Series 1. Bird Family Correspondence, 1852 – 1932
Contains sixteen letters organized into four subseries: Letters written by Susan Rowena Bird to her mother during 1898 and 1899; letters received in 1900 – 1901 by Mrs. S.B. Bird, following Rowena Bird’s death in the Boxer Rebellion; letters written by Ossian F. Bird to his mother and sister during 1870, 1883, and 1888; and miscellaneous letters written by Silas Bowen, W.H. Bird, Marcia (Bowen?), and “Mother” (Mrs. O.F. Bird) – all members of Susan Rowena Bird’s extended family.
Series 2: William H. Bird Miscellany, 1843, 1848, n.d.
Consists of three letters and copies of an essay entitled “Original Sin.” One letter is a personal letter to friends at Hannible, Mo.; the other two letters were written to the Editor of the Iowa Freeman, and concern Bird’s convictions regarding the prohibition of slavery and racism by the Christian faith.
Series 3: Genealogical Notes, 1899, n.d.
Handwritten notes, apparently from both primary and secondary sources, concerning the Putnam and Caldwell families.
Series 4: Miscellaneous Textual and Printed Matter, n.d.
Consists of a memorial pamphlet for Jennie Pond Atwater, calling card of Susan Bowen Bird and a handwritten verse dedicated to her, and a newspaper clipping about members of the Wiley family in the Wabash veteran corps.
Series 5: Miscellaneous Photocopied Material [July 13 2002], 1899, 1900, 1907, n.d.
Includes three letters, a segment of Susan Rowena Bird’s personal journal, a Chinese scroll, and two newspaper clippings. The letters were written by Susan Rowena Bird to her nephew, Walter B. Bird, in 1899; from E.E. Strong to Ossian F. Bird, following the Boxer Rebellion in July 1900; and from W.A. Hemingway to his “Dear Father,” sent from Taiku, China in 1907. Rowena Bird’s journal, though incomplete, documents some of her experiences during the days leading up to the intrusion of rebellion into their small missionary community. The clippings include one article about the Widow of Sun Yat-Sen, whose sister was a wife of H.H. Kung, and one article about the anonymous and somewhat mysterious donation of $6 million to Oberlin College on behalf of H.H. Kung, an Oberlin graduate and former student of Susan Rowena Bird.
Series 6: Photographs, 1907, 1912, 1945, n.d.
Includes two sheets photocopied from a family album (one of which exists in two copies within the file) as well as two reproduced photographic prints. The photocopied album pages encompass seven pictures, and the prints are copies of two of those pictures. The first sheet has three photographs of a house, captioned “Homestead” and “Gene, Homestead, West Allis.” The second sheet has four family photographs that include Florence Turner, Carol Bird, N. Greenfield, Freeman Muth, Mrs. Muth, James L. Stoppard, Evelyn Logan, Mrs. O.F. Bird, Mrs. Thoburn, Mr. Kung, and Mrs. S.B. Bird. Also included is a photograph of Margaret Caldwell, a photograph of Samuel Bird dressed as a sergeant in the Civil War, and a photocopy of a 1945 Bird family reunion photograph, received in July 2002 along with other photocopied family materials which are housed in Series 5.