Law School (University of Michigan) records  1852-1999, 2010
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Clara Dillingham Pierson (1868-1952) Papers [series]

The series Clara D. Pierson (1868-1952) Papers documents the life and activities of Clara Dillingham Pierson, the wife of Reverend Job Pierson's son John W.S. Pierson. The series consists chiefly of letters written by Clara to her mother Jennie Lincoln Dillingham between 1887 and 1910. The letters describe the daily activities and major events in Clara's life from her days as a student in Chicago and teacher at Alma College, to her courtship and subsequent marriage to John W.S. Pierson, the couple's life in Stanton, Michigan and later, the adoption of their sons John Howard and Harold Pierson. Clara D. Pierson has written on some of the envelopes describing the contents of the letters. For example, on the envelope of a letter from May 1888, Clara D. Pierson has written, "These [letters] from Ann Arbor where I relocated for the Commencement rush sound pretty frivolous but it was all clean fun and every one of the young men mentioned would have been glad to introduce me to the girl he married later." Other papers in this series include drafts and published versions of Clara D. Pierson's writings, correspondence with various friends and family members, genealogical research, newspaper clippings, legal and financial papers, and Clara D. Pierson's autobiography.

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Alma College,  1894,  1896     (includes programs and commencement speech given by Clara D. Pierson) 
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Autobiography,  undated
 
Correspondence with
 
Dillingham, Jennie L.
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 July 1887-Dec. 1894 (14 folders)
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 Jan. 1895-Dec. 1902 (19 folders)
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 Jan. 1903-April 1909 (16 folders)
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 May 1909-May 1910 and  undated
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Dutton, Edward Payson,  1903-1920 (2 folders)
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Friends and relatives,  1878-1952 (4 folders)
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Pierson, John Williams Smith  1893-1894,  1944 (2 folders)
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Dillingham Genealogy,  1920s
 
Dillingham, Jennie Lincoln (1839-1916)     (Clara's mother) 
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Correspondence,  1870s-1910s
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Marriage License,  1865
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Obituary,  1916
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Dutton, Edward Payson, newspaper clippings and death announcement,  1923
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E.P. Dutton & Co., account statements,  1909-1954
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Heston, Winfred E.,  1908-1937     (Alma College alumna and surgeon who worked in India) 
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Journal Entries,  1892,  1933,  1937
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Last Will and Testament,  1949
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Lecture on the Health of Teachers
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Lincoln, Edwin Augustus,  1848,  1992     (includes newspaper death announcement and correspondence from Eleanor E. Porter regarding E.A. Lincoln's portrait) 
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Lincoln Genealogy,  undated
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Newspaper Clippings,  1900s-1960s
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Obituary,  1952
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Omena, Michigan (writings and ephemera),  1899-1923
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Personal Account Book,  1894
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Personal Account Book,  1947
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Ring belonging to Sherlock H. Lincoln (great uncle of Clara D. Pierson),  ca. 1820s ?
 
Writings
 
Articles and short essays, circa  1900s-1930s (3 folders)
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"Aurora"
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"Authorship as a Vocation"
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"A Bargain in Happiness"
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"Benny Gorham's Lovely Day"
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"The Child in the Midst"
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"Concerning Roads"
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"Consolations of a Gardenless Gardener"
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"Endless Quests"
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"Every-day Blossoms"
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"The Evolution of Surgery"
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"The Evolution of the Edition"
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"Faith and a Henhouse"
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"A Five Days Parting"
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"The Happiness in Writing for Children"
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"Hawaii"
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"Heirloom Histories"     (documents the history of the Dillingham and Lincoln family heirlooms) 
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"Heredity versus Environment"
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"Home-made Onion Flavoring"
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"How to Correspond without Writing"
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"How to Plan Your Own Service Quarters"
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"The Indignant Clothing"
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"Interruptions"
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"The Marauding Grackle"
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"The Mother of an Angel"
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"Mr. Nilsson"
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"A New Way of Keeping Tablecloths"
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"The Primary Teacher in the Country Sunday-School"
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"Problems in Natural History"
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"Quakers in the United States"
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"Some of the Best Writers of Nature Books for Children"
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"A Thanksgiving Ritual"
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"Ways that are dark"
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"When one is ill"
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"Were there any Colonial Authors?"
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"U.S. Copyright Law and Our Relation to it"
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"Utilizing Existing Agencies"
 
Books
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Among the Meadow People,  1897
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Among the Forest People,  1898
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Among the Farm-Yard People,  1899
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Among the Pond People,  1901
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Living with our Children,  1923
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Dr. Miss Doctor,  undated
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Poetry, circa  1900s-1930s
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Untitled Drafts and Notes (2 folders)