Preliminary Guide to the Ernest Clyde Bower Papers, 1844-1930

Collection Overview

Primarily the diaries of Mr. Bower, which date from 1883 to 1930 and concern his personal and business affairs. Entries refer to various organizations Bower worked for, including: the Pacific Fire Insurance Company of New York; the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad in New York; the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Company in Cleveland; and the New York Central Railroad Company in Cleveland. Other entries concern life in Middlefield, Ohio, where Bower was born; Ohio Business University in Cleveland; and Bower's ties to the Masons, the Presbyterian Church, and the Sons of Union Veterans. A memorandum book (1844-1849), written by an unidentified student, contains a section describing life in Columbia Seminary, a Presbyterian school. Other materials include: address and daybooks, clippings, and photographs. One clipping quoting Bowers' aunt identifies her father as abolitionist who assisted runaway slaves; another is an obituary of Enoch E. Kile, who was perhaps related to Bowers. Also includes a Bible given in 1861 to Bower's uncle, who served in the Civil War.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
Ernest Clyde Bower papers
Bower, Ernest Clyde
1 Linear Feet, 63 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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[Identification of item], Ernest Clyde Bower Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Diaries, 1883-1913
Box 1
Diaries, 1914-1930
Box 2
Miscellaneous Volumes, 1844-
Box 2
Box 2
Box 2

Historical Note

Ernest Clyde Bower was a railroad employee in New York, N.Y. and Cleveland, Ohio.

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Processing Information

Processed by Allison Gluvna

Completed April 6, 1998

Encoded by Stephen Miller

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.