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Local History Ephemera Collection

Identifier: MS-383

Scope and Content

The Local History Ephemera Collection is a group of small unrelated items. There are nine series in this collection. The collection consists mainly of paper, newsletters, and some photos.

Series I, Central M.E. Church - Springfield, Ohio, consists of eight folders dealing with the church and people related to the church. One of the larger folders is letters to J.S. Showalter. There is also a folder of Sunday School Mission Letters from India, Mexico, and China from 1883-1884.

Series II, Political Ideologies, consists of four folders of Republican focused newsletters and pamphlets from the 1960s. There is a folder of Barry Goldwater election materials. One of the newsletters from the Barry Goldwater folder is in the oversize folder, location 74, file 11.

Series III, Clara Wiesenborn Papers, consists of letters to Clara Wiesenborn while she served in the Ohio Congress. The majority of the letters are from 1971-1974. There are a few from 1958-1970.

Series IV, Governmental Ephemera, consists of City of Dayton seals, two court cases from the State of Ohio, and an inquest into the death of a man in Clermont County.

Series V, Publications, consists of mixed publication. This is the largest group with nine folders. In this group are two folders containing adult content, the folder containing the poem "Speakeasy" and the folder containing comic books. Most of the folders in this group do not relate directly to this area of Ohio. However, there is a poem in this group about Oakwood.

Series VI, Family Papers, consists of four families. The folders are small with only two or three papers for each and do not offer much in family relations.

Series VII, Business/Companies, consists of a variety of items related to business at the end of the nineteenth century. There is a folder of early 20th century business cards from various cities, most from outside of this area. There are also some Shelby County Insurance Documents, along with National Safety Bulletins from the Miami Conservancy District in this group. There are two unidentified ledgers and one identified cashbook. The ledger in Box 4, File 2 has a page with an account for Pullman Palace Cars in Chicago. The cashbook and the ledger are in a special box fitted for them.

Series VIII, Music, contains two folders. The first folder has music programs from the Miami Valley featuring Howard Forrer Peirce. The October 28, 1898, program features "A Corn Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The second folder has a letter about Chinese music.

Series IX, Photos, consist of a variety of unidentified pictures. The first folder is miscellaneous photographs. There is a group of photos showing an early 20th century train/car wreck, people, hunting/fishing, house building, and landscapes. The second folder contains larger folders of people and a funeral from Savannah, Ga. The third folder has unidentified pictures from the building of the five dams by the Miami Conservancy District.


  • Creation: 1864-1974


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 The Miami Valley Genealogical Society

The Miami Valley Genealogical Society was founded in 1971. The purpose of the society was to generate and sustain genealogical interest for residents in the Miami Valley area of Ohio. It was a non-profit society that published a quarterly newsletter titled "Genealogical Aids Bulletin of the Miami Valley Genealogical Society." The Society dissolved in the 1990s, and this collection was then given to the Special Collection and Archives as per the Society's Constitution requiring that upon dissolution records go to a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. A similar collection was received by the archives in 1971 and consists of one folder in the Special Collections and Archives' Small Collections, SC-38.


1 linear feet (and one oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This is an ephemera collection donated by the Miami Valley Genealogical Society. The scope of collection is greatly varied. It consists of nine broad groups as follows: Central M.E. Church -- Springfield, Ohio; Political Ideologies; Clara Wiesenborn Papers; Governmental Ephemera; Publications; Family Papers; Business/Companies; Music; and Photographs.

Statement of Arrangement

This varied collection is arranged into nine series as follows:

  1. Series I: Central M.E. Church - Springfield, Ohio
  2. Series II: Political Ideologies
  3. Series III:Clara Wiesenborn Papers
  4. Series IV:Governmental Ephemera
  5. Series V:Publications
  6. Series VI:Family Papers
  7. Series VII:Business/Companies
  8. Series VIII:Music
  9. Series IX: Photographs

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, by the Miami Valley Genealogical Society upon the dissolution of the Society in the 1990s.

Related Material

MS-128 Miami Valley Conservancy District MS-143 Clara Wiesenborn SC-38 Miami Valley Genealogical Society SC-46 Showalter, J.S. SC-108 Miami Valley Conservancy District Photo Album

Guide to the Local History Ephemera Collection (MS-383)
Finding aid prepared by Emily L. Huelskamp, Winter 2009.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA