Norton Strange Townshend family papers  1807-1995
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Contents List

Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]   

For an index of correspondents, see "Additional Descriptive Data" below.

Townshend Family Correspondence [subseries]

Scope note: The Townshend Family subseries, spanning approximately 3 linear feet, is comprised of all letters to and from the members of the Townshend family, including spouses and in-laws, such as the Woods, the Wings, and the Boyntons. The correspondence of Margaret Wing Dodge, granddaughter of Norton S. Townshend, is part of the Townshend Family subseries. "Additional Descriptive Data" contains an index of major correspondents in each subseries. Arranged chronologically, the series sheds light on Norton Strange Townshend’s political, educational, and agricultural activities, as well as his family and personal life. The earliest letters are between family members in Ohio and Northamptonshire and relate family news, religion, and daily life. Correspondence is relatively frequent during1839-1841, when Norton studied medicine in New York City and Europe, and wrote to his parents describing visits to European hospitals, impressions of Paris and London, and thoughts on his career. Joel and Rebecca’s correspondence with their son is filled with religious and philosophical references and advice. Between 1848 and 1854 the period during which Townshend served in the Ohio General Assembly (1848-1849), the U.S. House of Representatives (1851-53), and the Ohio State Senate (1854-55), a great deal of incoming political correspondence addresses such issues as the "balance of power" deadlock upon which Townshend capitalized in Ohio, the debates over the boundaries of slavery, opinion on Ohio’s Black Laws, and other political matters. Also important are Salmon P. Chase’s letters to Townshend, which shed light on their political alliance and the slavery debate in the U.S. Senate. During Norton Strange Townshend’s service as a medical inspector in the Civil War, 1863-1865 he and his wife Margaret exchanged over 100 letters on topics such as Townshend’s work and travels, family news, and farm matters. Townshend also sometimes referenced Margaret’s sister and her husband, Miriam and Thomas Easterly, who were living in St. Louis and struggling financially during the time that Townshend was stationed there. During this period, he also corresponded frequently with his son James, particularly concerning James’ education and thoughts on church and religion. Three letters from his younger children, Arthur Bailey and Mary, also survived. In one letter, dated April 17, 1865, 10-year old Arthur reacts to the death of Lincoln and the attempted assassination of William H. Seward. Family correspondence trails off considerably after the war, although in the mid 1880s Townshend and James exchange a series of letters concerning James’ declining health from tuberculosis.

Margaret Wing’s correspondence with her mother, Alice (Townshend) Wing is included in the Townshend family correspondence. Several dozen of Margaret’s letters were written in 1909 during a tour of Europe. She described sightseeing, visiting art museums, and traveling by rail. Many of the 20th century letters in this subseries are from Margaret’s friend from Vassar College, Elizabeth Schneider, a ghostwriter living in Boston. Schneider was particularly fond of sharing her opinions on books and plays. Other 20th-century letters are mainly to and from Townshend’s children and grandchildren and shed some light on their relationships, travels, and careers.

Box   1  
 19 July 1827-5 December 1864 (44 folders)
Box   2  
 7 December 1864-16 July 1873 (32 folders)
Box   3  
 28 July 1873-11 December 1886 (43 folders)
Box   4  
 13 December 1886-30 July 1896 (29 folders)
Box   5  
 18 February 1897-27 June 1934 (29 folders)
Box   6  
 8 August 1934-1978 (17 folders)
Undated, c.  1840s-1950s (9 folders)
Dodge Family Correspondence [subseries]

Scope note: The Dodge Family subseries contains correspondence to and from the members of the Dodge family and ranges from 1838-1989 with the bulk of materials from the early 20th century. The earliest letters were written among the children of Thomas Dodge, a farmer in Massena, New York. Many were penned by Thomas Dodge, Jr., who moved to Indiana and described some difficulties of living on the frontier, such as finding a teacher for the schoolhouse and making ends meet. Later letters shed light on the courtship of Isabella Donaghue, who married Orange Dodge, and on the inter-faith marriage between Fletcher Dodge and his wife, Ray Cohen. Fletcher Dodge’s letters in particular are frank and very interesting, describing ideas about work, monogamy, his family, fraternities, and many other topics.

 20 June 1836-26 April 1881 (15 folders)
Box   7  
 18 December 1881-13 February 1913 (43 folders)
Box   8  
 23 February 1913-14 November 1946 (40 folders)
Box   9  
 15 November 1946-13 October 1989 (40 folders)
Undated, c.  1840s-1910s (6 folders)
Box   10  
Undated, c.  1910s-1970s (6 folders)
Joel Townshend Papers,  1811-c. 1945 [series]

Scope note: The Joel Townshend (father of Norton Townshend) series is relatively small, extending less than half a linear foot. It contains Townshend’s writings (mainly on religious topics), some biographical information compiled by family members, and Townshend’s legal and financial papers, which record the material existence of the family, both in Clay Coton, Northamptonshire, and Avon, Ohio. Of particular note among his legal papers is an 1811 document, "Request by the Poor Inhabitants of Clay Coton," apparently penned by Joel and concerning the use of commons by the poor.

Writings [subseries] (3 folders)
Biographical information [subseries]
"Joel Townshend Biography" by H. Percy Boynton
Book List
Legal papers,  1811-1858 [subseries] (3 folders)   

1810 land indenture located in oversize

Financial papers [subseries]
[n.d.] (1 folder)
Receipt book,  1814-1830
Receipt book,  1818-1829
Ledger,  1831-1857
Norton Strange Townshend Papers [series]
Diaries and Notebooks, c.  1825-1880 [subseries]

Scope note: The diaries and notebooks series is comprised 24 items, spanning 1825 to the 1880s. Townshend’s two school notebooks document his education at Bitteswell School in England, and are interesting in light of his strong emphasis on practical education later in life. They are also the only manuscript items in the collection representing Townshend’s childhood. The bulk of the subseries consists of Townshend’s diaries, which for the most part contain fairly short, terse entries describing his work, weather, and travel. The exception is his 1848-1853 "Memoranda Book," which is made up of long and fascinating entries on such topics as skepticism of Spiritualists, the funeral of Henry Clay, meeting and befriending the poet Grace Greeenwood, and other subjects. The diaries Townshend kept during the Civil War sometimes mention Thomas and Miriam Easterly, whom Townshend visited while stationed in St. Louis. Townshend also kept notebooks based on topics, and these are placed at the end of the series, and concern lessons that Townshend taught as a Sunday School teacher and thoughts on agricultural and veterinary topics.

Box   10  
School notebook,  1825
School notebook,  1828
Box   11  
"Memoranda Book",  1848-1853
Diary,  1849
Diary,  1857
Diary,  1858
Diary,  1859
Diary,  1860
Diary,  1861
Diary,  1862
Diary,  1863
Diary,  1864
Diary,  1865
Diary,  1866
Diary,  1867
Box   12  
Diary,  1868
Diary,  1869
Diary,  1870
Diary,  1871
Diary,  1875
Antislavery and temperance notebook,  1840
Sketches of Bible class lessons,  1867-1868
Composition book, [n.d.], c.  1870s-1880s
Agricultural and veterinary notes,  1879
Manuscript Writings and Lectures [subseries]

Scope note: Townshend’s writings are divided into manuscripts and printed materials. The manuscripts, some of which are fragmentary, are arranged by topic, as many of them lack titles. Townshend had a tendency to write using bullet points, and to rework topics a number of times; the manuscripts, which span roughly1840 to 1890 reflect this. Townshend’s early writings, from the 1840s and 1850s focus especially on the topics of antislavery and temperance, and some appear to be outlines of lectures given throughout northern Ohio. After the Civil War, his focus shifts to agricultural and veterinary matters, as well as to religion and religious education, which he views with the eye of a devout, but skeptical, reformer. He also writes on a number of sociological topics, such as the role of women in society and strategies for improving the life of the farmer.

Abolition (7 folders)
Box   13  
African Americans
Agricultural Societies
General (3 folders)
Ohio State Board of Agriculture (3 folders)
Agriculture (31 folders)
Box   14  
Agriculture, cont’d (6 folders)
Archaeology (2 folders)
Autobiographical (6 folders)
Chase, Salmon P. (3 folders)
Cremieux, Adolphe
Griffing, Charles S.S.
Kirtland, Jared P.
Westwater, James
Botany (6 folders)
Civil War
Education (3 folders)
Box   15  
Education, cont’d (5 folders)
Farmers and Farm Life
General (10 folders)
Farm as an Education (3 folders)
Farmer’s Library
Lights and Shades of Farm Life
Farmers’ Needs
History (2 folders)
Liberty Party (2 folders)
Medicine (6 folders)
Box   16  
Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College/Ohio State University (9 folders)
Ohio Asylum for the Education of Idiotic and Imbecile Youth (3 folders)
Oration/Public Speaking (2 folders)
Philosophy (4 folders)
Politics (5 folders)
Religion (14 folders)
Box   17  
Republican Party (2 folders)
Science (5 folders)
Temperance (3 folders)
Veterinary Science (14 folders)
Miscellaneous (8 folders)
Published Writings,  1847-1888 [subseries]

Scope note: Townshend’s published writings are arranged alphabetically by title or first line and include several printed speeches he gave as a Congressman; a number of articles on agriculture and veterinary science, written for newspapers in the 1880s and several articles for the journal Farm and Fireside. Also of note is his 1847 article, "Committee on Swine," which criticizes racism through an extended livestock metaphor, and "Ohio Constitutional Convention, Remarks of Mr. Townshend," which also addresses and criticizes racial inequality.

"A Talk about Fungi" ( 1877)
"Address of the Lorain County Liberty Convention" ( 1841)
"Agricultural Meeting" [n.d.]
"Agricultural Meeting at Lansing" ( 1881)
"Agriculture, as an Art and as a Science" ( 1872)
Box   18  
"Agriculture of Lorain County" ( 1867)
"An Experiment in Pig Feeding" ( 1887)
"Beef and Pork Production" ( 1883)
"Canadian Reciprocity" ( 1853)
"Columbus Horticultural Society Address" ( 1886)
"Committee on Swine" ( 1847)
"Dairying" ( 1883)
"Diseases of Sheep" ( 1873)
"Drainage for Health and for Profit" ( 1883)
"First Lessons in Veterinary Surgery" ( 1883)
"Grain Growing" ( 1883)
"Hog Cholera" ( 1883)
"Influence of Through Draining on Climate" ( 1886)
"Mr. President and Gentlemen of the State Board…" [n.d.]
"Ohio Constitutional Convention. Remarks of Mr. Townshend" ( 1851)
"Ohio State University" ( 1887)
"Reading for the People--Book Clubs" [n.d.] (4 folders of duplicates)
"Reply to Communication of Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, Publishers of the Farm and Fireside" (7 folders of duplicates)
Box   19  
"Salmon P. Chase"  1887 (4 folders of duplicates)
"Science and Agriculture" ( 1872)
"The ABC of Veterinary Science" ( 1883)
"The Coming Fence" ( 1883)
"The Farm as an Educator" [n.d.]
"The Farmer’s Food and Drink" ( 1883)
"The Farmer’s Home" ( 1883)
"The Farmer’s Library" ( 1883)
"The Farmer’s Mission" ( 1854)
"The Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College versus the Ohio State Grange" ( 1877)
"The Present Position of the Democratic Party" ( 1852)
The Secrets of Progressive Agriculture,  1888, a Farm and Fireside compilation which includes the following essays by Townshend: "Progress of Agriculture in Ohio," "Ohio Soils and Climate," "Farm Products of Ohio," "Farming as an Occupation," "Farm Labor," "Experiments--What They Have Proved," "The Farmer’s Helps and Hindrances," "Education on the Farm," "Stock Feeding," "Veterinary Science--Its History and Value," "Disease," "Principles of Treatment," "Horses and Their Diseases," "Cattle and Their Diseases," "Some Diseases of Sheep," "Some Diseases of Swine," "Stock Breeding," "Poultry and Their Diseases", "Legislation in Regard to Contagious Diseases"
"The Social Life of Farmers" ( 1883)
"The Time for Cutting Wheat" [n.d.]
"The Union of the Democracy--The Resolutions of ‘98" ( 1852)
"To Prevent Misunderstanding or Misrepresentation…" ( 1848)
"Wheat" ( 1879)
"When to Cut Wheat" ( 1878)
"Who Are Successful Farmers?" ( 1875)
"Wool and Mutton" ( 1883)
Biographical Information and Articles,  1850s-1994 [subseries]

Scope note: This subseries consists of clippings and articles, both contemporary and posthumous, containing biographical information on Norton Strange Townshend. Materials are arranged chronologically and shed light on the basic facts of Townshend’s life, as well as on his involvement in education, the suffrage movement in Ohio, and other reform pursuits. Of particular interest to researchers are the sketches written by family members (including Margaret Bailey Townshend, Harriet N. Townshend, and H. Percy Boynton), which reveal Townshend more intimately through recollections and impressions. Also of note are five folders of newspaper obituaries located at the end of the subseries.

"The Convention and Its Men" ( 1850)
Box   20  
Clippings, c.  1850s-1870s
Clippings, c.  1870s-1880s (2 folders)
Clippings, c.  1880s (2 folders)
Clippings, c.  1890s (2 folders)
"Sketch of Professor N.S. Townshend" (3 folders of duplicates)
"Life of Dr. N.S. Townshend" ( 1894)
"Norton S. Townshend" by Margaret Bailey Townshend, Townshend’s wife ( 1898)
"A Brief History" ( 1899)
"Judge Stevens’ Address" ( 1906)
"Norton Strange Townshend" by Harriet Norton Townshend, Townshend’s daughter ( 1907)
"Commencement at Ohio State University" ( 1909)
"Little Stories of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Ohio" ( 1918)
"The First Faculty" by Thomas Mendenhall ( 1920)
"A Famous Immigrant" by Sylvia Boynton ( 1931)
"In Recording the English Boyhood…" by H. Percy Boynton, Townshend’s grandson ( 1940)
"To Fulfill a Wish Often Expressed" by H. Percy Boynton ( 1940)
"A Doctor of the Old School" by George C. Jameson ( 1942)
"History of Oberlin College (excerpt)" by Robert Samuel Fletcher( 1943)
"An Early American Crusader" by John F. Cunningham ( 1944)
"Norton Strange Townshend--Physician, Legislator, ‘Father of American Agricultural Education’" by Linden F. Edwards ( 1948)
"Notes on the Medical Background and Experiences of Dr. Norton Strange Townshend" by H. Percy Boynton ( 1948)
"Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame" ( 1968)
"OSU’s ‘Little House’" ( 1969)
Box   21  
"Centennial Edition" ( 1970)
"Townshend Haunts Campus" ( 1975)
"U-Hall Rededication" ( 1975)
"A Union Army Medical Inspector: Norton Townshend" by Robert McCormick ( 1994)
"Norton S. Townshend: A Reformer for All Seasons" by Frederick J. Blue and Robert McCormick ( 1994)
"Ohio A&M: Norton Townshend’s Last Crusade" ( 1994)
"Garments from Dr. Norton Strange Townshend’s Early Life" ( 2005)
Obituaries (5 folders)
Topical Files, c.  1840-1900 [subseries]

Scope note: The topical files are comprised of materials collected on a variety of subjects by Norton Strange Townshend. Topics are arranged alphabetically. Especially voluminous are his files on the Civil War, which include inspection forms of prisons filled out by Townshend, circular letters to medical inspectors and surgeons, instructions and orders, and official correspondence. Also of interest are the "Fliers for Lectures," which document some of the venues and topics of Townshend’s many public speeches, and his files on "Abolition," "Liberty Party," and "Republican Party," which contain printed matter relating to these topics, revealing to some extent the day-to-day functioning of local antislavery organizations. Townshend’s file on the "Ohio State Asylum for the Education of Idiotic and Imbecile Youth" contains information on the institution’s founding, an application for admission, ephemera, and a set of meeting minutes for a policy meeting in which Townshend participated. Files on Ohio Agricultural & Mechanical College/Ohio State University and Ohio State Agricultural Experiment Station document the early history, policies, and actions of these institutions.

Abolition,  1840s-1850s
Advertisements, includes advertisement for Thomas Easterly’s studio,  1850s-1890s (2 folders)
Agriculture, c.  1860s-1880s (4 folders)
Centennial Board of Finance,  1876
Chase, Salmon P. (includes Chase’s 1847 lecture, "Emancipation in the British West Indies")
Civil War,  1863-1866
Circular letters (13 folders)
Box   22  
Official correspondence (7 folders)
Orders and instructions (6 folders)
Reports (3 folders)
Miscellaneous (includes partially printed card, permitting Norton Townshend to remain in St. Louis, Missouri, February 1864) (2 folders)
Columbus Horticultural Society
General, c.  1820-1868
Course Admission Tickets,  1839-1840 (2 folders)
Freedmen’s Aid Commissions, c.  1865-1870
Kirtland, Jared and Kirtland Society,  1845,  1877 (2 folders)
Lecture Fliers
 1886-1888, [n.d.]
Medicine,  1863-1865
Oberlin College,  1850
Ohio Agricultural College,  1854-1855 (2 folders)
Box   23  
Ohio Agricultural College, cont’d (1 folder)
Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station,  1880-1882
Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College/Ohio State University,  1877-1883 (3 folders)
Ohio State Asylum for the Education of Idiotic and Imbecile Youth,  1857-c. 1860s (2 folders)
Poetry, [n.d.]
General, c.  1840-1851 (2 folders)
Bills,  1862
State Archaeological Association of Ohio,  1875-1885 (3 folders)
Student Writings, c.  1880s (4 folders)
Temperance, [n.d.]
Townshend Hall,  1890s (5 folders)
Miscellany, c.  1850s-1880s
Clippings, 1840s-1890s [subseries]

Scope note: This subseries is comprised of newspaper clippings saved by Townshend, both in scrapbooks and loose. The bound clippings are from an earlier period and focus especially on politics, while the loose clippings are mostly concerned with agricultural topics. Some are the lectures of Townshend’s friends and colleagues printed in newspapers.

Box   24  
Newspaper scrapbook,  1844
Newspaper scrapbook,  1840s-1880s
Loose clippings (6 folders)
Box   25  
Loose clippings, cont’d (7 folders)
Legal papers and calling cards,  1840-1884 [subseries]
Calling and business cards (3 folders)
Certificates, (3 folders)    [Note: American Bible Society certificates and diplomas located in Oversize.]
Land Indentures
 1863-1871    [Note: 1857 land indenture located in Oversize]
Petitions,  1849-1869
Will,  1884
Miscellaneous    [Note: includes Townshend's 1840 passport]
Financial papers [subseries]
Account book,  1840s
Box   26  
Ledger,  1850s
Financial records
Margaret Bailey Townshend Papers [series]
Diaries [subseries]

Scope note: Margaret Bailey Townshend’s diaries contain fairly long entries describing daily events. Her 1888-1889 diary records her reactions to the death of her stepson, James, and her sister, Miriam.

[n.d.], mostly blank
Autobiographical writings [subseries]

Scope note: The most significant item in this small subseries is a 30-page autobiographical sketch entitled "Genealogy," in which Margaret describes being orphaned at 12, securing an education despite many obstacles, her teaching career, the marriage proposals that she rejected, and meeting Norton Strange Townshend.

 1894-1908 (1 folders)
Education and teaching career [subseries]

Scope note: This subseries is comprised of a few fliers, arranged by date, for schools at which Margaret taught, including the Monticello Female Seminary.

Obituaries [subseries]
Clippings [subseries]
Legal papers,  1845-1906 [subseries]

Certicates are located in Oversize

Box   27  
Financial papers [subseries]
Bound items,  1894-1912 (5 folders)
Records and financial correspondence,  22 July 1890-1 June 1905 (21 folders)
Box   28  
Records and financial correspondence,  2 June 1905-13 June 1912 (18 folders)
Other Townshend Family Members Papers [series]
Writings,  1833-1958 [subseries]
James B. Wood (father of Harriet Wood Townshend) [subseries]
"My Own Life,"  1833
"My Own Life" typescript, bound with "Townshends and Woods in Avon" by H. Percy Boynton
Harriet Wood Townshend [subseries]
"Reflections on the Immortality of the Soul" [n.d.]
James H. Townshend [subseries]
"High and Low Milllings in the Manufacture of Flour," c.  1875
Mary Townshend Boynton [subseries]
"Architecture: "Saxon, Norman and Early English,"  1893
"At John Lateran" [n.d.]
"Books Which Have Wrought Reforms" [n.d.]
"Critical Period of American History, The" [n.d.]
"Crusades from a Saracen Standpoint, The"  1890
"English Lake School, The" [n.d.]
"Excursions of an Evolutionist by John Fiske" [n.d.]
"Gossip about the Royal Family" [n.d.]
"Goths and the Moorish Conquest, The"  1898
"'In Memoriam' is a poem both…" [n.d.]
"Italian Painting from  1400 to 1650" [n.d.]
"Last Days of Pheidias" [n.d.]
"Rise and Growth of Italian Republics,"  1886
Box   29  
"Studies from The Prologue" [n.d.]
"Study of Childhood, A" [n.d.]
"Versailles" [n.d.]
Harriet N. Townshend [subseries] (1 folder)
Charles M. Wing, husband of Alice Townshend Wing diary,  1876 [subseries]
Margaret Wing Dodge [subseries]
Bound items,  1902-1967 (2 folders)
Loose items,  1897-1923
Loose items,  1927-1958
Box   30  
Biographical Information,  1854-1950 [subseries]

Scope note: This subseries contains biographical information, almost entirely clippings, concerning various members of the Townshend family. The subseries is arranged by person, from earliest to latest born, and includes obituaries and articles on members of the Townshend family. Harriet N. Townshend, who was the last member of the first class of Ohio State University, receives particular attention.

Rebecca (Norton) Townshend, mother of Norton Strange Townshend
Lucius B. Wing, father-in-law of Alice Townshend Wing
Harriet Wood Townshend, first wife of Norton Townshend
Mary Townsend Boynton, daughter of Norton and Harriet Townshend
Arthur B. Townshend, son of Norton and Margaret Townshend
Harriet N. Townshend, daughter of Norton and Margaret Townshend (3 folders)
Charles M. Wing, husband of Alice Townshend Wing
Alice Townshend Wing, daughter of Norton and Margaret Townshend (2 folders)
Shirley Wing, son of Alice Townshend Wing
Legal papers [subseries]
Financial papers,  1900-1921 [subseries]
Records (9 folders)
Miscellaneous [subseries]
[n.d.] (2 folders)
Dodge Family Papers [series]
Box   31  
Writings,  1839-1957 [subseries]

Scope note: These writings, both published and unpublished, are on a variety of topics: religious, personal, and professional. They are arranged by author in order of earliest to latest birth date. Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, the famous dress reformer and publisher ofSybil, was a family friend of the Dodges, and a poem she gave to them is included.

Levi R. Dodge [subseries]
Religious testimony,  1839
Lydia Hasbrouck, friend of Orange W. Dodge [subseries]
"The First Eclogue,"  1885
(Florence) Isabella Donaghue Dodge [subseries]
School notebook,  c. 1870
"Reading,"  c. 1870
"Prayer Rock" [n.d.]
"The Advantage of Good Thoughts" [n.d.]
"The Mountains Were Brought Near Us…" [n.d.]
"The Mountains Were Brought Near Us…", typescript
"My Visit to Iowa" [n.d.]
"My Visit to Iowa", typescript
"In the Early Days…" [n.d.]
Homer L. Dodge [subseries]
"Challenges of the Atomic Age" ( 1945)
"Running the Big Sault in an Open Canoe" ( 1957)
Biographical information [subseries]

Scope note: This subseries contains biographical information on the Dodges, including related lines, such as the Donaghues and the Bakers. The items range from the late 19th to mid-20th century.

Obituaries (5 folders)
Clippings (3 folders)
Calling cards and Legal papers
Calling and business cards (1 folder)
Dodge legal papers [subseries]

Scope note: The Dodge legal papers subseries is organized chronologically and contains land indentures and agreements, mainly between the members of the Dodge family.

 8 May 1839-26 February 1841
 28 September 1841-4 May 1845
 3 September 1846-22 March 1862
 2 July 1889-13 November 1901
 5 May 1923-6 August 1935
 31 December 1936-15 November 1937
Box   32  
Drawer   : Oversize Manuscripts  
Certificates [subseries]   

Certificates located in Oversize

Box   32  
Dodge financial papers [subseries]

Scope note: The Dodge financial papers are separated into correspondence (which mainly concerns the estate of F. Isabella Donaghue Dodge), and records, which date back considerably further and document the sales of a store run by Thomas Dodge in Massena, NY during the mid-19th century, as well as the financial transactions of later Dodge family members.

Correspondence [subseries]
 24 September 1934-17 December 1936
 7 January 1937-20 March 1937
24 March-3 May 1937
24 May-25 October 1937
28 October-13 December 1937
 20 December 1937-21 February 1938
8 March-12 April 1938
29 April-14 December 1938
 19 December 1938-11 January 1939
19 January-28 November 1939
Records [subseries]
Box   33  
Clippings [subseries] (2 folders)
Topical Files,  c. 1890s-1970s [subseries]

Scope note: This subseries contains various items collected by the Dodges, mainly during the 20th century. The topical files on the Alpha Club and the Mary D. Bean Library show Isabella Donaghue Dodge’s civic and intellectual engagement with the community. The files also reflect the Dodges’ interest in travel, canoeing, and the outdoors.

Advertisements (2 folders)
Alpha Club (4 folders)
Appalachian Trail (2 folders)
Cosmos Club
Holiday cards (3 folders)
Lane Artists Series
Mary D. Bean Library (2 folders)
Ogdensburg Free Academy (2 folders)
Physics (2 folders)
Potsdam Normal School
Railroad poster
Retirement guides
St. Lawrence University
Vacations & travel ephemera (4 folders)
Box   34  
Vacations & travel ephemera (4 folders)
Vassar College
Vermont (4 folders)
Periodicals [subseries]
American Canals (Febrary  1982; May  1982)
American White Water (Spring  1959)
Box   35  
Appalachia (June  1968)
Canadian Magazine, The (March  1899)
Canoe (March  1982)
Consumers’ Research Bulletin (July  1944; May  1945; July  1945)
Down River (December  1975)
Journal of Engineering Education, The (April  1955)
Living Wilderness (July  1940; Summer 1953) Winter-Spring  1958)
Genealogical Research [series]
Genealogical correspondence [subseries]

Scope note: Much of the family history of the Townshend and Dodge families was pieced together through letters written among family members. Some of the correspondence pertains to a possible link between the Townshends and the Townshends of Raynham Hall.

 25 April 1899-7 July 1929
 17 January 1932-4 October 1934
 5 October 1934-27 January 1937
 16 August 1940-1 November 1945
 5 November 1945-28 May 1947
 3 July 1947-11 February 1948
4-31 March 1948
31 March-16 April 1948
4 August-7 September 1948
7-8 September 1948
 10 September 1948-3 January 1949
 7 January 1949-8 March 1950
 9 November 1951-4 May 1956
 4 May 1956-30 January 1960
 24 March 1960-2 February 1966
 8 March 1967-2 March 1969
 2 March-25 December 1969
 2 February-3 October 1970
 25 January 1971-3 December 1973
 27 December 1973-23 October 1976
 12 June-25 September 1980
 12 October 1980-14 October 1983
 28 November 1983-27 May 1985
 29 June 1985-24 September 1990
 8 May 1991-13 September 1995
Genealogical Information [subseries]

Scope note: The genealogical information subseries is arranged primarily by family. It contains family trees, essays, and materials collected about each family’s history, including commercially produced family histories for some of the lines. The Bailey line files contain the family history of Norton Townshend’s second wife, Margaret Bailey. Information on the Wing line relates to ancestors of Charles Wing, husband of Townshend’s daughter, Alice. The Wood line is comprised of information on the family of Townshend’s first wife, Harriet. The general genealogy information file is comprised of tips on genealogical research and tools useful to the genealogist, collected by the avid genealogists of the Townshend and Dodge families. Research by Alice Dodge Wallace, great-granddaughter of Norton Townshend, includes a number of note-cards with information on her ancestors and family members. Research by Wallace’s research consultant, Dr. M. Susan Barger is contained in a 450-page document which illuminates in great detail the many lines of the Townshend, Dodge, Wing, Hyde, and related families.

Townshend line (2 folders)
Box   36  
Townshend line (4 folders)
Bailey line (2 folders)
Easterly line
Wing line (4 folders)
Wood line (3 folders)
Dodge line (8 folders)
Box   37  
Dodge line, (8 folders)   

Dodge genealogy book is located in Oversize

Hyde line (5 folders)
Donaghue line
General genealogy information (3 folders)
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) materials   

DAR and SAR certificates are located in Oversize

Research by Alice Dodge Wallace (5 folders)
Box   38  
Research by Dr. M. Susan Barger (4 folders)
Collection-related materials [series]
General (3 folders)
Box   39  
General (4 folders)
Articles (7 folders)
Books [series]   

Most books have been transferred to the Clements Library's Book Division and are housed there. Search for "M-3437" in the University of Michigan library catalog to locate them.

Box   : Book Division  
Sermons on Various Subjects by the Late Rev. Thomas Strange, Kilsby, Northamptonshire, with Some Memoirs of His Life. J.W. Morris: Dunstable, 1807.
Townsend, Malcolm. The Townsend's. New York: Mooney & Co. Press, 1895.
Bensusan, S.L. Holbein; Illustrated with Eight Reproductions in Colour. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, [1909?].
McCormick, Robert W. Norton S. Townshend, M.D. Antislavery Politician and Agricultural Educator. Self-published: Worthington, Ohio, 1988.
Box   40  
Townshend Family Bible (with notes on births, deaths and marriages)
Box   41  
Clippings, notes and ephemera removed from books (2 folders)
Miscellaneous [series]
Envelopes (3 folders)
Blank letterhead (2 folders)
Other (3 folders)
Transcript book, with Percy Boynton’s transcriptions of Harriet Wood Townshend’s letters to her sister, Sara Wood Keffer
Visual materials [series]   

The following items are housed in the Graphics Division: The "Cahill Collection," Easterly's Niagara Views, and two c. 1810 "Cries of London" prints (gingerbread seller, woven mat seller).

The following 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).

"Cahill Collection" [subseries]

Scope note: These daguerreotypes and ambrotypes were accessioned as a set and are thought to have been the collection of (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill and the Cahill family. Melinda was the sister of Margaret Bailey Townshend. The family had as their portraitist Melinda’s brother-in-law, Thomas Easterly, but only the daguerreotypes bearing the characteristic "Easterly, Artist" mats, or Easterly's handwriting on the verso, can be attributed to Easterly with absolute certainty. However, a number of the daguerreotypes of unclear provenance bear the characteristics of Easterly’s work.


The Cahill collection and the Niagara views are housed in the Graphics Division.

Box   42  
#1 Mary Bailey, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1852 [EA-13]
#2 Mary Bailey, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas M. Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1852 [EA-14]
#3 Mary Bailey, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas M. Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1852 [EA-15]
#4 Mary Bailey, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Henry Long and Enoch Long (daguerreotypists),  c. 1848-49 [EA-16]
Box   43  
#5 William F. Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas M. Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1855 [EA-22]
#6 William F. Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, J.J. Outley
(daguerreotypist),  c. 1852 [EA-24]
#7 [Florence?] Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1862 [EA-30]
#8 [Florence?] Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist, c. 1862 [EA-31]
#9 [Florence?] Cahill, sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype, unknown photographer,  c. 1862 [EA-33]
#10 [Florence?] Cahill, sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype, unknown photographer,  c. 1862[EA-34]
#11 [Paul?] Cahill, ninth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1862 [EA-32]
Box   44  
#12 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1850 [EA-3]
#13 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, perhaps Henry & Enoch Long (daguerreotypists), due to similarity in setting to #4,  c. 1848-1849 [EA-17]
#14 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1848-49 [EA-18]
#15 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, probably Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist), due to similarities in dress and pose to #12,  c. 1850 [EA-19]
#16 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill and infant, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1856 [EA-21]
#17 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype in gutta-percha frame, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1865 [EA-25]
#18 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1865 [EA-26]
#19 (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1865 [EA-27]
Box   45  
#20 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, sixth-plate daguerreotype, possibly Henry and Enoch Long, due to similarity of paper covering on back of frame to #4,  c. 1848-1849 [EA-4]
#21 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, sixth-plate daguerreotype with applied color, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist), August  1849. Behind daguerreotype is written, "Equal’d by few." Written on each of four edges of seal on backside of daguerreotype is: "T.M. Easterly" / "Daguerrean" / "St. Louis, MO" / " August 1849" [EA-5]
#22 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1849. Inside case, behind daguerreotype is a "T. M. Easterly Daguerrean Artist" printed newspaper advertisement [EA-6]
#23 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly (possibly in wedding attire), sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1850 [EA-7]
#24 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1854 [EA-8]
#25 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly with sewing basket, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly,  c. 1860 [EA-9]
#26 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly,  c. 1865 [EA-10]
#27 (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1852 [EA-20]
Box   46  
#28 Margaret Ann Bailey Townshend, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1850 [EA-11]
#28 Norton Strange Townshend, sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype, unknown photographer,  c. 1861 [EA-12]
#29 Norton Strange Townshend, quarter-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1865 [no EA number]
#30 Case containing portraits of (clockwise from top left): (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, Thomas Easterly, (Sarah) Melinda Bailey Cahill, and Mary Bailey, daguerreotypes, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1850 [EA-1]
#31 Case containing portraits of Thomas Easterly and (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, daguerreotypes, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1850 [EA-2]
Box   47  
#32 Unidentified man (possibly William Frank Cahill), quarter-plate tintype in gutta-percha frame, unknown photographer,  c. 1865 [EA-23]
#33 Unidentified young woman in Easterly’s studio chair, sixth-plate daguerreotype, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1865 [EA-28]
#34 Unidentified young man, sixth-plate daguerreotype, unknown daguerreotypist,  c. 1850 [EA-29]
#35 Unidentified little girl, sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype, unknown photographer [EA-35]
#36 Unidentified little girl, sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype, unknown photographer [EA-36]
Box   48  
Four views of Niagara (clockwise from left: "Rapids Above Niagara Falls," "Niagara," "Niagara," and "Table Rocks") in one frame, Thomas Easterly (daguerreotypist),  c. 1853
Photographs [subseries]
Box   49  
Family album, c. 1875 May have belonged to Sarah Melinda Cahill, Margaret Townshend’s sister
Box   50  
Wing albums
 c. 1908
Box   51  
Box   52  
 c. 1917
Box   53  
Margaret Bailey Townshend album, c.  1890
Donaghue Family album, c.  1900
Unbound paper photographs
Bailey, Mary
Cahill, Miriam
Cahill, Sarah Melinda (Bailey)
Dodge, Homer L.
Dodge, Isabella (Donaghue)
Dodge, Margaret (Wing)
Dodge, Homer and Margaret
Other Dodges
Dodge Groups
Box   54  
Drummond, Grace (Greenleaf)
Easterly, Thomas
Faxon, Belle
Greenleaf, Florence Cahill
Thanbyah, Moung
Townshend, Bailey
Townshend, Harriet Norton (5 folders)
Townshend, James
Townshend, James children
Townshend, Margaret Bailey
Townshend, Norton (3 folders)
Townshend Groups (6 folders)
Wallace, Alice Dodge
Wiggins, "Blind Tom"
Wing, Alice Townshend (3 folders)
Wing, Charles M. (3 folders)   

One photograph is located in Oversize.

Wing, Lucius Bliss
Wing, Mary Mayhew (2 folders)
Wing, Shirley
Townshend animals
Family graves
Homes (3 folders)   

Two photographs of unidentified Dodge homes are located in Oversize

Unidentified (5 folders)
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
Other visual materials
Miscellaneous (8 folders)
Box   55  
Boxed daguerreotypes and photographs
#1 Norton Strange Townshend, daguerreotype, c. 1843 (case made by Matthew Brady)
#2 James Houghton Townshend, daguerreotype, c. 1850
#3 Norton Strange Townshend, ambrotype, c. 1861
#4 Glass plate and metal frame (no image)
#5 Florence Cahill Greenleaf, framed albumen print, c. 1875
#6 Alice Townshend Wing as a baby, ambrotype, c. 1860
#7 Charles Mayhew Wing, ambrotype, c. 1863
#8 Charles Mayhew Wing, tintype, c.  1865
#9 Charles Mayhew Wing, ambrotype, c.  1859
#10 Norton Strange Townshend and Harriet Wood Townshend, daguerreotypes, c. 1850
#11 Three unidentified young boys, daguerreotype, c. 1850s
#12 Children of Norton S. Townshend and Margaret Bailey Townshend, tintype, c. 1863
#13 James Houghton Townshend as a boy, ambrotype, c. 1860 (includes two small tintypes)
#14 Margaret Bailey Townshend, ambrotype, c. 1860
#15 Unidentified young boy, tintype, c. 1860
#16 Unidentified young man, ambrotype, 1858
#17 Lock of Arthur Smith Townshend’s hair,  c. 1849
#18 Lock of Mary Florence Cahill Greenleaf’s hair, c. 1860s
#19 Unidentified soldier (possibly a Wing relative), cased tintype, c. 1855-1865
#20 Unidentified man in uniform, ruby-glass ambrotype, c. 1850s-1860s
#21 Unidentified middle-aged woman, ambrotype, c. 1856-1860
#22 Unidentified man and woman, tintype, c. 1865
#23 Unidentified man in uniform, tintype, c. 1860
#24 Unidentified man, cased tintype,  c. 1865-1870
#25 Unidentified man and woman, cased tintype, c.  1870
#26 Framed carte de visite of Harriet Norton Townshend,  c. 1864
Realia [series]   

Two late 19th century wooden boxes have been transferred to the Graphics Division.

Box   55  
Ohio State Fair and other agricultural ribbons, c. 1850s-1880s
Box   56  
Wooden blocks,  c. 1860
Wax profile of Joseph Lancaster,  c. 1840
Geological items (quartz pebble, Herkimer "diamonds," shark tooth) in birdseye maple box.   

Box and Herkimer diamonds believed to be owned by Thomas Easterly.

Marbles,  c. 1870
Small framed portrait of George Townshend, c. 1900
Buttons and epaulets from Norton Townshend’s Civil War uniform, 1863
Slate and stylus, c. 1865
Yellow lustreware mug,  c. 1810
Norton Townshend’s childhood cup, c. 1820
China bowl
Box   57  
Geometric wooden blocks and teaching aids (belonged to Margaret Bailey Townshend), c.  1850
Engraved calling card plates
Inkwell (belonged to Norton Townshend)
Magnifier (belonged to Norton Townshend)
Loupe (belonged to Norton Townshend)
Blue transferware vase, c. 1830s-1850s
Glass vial for medicine
Vassar ring (belonged to Margaret Wing), c. 1908
Brooch, c. 1850s
Glass tube
Fan from Centennial Exhibition,  1876
Fold-out paper lantern,  c. 1910
Mother Goose puzzle,  1882
Mathematics teaching aids: color tablets, wooden sticks (belonged to Margaret Bailey Townshend), c. 1840s
Paper animal toys, c.  1860s
Potholder (belonged to Margaret Bailey Townshend), c. 1830
Ivory Stanhope viewer, c. 1870
Slate (belonged to Margaret Bailey Townshend), c. 1840
Box   58  
Locket with photograph of Margaret Bailey Townshend and lock of her hair, c. 1860
Wheat stalk collected by Norton Townshend
Brooch with unidentified hair,  c. 1870
Hair wreath (contains the hair of at least 16 members of the Townshend and Bailey families), c. 1870
Hair bracelets,  c. 1870
Hair watch fob,  c. 1870
Braided lock of hair
Ring (made of hair or other fiber)
Geological items (gems, crystals, fossils, shells) believed to have belonged to Norton Townshend and Thomas Easterly
Metal souvenir keychain and lock
Box   59  
Eyeglasses (belonged to Harriet N. Townshend),  c. 1900
Three pocketknives,  c. 1840s-1870s
Metal calling card case with angel (belonged to Margaret Bailey Townshend),  c. 1855
Pencils and pens (belonged to Norton S. Townshend)
Small ivory notebooks,  c. 1870s
Pipe (belonged to Norton S. Townshend)
Lacquered box (with "Bay of Tunis" figure)
Townshend china, brought from England,  c. 1800
Box   60  
Wooden school stool (made by Margaret Bailey Townshend),  c. 1842
Box   61  
Flour bag from James Townshend’s mill, c.  1870
Dodge Photographic Slides,  c. 1950s-1970s [series]
Box   62  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   63  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   64  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   65  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   66  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   67  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   68  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.
Box   69  
Photographic 35mm slides of travel and outdoor activities.