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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG1404.AM:  McMahon Family



Papers:  1882-1957, and undated

Blair, Washington County; Norfolk, Madison County; and Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Size:  1.5 cu.ft.; 2 boxes + oversize



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



John H. McMahon was born in New York in 1866 to James McMahon.  John married Maggie Foley in 1891 and they had six children:  Gracie, born, January 1892; Clara, born November 1895; Harold, born January 1897; and Bryon, born October 1898; two of their children died at young ages.  John and Maggie resided in Blair Township, Washington County, Nebraska.



John and his family lived on a farm and taught school in Blair, Norfolk and Lincoln schools.  John and Gracie were involved in local politics.  Correspondence to Gracie shows that John died in February of 1905.  The papers following his death, relate mainly to Gracie McMahon’s life.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection of the records of the McMahon Family is arranged in four main series:



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1882-1952, & undated

Subseries 1: Grace McMahon Correspondence, 1910-1952, & undated

Subseries 2: John McMahon Correspondence, 1885-1889

Subseries 3: Clara McMahon Correspondence, 1918, 1923, 1945

Subseries 4: Maggie McMahon Correspondence, 1905

Subseries 5: Miscellany, 1882-1942 Correspondence, & undated



Series 2 – Business records, 1894-1920, & undated



Series 3 – Teaching records, 1884-1957, & undated

Subseries 1: Teaching Certificates, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891

Subseries 2: Teacher’s Institute Materials, 1884-1917

Subseries 3: Contracts, 1914, 1917

Subseries 4: Notebooks, 1888, & undated

Subseries 5: Papers, 1919, & undated

Subseries 6: Rules, 1918, 1921, & undated

Subseries 7: Miscellany, 1899-1957, & undated



Series 4 – Politics, 1916, 1922, 1934, & undated



The collection relates to the lives, activities and interests of McMahon Family, who were involved in farming, teaching and local politics in Blair, Lincoln, and Norfolk, Nebraska.  The collection is comprised mostly of correspondence from family and friends received by members of the McMahon Family.  Business records for the family, mostly maintained in Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, and a few records from their teaching and political lives are also included.



Acc.  1990.816



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1882-1952 & undated

Subseries 1: Grace McMahon Correspondence, 1910-1952 & undated

Box 1

Folder




    1. Personal, 1910, 1914-1916, 1918-1920, 1923-1924 & undated

    1. School, 1919, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1952 & undated



Subseries 2: John McMahon Correspondence, 1885-1889




    1. Personal, 1885-1889



Subseries 3: Clara McMahon Correspondence, 1918, 1923, 1945




    1. Personal, 1918, 1923, 1945



Subseries 4: Maggie McMahon Correspondence, 1905




    1. Personal, 1905



Subseries 5: Miscellany, 1882-1942 & undated




    1. Church, 1904, & undated

    1. Weddings, 1890, 1892, 1913-1914, 1918, 1921 & undated

    1. Graduations, 1909, 1911, 1914-1915

    1. Anniversary, 1882, 1909

    1. Parties, 1893, 1919, & undated

    1. Sympathy, 1912

    1. Christmas Cards, 1913-1918, 1942 & undated



Series 2 – Business records, 1894-1920 & undated




    1. Ledger Books, 1890, & undated

      Cattle Mortgage, 1898 (see OB033)

    1. Farm Lease, 1903

    1. Tax Receipt, 1911

    1. Account Books, 1894, 1909, & undated

    1. Check Receipts, 1894-1901



Box 2

Folder




    1. Expenditure Receipts, 1898, 1903, 1905, 1912, 1919-1920 & undated

      Ditch Construction (see oversize)

    1. Miscellany, 1911



Series 3 – Teaching records, 1884-1947 & undated

Subseries 1: Teaching Certificates, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891




    1. John McMahon, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891



Subseries 2: Teacher’s Institute Materials, 1884-1917




    1. John McMahon, 1884, 1886-1889, 1894

    1. Maggie Foley (McMahon), 1888

    1. Brochure, 1917



Subseries 3: Contracts, 1914, 1917




    1. Grace McMahon, 1914

    1. Notification, 1917



Subseries 4: Notebooks, 1888 & undated




    1. John McMahon, 1888 & undated

    1. Grace McMahon, undated



Subseries 5: Papers, 1919, & undated




    1. John McMahon, undated

    1. Grace McMahon, 1919 & undated

    1. Students, undated

    1. Unknown Authorship, undated



Subseries 6: Rules, 1918, 1921 & undated




    1. Students, 1921 & undated

    1. Teachers, 1918

      Code of Ethics, undated (see OB033)



Subseries 7: Miscellany, 1899-1957 & undated




    1. Programs, 1899-1900, 1918, 1928, 1932, 1957

      Programs of Study, undated (see OB033)



Series 4 – Politics, 1916, 1922, 1934 & undated




    1. Broadcast Release – Senator Norris, 1934

    1. Speech Against Women’s Suffrage, undated

    1. Elections, 1916, 1922, & undated



 



Subject headings:



Blair (Nebraska) — History

McMahon family

McMahon, Clara, 1894-1991

McMahon, Grace, 1893-1984

McMahon, John Henry, 1866-1905

> McMahon, Margaret “Maggie” (Foley), 1868-1958

Politics — Nebraska

Teachers — Nebraska

Washington County (Nebraska) — History



 



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