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Nellie Cadle Watson Sherman Papers

Identifier: MS-BC575

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the genealogical research, family histories, correspondence, lecture notes, radio scripts and drafts of publications compiled by Sherman. It also includes material on the history of Peoria and Peoria County, Hutton Township (Coles County), and Indian Point (Menard County). Family histories include material on the Maupin, Davis, Taliaferro, Watson and Sherman families as well as many others.


  • Created: 1925-1981
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1990


Conditions Governing Access

Open for Research


3.75 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into three series. Series 1, Family file, 1938-1981; Series 2, Subject File, 1925-1976; and Series 3, Correspondence and Writings File, 1946-1980. The files in each series are alphabetically arranged. Series 1, Family file, 1938-1981 (Box 1) consists of research into many families. Series 2, Subject File, 1925-1976 (Boxes 2-3) contains local records such as marriages, deaths, land grants, and census information as well other subjects related to Sherman's research. Series 3, Correspondence and Writings File, 1946-1980 (Box 3) contains correspondence in addition to scripts for her radio show and lecturing, annotated writings, and book sales.

Separated Materials

Photographs and published material were transferred out of the collection.
Archon Finding Aid Title
Kristina McGuirk
Description rules
Other Unmapped
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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