Legacy Library accepts new additions for Special Collections

When Marietta College’s Legacy Library opened in January 2009, Dr. Doug Anderson had many long-range goals for the new facility. One of those objectives was to add to an already impressive repertoire in Special Collections.


Anderson is pleased to announce his ambition is being fulfilled on a regular basis. Legacy Library recently acquired the following interesting and important additions for Special Collections.

Three Early Marietta Manuscript Documents: This includes a hardcover manuscript record book “of the Columbian Factory of Marietta,” ca. 1814. The manuscript is dated Sept. 29, 1845, with a letter from Andrew Ross to Dr. S. P. Hildreth; and Manuscript document. June Term AD 1793, Matthew Backus’ oath of office as an attorney in the Northwest Territory. Signed by Mathew Backus and R.J. Meigs. This is a gift from Ray Swick, Parkersburg, W.Va.


August Hille & Richard & Sally Hille Materials: Includes a Washington County, Ohio, arrest warrant dated 1794, copies of land contracts and deeds involving August Hille 1880-95, and miscellaneous other documents. This is a gift from Richard Hille and Sally Hille, Williamstown, W.Va.


A Collection of 19th Century Marietta Material: A contract for building a brig, 1803; three documents related to the steamboat Isabella, 1836-38; contract to build the steamboat Yalowbush, 1844; four documents related to ferries and bridges, 1805-24; 14 court docket books, 1801-42; various other documents.


Collection of letters related to Col. John Mills, 1851-56: There are 39 letters pertaining to the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad.


Deed for Land in Belmont County: Deeded to Ambrose Danford signed by James Monroe as President of the U.S. dated Feb. 10, 1819. This is a gift from Bob Barker, Parkersburg, W.Va.


Document: It records the sale of shares in the Muskingum Mining Company dated Feb. 24, 1820, and signed by John Greene, Levi Barber, and James Whitney. This is a gift from William Reynolds, Marietta, Ohio.


WWII Letters and Diary: A Collection of Letters from James B. Stowe while he was in officers’ training, and then serving in the army during World War II, dates range from 1942-46, and a typed transcript of a diary kept by a G.I. who served with James Stowe. This is a gift from Esther Gravenkemper Stowe, Marietta, Ohio.


Marietta College Memorabilia: Three cartons of material including publications and photographs, covering 1900-67. This is a gift from James P. Jones, Jr., Pennsboro, W.Va. 


Scrapbooks: These are related to Marietta College’s Esbenshade Series. This is a gift from James and Mabry O’Donnell, Marietta, Ohio.


Genealogical and Historical Publications: These relate to Doddridge, Harrison, and Tyler counties in West Virginia, and early 18th century Virginia. This is a gift from Mark Lehman, Cincinnati, Ohio. 


Lane’s Apple Wagon: A watercolor painting by C.L. Peterson. This is a gift from Richard M. and Sandra B. Neyman, Marietta, Ohio.


These resources, as well as many others, are available for research to students and faculty of Marietta College and to members of the community. For more information or to schedule an appointment for researching these materials, please contact: Linda Showalter, Special Collections Associate, Marietta College Library, (740) 376-4545, linda.showalter@marietta.edu.


The Marietta College Library encourages donations of historic materials related to events, individuals, and organizations of Marietta and Washington County, Ohio, and the surrounding area. For more information contact: Dr. Douglas Anderson, Director of the Library, Marietta College, (740) 376-4758, doug.anderson@marietta.edu.


Legacy Library is located on the campus of Marietta College, 215 Fifth St., Marietta, OH 45750. Special Collections hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and by appointment on Monday and Friday. Special Collections is closed on Saturday and Sunday.