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Oliver family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1032

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Reece A. Oliver’s letters from the Philippines and China to his brother Kenneth A. Oliver and other family members. The letters include information regarding the Philippine schools, the effect of World War I on the Philippines, his work in China and conditions in the Philippines before and after World War II. Also included are Kenneth Oliver’s expense (1914-1924) and account books (1917-1925); brochures, clippings, and other printed materials relating to the Philippines; and a pamphlet, "Drill Manual for Philippine Cadets" by Reece A. Oliver. The collection mentions Gov. Paul V. McNutt as being well liked in the Philippines and mentions Reece A. Oliver’s desire for him to become president (6-29-1939 and 11-1-1939).


  • 1914-1950


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Reece A. Oliver was born in Akron, Indiana on August 1, 1889. Oliver worked as a teacher in the Philippines from 1914 to the1930s, was a field manager for the American Red Cross’s China Famine Relief Operation, and worked for the Philippine Board of Education. He was also an officer in the Philippines during World War II, and fought with the Philippine guerrillas and served as a U.S. official in the Philippines (1946-1950). Reece A. Oliver died on March 20, 1966 in Akron, Indiana.


0.04 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronolgically and by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Oliver Krause on 1969/04/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006 November by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid created 2006 November by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/2015 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.