographer. Born in Sublette (Lee County), Illinois, ...

914 Baselt, Fonda D. and Josephine F. Moeller. Champaign County, Ill., Cemetery Research Collection, 1937-1984 (0.4 cubic feet)

This collection consists of research materials compiled by Fonda D. Baselt and Josephine F. Moeller related to cemeteries in Champaign County. Materials include copies of maps, articles, notes, and photographs. In the early 1980s, Fonda D. Baselt and Josephine F. Moeller made copies of the maps created by Godfrey Sperling during ...

456 Bassett, Mark M., and John G. Reckord Papers, 1863-1865, 1944 (6.0 items)

Mark M. Bassett, from West Point, Ill., served in Co. E of the 53rd Ill. Vol. Inf. Enlisting as a sergeant on Jan. 1, 1862, Bassett was a first lieutenant when he was taken prisoner on July 12, 1863, during the Union assault on Jackson, Miss. He escaped from Libby ...

938 Bates, Emily C. Album, 1833-1837 (1.0 folder)

This collection contains one album dating from 1833-1837 that likely belonged to Emily Caroline Bates, daughter of Fredrick Bates, who was the second Governor of Missouri. Emily Caroline Bates was born in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1820 to Fredrick Bates and Nancy Opie Ball Bates. Emily Bates married her first cousin, ...

778 Bates, J. Leonard. Papers (14.0 cubic feet)

This collection contains one album dating from 1833-1837 that likely belonged to Emily Caroline Bates, daughter of Fredrick Bates, who was the second Governor of Missouri. Emily Caroline Bates was born in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1820 to Fredrick Bates and Nancy Opie Ball Bates. Emily Bates married her first cousin, ...

779 Bates, J. Leonard. Thomas Walsh Research Collection (9.8 cubic feet)

This collection contains one album dating from 1833-1837 that likely belonged to Emily Caroline Bates, daughter of Fredrick Bates, who was the second Governor of Missouri. Emily Caroline Bates was born in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1820 to Fredrick Bates and Nancy Opie Ball Bates. Emily Bates married her first cousin, ...

457 Bates, Erastus Newton (1828-1898). Letters and Other Materials, 1862-1904 (0.5 cubic feet)

Born in Massachusetts in 1828, Erastus Newton Bates moved to Ohio in 1836, and later attended Williams College and Union Theological Seminary. In 1859, after practicing law in Minnesota for three years, he moved to Centralia, Ill. In 1862, he mustered into the 80th Ill. Vol. Inf. as a major. ...

458 Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan. Papers, 1757-1799 (6.0 microfilm reels; 2 folders and 24 items)

This collection relates to the activities in the Illinois Country of the Philadelphia mercantile firm of Baynton, Wharton, and Morgan. It also documents the subsequent career of George Morgan. The collection consists of 6 reels of microfilmed papers and 10 transcripts of correspondence not on film. In addition, there are ...

459 Beal-Casey Family. Papers, 1886-1940 (0.5 cubic feet)

Alvin Casey Beal was a professor of Agriculture at Cornell University and a noted expert on horticulture. Born in Mt. Vernon, Ill., in 1897, Beal earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Cornell. In 1899, he married Ervilla B. Lefever, a school teacher from Milmine, Ill. The Beals had one ...

460 Beaman, David. Papers, 1786-1885 (1.0 folder; 31 items)

The Beaman Papers consists mainly of invoices, receipts, and deeds from Antwerp, Jefferson County, N.Y. There are also two letters between David Beaman and his brother Hiram, living in LaBeouff, Erie County, Pa., that discuss farm production and prices. The papers belonged to Dean Charles M. Thompson of the University of ...

647 Beardstown, Ill. General Store Ledger, Account Book, 1840-49, 1885 (0.2 cubic feet)

This ledger is composed of invoices of goods and services purchased at a general merchandise store, Beardstown, Ill., indicating if and how each account was settled. Included is an entry in the ledger for Thomas Beard, the founder of Beardstown. The ledger also contains a few pages of sales records ...

1061 Beauty Spots of Illinois/Busey, J. K. Booklet, 1924 (1.0 item)

This ledger is composed of invoices of goods and services purchased at a general merchandise store, Beardstown, Ill., indicating if and how each account was settled. Included is an entry in the ledger for Thomas Beard, the founder of Beardstown. The ledger also contains a few pages of sales records ...

461 Beckman, Arnold O.  Farm Records, 1906-82 (0.2 cubic feet)

Arnold Beckman's farm records include papers, abstracts of title, and title insurance data for farms in Sullivan Township, Livingston County, Ill. Dr. Beckman donated the records to the University of Illinois in 1986.

462 Beerli, Annis C. Papers, 1932 (2.0 items)

Annis Beerli's letter of Feb. 19, 1932, and her notes, relate to her ancestors, including Col. Joseph Ball (George Washington's mother's grandfather) and the abolitionist John Brown.

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