J. Dorr Waterman Financial Records and Miscellaneous Correspondence
Scope and Contents
Another large portion of this collection is made up of correspondence and financial records of Waterman’s mother, Mary C. Simonds (1813-1868), and her second husband Darwin Simonds (1812-?). Much of the correspondence concerns a lawsuit the Simonds brought against a man named Kellogg. Most of the financial records are receipts for items Mary Simonds purchased both before and after her marriage to Darwin Simonds.
The items related to the Civil War include two letters written by a union soldier, a certificate for stock purchased in the Soldiers and Sailors Association, two mail-order copies of the Gettysburg Address, a small reproduction of a photograph of Abraham Lincoln, and a mail-order form for purchasing Lincoln-related material. The letters detail the uniform the soldier wore, the death of another soldier, and camp conditions. It is unclear if or how these items relate to Waterman or Simonds.
Advertisements and tax receipts for Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties make up the final part of this collection. The items date roughly from 1874 to 1903. The ads include material for Kalamazoo area hotels, the Lynch Bros. Dry Goods store of Kalamazoo, and H. Stern and Co. Clothiers of Kalamazoo. The tax receipt is for property owned in Van Buren County in 1874. There are also three letters written to residents of Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties, including Dr. Charles Maynard (1830-1910) of Paw Paw. It is not clear if or how these items relate to Waterman or Simonds.
- Majority of material found within 1857-1883
- Waterman, Joseph Dorr, 1835-1883 (Person)
From the Collection: 1 boxes
Language of Materials
Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US