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Manuscript Group 201
GERTRUDE HOWARD NAUMAN PAPERS
1780-1972
11 cu. ft.


The papers include political, civic, and personal papers of Gertrude Howard Nauman (b. 1901, d. 1973), daughter of Marlin E. Olmsted, stepdaughter of Vance C. McCormick, and for many years a leading figure in Republican Party politics. Also found are the political and personal papers of Marlin E. Olmsted (b. 1847, d. 1913), a Republican member in the U. S. House of Representatives, 1897-1912; and civic and personal papers of Gertrude Howard Olmsted McCormick (b. 1874, d. 1953), a national vice-president of the Girl Scouts of America, and one of the organizers of the Harrisburg Symphony and the Harrisburg Art Association.

Gertrude Nauman, wife of Spencer G. Nauman (of the law firm established in Harrisburg in 1871 by Simon Cameron's son-in-law, Wayne MacVeagh), was much involved in election campaigns for Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Hugh Scott and other notable Republicans. A Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, a member of the State Art Commission, and a member of the National Advisory Council of the Girl Scouts of America, she was a prominent Harrisburg civic leader, a founder of the Harrisburg Area Community College, a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council, and an elected member of the Harrisburg Charter Commission.

The general correspondence of Gertrude Howard Nauman, 1780-1972, contains personal, political and civic correspondence, including miscellaneous reports, programs, and campaign materials. Included in the correspondence are materials pertaining to Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon, 1952, 1956, 1957; Citizens for Scott-McGonigle, 1957, 1958; Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, 1961-1965; Harrisburg Charter Commission, 1968; Harrisburg Hospital, 1969; Eisenhower Home Committee, Eisenhower Foundation, 1955, 1956; President Eisenhower's Birthday Party, Atlantic City, 1953; Republican National Committee, 1953-1958; Republican national conventions, 1952, 1960; Youth for Eisenhower-Nixon, 1957; and similar organizations, institutions, and events. There are also personal letters with correspondents such as George I. Bloom, James H. Duff, Milton Eisenhower, John S. Fine, Edward Martin, Mrs. Edward Martin, Richard M. Nixon, Herman T. Schneebeli, Hugh Scott, William W. Scranton, Raymond P. Shafer, M. Harvey Taylor, and LeRoy S. Zimmerman. The personal correspondence includes genealogical materials and miscellaneous items relating to the Howard and Olmsted families.

Within the general correspondence series you will find papers of Marlin E. Olmsted, 1856-1913. They consist of miscellaneous political papers and personal correspondence such as invitations, addresses and a travel diary. The correspondents include Joseph G. Cannon, Daniel H. Hastings, and Gertrude Howard Olmsted (Marlin's wife).

The correspondence of Gertrude Olmsted McCormick, 1899-1937, also found within the general correspondence series, is composed of family letters and writings concerning the Civic Club of Harrisburg, the Colonial Dames of America, the Girl Scouts of America, etc. Featured correspondents include several famous people such as: Mrs. Herbert C. Hoover, J. Horace McFarland, John J. Pershing, Mrs. Gifford Pinchot, Mrs. F. D. Roosevelt, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller.

The card files show how far-reaching Gertrude Nauman's political contacts were. There are cards for Citizens for Eisenhower, Women's Division, District and County Chairmen, and various Counties.

The photograph series highlights family and political subjects. In the political category can be found shots of Richard Nixon and one of Herbert Hoover and his wife.

The sheet music showcases a wide variety of music styles such as Classical, Jazz and show tunes.



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