Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Minnie A. Van Deusen Family Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Minnie A. Van Deusen Family Papers,
Creator: Van Deusen, Minnie A.
Inclusive dates: 1842-1969 (Scattered)
Extent: 3 cubic ft. (in 6 boxes)
Abstract:
The papers include mostly Minnie's diaries, 1901-1905, 1922-1923, 1924-1969; a 1902 embalming course workbook of her husband, E. G. Van Deusen, 1902; R.G. Van Deusen's account book,1842-1849, and meeting minutes of the Knights of the Modern Maccabees Tent 419 (Elsie, Michigan), 1910, 1915.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1462-1467, 16322

Access Restrictions:

Minnie A. Van Deusen Family Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Minnie A. Van Deusen Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Minnie A. Van Deusen was born on October 13, 1880. She graduated from Elsie, Michigan, High School in 1899. She married E. G. (Elmer G.) Van Deusen, the son of Roe G. (R. G.) and Sophia Van Deusen. E. G. owned a furniture store and worked as an undertaker in Elsie. He studied at Clarke’s Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1902 and was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) in Elsie. E. G. died on June 22, 1934. According to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Minnie died in January 1970.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of Minnie’s diaries from 1901-1905, 1922-1923, and 1925-1969. She recorded the weather; her and her family’s daily activities; and local marriages, births, and deaths. Also included are her World War II ration books, 1943-1944; her miscellaneous correspondence; stock certificates; and copies of family-related newspaper clippings, 1899-1944 scattered). E. G.‘s embalming course workbook, 1902; his father’s account book, 1842-1849; meeting minutes of the Knights of the Modern Maccabees Tent 419 (Elsie, Michigan), 1903-1913; and some related correspondence, 1910 and 1915, are also included. E. G.’s brother, Milo R., was Commander and Secretary of Tent 419 from 1903-1913. Some clippings and biographical information on Milo R., Roe G., and E. G. Van Deusen are in the miscellaneous folder.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Van Deusen, Minnie A.
    • Van Deusen, E. G., (Elmer G.)
    • Van Deusen, R. G., (Roe G.)
    • Order of Knights of the Maccabees.
    • Embalming.
    • Housewives--Michigan--Elsie.
    • Housewives--Michigan--Clinton County.
    • Diaries--Michigan--Elsie.
    • Diaries--Michigan--Clinton County.
    • Women--Michigan--Clinton County.
    • Women--Michigan--Elsie.
    • Rationing--United States--History--20th century.
    • Women--Michigan--History.
    • Elsie (Mich.)--History.
    • Clinton County (Mich.)--History.
    • Elsie (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Clinton County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Elsie (Mich.)--Social life and customs.
    • Clinton County (Mich.)--Social life and customs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Minnie A. Van Deusen Family Papers are open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1901-1902
    Box   1 F   2
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1903-1905
    Box   1 F   3
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1922-1923
    Box   1 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1925-1926
    Box   1 F   5
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1927-1928
    Box   1 F   6
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1929-1930
    Box   2 F   1
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1931-1932
    Box   2 F   2
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1933-1934
    Box   2 F   3
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1935-1936
    Box   2 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1937-1938
    Box   2 F   5
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1939-1940
    Box   3 F   1
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1941-1942
    Box   3 F   2
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1943-1944
    Box   3 F   3
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1945-1946
    Box   3 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1947-1948
    Box   3 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1949-1950
    Box   4 F   1
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1951-1952
    Box   4 F   2
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1953-1954
    Box   4 F   3
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1955-1956
    Box   4 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1957-1958
    Box   5 F   1
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1959-1960
    Box   5 F   2
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1961-1962
    Box   5 F   3
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1963-1964
    Box   5 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1965-1966
    Box   6 F   1
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diaries (2 volumes), 1967-1968
    Box   6 F   2
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Diary (1 volume), 1969
    Box   6 F   3
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Ration Books, 1943-1944
    Box   6 F   4
    Minnie A. Van Deusen, Miscellaneous, 1899-1944 (Scattered)
    Box   6 F   5
    E. G. Van Deusen, Embalming Course Workbook, 1902
    Box   6 F   5
    R. G. Van Deusen, Account Book, 1842-1849
    Box   6 F   6
    Knights of the Modern Maccabees Tent 419 (Elsie, Michigan), Meeting Minutes, 1903-1913; Miscellaneous, 1910, 1915, 1903-1913; 1910, 1915