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RG0910.AM:  Laura Biddlecomb Pound, 1841-1928

Papers:  1833-1940, mostly 1890-1928

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Wife, mother, and community activist

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 1 box


Laura Biddlecome Pound was born in Phelps, New York, May 15, 1841. Her parents were descended from families that had come from England in 1630. Laura was educated in the public schools of Phelps; in the academy at Macedon, New York; and at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois. She married Judge Stephen Pound January 21, 1869, and came to live in Lincoln that month. Laura attended German language and English literature classes at the University of Nebraska. She was a member of the Ingleside Club, a charter member of the Hayden Art Club, and a founder and charter member of the Deborah Avery Chapter of the D.A.R. She died December 10, 1928, at her home, 1632 L Street. She was survived by her son, Roscoe, and two daughters, Louise and Olivia.


This collection consists of manuscripts, letters, and articles; two scrapbooks; and a bound volume of piano music arranged in three subgroups: 1) Laura Biddlecome Pound; 2) Judge Stephen Bosworth Pound; 3) Pound Children (Roscoe and Olivia: See RG0912.AM for papers relating to Louise Pound).

Subgroup 1, Laura B. Pound, includes extensive genealogical information about Laura’s family, the Biddlecomes of New England (the spelling of Biddlecome varies). Two early letters from her correspondence contain detailed accounts of life in Lincoln before 1870: her future husband described it for her before her arrival, and a letter that LP herself wrote to “Esther” (last name unknown) in 1869 provides her own perspective on the early days in Lincoln. Several 1919 letters congratulate LP on the fiftieth anniversary of her arrival in Lincoln, which had been the subject of a Lincoln Journal article.

There are several similar versions of LP’s detailed memoir of her childhood in New York state, a more than one hundred page manuscript that she organized by school years and teachers. It ends with 1855, when she was fourteen. She also wrote an account of her wedding trip from Rochester, New York, to Lincoln in 1869, published in the Sunday State Journal in 1925. Fragmentary notes in shaky handwriting for a tabloid history of Lincoln that she apparently never completed accompany her other manuscripts. Her scrapbook, begun in her student days and completed by someone else after her death, includes a letter of recommendation for her as a prospective teacher and articles that commend her contributions as a Lincoln teacher and member of the City Library Board and other organizations.

Subgroup 2, Judge Stephen B. Pound, contains correspondence requesting that he accept nomination to a district judgeship, signed by the members of the Lancaster County Bar Association. There are also texts in his series of several articles that he wrote for publication regarding Nebraska issues. His scrapbook, which appears to have been compiled by LP after his death, provides accounts of some of his actions as a lawyer and summaries of his legal judgments.

Subgroup 3, the Pound children, consists primarily of biographical and bibliographical information about Roscoe Pound, Dean of Harvard Law School from 1916-1935. It includes a copy of his 1923 text, “The Pioneer Spirit and the Problems of Today.”


RG0909: Pound Family (photos)

RG0911: Roscoe Pound

RG0912: Louise Pound

RG0913: Olivia Pound


Subgroup 1: Laura Biddlecome Pound, 1841-1928

Series 1 – Biographical materials

Box 1


  1. Biographical materials

Series 2 – Biddlecome Family genealogy/history

  1. Genealogical charts

  2. Genealogy/history, legal documents

  3. LP’s applications for D.A.R. membership

  4. Genealogical charts (see oversize – WR/MC)

  5. Legal documents (see OB125)

Series 3 – Correspondence, 1868-1928

  1. Letters received

  2. Letter written by LP

Series 4 – Writings

Subseries 1: My Childhood

  1. Handwritten manuscript

  2. Original typescript with corrections in ink

  3. Typescript with corrections in ink

  4. Typescript with corrections in ink

  5. Typescript with corrections in pencil

  6. Typescript of pp. 81-107

Series 4 – Writings

Subseries 2: Writings about Nebraska

  1. A Wedding Trip in February 1869

  2. Marking the Site of the Lewis and Clark Council at Fort Calhoun

  3. Notebooks for Tabloid History of Lincoln, 1867-70

  4. Loose notes for Tabloid History of Lincoln, 1867-70

Series 5 – Scrapbook

Scrapbook (see oversize)

Series 6 – Clippings

  1. Articles about Laura Pound

  2. Clippings collected by LP

Series 7 – Miscellaneous

  1. Miscellaneous papers

  2. Book of piano music, inscribed “Laura J. Biddlecom” (see oversize)

Subgroup 2: Judge Stephen Bosworth Pound, 1833-1911

Series 1 – Biographical materials

Box 1 cont.


  1. Biographical materials

Series 2 – Correspondence received, 1875

  1. Correspondence received

Series 3 – Writings

  1. Typed articles

  2. Notes for State v. Hill Impeachment

  3. College Lecture Notes

Series 4 – Scrapbook

Scrapbook (see oversize)

Series 5 – Bank books, 1870-1871

  1. Bank books

Series 6 – Clippings about Stephen B. Pound

  1. Clippings about Stephen B. Pound

Subgroup 3: Pound Children

Series 1 – Roscoe Pound

Box 1


  1. Roscoe Pound

Series 2 – Olivia Pound

  1. Olivia Pound


Subject headings:

Autobiographies — Nebraska — Lincoln

Biddlecomb Family

Daughters of the American Revolution. Deborah Avery Chapter (Lincoln, Nebraska)


Impeachments — Nebraska

Judges — Nebraska — Lincoln

Lewis and Clark Centennial (1902)

Lincoln (Nebraska) — History

Manuscripts (for publication)

Phelps (New York)

Pound Family

Pound, Laura Biddlecomb, 1841-1928

Pound, Olivia, 1874-1961

Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964

Pound, Stephen Bosworth, 1833-1911


Revised TMM        12-22-2006