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RG 30/376 - Harold H. Sprout (1901-1980)
Scope and Content

The papers of Harold H. Sprout consist of letters sent and received by Sprout. Oberlin College Class of 1924, and his family. The bulk of the letters were written during his student days at Oberlin College, 1920-24. Sprout corresponded with his parents (George and Grace Sprout) and sister (Chastina) regarding life at Oberlin and family matters. Also included are letters from other friends and relatives, “Round Robin” letters from high school classmates from Benzonia High School in Michigan, letters from Grace’s parents, a few miscellaneous letters, and correspondence between Grace and Chastina Sprout.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Letters sent by Harold Sprout, 1920-25 (236 letters, 10 folders)

Consists of 203 letters sent by Harold Sprout to his family (Grace, George, and Chastina Sprout). Also contains 33 letters sent by Harold Sprout to his sister (Chastina).

Series 2. Letters received by Harold Sprout from his mother Grace Sprout, 1920-24 (227 letters, 8 folders)

Contains 227 letters written by Grace Sprout to her son Harold.

Series 3. Letters received by Harold Sprout from family and friends, 1901-23 (151 letters, 9 folders)

Contains letters from George and Chastina Sprout, “Grandpa and Grandma Hance,” “Lillian,” Ruth Terborgh, Lewis L. Case, C. W. Dunn, 13 high school classmates, and other friends and relatives.

Series 4. Letters sent by Chastina Sprout to her mother Grace Sprout, 1921 and 1925 (4 letters, 1 folder)

Consists of four letters from Chastina to Grace Sprout.


The Harold H. Sprout papers were received from Howard Green on January 3, 2005.

Related Materials

See also the Scrapbooks and Diaries (RG 19/4) collection for materials relating to Oberlin College during the period 1920-24.

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