Description:

Papers and photographs from the West family home in Columbus, including dozens of photographs made by Oscar Zumwalt in Columbus between 1900 and 1920, most of which were sold as postcards in his pharmacy. The papers and negatives of the photographs, most of which were on glass, were removed from the attic of the home of Thurmond B. West. The collection was donated to the library by West in 1987.

Contents:

Correspondence:

  1. Annie to M. H. Townsend, 1882 (2-16)
  2. Will to Annie Burford, 1882 (2-17)
  3. M. H. Townsend to Annie, 1882 (2-18)
  4. M. H. Townsend to Annie Burford, 1883 (2-19)
  5. T. B. West to Oscar West, 1912, 1913 (1-21)
  6. Letters from Oscar A. Zumwalt (1-13)
  7. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1920 (1-14)
  8. T. B. West to Erma West, 1913 (1-15)
  9. T. B. West to Erma West, 1913-1915 (1-16)
  10. T. B. West to Erma West, 1914 (1-17)
  11. T. B. West to Erma West, 1915 (1-18)
  12. T. B. West to Erma West, 1913 (1-20)
  13. Letter from A.Noble James, 1913 (1-19)
  14. Letter from Episcopal minister, 1916 (1-19)
  15. Letterheads: Rock Island High School, 1923; Columbus Public School, 1924; Dr. James Byars, 1913; Ed R. Frnka, 1922 (1-12)
  16. Soldier mail, 1918 (1-20)
  17. Soldier mail, 1917 (1-19)
  18. Christ Church, Eagle Lake, 1916 (1-19)
  19. Love letters from Demosthenes 1923-1925 (1-1 through 1-7)
  20. Love letters from Pete Holmes, 1922-1923 (1-8 through 1-11)
  21. Love letters from Jack Putney, 1920-1921 (2-1 through 2-15)
  22. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1922-1924 (3-1)
  23. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1917, 1919 (3-2)
  24. Miscellaneous correspondence, c. 1920s (3-3)
  25. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1920 (3-4)
  26. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1921 (3-5)
  27. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1922 (3-6)
  28. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1923 (3-7, 3-8)
  29. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1924 (3-8 through 3-11)

Booklet: Scenes from Columbus & the Sandmeyer Ranch, 1909 (1-22)

Wedding Invitations: Sandmeyer/Montgomery, 1911; Laas/Potthast, 1915; West/Copeland, 1925 (4-10)

Dance invitation, Oct. 5, 1892 (4-16)

Dance program, July 29, 1911 (4-16)

Dance program, Dec. 28, 1911 (4-16)

Dance program, undated (4-16)

Invitation to golden wedding celebration of Mr. & Mrs. J. N. Mahon, Feb. 11, 1916 (4-16)

May day invitation, undated (4-16)

Program for "The Merchant of Venice", May 17, 1910 (4-16)

Masquerade Ball invitation, 1920 (4-16)

1918 Fair Guest ribbon, 1915 meeting (4-16)

Rotary Club Banquet program, 1923 (4-16)

Columbus High School graduation programs, 1912, 1921 (3), 1922, 1924; Class play program 1922 (4); Table card 1922; Graduation invitation 1916 (4-11)

Letters complaining about school safety, 1917-1918 (4-14)

Red Cross certificate and receipts (4-19)

Columbus Civic Club letters, 1915 (4-21)

Letter from Ku Klux Klan (4-21)

Eastern Star resolution on the death of Thurmond Bowers West, 1916 (4-21)

List of pledges to buy an organ for the Masonic Hall, 1910 (4-21)

Receipts: W. F. Hillmer; J. Hamburger & Son, 1916 (4-20)

Deposit slips: R. E. Stafford & Co. Bank, c. 1905, Columbus State Bank, c. 1923 (4-20)

Tax receipts, various 1905-1934 (4-18)

Agenda for water power meeting (4-12)

Real estate contracts, 1901, 1906, 1916 (4-15)

Real estate deal, 1915, 1919 (4-17)

John H. Robson estate lawsuit, 1907 (4-24)

Order of Railroad Telegraphers cards, 1912, 1916 (4-17)

Death notice for Thurmond Bowers West, 1916 (4-17)

Letter from Mary Farrar Holland (1-19)

Excerpt from Fannie Darden's diary (4-13)

Verse by Edwin A. Malsch (4-13)

Letterheads: Colorado County, 1913; Brooks Bargain Bazar, 1913; Western Union (Holiday Greeting); Stafford's Garage, 1921; Northrup Auto Company 1922, Eagle Lake Rod & Gun Club, 1921; Dr. R. L. McLellan, 1921; E. B. Mayes, County Judge; O. A. Zumwalt, Druggist 1913; George Gegenworth, 1912 (4-25)

Kindred McLeary to Dorothy West, 1923-1924 (4-23)

Colorado River Improvement Association, 1919 (4-22)

Property Owners Cooperative Association, 1909 (4-1 through 4-4)

Property Owners Cooperative Association, 1909 (4-8, 4-9)

Realty Investors Guide, 1909 (4-4 through 4-7)

"The Bohemian", newsletter/program of the Milton Nobles Comedy Company, 1878-1879 (4-26)

"The Young Ranger" newspaper fragment (4-27)

Membership Cards and Certificates: United War Work Campaign, 1918; Grand Council-Order of DeMolay, Eagle Lake; Columbus Chapter No. 46-R. A. M., 1914; Shriners, 1906 (4-28)

Columbus Civic Club Booklet: "Treasured Thoughts of My Friends", c. 1908 (4-29)

Scrapbook; Dorothy West diary, 1917-1920 (Box 5)

Photographs numbered 0052 through 0082, 0116 through 0189, 0220, 0221, and 0333 and assimilated into the photograph collection, plus photographs of these persons and events: Leon F. Dick (3-12); Oscar Gregory West (3-13); Thurmond Bowers West (3-14); Malzena Zumwalt and Nettie Mahon (3-15); Thurmond Balzer West, in uniform (3-16); Dorothy Eleanor West (3-17); Erma Zumwalt West (3-18); West family gatherings (3-19)