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Oliver Perry Hunt Papers

Identifier: MS-BC305

Scope and Contents

The Oliver Perry Hunt Papers, 1860-1937, consist of 1.6 linear feet, one oversize folder, and three oversize bound volumes of military papers, correspondence, minute books, fee books, account books, legal documents and blueprints. The collection documents O.P. Hunt’s military, legal and political activities as well as the careers and personal affairs of other family members. The collection has been divided into two files: O.P. Hunt File, 1860-1937 and the Other Family Members File, 1863-1930. The O.P. Hunt File, 1860-1937 (Boxes 1-3 ½) is arranged into three sub-files documenting Hunt’s military career, legal practice, community service, and personal affairs. His military career in Company K, 125th Illinois Infantry is well documented through descriptive books, quartermaster reports, muster rolls, and orders. Correspondence from members of his company to establish pension claims and a minute book of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Post 409 are included. Hunt’s legal and farming activities in the Tuscola area are documented through fee books, daybooks and accounts. The Hugo Detective Association minute book (1872-1886) and township school records are also included. The Other Family Members File, 1863-1930 (Box 3 ½) contains papers of two of Oliver Hunt's sons, including Ora V. Hunt’s personal correspondence, construction business correspondence, and ephemera including cards and poems. W.T.S. Hunt’s building workbook and blueprints are also included.


  • Created: 1860-1937
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1986


Conditions Governing Access

Open for Research


1.60 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Oliver Perry Hunt was a lawyer, farmer, teacher and soldier. Admitted to the bar in Indiana, he later moved to Tuscola, Illinois, where he taught school and practiced law. Then he married Eliza McDowell and began to farm. In 1862 he helped organize Company K of the 125th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was also active in local politics as a registered Democrat. Collection contains military papers, correspondence, minute books, fee books, account books, legal documents and blueprints documenting the career of O.P. Hunt and other family members. Hunt’s military service in Company K, 125th Illinois Volunteer Infantry is documented through descriptive books and correspondence to establish pension claims. Hunt’s legal career and farming activities in the Tuscola area are documented as well. Other items of interest include a minute book for the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Post 409 and a minute book for the Hugo Detective Association (1872-1886). Records of the construction business of Ora V. Hunt and W.T.S. Hunt are also included.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged in two series: Series 1, O.P. Hunt File, 1860-1937; Series 2, Other Family Members File, 1863-1930. Series 1 consists of the personal papers of Oliver Perry Hunt. It is divided into three sub-series: Military Service, including descriptive books, muster rolls, general orders, quartermaster's reports, and correspondence of the 125th Illinois Infantry, Co. K, as well as minute books from the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.); Legal/Community Service, including a fee book and record book from Hunt's legal practice, farm account books, expense ledgers, Hugo Detective Agency minute book, and treasurer's records of Douglas County Township; and Personal Papers, including expense records, correspondence, papers pertaining to a court case, and to Hunt's estate. Series 2 consists of records from Hunt's family members, including correspondence and ephemera from Ora V. Hunt and a workbook and blueprints from W.T.S. Hunt, a contractor.

Accruals and Additions

1988, 1992

Separated Materials

Two G.A.R. publications, one broadside, and one photograph were transferred out of the collection.
Archon Finding Aid Title
Cheryl Schnirring, Pamela J. Scott, Karl Janssen
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Other Unmapped
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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