Noland, Mary Ethel Papers

Dates: 1672-1971; Bulk Date Span: 1893-1971

Cousin of Harry S. Truman

The papers of Mary Ethel Noland consist of postcards, correspondence, printed materials, charts, photographs and newspaper clippings generally relating to the genealogy of Harry S. Truman. Also included is correspondence from Harry S. Truman, Bess Truman and Margaret Truman to Mary Ethel Noland and Nellie Noland.

See also Mary Ethel Noland oral history.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2.4 linear feet (about 4,800 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Mary Ethel Noland donated to the U.S. government her copyright interest in all unpublished writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin Mueller (1971); Sharie Simon, Jan Davis, David Clark and Randy Sowell (2007).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1883 (October 23)

 

Born, Jackson County, Missouri

1900

 

Graduated from Independence High School

ca. 1900-1954

 

Taught in the Kansas City School District and the Independence School District

1965

 

Theta Sigma Phi honoree

1971 (August 10)

 

Died, Independence, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Mary Ethel Noland consist of postcards, correspondence, printed materials, charts, photographs and newspaper clippings generally relating to Harry S. Truman and his genealogy. Also included is correspondence from Bess Truman and Margaret Truman to Mary Ethel Noland (who was commonly called Ethel) and her sister Ellen Tilford “Nellie” Noland. The collection consists of four series.

Mary Ethel Noland was Harry S. Truman’s first cousin. Her mother, Margaret Ellen Truman, was a sister of John Anderson Truman, who was Harry S. Truman’s father. After the Truman family moved to Independence in 1890, Ethel and Harry developed a close relationship. During her lifetime, Ethel became the family genealogist and researched many of the branches of the family’s history. There are letters in the collection that were sent to Harry S. Truman regarding his genealogy, which he then forwarded to Ethel Noland for a response.

The Postcard File primarily consists of postcards with handwritten notes sent by Harry S. Truman to Ethel and Nellie Noland. The postcards are from places that Truman visited between 1903 and 1958 including South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Montana, Indiana, Ohio, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bermuda, Hawaii and France. Also included are postcards sent by Bess Truman and Margaret Truman to the Noland sisters during trips to Mississippi and Colorado. The postcards contain brief messages to the Noland family as well as photos of the places the Truman family visited, including schools, buildings, churches and landscapes.

The Correspondence File includes correspondence from Harry S. Truman to the Noland family from 1917 to 1968. The letters from Truman relate to his activities during World War I, Senatorial years, presidential administration and post-presidential life. Many of the letters from Truman relate to family genealogy and accompany letters he received from individuals claiming to be related to him. The series also contains a small amount of correspondence from Bess Truman and Margaret Truman to members of the Noland family. Biographical information about individuals mentioned in the correspondence has been included with the letters.

The Subject File contains a program from Harry S. Truman’s 1901 high school commencement, invitations, an abstract of title for land owned by the Nolands, newspaper clippings mostly related to Harry S. Truman, photographs of family members, a scrapbook of the 1949 Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, a scrapbook from the editors of Life for Ethel Noland and Nellie Noland pertaining to the Truman family, and souvenirs from the 1949 Inauguration.

The Genealogical File contains correspondence, charts, newspaper clippings, photographs, parish records, court records, deeds, land records, wills, and printed materials related to the genealogy of Harry S. Truman. The documents relate to the different branches of the Truman family including the Trumans, Colgans, Bruners, Shipps, Doniphans, Holmeses, Duvalls, Greggs, Nolands, and Tylers. Much of the correspondence is from relatives providing genealogical information about President Truman’s ancestors. Other correspondence is from individuals claiming to be related to Harry S. Truman. Another item in the series is a diary kept by Truman’s aunt, Mary Martha Truman, in 1893. The diary describes her visit to the Chicago World’s Fair.

Additional information about Mary Ethel Noland can be found in her oral history interviews, the President’s Secretary’s Files, and the Post-Presidential Papers.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1

  POSTCARD FILE, 1903-1958
Postcards with handwritten notes primarily from Harry S. Truman to Mary Ethel Noland. Arranged chronologically.

1-2

  CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1853-1970
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and postcards to the Noland Family, mostly from Harry S. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.

2-3

  SUBJECT FILE, 1747-1963
Correspondence, printed materials, photographs and newspaper clippings typically related to the Truman and Noland families and the 1949 Inauguration. Arranged alphabetically.

4-6

  GENEALOGICAL FILE, 1672-1971
Correspondence, charts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and printed materials related to the genealogy of Harry S. Truman. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

POSTCARD FILE, 1903-1958

Box 1

  • 1903-1908
  • 1910-1911
  • 1912-1913
  • 1915-1916
  • 1918
  • 1933
  • 1939-1940
  • 1941-1943
  • 1946
  • 1949
  • 1953-1958

CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1853-1970

  • Card Index to Correspondence
  • Conway, Rose to Nellie Noland
  • Davis, Blevins to Ethel and Nellie Noland
  • Envelopes Addressed by Former President Harry S. Truman
  • Envelopes Addressed by President Harry S. Truman [1 of 2]
  • Envelopes Addressed by President Harry S. Truman [2 of 2]
  • Envelopes Addressed by Senator Harry S. Truman
  • French Woman’s Letter to the Bristol School, Independence, Missouri, September 2, 1918
  • Miscellaneous Correspondence
  • Navy Department Invitations (Launching of the U.S.S. Missouri), January 23, 1944
  • Noland, Ethel to Faculty of Northeast Junior High School (Kansas City, Missouri), January 1948
  • Noland Family Letters from Other Than Harry S. Truman (World War I)
  • Ross, Charles G. to C. K. Howe, April 19, 1947
  • Ross, Charles G. to Nellie Tilford Noland, December 30, 1946
  • Truman, Bess to the Noland Family
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1917-1919
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1935-1943
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1945
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1946
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1947
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1948

Box 2

  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1949
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1950
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1951
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1952-1953
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1954-1957
  • Truman, Harry S. to the Noland Family, 1958-1968
  • Truman, Margaret to the Noland Family

SUBJECT FILE, 1747-1963

  • Bible Pages
  • Independence High School—Commencement Program, 1901
  • Invitations, 1942-1963
  • Land Grant—Abstract of Title—Property of Mary Ethel Noland
  • Mayor’s Proclamation (Christian Ott), November 11, 1918
  • Mementoes [printed materials, funeral register for Margaret Ellen Noland, etc.]
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Photographs [cross reference sheet]

Box 3

  • Scrapbook—“Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949, as Seen by Nellie T. Noland and Ethel at Blair House, Washington” [1 of 3]
  • Scrapbook—“Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949, as Seen by Nellie T. Noland and Ethel at Blair House, Washington” [2 of 3]
  • Scrapbook—“Inauguration of Harry S. Truman, 1949, as Seen by Nellie T. Noland and Ethel at Blair House, Washington” [3 of 3]
  • Scrapbook—“To the Misses Nellie and Ethel Noland from the Editors of Life” [1 of 2]
  • Scrapbook—“To the Misses Nellie and Ethel Noland from the Editors of Life” [2 of 2]
  • Souvenirs of the 1949 Presidential Inauguration
  • University of Kansas City—The University Bulletin [envelope]
  • World War I—Printed Materials

GENEALOGICAL FILE, 1672-1971

Box 4

  • B
  • Doniphan [Captain Alexander]
  • Duvall or Duval
  • F
  • Genealogical Charts [Truman, Noland and Holmes Families) [cross reference sheet]
  • Gregg
  • H
  • Holmes
  • Holmes Family Genealogy
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • L
  • M
  • My Family Tree [Truman & Noland Genealogical Family Sheets]

Box 5

  • Noland [1 of 2]
  • Noland [1 of 2]
  • P
  • S
  • Shipp
  • T
  • Truman Coat of Arms
  • Truman Family [1 of 8]
  • Truman Family [2 of 8]
  • Truman Family [3 of 8]
  • Truman Family [4 of 8]

Box 6

  • Truman Family [5 of 8]
  • Truman Family [6 of 8]
  • Truman Family [7 of 8]
  • Truman Family [8 of 8]
  • Truman, Mary Martha—Diary Written by, 1893
  • Tyler
  • V
  • W
  • Young
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