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RG0913.AM:  Olivia Pound, 1874-1961

Papers:  1909-1961, mostly 1958-1961

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Educator, writer

Size:  3.5 cu.ft.; 7 boxes


Olivia Pound was born April 30, 1874 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The daughter of lawyer and judge Stephen B. Pound, Olivia received her early education from her mother, Laura Biddlecome Pound. After some preparatory school training, she earned her B.A. in 1895, and M.A. in 1907 from the University of Nebraska. Olivia attended Columbia, Harvard, and Chicago universities as well. In 1897, she joined the Lincoln High School faculty and became girls’ vocational guidance director in 1914. Olivia was named assistant principal of the school in 1918 and held the position until her retirement in 1943. Olivia wrote nearly 20 textbooks and contributed numerous articles to educational publications. She was president of the National Association of University Women, 1913-1914 and 1919-1920. Her honorary and social university affiliations included Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Chi Delta Phi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Never married, Olivia lived with her sister Louise in the family home at 1632 L St. until shortly after Louise’s death in 1958. Olivia sold the house and spent the rest of her life in an apartment. She died April 6, 1961 at her home after a prolonged illness. Olivia was survived by her brother Roscoe Pound, Dean-Emeritus at Harvard Law School.


This collection is arranged in six series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Writings; 3) Louise Pound Estate; 4) Clippings; 5) Legal and Financial Materials; and 6) Miscellaneous materials.

Series 1, Correspondence, forms the bulk of the collection. It consists of Olivia’s personal correspondence from the late 1950s until her death, including several folders each of sympathy cards on the death of her mother and sister, get-well cards from her 1960 hospital stay, and Christmas cards. As a longtime teacher and an active community member, Olivia’s acquaintances from all over the country frequently wrote or sent cards.

Series 2, Writings, includes material written by Olivia Pound as well as by other people. Olivia’s former students often sent her copies of their published and unpublished work.

Series 3, Louise Pound’s estate, contains correspondence between Olivia, local lawyers, and others. As executrix of her sister’s will, Olivia handled all negotiations, including the sale of the house and the publication of Louise’s Nebraska Folklore collection with the University of Nebraska Press. Roscoe played a minor role in Louise’s estate due to his out-of-state residence and to the ongoing illness of his second wife. His absence resulted in a large amount of correspondence with Olivia, which can be found in the first series.

Series 4, Clippings, consists of articles by or about Pound family members as well as clippings on Nebraska history. Several articles from across the country regarding Louise’s death are included, one of which Olivia personally corrected content errors. Other articles of interest concern Roscoe Pound’s life, the sale of the Pound home, and early Lincoln history.

Series 5, Legal and financial materials, contains general documents as well as material specifically relating to the Pound family home and Olivia’s estate.

Series 6, Miscellaneous, includes additional material that explains Olivia’s professional and personal life. It contains several personal appointment books and some of Olivia’s personal notebooks. Material related to Olivia’s numerous association memberships, including the Lincoln Friends Group (Quakers) and the Wooden Spoon Club for Women, can be found in this section.

Note: Several folders of materials relating to Edward Taylor (of Lincoln, Nebraska) were transferred to RG2714.AM: Taylor-Langworthy Family.


RG0909: Pound Family (photos only)

RG0910: Laura Biddlecomb Pound

RG0911: Roscoe Pound

RG0912: Louise Pound

RG2239: Mamie Meredith


Series 1 – Correspondence

Subseries 1: General

Box 1


  1. Dates unknown

  2. 1920-1949

  3. 1951-1958

  4. 1959, January-September

  5. 1959, October-December

  6. 1960, January-June

  7. 1960, July-October

  8. 1960, November-December

  9. 1961

Subseries 2: Letters from individuals

Box 1


  1. Roscoe Pound, 1958-1959

  2. Laura Pound

  3. Mamie Meredith, 1958

Box 2


  1. Mamie Meredith, 1959-1961

  2. Frank Fehlman, 1940s

Subseries Three: Letters to individuals

Box 2


  1. Paul Sayre (biographer of Roscoe Pound)

  2. Mamie Meredith

  3. Wilda Ferree

Subseries Four: Greeting cards

Box 2


  1. Sympathy cards at death of Laura Pound, 1928

  2. Sympathy cards at death of Laura Pound, 1928

  3. Sympathy cards at death of Laura Pound, 1928

  4. Sympathy cards at death of Laura Pound, 1928

Box 3


  1. Sympathy cards at death of Louise Pound, 1958

  2. Sympathy cards at death of Louise Pound, 1958

  3. Sympathy cards at death of Louise Pound, 1958

  4. Sympathy cards at death of Louise Pound, 1958

  5. Christmas cards, 1958

  6. Christmas cards, 1958

  7. Christmas cards, 1958

  8. Christmas cards, 1959

Box 4


  1. Christmas cards, 1959

  2. Christmas cards, 1959

  3. Christmas cards, 1959

  4. Christmas cards, 1959

  5. Christmas cards, 1960

  6. Christmas cards, 1960

  7. Get well cards from hospital stay, 1960

  8. Get well cards from hospital stay, 1960

Box 5


  1. Get well cards from hospital stay, 1960

  2. Get well cards from hospital stay, 1960

Series 2 – Writings

Box 5


  1. By Olivia Pound

  2. By others

  3. By others

  4. By others

Series 3 – Louise Pound Estate

Box 5


  1. July-December 1958

Box 6


  1. January-September 1959

  2. October 1959-December 1960, plus miscellaneous materials

Series 4 – Clippings

Box 6


  1. Regarding Olivia

  2. Regarding Louise

  3. Regarding Louise directly following death

  4. Regarding Lincoln and Nebraska history

  5. Regarding University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lincoln Public High School

  6. Miscellaneous articles regarding Pound family

  7. Miscellaneous clippings

Series 5 – Legal and financial materials

Box 6


  1. General materials

  2. Property tax materials

  3. Olivia Pound estate

Series 6 – Miscellaneous

Box 6


  1. Miscellaneous notebooks

Box 7


  1. Olivia’s appointment book, 1939

  2. Olivia’s appointment book, 1943

  3. Olivia’s appointment book, 1944

  4. Olivia’s appointment book, 1958

  5. Olivia’s appointment book, 1959

  6. Association materials, 1919-1959

  7. Association materials, 1960-1961

  8. Miscellaneous programs

  9. Family tree materials gathered by Olivia

  10. Miscellaneous completed addresses and empty envelopes

  11. Tribute to Olivia Pound by Mabel Thompson

  12. Miscellaneous including greeting cards with Pound family home photo and postcard addressed to Alexander, the family cat


Subject headings:

Cather, Elsie Margaret, 1890-1964

Cline, Williams, Wright & Johnson (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Education — Nebraska — Lincoln

Fehlman, Frank

Ferree, Wilda, 1901-1992

Lincoln (Nebraska) — Schools

Lincoln (Nebraska) — Social life and customs

Lincoln Public High School (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Meredith, Mamie Jane, 1888-1966

Pound, Laura Biddlecome, 1841-1928

Pound, Louise, 1872-1958

Pound, Nathan Roscoe, 1870-1964

Pound, Stephen Bosworth, 1833-1911

Religious Society of Friends (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Sayre, Paul L., 1894-1959

Taylor, Edward Langworthy, 1899-1974

Taylor, William George Langworthy, 1859-1941

University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Women authors — Nebraska

Women teachers — Nebraska — Lincoln

Wooden Spoon (Lincoln, Nebraska)


APD/ct              06-05-1975

ELC/kfk             11-12-2003

Revised TMM   12-22-2006