Mayo Family Papers
00040

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Author
Buell, Jennie
Creator
Mayo family, (Perry Mayo, 1839-1921)
Creator - Author
Price, Violet Hallett
Title
Mayo family papers
ID
00040
Date [inclusive]
1861-1966
Extent
0.66 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Perry Mayo (son of James and Sarah Price Mayo) was born June 14, 1839 in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. In 1849 the family moved to Calhoun County, Michigan. On May 10, 1861, Mayo enlisted in Company C of the 2nd Michigan Infantry. In 1864 he served briefly with the 20th Michigan Infantry. He received his discharge from the 2nd Michigan on July 21, 1864. On April 19, 1865 he married Mary Anne Bryant and they settled in Marshall Township, Michigan. Perry Mayo died on January 5, 1921.

Mary Mayo (born 1845) was very active in the community, particularly with the Patrons of Husbandry (also known as the Grange). She was an outspoken advocate of the education of women, and helped establish the Women's Course (later called Home Economics) at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). She died in 1903. Mary Mayo Hall, a women's dormitory, was named in her honor in 1931.

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Scope and Contents note

Over fifty Civil War letters of Perry Mayo, written to his family in Calhoun County, Michigan, from June 1861 to May 1864, constitute the bulk of this collection. They include vivid descriptions of battles, marches, military personnel and camp life, together with observations on the conduct of the war.

Also in this collection are numerous and fragmentary attempts at genealogy, with related correspondence which, in addition to Mayo, include such family names as Carpenter, Angell, Bryant, Price, Coryell, and Freytag. A published volume relating to the Price family of Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania is also included.

Also included are documents relating to the history of Michigan State University and to the Michigan State Grange, in which the Mayos were active participants. Photographs include portraits of Perry Mayo, his wife, Mary, and other family members.

Finally are letters of recommendation for Nelson S. Mayo, who was apparently removed for political reasons from his position at Kansas State Agricultural College.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 1966

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  February 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State Grange.
  • Michigan State University. Buildings. Mary Mayo Hall.
  • Michigan State University. History.
  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865).

Family Name(s)

  • Angell family, (Mary Anne Bryant Mayo, 1845-1903)
  • Bryant family, (Mary Anne Bryant Mayo, 1845-1903)
  • Coryell family
  • Freytag family
  • Price family, (Perry Mayo, 1839-1921)

Genre(s)

  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Mayo, Mary Anne Bryant, 1845-1903
  • Mayo, Nelson S., (Nelson Slater), 1866-1958
  • Mayo, Perry, 1839-1921

Subject(s)

  • Populism -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

Letters June 1861-January 1862 

1 1

Letters February 1862-May 1863 

1 2

Letters; Discharge Certificate, Pension Certificate June 1863-May 1864 

1 3

Letters (originals and photocopies) March-July 1885 

1 4

Letters (originals and photocopies) August-December 1885, undated 

1 5

Letters (originals and photocopies) January-February 1886 

1 6

Letters (originals and photocopies) March 1886 

1 7

Letters and envelopes (originals and photocopies) undated 

1 8

Letters edited by Robert S. Mayo 

1 9-10

Genealogical notes with related correspondence 

1 11-12

Documents relating to Michigan State Grange and to the dedication of Mary Mayo Hall, Michigan State College 1930-1931 

1 13

Letters of recommendation for Nelson S. Mayo 1897-1901 

1 14

Miscellaneous papers and cuttings, chiefly relating to Michigan State College 

1 15

Citizens'/Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance 1884-1885 

1 16

Correspondence with the donor 1956, 1965 

1 17

Correspondence 

Box Folder

1883 1883 

2 1

July, 1884 1884 

2 2

August - September, 1884 1884 

2 3

October, 1884 1884 

2 4

December, 1884 1884 

2 5

Mr. Perry Mayo, January, 1885 1885 

2 6

Mr. Perry Mayo, February, 1885 1885 

2 7

Mr. Perry Mayo, March, 1885 1885 

2 8

Mr. Perry Mayo, April, 1885 1885 

2 9

Mr. Perry Mayo, September - October, 1885 1885 

2 10

Mr. Perry Mayo, November, 1885 1885 

2 11

Mrs. Perry Mayo, January, 1885 1885 

2 12

Mrs. Perry Mayo, February, 1885 1885 

2 13

Mrs. Perry Mayo, March and June, 1885 1885 

2 14

Mrs. Perry Mayo, July and September, 1885 1885 

2 15

Mrs. Perry Mayo, November 8th - 20th, 1885 1885 

2 16

Mrs. Perry Mayo, November 23rd - 28th, 1885 1885 

2 17

Mrs. Perry Mayo, December, 1885 1885 

2 18

February, 1886 1886 

2 19

April, 1886 1886 

2 20

1888 1888 

2 21

Empty envelopes Circa 1880s 

2 22

Undated, part 1 Circa 1880s 

2 23

Undated, part 2 Circa 1880s 

2 24

Miscellaneous damaged letters Circa 1880s 

2 25

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Volumes 

Box
1
Box Volume

Wartime letters of Perry Mayo, edited by Robert S. Mayo 

1 1

Genealogies of the Carpenter and Coryell families of Lake Orion 

1 2

The Price Family of Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania by Violet Hallett Price [Price family genealogy] 1948 

1 3

One Woman's Work for Farm Women by Jennie Buell [Mary Mayo's part in rural social movements] 1908 

1 4

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Photographs 

Drawer

Photographs - Collection 

Collection Photographs

People (Copy of Civil War CDVs) 

People. Bryant, Ann Atmore (Mrs. James A. Bryant) 

People. Bryant, James A. 

People. Mayo, Perry 1914, 1918 

People. Mayo Family 1875, 1890 

People. Mayo, Mary 

Schools. Cobble Stone School House 1849 

United States Civil War. Troops 

Photographs - People 

People Photographs

People. Mayo, Mary 

People - CDVs 

CDVs

People. Mayo, Mary Bryant 

People. Mayo, Perry 

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