Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Leighton-Mount Family Papers, 1889-1909

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, June 2008

Summary Information
Title: Leighton-Mount family papers
Creator: Mount, Pearl Leighton, b. 1874
Inclusive dates: 1889-1909
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
The Leighton-Mount family papers are made up of incoming correspondence to Pearl Leighton and her husband, John L. Mount, of Otsego, Michigan, as well as letters written by John Mount. In the latter, Mount discusses his work as a traveling salesman of "Royal Scrolls" for Powers, Higley, & Company (Valparaiso, Indiana).
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4507.14.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Processing Information:

This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Leighton-Mount Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is organized chronologically.


The Leighton and Mount families lived in a variety of towns in south-central and south-western Michigan. Pearl Leighton attended school in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and Albion College. In 1896, Pearl married John L. Mount, who had been educated in religious studies, and delivered sermons at a church in Springport, Michigan. Their daughter Helen was born in 1898, when John was the Superintendent of Orion High School in Orion, Michigan.

In 1900, John Mount began to travel as a "Royal Scrolls" salesman and field manager for Powers, Higley & Company (Valparaiso, Indiana), manufacturers and suppliers of "Educational Specialties." In this capacity, from 1900 to 1907, he traveled to Missouri, Idaho, Washington (state), California, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Texas, while his family remained in Michigan.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Leighton-Mount family papers are made up of incoming correspondence to Pearl Leighton and her husband, John L. Mount, of Otsego, Michigan. Other members of the Leighton and Mount families lived in various townships of southern Michigan, for the most part in and around Albion, Otsego, and Springport.

The collection also contains letters written by John Mount; by John Mount's father, George L. Mount (most from Concord, Michigan); by Pearl's father, Amos Leighton (a lumber manufacturer in Otsego, Michigan); by Pearl's cousin, Alva Sebring (in Utah and California); and by numerous Michigan friends of Pearl Leighton.

The most frequent writers in the Leighton-Mount family papers are John and his father, George Mount. John wrote about his relationship with Pearl, sermons and moral issues, work as a traveling salesman, and family-related topics, while George offered financial and family advice. Pearl's friend, Alice S. Beal, of Northville and Albion, Michigan, was a faithful correspondent, who discussed her own schooling and social topics.

Subject Terms

    • Courtship.
    • Fathers and daughters--United States.
    • Fathers and sons--United States.
    • Powers, Higley & Company (Valparaiso, Ind.)
    • Preaching.
    • Traveling sales personnel--History--20th century.
    • Beal, Alice S.
    • Glover, Emma.
    • Mount, George L.
    • Mount, John L., b. 1872.
    • Mount, Pearl Leighton, b. 1874.
    • Sebring, Alva.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   1  
    Leighton-Mount family papers,  1889 March 1-1909 August 22 [series]