II. Letters (cont.)
C. Others, 1832-1949
Charles H. Balch, 1832
Copy of letter Charles H. Balch to Elizabeth Balch, New York,
March 9, 1832, which contains comments regarding Charles
Grandison Finney. Received from Julie
Miller, New York Public Library, by way of Bill Moffett. [Acc. 1989/118]
Lysander Jones, 1835
Original handwritten letter from Lysander Jones, New York, NY,
to his uncle Joshua R, Giddings, Jefferson, Ashtabula County,
Ohio, 26 February
In the letter
Jones described his first trip from Conneaut, Ohio, to New York.
Lysander Jones was the uncle of Oberlin College Professor Lynds
Jones (d. 1951).
is a handwritten letter from Elizabeth Williams, granddaughter of
Joshua Giddinys, to Lynds Jones, 3 January 1940. This is the cover
for the 1835 letter,
sent by Williams to Lynds Jones.
George B. Cheever, 1835-36
Copies of two letters, 1835-36, with reference suggesting that
George B. Cheever had been offered the position of Professor
of Sacred Rhetoric
Theodore Weld, 1839
A lithographed copy of a Theodore Weld (d. 1895) circular, two
pages, addressed to Mr. J.B. Barnie(?), East Turner, ME,
dated 2 December
1839. The letter,
written by Weld from the Office of the American Anti-Slavery
Society, was circulated to gather information concerning
slave holders in
John Brown, 1840-41
Photographic copies of agreement (3 April 1840) for John
Brown to act as the agent for Oberlin College's Virginia
the Virginia lands. Letters are dated 2 Apr. 1840, 14
July 1840, 18
Aug. 1840, 2 Jan. 1841, 5 Feb. 1841, and 26 March 1841.
Jacob Berg Family, 1853-71 & n.d.
Jacob Berg, a Bavarian coal miner, brought his family to American
in 1854 and purchased a farm in the German settlement three miles
northeast of Oberlin.
Jacob died in 1858. In 1894, Jacob's widow, Elizabeth, was still living.
Also in that year, sons Charles, Jacob, and John were living in
or near Oberlin
and daughter Catherine (Mrs. James McIlrath) resided in Oceana County, Michigan.
John Berg (1842-1907) became a stone mason. He served from 1862-65 in Company
C, 128 Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In 1868, John married Mary Griem of Amherst
Township and the couple lived on a farm in Russian Township. John became
well known locally as a mason and contractor. Oberlin College recognized
as foreman over the building of the foundation of Council Hall by awarding
him an engraved Waltham hunter case watch. Further information about John
Berg is with the letters.
All of the 31 letters are electrostatic copies. All are written
in German. None have been translated. Nineteen of them were written
at Johnson's Island,
Sandusky, Ohio, where the 128 OVI guarded Confederate prisoners of war.
A few of the letters are by John Berg, but the authorship of most
of them has
been determined. Two of the remaining letters were written at Cleveland
(1861) and at Folly Island, South Carolina (1864). The letters
are owned by Karen
Schrader, 14571 Baumhart Road, Oberlin, whose husband is a descendant of
John Berg. The copies were made with Mrs. Schrader's consent on March 13,
John Brown, 1857
Letter written by John Brown to "Brother and Sister Adair," 16 February
1857. Brown wrote about Kansas and his plan to go there "quietly," and
he inquired about their opinions of the situation in Kansas and in the nation.
Original and photocopy. (2f) [acc. 2001/131]
Patrick R. Nohilly, 1864
Letter written by Patrick R. Nohilly to Mrs. J. Pomeroy, October
6, 1864, concerning the Civil War and the 1864 Presidential
by copy of an
explanatory letter from Don Miller. [Acc. 1997/99]
Lewis D. Campbell, 1865
Photocopy and transcription with end notes of an 1865 letter
from Lewis D. Campbell to President Andrew Johnson relating to
the Oberlin-Wellington rescue.
Original is located in the Johnson Papers, Library of Congress. Not accessioned.
Unidentified letter, 1883
George to Albert, U.S. Geological Survey, 11 July 1883. Folder
includes letter from National Archives and Record Administration
Survey for July 1883.
Women's Intercollegiate Correspondence League, 1895-96 (2f)
The Women's Intercollegiate Correspondence League was established
by the University of Michigan Women's League, prior to 1895.
and these letters include those written from Oberlin as well as those
received from other schools. (A list of participating institutions
is filed with
the letters.) The letters discuss campus life for women, including
and rules, honor systems, student organizations, religious life,
social activities, and college traditions. (2f) [Acc. 2001/94]
Nancy C. Russell, 1915
Two letters, with the dateline Great Falls, Montana, and dated
April 29 and May 27, 1915, written by Nancy C. Russell (Mrs.
Young-Hunter and Dear Friends (A.L.S.). John Young-Hunter painted
the portrait of Henry
Churchill King in the early 1920s. [Acc. 1994/090]
Rabbi Louis Wolsey, 1916-18, 1920
Copies of correspondence to and from Rabbi Louis Wolsey, Euclid
Avenue Temple, Cleveland, re Jewish students at Oberlin and
of the Menorah
society, 1916-18; includes letters from Oberlin student Marion
Benjamin (Mrs. B. F.
Roth; A.B. 1919). Also filed here is correspondence with
sociology professor H.A. Miller, 1920.
E. Steinilber Oberlin, 1949
Letter written by E. Steinilber Oberlin, to GST student John
Harman, April 19, 1949. Professor Oberlin was believed
to be a relative
of John Frederick
Oberlin. Accompanied by copy of an explanatory letter
from Mr. Harman.
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