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John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family Papers

Identifier: MS-385

Scope and Content

The John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family Papers consist of genealogies, family histories, as well as diaries.

Series I, Arthur Family, consists of papers relating to the Arthur family. The series includes Kathryn Arthur's (nee Beard) correspondence and files referring to her. The collection spans the 20th century, with a bulk from 1930s-1960s, and 1990s. Also included are genealogies of the Arthur Family, greeting cards, and funeral items.

Series II, Beard Family, consists of the information relating to the Beard Family. The bulk of the series is genealogy. Other materials in the series are a diary, diploma, and newspaper clippings. The collection spans the years 1930s-1980s.

Series III, "H" Family, consists of genealogy relating to the Hebble Family and the Herr Family. The collection contains two undated items.

Series IV, Kline Family, consists of items relating to the Kline Family. Simliar to the other files, the Kline series contains genealogies, correspondence, and a funeral items. The collection spans the years 1857-1985.

Series V, Other Families, consists of items relating to several families. Among the names are Sowers, Swadner, and Shellabarger. Diaries, genealogies, and an array of miscellaneous papers can be found in this series. The collection spans the years 1912-1993.

Series VI, Memorabilia, contains a book about the 1913 Dayton Flood and a headpiece from a wedding.


  • Creation: 1850-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1960


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Beard Arthur Family

The John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family papers consist of items concerning particular relatives of the two families. The family papers provide a research area for any one researching residents of Mad River, Ohio from the late 19th century through the 20th century. The Beard Arthur connection refers to the marriage of John J. Arthur to Kathryn Beard.


2.2 linear feet

Language of Materials



The John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family Papers consist of the papers collected by John J. and Kathryn Arthur. The bulk of the collection consists of family history. The couple lived in Mad River, Ohio.

Statement of Arrangement

The John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family Papers is arranged into 6 series:

  1. Series I: Arthur Family
  2. Series II: Beard Family
  3. Series III: "H" Families
  4. Series IV: Kline Family
  5. Series V: Other Families
  6. Series VI: Memorabilia

Acquisition Information

Marilyn Arthur Franck, Carol J. Hanusik and Rita K. Young donated the collection to Wright State University Special Collections and archives on May 7, 2008.


Guide to the John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family Papers (MS-385)
Finding aid prepared by Jeremy Feador, Winter 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA