Series I. Biographical and College-Related Files, 1908-1999, n.d. (0.3 l.f.)
Contains Oberlin College and Cornell University files of Laurence H. and Frances MacDaniels. Included here is Laurence's undated address book and a 1914 eugenics study form completed by Frances of the Cochran family. Other noteworthy items include Laurence's Oberlin College transcript, letters of recommendation, and a 1912 commencement booklet. This series also contains photocopies of Frances transcripts of classes taken at Woodward High School (dated 1908) and the University of Wisconsin (dated 1910). Files are arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.
Series II. Correspondence (incoming) of L.H. MacDaniels, 1907-1917 (0.55 l.f.)
Consists of the incoming correspondence of Laurence H. MacDaniels. The 540 letters, arranged in chronological order, were sent during this ten year period. The bulk of correspondence is dated between 1913 and 1917, during his study at Cornell. Correspondents include childhood and college friends Otis Curtis, Keyes Metcalf, and Don King. The majority of letters were sent by Frances and Laurence's mother, Ellen MacDaniels, documenting their close relationship. An index is filed at the front of the series.
Series III. Correspondence of Frances MacDaniels, 1914-1916 (0.05 l.f.)
Contains a small amount of correspondence received by Frances MacDaniels before her marriage to Laurence. Arranged chronologically, most letters were sent from Laurence and his mother, Mrs. Ellen MacDaniels. These letters report on their engagement, wedding plans, and life in Oberlin and Ithaca, New York. An index is filed at the beginning of the series.
Series IV. Correspondence (incoming) of L.H. and Frances MacDaniels, 1916-1932, 1945-1984 (0.03 l.f.)
Contains incoming correspondence, arranged chronologically, of L.H. and Frances MacDaniels. Most letters in this series were written before 1930, and were almost exclusively from Laurence's mother Mrs. Ellen MacDaniels. Topics often reported by his mother were life in Oberlin, gardening, and trips to El Rosario, Mexico, as well as attempts to bring Frances and Laurence back to Oberlin. A small number of letters were received after 1945, and were almost all from childhood and college friends. Correspondents included Keyes Metcalf, Elmina Lucke, and Don King. An index is filed at the beginning of the series.
Series V. Correspondence (outgoing) of L.H. and Frances MacDaniels, 1960-1984 (0.02 l.f.)
Consists of outgoing correspondence, arranged chronologically, of Laurence H. and Frances MacDaniels. Most letters were written to childhood friend and Oberlin College classmate Keyes Metcalf. Letters sent by Frances to researcher Richard A.G. Dupuis in 1977 offers insight to Cochran-Cox family history, and their interactions with Charles Grandison Finney. An index is filled at the beginning of the series.
Series VI. Correspondence (incoming and outgoing) of L.H. and Frances MacDaniels, as Class President, 1956-1984 (0.1 l.f.)
Contains correspondence of Laurence MacDaniels in his capacity as president of the class of 1912. Material included here reports on arrangements for the 45th and 50th class reunions of the class of 1912, as well as contains a few class letters reporting on meetings, Oberlin, and other gatherings. Documents are arranged chronologically.
Series VII. Correspondence (incoming and outgoing) of Allen-Cochran-MacDaniels Family Members, 1914-1924, 1974-1975 (0.05 l.f.)
Consists of correspondence received by Rosa Dale Allen Cochran (dated 1913-1924), William C. Cochran (dated 1913-1916), and Mrs. Ellen MacDaniels (dated 1912-1914), as well as two letters, dated 1974-1975, written by Mary Rudd Cochran. Correspondents of Rosa Dale Cochran include Frances, Mrs. Ellen MacDaniels, and Laurence MacDaniels. Laurence MacDaniels, and his sisters Anna and Alice were frequent correspondents of Mrs. Ellen MacDaniels. Included here also is correspondence received by William C. Cochran. Containing routine telegrams from Frances, it also possesses a 1916 letter from Laurence attempting to get better acquainted with his future father-in-law. Two letters written, dated between 1974 and 1975, by Mary Rudd Cochran urged her grandniece, Janet Miller, daughter of Carolyn MacDaniels Miller, to pursue a career in librarianship. Files are arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. A partial index is filed at the beginning of the series.
Series VIII. Non-Textual Materials Files, 1900s-1910s, 1919-1923, 1932, 1972, 1974, 1980 (2.0 l.f.)
Contains photo albums, portraits, photographs of Oberlin College sports and activities, and a file of postcards and invitations. Included here are three photo albums, one each from Frances MacDaniels (dated 1909-1914), her older sister Helen Finney Cochran (dated 1912-1919), and Laurence MacDaniels (dated c. 1900s), all depicting activities in and around Oberlin and Cincinnati. Other photographs (c. 1910s) depict Oberlin College football, the Glee Club, and track, as well as undated prints of Oberlin College buildings. Files are arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically. Also includes a photo album from Laurence MacDaniels' work in Turkey, Egypt, and Greece from 1919 to 1920 with the American Committee for Relief in the Near East (ACRNE), later called the Near East Foundation (NEF). The photographs depict a wide range of life in and images of the Near East: people, farming, courtyards, homes, markets, shops, museums, churches. They also depict remains of the First World War: abandoned German equipment, military equipment and personnel, and destroyed sites from the War. Also depicted are Mr. and Mrs. MacDaniels and photos showing the relief effort. The negatives of these photos are included, as well. Also included is a DVD disk containing 164 .tiff images of the photographs in the album of the Near East relief work. [2003/070]
Series IX. Additional Correspondence of Laurence & Frances MacDaniels, 1917-24, 1944-79 (Received as late accretions, 1997/59, 1998/114, 1999/083, 2000/017, 2000/050) (0.4 l.f.)
1997/59- Correspondence of Laurence and Frances MacDaniels and their relations. Includes letters of Samuel D. Cochran (1847, 1900), Everett MacDaniels to Laurence MacDaniels, Fred to Laurence MacDaniels, and Laurence MacDaniels from his mother, Ellen Woodbury MacDaniels. Arranged chronologically.
1998/114 - Correspondence of Laurence and Frances MacDaniels and family. Includes letters of Mary R. Cochran, Everett MacDaniels, Anne Fauver, Frances MacDaniels to Mary R. Cochran, Ben Fauver, and Watt P. Marchman to Laurence MacDaniels. Arranged chronologically.
1999/083 - Correspondence of Laurence and Frances MacDaniels and W. W. Peet. Includes 38 letters of Frances MacDaniels to her family in which she describes her work as a member of the American Committee for Relief in the Near East in Turkey, 1919-20. Five letters were written by Laurence MacDaniels to family while he was in Turkey. A letter by W. W. Peet to friends and relatives of the members of the Relief team is also included.
2000/017 - Correspondence of Mary Rudd Cochran to Janet Miller and Frances MacDaniels.
2000/050 - Correspondence of Mary Rudd Cochran to Janet Miller and Carolyn Rudd MacDaniels Miller.
2007/011 – Correspondence of Mary Rudd Cochran to Robert Miller, Carolyn Rudd MacDaniels Miller, and Janet Miller.