Norton Strange Townshend family papers  1807-1995
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The majority of books accompanying the collection, including items from the personal libraries of Norton S. Townshend, Joel Townshend, Margaret Bailey Townshend, and the Dodge Family, have been transferred to the Clements Library's Book Division. For the list of titles, search for "M-3437" in the University of Michigan's MIRLYN catalog.

Four maps have been transferred to the Map Division: "The wonderground map of London Town" (1914), "Map of the United States to illustrate Olney's School Geography" (c. 1840), "Ornamental map of the United States and Mexico" (1848), "Perrine's new military map illustrating the seat of war" (1862).

Forty daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, two prints, and two wooden boxes have been transferred to the Graphics Division.

Related Materials

The Salmon P. Chase papers, located at the Library of Congress, contain correspondence from Norton S. Townshend.

The Salmon P. Chase collection, located at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Archives, contains correspondence from Norton S. Townshend.

The George Washburn papers, at the Western Reserve Historical Society, contain correspondence from Norton S. Townshend.

The W.G. Markham papers at Cornell University contain correspondence from Norton S. Townshend.

The Rutherford B. Hayes and Hayes family papers at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center contain two letters from Norton S. Townshend and six letters that mention him.

Townshend’s Civil War Medical Inspector File is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Ohio State University Archives has a "biographical file" on Norton S. Townshend, and a letter from Robert Browning to Margaret Bailey Townshend, concerning the naming of the Browning Dramatic Society at the Ohio State University.

Oberlin College Archives has the minutes of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees; Townshend was a trustee 1845-1857.

The John H. Klippart papers at the Ohio Historical Society contain correspondence from Norton S. Townshend.

Wilbur H. Siebert papers at the Ohio Historical Society contain notes from an interview with Townshend concerning his role in the Underground Railroad.

The Lakewood Historical Society owns several Norton S. Townshend letters, including one to his parents concerning politics in 1848.

Iowa State University Archives has a file on Norton S. Townshend, including several biographical articles, a description of his teaching style, and a course catalog that shows what classes he taught 1869-1870.

Lorain County Historical Society, Elyria, Ohio.

Colorado State University has some textiles from the Townshend family in its Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, including a nightshirt and smock made by Rebecca (Norton) Townshend and worn by Joel and young Norton, respectively. They also have a embroidered bag owned by Norton Townshend’s daughter, Harriet.

Missouri Historical Society has a number of Easterly daguerreotypes related to these Townshend papers.. Easterly’s daguerreotypes are also held at the Newberry Library and the Smithsonian Institution.

The Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics has the Homer L. Dodge papers.

The William L. Clements Library has the James G. Birney papers, which may contain references to Norton Strange Townshend and the Liberty Party in Ohio.

Bibliography

Adams, George Worthington. Doctors in Blue. Henry Schuman: New York, 1952.

Blue, Frederick J.Salmon P. Chase: A Life in Politics . Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1987.

Brown, Jeffrey P. and Andrew R.L. Cayton [eds.].The Pursuit of Public Power: Political Culture in Ohio: 1787-1861 . Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1994.

Fletcher, Robert Samuel.A History of Oberlin College, from its foundation through the Civil War (2 v.) . Oberlin: Oberlin College, 1943.

Kilgo, Dolores A.Likeness and Landscape: Thomas M. Easterly and the Art of the Daguerreotype . St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1994.

History of Lorain County, Ohio ,with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers . Philadelphia: Williams Brothers, 1879.

McCormick, Robert.Norton Strange Townshend: Antislavery Politician and Agricultural Educator . Self-published, 1988.

Marcus, Alan I.Agricultural Science and the Quest for Legitimacy . Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1985.

Mendenhall, Thomas C. and James E. Pollard.History of the Ohio State University . Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1920.

Middleton, Steven. The Black Laws: Race and the Legal Process in Early Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2005.

Scheumaker, Helen.Love entwined: The curious history of hairwork in America . Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Siebert, Wilbur Henry. The Mysteries of Ohio’s Underground Railroads. Columbus, Ohio: Long’s College Book Company, 1951.

Index of Correspondents:
Ames Jr., Azel .
  • 1870: December 8 and 22
  • 1880: February 26
  • 1905: January 11 and 23
Bailey, Gamaliel.
  • 1855: March 30
Bliss, Philemon .
  • 1885: April 12
Boynton, Mary (Townshend)
  • 1865: April 4 and 17
  • 1866: October 5
  • 1895: July 22
  • 1896: June 8
  • 1911: July 26
  • 1912: February 5 and 18, March 7 and 31,
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 26)
Chase, Salmon P.
  • 1848: January 20
  • 1849: January 23 and 26
  • 1850: February 24, July 15, August 10
  • 1851: May 24, June 16, October 22,
  • 1852: February 24, June 16
  • 1853: May 7, June 8, August 5 and 21, September 9 (two letters), October 31
  • 1854: February 10, February 12, March 18, August 6 and 14, October 30
  • 1855: January 6, February 13
  • 1861: February 1, March 26, July 31, October 26
  • 1862: January 20
  • 1863: January 17, March 27
Coon, John V.
  • 1849: February 2
Cotton, Jerome.
  • 1852: January 15
Dodge, Margaret Wing .
  • 1909: June 29, July 9, 14, 26 and 31, August 5 and 13
  • 1917: June 26, July 3, August 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20 (two letters), 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30
  • 1920: November 18
  • 1923: February 21, August 17, November 28
  • 1924: July 9
  • 1925: November 4, 20, 23
  • 1927: August 29, December 5
  • 1931: September 25
  • 1933: July 17
  • 1934: June 27, July 23, November 18, December 13, December 30
  • 1935: April 23, April 24, June 14, August 14 and 24, September 7 and 22
  • 1936: June 28
  • 1937: January 22
  • 1938: August 9 and 28, December 23
  • 1940: May 15, November 20, December 9 and 12
  • 1941: February 1, 9, and 24
  • 1942: February 7, May 3 and 20, June 28
  • 1943: February 15
  • 1944: October 15
  • 1956: September 1
  • 1962: August 21
  • 1963: May 17
  • 1964: March 22, August 11 and 13
  • 1965: December 31, 1965
  • 1966: November 16
  • 1967: March 25, April 5, June 22 and 28, August 20, September 4
  • 1968: April 10, May 23,
  • 1969: July 12, August 4
  • 1970: February 5
  • 1971: December 22
  • 1973: May 2, August 13
  • 1975: June 29
  • 1978: February 14, December 22
Easterly, Miriam (Bailey) .
  • 1858: October 17
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 20),
Fairchild, James.
  • 1877: February 17
  • 1897: February 13
Gangener, A.M.
  • 1861: March 8
Greenwood, Grace.
  • 1889: July 4
  • 1890: January 23
  • 1895: July 17
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 26)
Griffing, Charles S.S.
  • 1852: January 5
  • 1875: June 21
  • 1878: June 22
Hayes, Rutherford B.
  • 1870: September 20
  • 1888: April 16
Hines, Homer H.
  • 1877: June 6
Hubbard, William B.
  • 1862: November 12
Hutchins, John.
  • 1849: February 3
Klippart, John.
  • 1860: May 24
  • 1863: November 27
  • 1864: December 28
  • 1868: March 20
Langston, John Mercer .
  • 1861: February 19.
Livermore, Abiel A.
  • 1878: December 1
Medill, William .
  • 1851: July 8
Meeker, Claude.
  • 1924: August 1
Mendenhall, Thomas .
  • 1919: January 13
Milliken, John M.
  • 1863: March 4
  • 1884: January 19
Norton, Elizabeth.
  • 1833: February 22
  • 1841: April 1
Norton, John.
  • 1844: June 27
Norton, Thomas.
  • 1832: March 20
Orton, Edward.
  • 1871: January 8
Schneider, Elizabeth .
  • 1913: September 29, December 13
  • 1914: February 27, March 12, April 16, September 26, December 17
  • 1915: February 2, April 5
  • 1916: May 23
  • 1928: May 19, November 21
  • 1929: October 5 and 21,
  • 1930: March 27, November 6
  • 1932: August 17
  • 1934: August 8
  • 1942: August 29
  • 1943: July 8, November 30
  • 1946: April 9
  • 1951: September 6
  • 1953: September 26
  • 1954: June 4, October 1, December 21
  • 1955: July 7
  • 1956: March 31, December [?]
  • 1957: April 10, September 13
  • 1959: January 27
  • 1960: April 4, November 19
  • 1961: April 3
  • 1965: February 18, July 4
  • 1969: November 24
Strange, Mary .
  • 1839: March 23
Sullivant, James .
  • 1872: March 17
  • 1873: January 6
  • 1886: August 8, September 13
Townshend Wing, Alice .
  • 1895: July 26
  • 1917: October 18
  • 1919: November 19
  • 1923: September 7
  • 1925: November 2 and 18
Townshend, Arthur .
  • 1865: April 17
Townshend, Harriet Norton .
  • 1907: June 28
  • 1924: September 23
  • 1944: September 20
  • 1946: February 7, December 16
  • 1947: July 22, July 30
Townshend, Harriet (Wood)
  • 1841: August 11
  • 1852: April 16, 26, and 28, May 11, 20, and 26, July 2, 4, and 21, August 15 and 24, September 27, October 5 and 22, November 16
  • 1853: April 4, 9, 17, and 28, May 23
  • 1854: January 1
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 19),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 20)
Townshend, James H.
  • 1864: November 21, December 2, 10, and 23
  • 1865: January 6 and 13, February 16, May [?]
  • 1882: June 2, 17, and 22
  • 1887: June 8, July 11 and 20
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 19)
Townshend, Joel.
  • 1827: July 19
  • 1840: August 4
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 18 [two letters]),
Townshend, Margaret (Bailey)
  • 1852: December 25
  • 1854: Undated (Box 1, Folder 28)
  • 1863: November 19
  • 1864: January 19 and 25, July 1,
  • 1865: January 15, 19, and 23, February 9, 17, and 19, April 16 and 27
  • 1867: February 1
  • 1868: April 13
  • 1881: November 11
  • 1895: November 5
  • 1903: October 25
  • 1907: February 12
Boynton, Mary (Townshend) .
  • 1865: April 4, 17
  • 1866: October 5
  • 1895: July 22
  • 1896: June 8
  • 1911: July 26
  • 1912: February 5 and 18, March 7 and 31
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 26),
Townshend, Norton .
  • 1839: October 28
  • 1840: March 4, April 16, May 25, July 14
  • 1841: January 1, February 2, April 7
  • 1849: February 19, March 20
  • 1850: May 9, July 3, December 31
  • 1852: [Unclear month] 17 (Box 1, Folder 18), January 15 and 19, May 25 and 27, July 2, 12, and 20, August 2
  • 1854: February 24
  • 1862: May [illegible date], December 22
  • 1863: May 9, October 24
  • 1864: May 24, July 8, 16, and 17, August 15, 20, 22, 26, 29, and 31, September 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 24, 26, 29, October 7 and 18, November 12, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, December 1, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 22, 25, 29, 30
  • 1865: January 13, 15, 19, 28, February 13, 16, 18, 22, 28, March 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 20, 28, 30, April 1, 3, 7, 8, 23, 28, May 4, 6, 9, 28, 30, June 2, 6, 7, 11, 15, 18, 28, 30, July 3, 9, 15, 18, 20, 23, 28, 31, August 7, 8, September 5, 7, 15, 16, 20 [two letters], 26, 27, 28 [two letters], 29 [two letters], October 1 [two letters], October 11 (two letters), 15, 18, 20 [two letters], 22, 27 [two letters], 31, November 1, 3, 5, 6, 9
  • 1866: January 16 and 25, February 7, 15, and 20, March 9, 11, and 16, May 29, June 6 and 9, October 18
  • 1867: January 15, June 15
  • 1870: January 19, November 30
  • 1874: March 4 and 12
  • 1875: January 4, 16, and 20
  • 1876: July 14
  • 1877: January 30, February 22, March 6, September 22, October 15, December 17
  • 1878: February 4
  • 1879: February 10 and 11
  • 1880: February 17, May 12 and 25, June 30, July 3
  • 1881: April 21, May 17, July 8 and 26, August 11, September 30, October 1 and 3, November 21, December 6 and 8 [two letters]
  • 1882: February 6 and 7, March 22, 23, and 25, April 15 and 20, May 22, June 2, 3, and 9 [2 letters], July 16, 29, and 31, August 10 [two letters]August 12, August 14, September 12, October 2, 12, and 17, November 1, 8, 11 [two letters], and 15, December 1
  • 1883: January 1, 8 [two letters], 22, and 31, February 8, 10, 16, and 20, March 26 [three letters], April 6, 7, 12, 14, and 23, May 6, 16, and 18
  • 1884: April 4, June 17
  • 1885: April 29, July 4, November 19
  • 1886: April 8, October 12, November 6 [2 letters]
  • 1887: August 10, November 24
  • 1888: February 15, April 22, June 16
  • 1889: May 8, October 14
  • 1892: March 9 and 16, May 7
  • 1893: March 5
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 19),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 20),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 21),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 22),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 23),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 24),
  • Undated (Box 6, Folder 25),
Thorne, Charles.
  • 1877: November 17
  • 1884: November 10
  • 1886: December 23
Treat, Joseph.
  • 1849: February 2
Washington, Booker T.
  • 1903: April 17
Wood, James.
  • 1833: May 22 and 29
  • 1834: March 6
  • 1841: July 7
  • 1867: April 7
Welch, A.S.
  • 1870: January 17
  • 1873: December 12
Wing, Charles M.
  • 1926: April 27, November 23
Wing, Lucius Bliss .
  • 1877: December 31
  • 1886: March 15, April 6
  • 1889: November 25
  • 1892: July 25
Cohen, Ray .
  • 1912: January 19
  • 1913: January 14 and 20, February 1, 13, and 23, April 8, 15, and 23, May 1 and 6, June 18, August 22, November 23
  • 1914: March 20, April 17, May 21, October 14, November 2 and 28
  • 1915: January 4, April 15 and 24
  • 1916: June 29
  • 1917: January 11, February 13, March 16, August 10 and 21, December 21
  • 1919: April 15, August 25
  • 1920: November 20
  • 1921: January 8 and 28, [?] November
  • 1922: December 20
  • Undated (Box 10, folder 2)
Dodge, Fletcher.
  • 1901: June 23, August 5
  • 1902: March 16, April 1
  • 1903: April 19, July 21, October 18 1904: February 23, October 3
  • 1905: October 11 and 30, November 12
  • 1906: January 13 [two letters], February 3, 4, 19, and 24, March 7, May 13, 14, 24, June 10, 15, 18, 22, July 2, 5, 15, 22, and 28, August 6, 19, and 24, September 2, 3, 9, and 23, October 4 and 9, November 11, 25, December 5, 9, 11, 23, and 30
  • 1907: February 10, February 17 [two letters], March 3, 10, 12, and 31, April 7, 14, and 21, June 30, July 8, 14, and 24, August 4, 18, and 25, September 1, 8, 15, and 26, October 8, 20, and 27, November 3 and 24, December 3, 9, 15, 24, and 29
  • 1908: January 20, February 2, March 11, 27, and 29, April 5 and 25, May 5 and 17, June 4 and 6, July 13, August 29, September 14 and 20, October 6, 14, and 27, November 3, 23, and 30, December 6
  • 1909: January 4, 11, and 25, February 7, 9, 12, 16, and 27, March 7 and 28, April 2, July 15, August 1, September 19 and 25, November 14, December 12 and 28
  • 1910: January 3, February 12, March 6 and 10, April 4, May 27 and 30, June 2, September 17, October 8 and 29, November 6
  • 1911: April 5 and 15, May 17, June 28, August 31
  • 1912: March 6, May 4
  • 1913: January 3 and 14 [two letters], August 6, December 26
  • 1914: February 18, March 15, September 30, October 3
  • 1915: June 26, July 29
  • 1916: June 3
  • 1919: January 23 and 31, February 15, November 22
  • 1920: February 25, March 11, April 23, May 7, 8, and 25, June 11 and 29, September 25, October 15
  • 1922: July 14, October 31, November 21, December 20
  • 1923: April 23
  • 1927: December 12
  • 1929: May 21, July 2
  • 1933: June 6 [two letters]
  • 1944: May 19, September 19, October 11, October [?]
  • 1945: February 19
  • 1946: January 2
  • 1955: April 17
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 1 (7 letters)],
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 2],
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 3 (5 letters)],
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 4 (3 letters)],
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 5],
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 6]
Dodge, Levi R.
  • 1871: November 5
Dodge, Homer.
  • 1914: September 25, December 22
  • 1934: May 15 and 17
  • 1935: January 15
  • 1937: January 18, 22 [two letters], 25 [two letters], 26 [two letters], February 1 [3 letters], 2, 12 [two letters], 13, 19, and 20, March 2, 3, 5, and 18, June 5 and 7, September 16
  • 1938: June 18
  • 1941: November 8
  • 1944: September 22, October 26, November 10, December 20
  • 1945: January 23 and 24, August 20, November 9
  • 1946: August 26
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 1]
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 3]
Dodge, Isabella Donaghue.
  • 1879: June 15, November 23
  • 1880: September 1, October 24, December 5 and 7
  • 1881: October 30
  • 1882: May 16 and 27, October 17 and 20
  • 1906: October 16
  • 1908: May 1
  • 1915: January 1
  • 1925: April 6
  • 1926: March 24
  • 1928: February 14, June 4, July 11
  • 1929: May 21
  • 1930: November 30
  • 1932: February 8
  • 1934: June 20
  • 1935: February 7, March 7 and 19, October [?], October 21
  • 1936: December 14
  • Undated [Box 10, folders 4 and 5 (7 letters)]
Dodge, Lois.
  • 1870: December 4
  • 1871: February 16, April 2, June 1
  • 1882: June 15
Dodge, Luther A.
  • 1881: September 24, October 30, November 26, December 13
Dodge, Orange W.
  • 1879: April 2
  • 1880: October 3
  • 1881: February 21 and 27, March 10, 16, 20, 24, and 27, April 6, 12, 21, and 26
  • 1882: January 15, 21, and 29, February 14 and 26, March 4, 12, 16, 23, and 29, April 2, April 9, 12, 19, 22, 26, 30, and 33 [sic], May 7, 14, 25, and 31, October 17 and 28
  • 1883: March 2
  • 1885: May 3 and 4, October 4 and 6
  • 1886: June 27
  • 1892: January 1, March 24, October 29
  • 1894: February 24
  • 1905: October 5 and 27, November 15
  • 1906: July 29 and 31
  • 1913: January 14
  • 1914: July 8
  • Undated [Box 10, folder 2]
Dodge, Thomas .
  • 1843: November 25
  • 1844: January 26, October 13
  • 1845: March 15
  • 1846: May 16, July 28
  • 1847: June 25, November 11
  • 1848: June 20, August 30
  • 1849: May 15, October 15
  • 1850: February 20, April 5
  • 1852: June 29
  • 1853: January 3, November 8
  • 1855: January 15
  • 1857: February 7
  • 1859: October 20