Letters, Documents, & Other Manuscripts, E. L. Diedrich Collection (1789-1987, bulk 1795-1941)

E. L. Diedrich Collection
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Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Letters, Documents, & Other Manuscripts, E. L. Diedrich Collection
Creator: Diedrich, D. N. (Duane Norman), 1935-2018
Inclusive dates: 1789-1987
Bulk dates: 1795-1941
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
The E. L. Diedrich Collection is a selection of manuscript items compiled by his son Duane Norman Diedrich and dedicated to his memory. The content of these letters, documents, and other manuscripts reflect the life and interests of E. L. "Bud" Diedrich (1904-1988), most prominently subjects pertinent to government, business, and patriotic music.
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: www.clements.umich.edu

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Acquisition Information

1979-2013. M-1858, M-1893, M-1945, M-2144, M-2291, M-2379, M-2443n, M-2623d, M-2731.3, M-2840.1, M-2947.2, M-2999.2, M-3001.3, M-3001.8, M-3013.7, M-3064.2, M-3176.3, M-3198.7, M-3313.4, M-3313.12, M-3318, M-3471.3, M-4069, M-4235, M-4337.3, M-4338.4, M-4356.8, M-4356.9, M-4531.14, M-4547.5, M-4547.6, M-4548, M-4600.2, M-4600.9, M-4600.14, M-4600.18, M-4600.20, M-4600.21, M-4600.34, M-4600.39, M-4622.10, M-4622.30, M-4622.64, M-4622.106, M-4623.1, M-4624.5, M-4642.5, M-4671.2, M-4727.2, M-4793.1, M-4803.7, M-4846, M-4870.1, M-4985.1.

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Letters, Documents, & Other Manuscripts, E. L. Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


The E. L. Diedrich Collection is a selection of manuscript items compiled by his son Duane Norman Diedrich (1935-2018) and dedicated to the memory E. L. Diedrich (1904-1988).

Elmer L. "Bud" Diedrich was born on November 7, 1904, in Bloomington, Illinois, to parents Charles and Mathilda Lartz Diedrich. He was one of at least three children; their father worked as a stationer. Bud Diedrich married Blandina Steege (1903-1996), also of Bloomington, in 1927. The couple had one son, Duane Norman Diedrich (1935-2018). Bud Diedrich spent his career in the retail business, working as a manager and superintendent for the S. S. Kresge Corporation (later Kmart Corporation). This work took him and his family to multiple cities, including Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Peru, Anderson, and Muncie, Indiana. Bud Diedrich died on February 19, 1988, and is interred at Elm Ridge Mausoleum in Muncie, Indiana.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The E. L. Diedrich Collection is a selection of manuscript items compiled by his son Duane Norman Diedrich and dedicated to his memory. The content of these letters, documents, and other manuscripts reflect the life and interests of E. L. "Bud" Diedrich (1904-1988), most prominently subjects pertinent to government, business, and patriotic music. Items include correspondence from early United States politicians, discussing aspects of the developing Federal government and political parties; letters respecting the U.S. Presidency; holograph manuscripts and correspondence respecting patriotic music, such as the Battle Hymn of the Republic; and much more.

The collection is comprised of over 50 letters, documents, manuscript songs, and photographs, and other items. For a comprehensive inventory and details about each item in the collection, please see the box and folder listing below.

Subject Terms

  • Banks and banking.
  • Battle hymn of the republic (Song)
  • Business enterprises.
  • Federal government--United States.
  • Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
  • Military bands.
  • Music.
  • Patriotic songs.
  • Political parties--United States.
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1800.
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1824.
  • United States. Congress.
  • United States. Congress (1st : 1789-1791)
  • United States--Politics and government--1789-1809.
  • Wild west shows.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Bennett, Sanford Fillmore, 1836-1898.
  • Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989.
  • Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.
  • Hall, Stephen.
  • Austin, Fred.
  • Bartlett, John, 1820-1905.
  • Bennett, Sanford Fillmore, 1836-1898.
  • Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989.
  • Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
  • Blair, Francis Preston, 1791-1876.
  • Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917.
  • Burnett, Chauncey H.
  • Carpenter, Joshua.
  • Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828.
  • Cohan, George M. (George Michael), 1878-1942.
  • Everett, Edward, 1794-1865.
  • Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972.
  • Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.
  • Kennedy, Thomas, 1776-1832.
  • King, Preston, 1806-1865.
  • Latta, James, 1732-1801.
  • Lee, Richard Bland, 1761-1827.
  • Marshall, William, 1767-1815.
  • McCann, Matthew, approximately 1830-.
  • Norman Photo Company (Boston, Mass.)
  • North, William, 1755-1836.
  • O'Brien, Jeremiah, 1778-1858.
  • Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848.
  • Pitkin, Timothy, 1766-1847.
  • Randall, James Ryder, 1839-1908.
  • Reagan, Ronald.
  • Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978.
  • Romney, George W., 1907-1995.
  • Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895.
  • Shelton, W. H. (William Henry), 1840-1932.
  • Smith, Margaret Bayard, 1778-1844.
  • Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932.
  • Stedman, William, 1765-1831.
  • Sullivan, William, 1774-1839.
  • Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
  • Thomas, George H. (George Henry), 1816-1870.
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Genre Terms:
  • Cabinet photographs.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Manuscripts (documents)
  • Photographic postcards.
  • Photographs.
  • Quotations (text)
  • Sheet music.
  • Songs (musical compositions)

Contents List

Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Letters, Documents, and Other Manuscripts, E. L. Diedrich Collection,  1789-1987 [series]
  1789 February 20 . Stephen Hall ALS to George Thacher; Portland, [Maine] (1 page)
Congratulations on election to First Congress. Hopes to strike up a correspondence. "You are now at Headquarters, & can communicate a thousand things both agreeable & instructive. The grand federal wheel is now about to move. Mighty I suppose will be the preparations." Mentions shifting opinions about separation preceding the "eastern Convention."
  [1795?] . [William Bingham] ADf; [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] (3 pages)
Draft: "Address to the State on the Appointment of Federal Representatives." Emphasizes the significant responsibility of electing good politicians and details some requisites for good representatives. Notes the benefit of Pennsylvania politicians being "intimately acquainted with the Genius of her Inhabitants, the Extent of her resources, her foreign & domestic Commerce, her Manufactures, & her relative situation in all these Points with the other states & with the Powers of Europe."
  [ca. 1796] . [James Latta] ADf to [William] Hamilton; [Lancaster County, Pennsylvania?] (6 pages)
Draft of a letter to the editor of the Lancaster Journal. Compares personal contracts to alliances made between nations, noting differences between commercial and military alliances. "If I were to enter into such intimate connection with any individual as would imply mutual protection, I ought certainly to enquire into whether the person be meek and peaceable or quarrelsome and insolent; whether he be just and equitable, or cruel and rapacious." Opposes any treaty with Great Britain based on a long record of religious and political oppression. Worries that an alliance would make American sailors "aid her in desolating the fertile plains of India, in depopulating the shores of Africa, in hunting down the few remaining natives of St. Vincents." Includes a note to Mr. A. W. Gayley, stating "this is far from being a fair specimen of the mental productions or manual performance of the late Rev James Latta DD." Accompanied by a clipped title, "Discourses on Important Subjects," with a manuscript annotation, "Jas Latta's, Jan 25, 1759."
  1798 April 30 . W[illiam] North ALS; [New York?] (3 pages)
Wishes to have a post established on the state road between Albany and Cooperstown. While the route May not prove profitable, believes "it is of consequence for governments to prepare the way & open as many communications as possible for the distribution of their acts... let the people be early & rightly informed of the reasons which induce governemnt to tax, to arm, to fight." Comments on elections and New York politics. Blasts the "villainous arts" of the anti-Federalists, but admits that the Federalist ticket was a weak one.
  1800 November 23 . William Marshall ALS to Alexander K. Marshall; Richmond, [Virginia] (3 pages)
Investigated claims on his lands while travelling up the Ohio River. Mentions wives' objections or consent to moving westward. Intends to send "some negroes next year" to prepare crops. Discusses national politics, being on "Tiptoe on the subject of the election of President," and the Congressional disputes over electoral votes.
  1801 April 16 . H[arrison] G[ray] Otis ALS to Roger Griswold; Boston, [Massachusetts] (3 pages)
Comments on New England and European politics; he fears the Federalists will eventually lose favor and anticipates the power of the "Jacobin phalanx" in Europe. "When the fun of Jacobinism has reached its meridian, we shall be nauseated by the muck worms that have been lying torpid, and the insects which have never done more than bu[zz] and shew their Stings."
  1802 March 15 . W[illiam] Stedman ALS to Dwight Foster; Lancaster, [Massachusetts] (4 pages)
Decries loss of Federalist strength and ideals, but remains confident of a resurgence in Massachusetts. Emphasizes the need to have faith in Divine Providence. "One important Pillar of the constitution is hewn down, & which will be the next to fall, is uncertain. That they are devoted to destruction in the issue of the measures adopted & adopting by the ministerialists is beyond a doubt." Mentions expected results of Massachusetts elections and how its districts are arranged. Locals are pleased with the "Constitutionalists in Congress."
  1805 December 21 . Tim[othy] Pitkin, Jr. ALS to ; Washington, [D.C.] (4 pages)
Account of a tea and card party given at the Washington home of Mr. Taylor, a wealthy Virginia planter, slave owner, and "firm Federalist of the Washington School." Describes the social setting, furnishings, behavior, ladies and gentlemen present (including other prominent Federalists), and conversations about Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory and death.
  1810 March 5 . DeWitt Clinton ALS to H[enry] Remsen; Albany, [New York] (2 pages)
Regarding a bill introduced to the Assembly "prohibiting the banks of N. York from operating out of New York-the banks in Albany from operating out of Albany-and so on applying the prohibition to the other Banks." Clinton notes the names of men to be proposed for directors of the Mechanic Bank and other appointments. Includes a list of "Auctioneers," naming 30 persons.
  1812-1816 . AMs.; s.l. (9 pages)
Lyrics for 8 poems or songs, possibly by a sailor. Unusual combination of religious, humorous, and patriotic themes. Titles include: "Hymn," "A Song Composed in Dartmor Prison, by an american tar," "The brig Eliza," "Jolly Mortals," "Farewel ye Groves," "The Death and burial of a Saint," "The Joys of a Scolding Wife," and "The old maid's last prayer." Several seem to have been penned at Wilmington, [Delaware], and one includes an address for the Carver General Hospital, Georgetown, D.C.
  1814 October 24 . W[illia]m Sullivan ALS to [Morris Smith] Miller; Boston, [Massachusetts] (3 pages)
Grateful for a letter which included "Mr. Stockton's logical and eloquent speech on the removal." Discusses Federalist concerns over financing and maintaining defenses for the state. Disappointed with politicians in Albany and a recent New York convention. "Are they overwhelmed by the power of Democracy?--Are they becoming more complacent with the war?"
  182[4] January 9 . Tho[mas] Kennedy ALS to J[acob] I. Cohen, Jr.; Annapolis, [Maryland] (1 page)
The Senate has rejected the religious liberty bill, but the House has yet to vote. Urges Cohen to "not despair," "whilst there is life there is hope." Possibly in reference to their work to pass legislation for Jewish rights, "An Act to Extend to the Sect of People Professing the Jewish Religion, the Same Rights and Privileges that are Enjoyed by Christians."
  1824 October 30 . F[rancis] P[reston] Blair ALS to Thomas I[saac] Wharton; Frankfort, [Kentucky] (4 pages)
Grateful for Wharton's work in the east and its benefit to their political prospects in the west. Sees uncertain but favorable lay of the land for Henry Clay in the election, despite the workings of Jackson men. Believes Andrew Jackson’s career is of questionable value for a president. "Through out the war with the Indians of the south he showed a disposition rather to exterminate than to conquer the feeble races. In these campaigns he exhibited the ardor & activity of a Huntsman rather than the combination of great qualities which should distinguish a commander in the warfare of a cvilized nation." Comments on Jackson's conduct in the Battle of New Orleans. Displeased with comparisons of Jackson to George Washington, "It is like Lucifer pretending to the throne of Heaven." Expects "a turbulent time" if Jackson wins the presidency, with ruffians gaining government seats. Includes a manuscript note on the verso, "Containing a curious prophecy by a man who became a servile adherent of Genl Jackson."
  1825 February 10 . Jeremiah O'Brien ALS to Sam[ue]l A. Morse; Washington, [D.C.] (3 pages)
Petition of Wilmot, Massachusetts, has been presented and committed. Comments on "termination of the long Presidential agony." Comments on the health of William H. Crawford and reactions to the announcement in Congress. "...an instentaneous [sic] clapping in the galleries interrupted & suspended further proceedings... almost simultaneous with the first clap, a slight hissing is said to have followed." Jackson bore it "with good grace," and shook John Quincy Adams' hand. Jackson's supporters were sorely disappointed. People now discussing possibilities for the new Cabinet.
  1825 May 11 . Richard Bland Lee ALS to Thomas Todd; Washington, [D.C.] (3 pages)
Petitions Todd, upon the recommendation of James Madison, for the position of clerk of the Supreme Court. He is poverty-stricken by trying to help friends "who had rendered great services to their country in times of peculiar peril." Describes his personal history of serving in the militia during wartime and participating in a financial convention which precipitated the Constitutional Convention. Traces his career as a staunch Virginia Federalist in Congress, often in opposition to most fellow Virginians. "...in my old age it seems just that I should find a comfortable resting place in a metropolis which I did so much to establish."
  1834 December 28 . Edward Everett ALS; Washington, [D.C.] (3 pages)
Sends congratulations. Thankful for kind opinions on his recent "Lafayette address." Worried about the state of the country, with "the government in such hands;-the friends of good principles divided;-& a foreign war impending!" Discusses Whig activities and his pessimism about disunity with Southern Whigs. Henry Clay and those in the west are "Non-Committal." Laments that the only "authentic avowal from the whigs,--all the Whigs," is that "they can agree on nothing . . . but this is all you can get from them."
 1835 February 6. M[argaret] H. Smith ALS to James Herring; [Washington, D.C.] (1 page)
Does not have access to her manuscripts in order to provide "personal anecdotes for a memoir of Mr. Jefferson." Suggests looking at some of her published works, including Winter in Washington. Includes a note on the verso: "The Memoir of Mrs Madison will be in readiness this month if it is so desired." Possibly in relation to James Herring's National Portrait Gallery.
  [ca. 1840?] . ADf to "Fellow citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives"; s.l. (4 pages)
Inaugural address to a state Senate and House of Representatives. Comments on the U.S. government and the responsibilities of politicians to ensure the prosperity and well-being of their states. Emphasizes the importance of proper education and organized militia for a republican government. "The remembrance of events, which took place during my former administration, and the painful anxiety with which these were attended, urges me to solicit attention to this important subject." Discusses organizing court sessions to better ensure justice.
  1851 February 6 . Preston King ALS to G[ideon] Welles; Washington, [D. C.]
Recently broke his kneecap. Discusses national politics, expected actions of Congress, and jockeying for presidential election in 1852. "Scheming arranging combining and breaking up combinations and combining again to make Presidents is the business of pretty much all the more prominent men of both houses." Many court the favor of Southerners. "The old parties are fast losing their lines of demarcation-and disorganization and division are constantly increasing." Mentions Whig, Democratic, and Union Parties. Believes the presidential election will be decided by the House. Notes figures expected to be raised as candidates. Many are cautious about compromising on slavery issues and are aware of the dangers of Free Soilers. Believes the Union Party has essentially died "and been blown to the winds without the rites of Sepulture-and without a stone to note that it once lived."
  [18]52 March 28 . Charles Sumner ALS to [Samuel?] Downer; Washington, [D.C.] (3 pages)
Unimpressed with American public men. Free Soilers in Senate stand with the best. Soule is "an accomplished chivalrous secessionist, & the most polished gentleman & orator of the Senate." Supports appropriation of lands for settlers and the use of public lands for revenue. "I wish to look upon it simply as a scene for new states & extending civilization."
  1856 March 1 . Geo[rge] H[enry] Thomas ALS to S[amuel] Cooper; New York, [New York] (1 page)
Transmitting the summary statement of the recruiting funds [not included]. Has not had success in recruiting a band, having not found anyone to serve as band leader. "I find it impossible to get good and competent musicians unless they know who is to direct them."
  1862 February 5 . W[illia]m Henry Shelton ALS to Louisa Wakelee (his cousin); Camp Barry, Washington, [D.C.] (4 pages)
Letter by Sgt. William H. Shelton of Battery L, 1st N.Y. Light Artillery. Responding to a request for his photograph, noting what he will have to go through to get it. Comments on the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." "…such poetry can be written far back from the scene of conflict, better than among the hostile camps, for I am confident that if the poets were to see us soldiers working and shouting of a pleasant sunday afternoon or tearing along 'in battery' through mud and water, at an awful pace and with a terrible roaring, on the same sacred day, there would be a great lack of inspiration to say no more." Agrees that there is a mix of bad and good men in the army, but inclined more towards badness. "...if this war is a holy war it is a holy war carred on by imps. The great principle for which we fight is a much nobler theme for song, than the erring units who compose the army."
  1865 May 24 . Matthew McCann ALS to Eliza McCann; Camp, near Washington, [D.C.] (3 pages)
McCann, of the 152nd New York Volunteers, writes of the Grand Review of the Potomac Army. "While the army was passing through Washington crowds of people lined the walks Streamers & flags floted Galie for us & cheer upon cheer went up for the Grand Army of the Potomac…. Some of the men that came out with us, & Lost their arms & a hand, or foot or Leg came out to meet and welcome us their Brother Soldiers to the city. at one place the cry was hear here comes the heroes of the Wilderness & then the cheers whear Deafening. While with heads Erect & Square to the front faces Bronzed with Sothern Sun, they marched with that Steady Step, tramp, tramp, tramp, Like old & tired Soldiers wich they are…. I was proud to be a member of our Noble Regt. for we have won a Name that will Live in history. We are known as the Regt. that Never turned our backs to the Enemy…." Comments on General Sherman's returning army.
  1882 February 13 . Fr[e]d Austin ALS to "Chairman Graduating Class"; Albany, New York (1 page)
Offers to supply music for commencement exercises at the University of Vermont. Has furnished music at Dartmouth, Union, Madison, and Williams. On red/black illustrated "Austin's Tenth Regiment Band and Orchestra" stationery, advertising services and references. Features images of the band and a social gathering. "Austin's Tenth Regiment Band has won an imperishable and warm place in the hearts of every one of the party, by its grand, good music and the hale and hearty good fellowship of each individual member. They are lords every one of them."
  1887 December . Julia Ward Howe MsS, "Battle Hymn of the Republic"; s.l. (3 pages)
Holograph manuscript of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," all five verses, complete in Howe’s hand.
  1890 March 20 . Cabinet card photograph of Julia Ward Howe, Signed; s.l. (1 page)
Cabinet card portrait of Julia Ward Howe, signed by Howe.
  [ca. 1893?] . Norman Photo Company (Boston, Mass.) Cabinet card photograph of Julia Ward Howe; [Boston, Massachusetts] (1 page)
Portrait of Julia Ward Howe seated in a grand chair with lion-head armrests, reading a book.
  1894 February 19 . James R[yder] Randall AMs."Maryland, My Maryland" to Sallie Parker; s.l. (5 pages)
Holograph lyrics to "Maryland, My Maryland." Copied by James Randall for Miss Sallie Parker. "Writen originally in the Parish of Pointe Coupee, La., April 1861." With supplemental Lincoln Lore, No. 1746 ( August 1983), giving a history of the song.
  1895 February 9 . John Bartlett ALS to [John B.] Bouton; Cambridge, [Massachusetts] (2 pages)     Original located in Blandina Diedrich Collection 
Praising Uncle Sam's Bible. ""Accept my sincere thanks for your kindness in sending me The U.S. Bible. It is without question The Bible for us, it needs no commentator. Its creed should come home to every true American's business and bosom. I believe a universal knowledge of the patriotic hymns, which you suggest, would go far to preserve us as a nation. I hope every member of the next congress will read Uncle Sam's Bible, and accept its creed."
  1895 . William F[rederick] Cody AQS and newspaper print; s.l. (1 page)
Newspaper print of William F. Cody on horseback in an arena, mounted above an AQS: "True to friend & foe / W. F. Cody / 'Buffalo Bill'"
  1898 March 8 . Sanford Fillmore Bennett AMsS; Richmond, Illinois (1 page)
First verse and chorus of "In the Sweet By & By". Accompanied by a mounted photograph of Bennett.
  1905 October 24 . Woodrow Wilson AQS; Princeton, [New Jersey] (1 page)
Autograph quotation: "A man’s most authentic autograph is the record of his life."
  1906 November 16 . Geo[rge] M[ichael] Cohan Real photo postcard; s.l. (1 page)
Real photographic postcard by Miner, N.Y. Signed, "Yanke Doodlefully Yours."
  [19]07 June 25 . W[illiam] F[rederick] Cody ALS to [J. T.] McCaddon; Newport, [Rhode Island] (1 page)
To McCaddon, financial manager of the Wild West Show. Discusses the week's shows in Boston, where attendance was negatively affected by other attractions, and others in Providence. Experiencing a lull in Newport, as "the money people are not here yet" and the weather is bad. Was entertained by Reginald Vanderbilt and his friends between shows. On "Buffalo Bill’s Wild West" stationery. Plus: Carbon copy of McCaddon’s response; New York, June 29, 1907, regarding a loan and previously profitable shows in New England.
  1908 August 8 . Julia Ward Howe ALS to A[rchibald] W. Butt; Newport, R[hode] I[sland] (2 pages)
Sending a piece on the history of how she wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic. "It would gratify a dear wish of my heart if the south would adopt my verses. Like our beloved President, I have in my veins a strain of southern blood." Family history.
  1908 August 20 . Julia Ward Howe ALS to Mrs. Pitman; Newport, R[hode] I[sland] (3 pages)
Would like to have a speaking relationship with Mrs. Pitman and her husband. Reflects on her old age and family. "I am thankful to have seen the wonderful changes which have marked my time, notably, the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of my own sex in so far as concerns education and the privileges of public service. We still wait for the suffrage, but I regard it as more to come." Comments on republicanism and the U.S. government.
  1909 February 13 . Julia Ward Howe ALS to Geo[rge] H. [Pope?]; [Boston, Massachusetts] (3 pages)
Regarding a request for Howe to send a sentence about Abraham Lincoln to a high school in Fall River. Explains a mishap in sending the item. "The only excuse for this is that I am now well-advanced in my ninetienth year, and that in consequence of this, my memory is very uncertain."
  [1911] May 26 . "Col." [William F. Cody] ALS to Major [G.W. Lillie]; Salem, [Massachusetts?] (1 page)
Regarding a devastating train wreck near Lowell, Massachusetts, involving the 28-car train of the Buffalo Bill Wild West and Pawnee Bill Far East Show. Describes recovery efforts and work to move animals. On illustrated "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Combined with Pawnee Bill's Great Far East" stationery, featuring portraits of Buffalo and Pawnee Bill.
  1917 October 24 . John Philip Sousa TLS to Marian Longfellow; Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois (1 page)
Refusing a commission. "The band at the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes I think is about all one poor human being should handle at a time." On Office of the Musical Director, U.S. Naval Training Station letterhead. Accompanied by a printed advertisement for a performance by "Sousa and His Band" at the Macdonough Theatre in Oakland, featuring a portrait of Sousa and lyrics to The Stars and Stripes Forever. Also includes a newspaper clipping, February 23, 1897, "Sousa and his Unrivaled Band," detailing the program for Sousa’s "Ocean to Ocean-Gulf to Gulf" tour.
  [1918] . George M[ichael] Cohan Printed sheet music, "Over There", Signed; [New York] (4 pages)
Printed sheet music for "Over There." "Your Song-My Song-Our Boys' Song." Cover illustration by Norman Rockwell featuring four soldiers in uniform singing; signed by Rockwell.
  1923 November 7 . John Philip Sousa TLS to W[illia]m B. Mead; Huntington, West Virginia (1 page)
Regarding his birthday celebration and friendship. "Among the many pleasures of my life is the fact that I have been able to hold on to my friends during my entire life." Written on illustrated "The Frederick" stationery.
  1924 June 14 . Joshua Carpenter TLS to James Francis Cooke; Chicago, [Illinois] (1 page)
Disapproves of the tendency to drag social problems into discussions of contemporary popular American music. "...whether we believe that the world of to-day is headed toward Heaven or Elsewhere, there is no profit in any attempt to induce the creative musician to alter his spontaneous mode of expression in order that he May thus affect the contemporary social conditions." Dislikes attempts to "legislate" contemporary American music through resolutions of clubs or civic bodies. Celebrates "our contemporary popular music," but avoids labeling it "jazz." "I am strongly inclined to believe that the musical historian of the year two thousand will find the birthday of American music and that of Irving Berlin to have been the same."
  1924 November 17 . ADS List of John Philp Sousa's band members; s.l. (1 page)
List of John Philip Sousa's 75 band members, with signatures. "Received from Sousa and his Band, all salaries and claims, in full, to date."
  1933 March 19 . Chauncey H. Burnett ALS to E[dith] K[ermit] Roosevelt; Brooklyn, New York (1 page)
Respecting the pronunciation of ‘Roosevelt,’ after hearing it pronounced differently in a newsreel. Includes a note from Edith Roosevelt identifying "two syllables with a long ‘o’" as the correct pronunciation.
  1940 July 22 . Irving Berlin TLS to Nathan Straus; s.l. (1 page)
Appreciation for Straus’ letter about "God Bless America." "I need not tell you how happy I am over its success and I don’t think any song I have ever written has given me as much satisfaction as this one." On personal stationery, with accompanying 8x10" glossy photograph of Irving Berlin at the piano (Wide World Photos).
  1941 April 24 . Franklin D. Roosevelt TLS to Mrs. Vincent H. Ober; Washington, [D.C.] (1 page)
Extending his congratulations on the 22nd Biennial Convention of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Eloquent statement regarding the importance of music to politics and universal communication. "Because music knows no barriers of language; because it recognizes no impediments to free intercommunication; because it speaks a universal tongue music can make us all more vividly aware of that common humanity which is ours and which shall one day unite the nations of the world in one great brotherhood." On White House stationery.
  1960 October 14 . George Romney Doc. to John F. Kennedy; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (12 pages)
A twelve-page Western Union telegram hand-delivered to Senator John F. Kennedy (another copy was sent to Vice President Richard Nixon) urging the presidential candidates to "enlighten public understanding on certain basic issues which will determine our country’s future." These issues include excessive union power, the use of agriculture to cure world hunger, how best to help raise the standard of living in other nations, and the curbing of the power of the federal government. Comments on Communism and national economic policies. The original envelope is included with John F. Kennedy’s outline notes on the reverse for his speech in Jackson, Michigan. Also included are copies of all the speeches that Kennedy made on October 14, 1960, two newspaper articles, and a Western Union delivery notice, stating "Have found telegram from George Romney lost by you in Grand Rapids."
  1967 June 29 . Rudolf Friml AMuQS to Blandina and E.L. Diedrich; s.l. (1 page)     Original manuscript is located in the Rudolf Friml collection. 
Musical quotation by Rudolf Friml, inscribed to Blandina and E.L. Diedrich.
  1987 December 11 [approved]. Ronald Reagan Printed, signed Public Law 100-186; [Washington, D.C.] (1 page)
Printed Public Law 100-186, signed by Ronald Reagan, designating "The Stars and Stripes Forever" as the national March of the United States.
Undated. Irving Berlin AQS, "God Bless America Land that I Love"; s.l. (1 page)
Undated. George M[ichael] Cohan AMuQS, chorus of "Over There."; s.l. (1 page)
Undated. Norman Rockwell AQS; s.l. (1 page)
Norman Rockwell autograph, "Your faithful friend," with a pen and ink illustration of a dog with a can tied to its tail.
  Undated (May 1) . Edith Kermit Roosevelt ALS to Mrs. Morton; New York, [New York] (2 pages)
Responding to a letter of praise sent to Theodore Roosevelt. "Whitman's noble words give us a community of thought." On "The Langdon" stationery.
Undated. Geo[rge] F[rederick] Root AMsS, "The Battle Cry of Freedom."; s.l. (1 page)
Undated. Ms. Lyrics to "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground," by Walter Kittredge (1834-1905); s.l. (1 page)
Undated. AMs.; s.l. (21 pages)
"An Essay on a more equal division of the United States by natural boundaries wherein is briefly delineated a plan of the Bounds of each State in the Union interspersed with some incidental & political observations on the advantages resulting therefrom connected with & naturally arising out of the subject." Includes proposed states of "Sagadahock," "Mavoshen," "Pemtegoet," "Winnepesauge," "Albania," "Eriontario," and others. Calls for a new Constitution to change boundaries and rules of political representation. Probably a student essay, written by or for "Mr. JWHN."

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Schopieray, Cheney J. One Hundred Selections from the Duane Norman Diedrich Collection of Manuscript Americana, 17th-20th Century. Ann Arbor, Mich.: William L. Clements Library, 2018.