Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Gibbons Family Papers, 1858-1941

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, October 2007

Summary Information
Title: Gibbons family papers
Creator: Gibbons family
Inclusive dates: 1858-1941
Bulk dates: 1868-1941
Extent: 180 items
The Gibbons family papers are made up of correspondence, land indentures, and lecture notes of the Gibbons family of Muskingum County, Ohio, Kansas, and Oregon. A primary focus of the collection is Thomas A. Gibbons, a teacher in late 19th century Ohio.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3336.7.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Gibbons Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The Gibbons Family Papers are organized into the following series:

  • I: Correspondence
  • II: Financial Papers and Documents
  • III: Lecture Notes and Outlines
  • IV: Miscellaneous


The Gibbons family lived in Muskingum County, Ohio, in the mid 19th century. In the early 20th century, they purchased land in Kansas and Oregon. The most prominent family members represented in the collection are Thomas A. Gibbons; his wife Evaleen Laughlin (the two married in 1877); three of their four children, Albert, Mabel, and Clyde Gibbons; and three of their grandchildren, Margaret, Carol, and Peggy. Thomas A. Gibbons was a teacher in Ohio in the late 1800s. After moving to Oregon, Albert Gibbons taught elementary school, as did his sister Mabel. After giving up teaching, Albert studied business in Portland; Oregon. Clyde Gibbons worked in road construction and other jobs.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Gibbons family papers consist of 180 items, dated from 1858 to September 10, 1941, though the bulk falls between July 11, 1868 and September 10, 1941. The collection contains letters, financial papers, documents pertaining to land ownership, lecture outlines and notes, and miscellaneous papers.

These papers reveal many difficulties confronted by a middle class family during this time period, such as obtaining education and employment. The letters also periodically mention notable historical events such as a new draft law (August 21, 1918), the undeclared war on Germany (September 10, 1941), and the lowering of Canadian lumber tariffs by Roosevelt. Among the more local concerns is the mention of a classmate's tuberculosis (August 9, 1940).

The 44 financial papers consist mostly of receipts and cashed checks. The land documents include deeds and indentures for land in Ohio, Kansas, and Oregon. The lecture outlines, notes, and drafts are primarily those of Thomas Gibbons in Ohio. They discuss subjects such as biology, classical history, education, and physiology. The miscellaneous papers include documents such as teaching certificates, a memorial, and letter fragments.

Subject Terms

    • Education--Kansas.
    • Education--Ohio.
    • Education--Oregon.
    • Family--Kansas.
    • Family--Ohio.
    • Family--Oregon.
    • Gibbons family.
    • Teachers--Ohio.
    • Teachers--Oregon.
    Genre Terms:
    • Essays.
    • Financial records.
    • Lecture notes.
    • Property records.
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-6
    Gibbons Family Correspondence,  July 11, 1868-September 10, 1941 (57 items)
    Financial Papers and Documents [series]
    Box   1 Folder   7
    Financial Papers and Receipts,  1858-May 16, 1919 (44 items)
    Box   1 Folder   8
    Land Documents,  March 13, 1857-July 29, 1929 (14 items)
    Box   1 Folder   9
    Miscellaneous Documents,  May 14, 1869-July 1, 1921 (12 items)
    Lecture Notes and Outlines [series]
    Box   1 Folders   10-13
    Lecture Notes/Outlines/Drafts,  April 10, 1871-December 18, 1871; many of these items are  undated. (39 items)
    Miscellaneous [series]
    Box   1 Folder   14
    Miscellaneous,  April 18, 1891-December 5, 1939 (14 items)
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Name Index:

    • Gibbons, Albert
    • Gibbons, Carol
    • Gibbons, Clyde A.
    • Gibbons, Evaleen Laughlin, d. 1939
    • Gibbons, Mabel
    • Gibbons, Margaret
    • Gibbons, Peggy
    • Gibbons, Thomas A.