George Romney Papers: 1920s-1973
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Family Groups [series]

The series Family Groups covers 170 years of the Pierson Family and consists of family correspondence, legal papers, genealogical research, and newspaper clippings. The series has been arranged by generation, which is subdivided by Personal Name. Each generation has been made into its own sub-series. The sub-series First Generation contains papers of lawyer and politician Job Pierson (1791-1860), which include formal dinner invitations, cemetery deed, certificate to practice law in New York, and biographical material post dating his death. The sub-series Second Generation contains the papers of the children of Job Pierson (1791-1860) and his wife Clarissa Taintor Bulkeley. While Job and Clarissa Pierson had five children, only two, Job Pierson (1824-1896) and John Bulkeley Pierson (1828-1885) are represented in this series. The papers of Reverend Job Pierson include his heavily annotated bible, correspondence, a photocopied version of his diary, legal and financial papers, and biographical material post dating his death. Job Pierson's correspondence includes communications between himself and family members as well as correspondences from Nathaniel and Frank Topping dealing with various financial and legal matters. The sub-series also contains the papers of Job Pierson's wife Rachel Williams Smith. The sub-series Third Generation contains the papers of the children of Job and Rachel Pierson. The Fourth Generation and Fifth Generation sub-series represent the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Reverend Job Pierson accordingly. The series also contains the sub-series Other Families. This sub-series is made up of genealogical research on families related to the Pierson family.

 
First Generation [subseries]
 
Job Pierson (1791-1860)
Box   1  
Biographical Material 1821-1981

(includes biographical material post dating his death)

 
Second Generation [subseries]
 
Job Pierson (1824-1896)
Box   1  
Bible 1840

(The English version of the Polyglot Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, with a copious and original selection of references to parallel and illustrative passages, exhibited in a manner hitherto unattempted : facsimile large edition [of the English version of Bagster's Polyglot Bible])

 
Correspondence
Box   1  
General 1847-1896 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Nathaniel and Frank A. Topping 1860-1911
Box   1  
Diary 1850-1895

(copy of original)

Box   1  
Legal and Financial Papers 1870s-1890s
Box   1  
Other Papers 1890s-1910s, 1970s
Box   1  
Rachel Williams Smith Pierson (1820-1908) (wife of Job Pierson) 1878-1931
 
John Bulkeley Pierson (1828-1885)
Box   1  
Correspondence 1861-1894
Box   1  
Legal Papers 1870s-1880s
 
Third Generation [subseries]
Box   1  
Beverly Chew (husband of Clarissa Taintor Pierson) 1875-1916
Box   1  
Samuel Dayton Pierson (b. 1852) 1886-1914
 
John William Stratton Pierson (1854-1946)
Box   1  
Correspondence 1880s-1930s
Box   1  
Legal and Financial Papers 1882-1932
Box   1  
Library Catalogue
Box   1  
Other Papers 1880-1932

(includes newspaper clippings, biographical material, and other papers from the John W.S. Pierson Hardware Establishment)

 
Bowen Whiting Pierson (b. 1858)
Box   1  
Biographical Sketch and Personal Library Catalogue 1907-1908
Box   1  
Correspondence 1891-1921
Box   1  
Genealogical Research 1891-1901
Box   1  
Philip T.H. Pierson (b. 1859) 1880s-1910s, 1960s
 
Fourth Generation [subseries]
 
Clarissa Pierson Jacocks (daughter of Bowen Whiting and Nannie Pierson)
Box   1  
Correspondence 1928-1974
Box   1  
Legal Papers 1960s-1970s
Box   1  
John Howard Pierson (son of John William Smith and Clara Pierson) 1904-1947
Box   1  
Carrie Louise Pierson (wife of John Howard Pierson) 1930s-1970s
 
Fifth Generation [subseries]
Box   1  
Eleanor W. Pierson Porter (daughter of John Howard and Carrie Louise Pierson) 1927, 1975, 1991
 
Other Families [subseries]
Box   1  
Buckley Family circa 1880s-1980s
Box   2  
Chisebaugh Family undated
Box   2  
Conkling Family circa 1890s
Box   2  
Dayton Family undated
Box   2  
Drury-Comins Family undated
Box   2  
Pindar, Pyndar, and Pinder family undated
Box   2  
Smith Family circa 1900s-1970s
Box   2  
Stratton Family undated
 
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.

Box   2  
Alma College 1894, 1896

(includes programs and commencement speech given by Clara D. Pierson)

Box   2  
Autobiography undated
 
Correspondence with
 
Dillingham, Jennie L.
Box   2  
July 1887-December 1894 (14 folders)
Box   3  
January 1895-December 1902 (19 folders)
Box   4  
January 1903-April 1909 (16 folders)
Box   5  
May 1909-May 1910, undated
Box   5  
Dutton, Edward Payson 1903-1920 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Friends and relatives 1878-1952 (4 folders)
Box   5  
Pierson, John Williams Smith 1893-1894, 1944 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Dillingham Genealogy 1920s
 
Dillingham, Jennie Lincoln (1839-1916)

(Clara's mother)

Box   5  
Correspondence 1870s-1910s
Box   5  
Marriage License 1865
Box   5  
Obituary 1916
Box   5  
Dutton, Edward Payson, newspaper clippings and death announcement 1923
Box   5  
E.P. Dutton & Co., account statements 1909-1954
Box   5  
Heston, Winfred E. 1908-1937

(Alma College alumna and surgeon who worked in India)

Box   5  
Journal Entries 1892, 1933, 1937
Box   5  
Last Will and Testament 1949
Box   5  
Lecture on the Health of Teachers
Box   5  
Lincoln, Edwin Augustus 1848, 1992

(includes newspaper death announcement and correspondence from Eleanor E. Porter regarding E.A. Lincoln's portrait)

Box   5  
Lincoln Genealogy undated
Box   5  
Newspaper Clippings 1900s-1960s
Box   5  
Obituary 1952
Box   5  
Omena, Michigan (writings and ephemera) 1899-1923
Box   5  
Personal Account Book 1894
Box   5  
Personal Account Book 1947
Box   5  
Ring belonging to Sherlock H. Lincoln (great uncle of Clara D. Pierson) circa 1820s
 
Writings
 
Articles and short essays, circa 1900s-1930s (3 folders)
Box   5  
"Aurora"
Box   5  
"Authorship as a Vocation"
Box   5  
"A Bargain in Happiness"
Box   5  
"Benny Gorham's Lovely Day"
Box   5  
"The Child in the Midst"
Box   5  
"Concerning Roads"
Box   5  
"Consolations of a Gardenless Gardener"
Box   5  
"Endless Quests"
Box   5  
"Every-day Blossoms"
Box   5  
"The Evolution of Surgery"
Box   5  
"The Evolution of the Edition"
Box   5  
"Faith and a Henhouse"
Box   5  
"A Five Days Parting"
Box   5  
"The Happiness in Writing for Children"
Box   5  
"Hawaii"
Box   5  
"Heirloom Histories"

(documents the history of the Dillingham and Lincoln family heirlooms)

Box   5  
"Heredity versus Environment"
Box   5  
"Home-made Onion Flavoring"
Box   5  
"How to Correspond without Writing"
Box   5  
"How to Plan Your Own Service Quarters"
Box   5  
"The Indignant Clothing"
Box   5  
"Interruptions"
Box   5  
"The Marauding Grackle"
Box   5  
"The Mother of an Angel"
Box   5  
"Mr. Nilsson"
Box   5  
"A New Way of Keeping Tablecloths"
Box   5  
"The Primary Teacher in the Country Sunday-School"
Box   5  
"Problems in Natural History"
Box   5  
"Quakers in the United States"
Box   5  
"Some of the Best Writers of Nature Books for Children"
Box   5  
"A Thanksgiving Ritual"
Box   5  
"Ways that are dark"
Box   5  
"When one is ill"
Box   5  
"Were there any Colonial Authors?"
Box   5  
"U.S. Copyright Law and Our Relation to it"
Box   5  
"Utilizing Existing Agencies"
 
Books
Box   6  
Among the Meadow People 1897
Box   6  
Among the Forest People 1898
Box   6  
Among the Farm-Yard People 1899
Box   6  
Among the Pond People 1901
Box   6  
Living with our Children 1923
Box   6  
Dr. Miss Doctor undated
Box   6  
Poetry, circa 1900s-1930s
Box   6  
Untitled Drafts and Notes (2 folders)
 
Visual Materials [series]

The Visual Materials series complements the manuscript and printed materials contained in the collection's other series. The visual materials include ambrotypes and daguerreotypes, ink drawings, photographs, prints, postcards, and tintypes. Most of the Pierson Family photographs are formal portraits rather than casual snapshots of various members of the Pierson family. Additionally, the series contains photographs of various houses owned by Pierson family members. The Pierson Family farmhouse located in Long Island, New York is thoroughly documented as there was an album containing a photograph of every room in that house.

 
Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes
Box   6  
Edwin Augustus Lincoln circa 1850s (2 items)
Box   6  
Jennie Lincoln at age 10 and 12 circa 1950s (3 items)
Box   6  
Mother of Edwin Augustus Lincoln circa 1850s
Box   6  
Mother of Amanda Drury Lincoln circa 1850s
Box   7  
Unidentified family, man, woman and female child circa 1850s
Box   7  
Unidentified family, four individual portraits of a mother, father, son and daughter circa 1850s
Box   7  
Unidentified man circa 1850s
Box   7  
Two unidentified women with a book circa 1850s
 
Drawing
Box   7  
Interior View of J.W. Smith & Co.'s Store (Geneva, NY) undated
Box   7  
John W.S. Pierson Hardware Establishment undated
Oversize Folder   1  
John W.S. Pierson in his Stanton home study undated
Box   7  
Encased painting of Jennie Lincoln circa 1860s
Box   7  
Encased mourning jewelry with painting of an unidentified man circa 1860s

(also includes weaved hairs and a photograph of a man holding a child)

Box   7  
Photocopy of Pierson Family Crest undated
 
Photographs
Box   7  
Beverly Place, retirement home of Job Pierson (Stanton, Mich.) circa 1890s
Box   7  
Bradley, Dan Freeman circa 1930s
Box   7  
Buckley Wells as a young boy with a violin 1881
Box   7  
Dillingham Home (Coldwater, Mich.) undated
Box   7  
Dutton, Edward Payson circa 1890s
Box   7  
Drury Comins Family circa 1870s-1890s
Box   7  
Hobart Whitaker Family circa 1890s-1940s
Box   7  
Library of Congress "My Dear Wife" Exhibit
Oversize Folder   1  
Lincoln Family Home (Plainfield, Massachusetts) undated

(Photograph has been removed from original frame. Clara D. Pierson had written on the back of the frame about the origin of the house and who should take possession of the photograph. A photocopy of what she wrote is contained in the oversize folder)

Box   7  
John W.S, Pierson Family Home (Stanton, Mich.) circa 1910s
 
Pierson Family
 
Second Generation
Box   7  
Lucius A. Dillingham circa 1860s-1880s
Box   7  
Rachel Williams Smith Pierson circa 1890s
Box   7  
Jennie Lincoln Dillingham circa 1860s-1890s
Box   7  
Job Pierson circa 1870s
 
Third Generation
Box   7  
Bowen Whiting Pierson circa 1890s
Box   7  
Clara and John Pierson circa 1920s-1930s
Box   7  
Clara Eleanor Dillingham Pierson 1870s-1920s
Box   7  
Clarissa Pierson Chew circa 1880s
Box   7  
John W. S. Pierson 1860s-1870s, 1920s-1930s
Box   7  
Nannie Meach Pierson (wife of Bowen Whiting Pierson) circa 1890s
Box   7  
Philip T. H. Pierson 1860s-1880s
Box   7  
Samuel Pierson circa 1890s
 
Fourth Generation
Box   7  
Clarissa Pierson Jacocks (daughter of Bowen Whiting and Nannie Meach Pierson) 1890s-1910s (2 folders)
Box   7  
Pierson Family Group circa 1870s-1890s
Box   7  
Pierson Farmhouse (Long Island, NY) undated (2 folders)

(Photographs in folder 1 have been removed from an album and photographs in folder 2 have been removed from their frame. Clara D. Pierson had written on the back of the frame. A photocopy of what she wrote is contained in folder 2)

Box   7  
Pierson House (Geneva, NY) 1870s
Box   7  
Portraits and Misc. Family Portraits 1870s-1970s
Box   7  
Omena, Michigan 1910s-1940s
Box   7  
Stanton, Michigan circa 1900s
Box   7  
Unidentified Houses and Churches circa 1870s-1880s
 
Postcards
Box   7  
Stanton, Michigan
Box   7  
Misc. Michigan circa 1900s
Box   7  
Warren, Mass. undated
 
Prints
Box   8  
Abraham Lincoln undated
Box   8  
Lieutenant General Grant undated
Box   8  
Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth undated
 
Tintypes
Box   8  
Unidentified female child circa 1880s (2 tintypes)
Box   8  
Unidentified man, possibly Samuel Dayton Pierson circa 1880s
Box   8  
John W. S. Pierson circa 1880s
Box   8  
Bowen Whiting Pierson at Military School circa 1870s
Box   8  
Watercolor, Portrait of Clarrisa Pierson Chew circa 1880s
 
Other Materials [series]

The Other Materials series contains miscellaneous material not related to a specific Pierson family member. The series is made up of printed materials, newspaper clippings, genealogical research on the Pierson family, legal and financial papers, and other assorted miscellanea. There is a significant amount of material related to the Pierson family farmhouse located in Long Island, New York. This material primarily consists of legal correspondence, land deeds, and other financial materials regarding the home and property in New York.

Box   8  
1781 Carolus dollar and 1853 half dime 1781, 1853
Box   8  
Centennial of the First Presbyterian Church of Ionia, Michigan 1942
Box   8  
Chronology of the Pierson Family 1864

(written by Rev. Job Pierson)

Box   8  
Coldwater, Michigan 1885-1960
Box   8  
Confederate 50 dollar bill 1865
Box   8  
Genealogy Notebook of Related Families undated
Box   8  
Library of Congress 1991-1996
Box   8  
Lincoln Calendar 1908
Box   8  
Long Island Property 1840s-1970s (8 folders)
 
Newspaper Clippings
Box   8  
Abraham Lincoln 1960s-1990s
Box   8  
Distantly Related Family 1900s-1940s
Box   8  
Michigan 1900s-1960s
Box   8  
Miscellaneous 1900s-1960s
Box   8  
Pierson Family Genealogy 1890s-1990s (3 folders)
 
Printed Materials
Box   8  
Central Montcalm Historical Society: Bicentennial Edition 1976
Box   8  
Michigan Authors Association Grand Rapids Meeting 1927
Box   8  
Michigan Library Bulletin 1926
Box   8  
The Rolfe Property: Warren House at "Smith's Fort Plantation" 1652-1935 1935
Box   8  
Snow Bound, John Greenleaf Whittier 1900
Box   8  
Stanton Centennial 1963
Box   8  
The Story of Leelanau, Julia Terry Dickinson 1951
Box   8  
A Tour of Historic Sag Harbour 1964
Box   8  
Map of Property owned by John Howard and Carrie Louise Pierson (Sagaponack, NY) 1963
Box   8  
Miscellaneous Ephemera
Box   8  
Miscellaneous Legal and Financial Papers 1860s-1930s
Box   8  
Stamp Collection
Box   8  
Stanton Household Inventory 1929-1930