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RG 30/283 - Thomas and Katherine Farquhar
Scope and Content

The papers of Thomas and Katherine Farquhar document the social lives of two Oberlin College students during and after the first World War. Included in the collection are a journal, which records in detail one particular outing, and a full scrapbook, which gives a broad overview of Katherine's activities during her entire four-year college career. In addition, a limited number of photocopies of newspaper clippings which contain biographical information are included. Few records exist of Thomas and Katherine's lives before and after college.

Series Descriptions

Series I. Biographical File, 1919-67, n.d.

This series consists of photocopies of newspaper clippings, genealogical charts, telegrams, newsletter articles, business cards, an Oberlin Golf Club score sheet, and an U.S. Armed Forces certificate of memorial. Many of the newspaper clippings concern Thomas's accomplishments on track and field teams, but others contain obituaries, and some describe a notable occasion when Thomas hit a 34 on Oberlin's front nine.

Series II. Diaries and Journals, 1918, 1989

The handwritten journal "Lake Stuff" was composed by Thomas Farquhar in April 1918. It records the activities of a small group of Oberlin College undergraduates during their spring break in March 1918. Sixty photographs of their adventures are included in the latter pages of the journal. This series also, for use by researchers, includes a photocopy of the journal and an annotated typescript copy.

Series III. Scrapbooks, 1915-19, 1989

The scrapbook (16 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 3 1/2") contains programs, letters, photographs, fellow student autographs, and other articles collected by Katherine Kilmer while she was a student at Oberlin College. A tribute "In Memory of Katherine Kilmer Farquhar" compiled by William Kilmer Farquhar and Mary Farquhar Dipman makes mention to the scrapbook within the context of family life and gives additional biographical information.


The "Lake Stuff" journal (including photocopy and transcript) was received from William K. Farquhar in 1989. The scrapbook and tribute came from the same source at another date.

Related Materials

See the student files of Thomas and Katherine Kilmer Farquhar (RG 28/2) for additional biographical information.

See also Oversize items, box 1, for a broadside "Proclamation of the Class of 1910, 1907," which was received from William Farquhar on 8 September 1977 (21.5" x 10.5").

See also the Scrapbooks and Diaries collection (RG 19/4) for other scrapbooks, autograph books, and diaries/journals.

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