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200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428

Collection Description

This one box collection holds a variety of items including: family correspondences from the Ryburn family to the Orendorffs, a collection of postcards, greeting cards, and holiday cards addressed to various members of the Boulware, Ryburn, Hollis and Orendorff family, newspaper clippings which feature various family members and their accomplishments, personal diaries, wedding invitations and programs, poetry, funeral announcements and programs, genealogical packets of the Orendorff family, hand drawn Christmas cards by Davis Merwin, discharges from the United States Army, military position appointments, ration stamp books used during WWII, an indenture contract, Miles Merwin Association booklets, paper dolls, Bloomington school grade reports, American History notebooks used by Ina Orendorff, photocopies of letters from Martin Van Buren, photocopies of letters from Washington Irving about Ichabod Crane’s model, letter signed by John F. Kennedy (possibly auto-pen) recognizing the service of Hardin Boulware, brochures which explain historical displays created by a Merwin family member, Orendorff scrapbooks and short historical overviews for the Orendorff, Ryburn, Hollis, and Boulware lineages. The collection dates itself from 1839 to 1975, but mostly contains correspondence in the form of postcards which are dated from 1880-1930.


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