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Collection Number RG0913.AM
Collection Name RG0913 Pound, Olivia, 1874-1961
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 7 boxes; 3.5 cu.ft.
Title Olivia Pound papers
Date or Date Span 1909-1961
Year Range from 1909
Year Range to 1961
Admin/Biographical History Olivia Pound was born April 30, 1874 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The daughter of lawyer and judge Stephen B. Pound, Olivia received her early education from her mother, Laura Biddlecome Pound. After some preparatory school training, she earned her B.A. in 1895, and M.A. in 1907 from the University of Nebraska. Olivia attended Columbia, Harvard, and Chicago universities as well. In 1897, she joined the Lincoln High School faculty and became girls' vocational guidance director in 1914. Olivia was named assistant principal of the school in 1918 and held the position until her retirement in 1943. Olivia wrote nearly 20 textbooks and contributed numerous articles to educational publications. She was president of the National Association of University Women, 1913-1914 and 1919-1920. Her honorary and social university affiliations included Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Chi Delta Phi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Never married, Olivia lived with her sister Louise in the family home at 1632 L St. until shortly after Louise's death in 1958. Olivia sold the house and spent the rest of her life in an apartment. She died April 6, 1961 at her home after a prolonged illness. Olivia was survived by her brother Roscoe Pound, Dean-Emeritus at Harvard Law School.
Scope & Content This collection is arranged in six series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Writings; 3) Louise Pound Estate; 4) Clippings; 5) Legal and Financial Materials; and 6) Miscellaneous materials.

Series 1, Correspondence, forms the bulk of the collection. It consists of Olivia's personal correspondence from the late 1950s until her death, including several folders each of sympathy cards on the death of her mother and sister, get-well cards from her 1960 hospital stay, and Christmas cards. As a longtime teacher and an active community member, Olivia's acquaintances from all over the country frequently wrote or sent cards.

Series 2, Writings, includes material written by Olivia Pound as well as by other people. Olivia's former students often sent her copies of their published and unpublished work.

Series 3, Louise Pound's estate, contains correspondence between Olivia, local lawyers, and others. As executrix of her sister's will, Olivia handled all negotiations, including the sale of the house and the publication of Louise's Nebraska Folklore collection with the University of Nebraska Press. Roscoe played a minor role in Louise's estate due to his out-of-state residence and to the ongoing illness of his second wife. His absence resulted in a large amount of correspondence with Olivia, which can be found in the first series.

Series 4, Clippings, consists of articles by or about Pound family members as well as clippings on Nebraska history. Several articles from across the country regarding Louise's death are included, one of which Olivia personally corrected content errors. Other articles of interest concern Roscoe Pound's life, the sale of the Pound home, and early Lincoln history.

Series 5, Legal and financial materials, contains general documents as well as material specifically relating to the Pound family home and Olivia's estate.

Series 6, Miscellaneous, includes additional material that explains Olivia's professional and personal life. It contains several personal appointment books and some of Olivia's personal notebooks. Material related to Olivia's numerous association memberships, including the Lincoln Friends Group (Quakers) and the Wooden Spoon Club for Women, can be found in this section.

Note: Several folders of materials relating to Edward Taylor (of Lincoln, Nebraska) were transferred to RG2714.AM: Taylor-Langworthy Family.
Creator Pound, Olivia, 1874-1961
Finding Aids Olivia Pound finding aid
Related units of description RG0909: Pound Family
RG0910: Laura Biddlecomb Pound
RG0911: Roscoe Pound
RG0912: Louise Pound
RG2239: Mamie Meredith
Subjects Authors
People Cather, Elsie Margaret, 1890-1964
Fehlman, Frank
Ferree, Wilda Amanda (Weaver), 1901-1992
Meredith, Mamie Jane, 1888-1966
Pound, Laura (Biddlecombe), 1841-1928
Pound, Louise, 1872-1958
Pound, Nathan Roscoe, 1870-1964
Pound, Stephen Bosworth, 1833-1911
Sayre, Paul
Taylor, Edward
Taylor, William George Langworthy
Search Terms Cline, Williams, Wright & Johnson (Lincoln, Neb.)
Education -- Nebraska -- Lincoln
Lincoln (Neb.) -- Schools
Lincoln (Neb.) -- Social life and customs
Lincoln Public High School (Lincoln, Neb.)
Religious Society of Friends (Lincoln, Neb.)
University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.)
Women authors -- Nebraska
Women teachers -- Nebraska -- Lincoln
Wooden Spoon (Lincoln, Neb.)