Ransom E. Olds Papers
00027

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Olds, Ransom Eli, 1864-1950
Title
Ransom E. Olds papers
ID
00027
Date [inclusive]
1884-1950
Extent
5.6 Cubic feet , 9 volumes, 2 reels microfilm
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

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

Ransom E. Olds (1864-1950) was a pioneer in mass production in the automobile industry. Born in Ohio, his family moved to Lansing when Olds was 16. His father, Pliny F. Olds, established a foundry and machine shop in which Olds bought a part interest in 1885. During the 1880s Olds devoted many hours to perfecting a lightweight internal combustion vehicle. By 1893, Olds filled the first order for his car, and in 1897 formed the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing. The company was incorporated in 1899 with a working capital of $150,000. The company built a plant in Detroit and began producing a car built to sell for $1250. Because the car was relatively large and sold at a price beyond the average person's financial means, the business was not generally a success. A fire at the Detroit Olds plant destroyed all the blueprints for the cars, and the only car left in one piece was the now famous curved-dash Olds, which sold for $650. The company returned to Lansing and produced the curved-dash car exclusively. In the first year of production 450 cars were produced and sold. By 1902, 4000 were sold.

In 1904, Olds sold out his stock in the Olds Motor Company and organized REO Motor Car Company. He was President and General Manager from 1905 to 1924, at which time Olds retired from an active part in REO. He was chairman of the board from 1924 to 1936.

During the later years of his life, Olds built financial security for his family and himself in stocks, bonds and real estate. Olds was also a philanthropist, donating to a wide variety of social and moral reform societies.

A businessman of widely varied interests, R.E. Olds assumed a managerial involvement in automobile manufacture, peat mining, 27 industries, and real estate, and invested in a number of other areas. The bulk of this collection is related to these investments.

The Bancroft Peat Company was established near the Michigan town of this name to produce a cheap fuel. High costs and failure to develop a market destroyed this enterprise.

The peat land was converted to peppermint production. When this venture also proved unprofitable it was sold.

Olds' other great business failure was his investment in the Fearnot Mining Company, which operated a gold mine near Victorville, California. The correspondence on the operation is very complete, and begins on a note of extreme optimism. Olds eventually became disenchanted with the venture and ran an independent mine assay which showed that the mine could never be a paying proposition. He subsequently sold his investment at what must have been a substantial loss.

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Scope and Content

The Ransom E. Olds papers are divided into two sections. The first section consists of Olds' personal papers. Included in this section are Olds' love letters to Metta Woodward, whom Olds married in 1899, Olds' philanthropic activities, his daybooks and two journals of the Olds family trip to Europe.

The second section deals with Olds' business activities from 1904 to 1947. Included are correspondence series of Olds Motor Works and REO and several small companies that Olds either owned or was the major stockholder. There is also a correspondence series between Olds and various stockbrokers and bankers who wished to interest Olds in an investment plan.

The correspondence on "Chicago Property" relates to a large apartment building which Olds owned. In 1916 this property plus securities and $200,000 was exchanged for a large tract of land in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, Florida which was ultimately developed into "Reolds Farms". Olds attempted in April-May of 1917 to interest the Defense Department in establishing a shipyard there to construct a "wooden fleet".

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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

Revision Description

  November 2016

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

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

Conditions Governing Use note

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)

  • Olds Motor Works.
  • Reo Motor Car Company.

Genre(s)

  • Commercial correspondence
  • Daybooks
  • Diaries
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Microfilms
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Europe -- Description and travel
  • Lansing (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Anderson, Gladys Olds

Subject(s)

  • Automobile industry and trade
  • Automobiles -- Design and construction
  • Automobiles -- History

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Collection Inventory

Personal Papers 1884-1948 

Scope and Contents note

Box

Correspondence 

1
Box Folder

 1884-1888 

1 1

 1889-April 1904 

1 2

 May-December 1904 

1 3

 1905-1908 

1 4

 1909 

1 5

 1909-July 1910 

1 6

 July 8-December 1910 

1 7

 1911 

1 8

 January-May 1912 

1 9

 June-September 1912 

1 10

 October 1912 

1 11

 November 1912 

1 12

 December 1912 

1 13

 January 1913 

1 14

 February-March 1913 

1 15

 April-May 1913 

1 16

 June-August 1913 

1 17

 September 1913 

1 18

 October 1913 

1 19

 November 1913 

1 20

 December 1913 

1 21

 1923 

2 1

 1934, 1939, 1944-1946 

2 2

 Undated 

2 3

Travel Materials 

2
Box Folder

 1910-1927 

2 4

 1927 

2 5

 1950 

2 6

 Undated 

2 7

Place Cards 

2 8

Day Books 

Box
2

Volume 1 1906 

Volume 2 1907 

Volume 3 1908 

Volume 4 1909 

Volume 5 1910 

Volume 6 1911 

Volume 7 1912 

Volume 8 1913 

Volume 9 1914 

Volume 10 1915 

Volume 11 1916 

Volume 12 1917 

Volume 13 1918 

Volume 14 1919 

Volume 15 1920 

Volume 16 1921 

Volume 17 1922 

Volume 18 1923 

Volume 19 1924 

Volume 20 1925 

Volume 21 1926 

Volume 22 1927 

Volume 23 1928 

Volume 24 1929 

Volume 25 1930 

Volume 26 1931 

Volume 27 1932 

Volume 28 1933 

Volume 29 1934 

Volume 30 1935 

Volume 31 1936 

Volume 32 1937 

Volume 33 1938 

Volume 34 1939 

Volume 35 1940 

Volume 36 1941 

Volume 37 1942 

Volume 38 1943 

Volume 39 1944 

Volume 40 1945 

Volume 41 1946 

Volume 42 1947 

Volume 43 1948 

Biographical Materials 

3
Box Folder

"I Guess It's Here to Stay" 1946 

3 1-2
Box

The World on Wheels 

3
Box Folder

Copy 1 - Contents, Forward, Ch. I 

3 3

Copy 1 - Ch. II-IV 

3 4

Copy 1 - Ch. V-VII 

3 5

Copy 1 - Ch. VIII-XI 

3 6

Copy 1 - Ch. XII-XIV 

3 7

Copy 1 - Ch. XV-XVII 

3 8

Copy 1 - Ch. XVIII, Index 

3 9

Copy 2 - Title, Forward, Ch. I-II 

3 10

Copy 2 - Ch. III-VI 

3 11

Copy 2 - Ch. VII-X 

3 12

Copy 2 - Ch. XI-XII 

3 13

Copy 2 - Ch. XIII 

3 14

Copy 2 - Ch. XIV-XVI 

3 15

Copy 2 - Ch. XVII-XIX 

3 16
Box Folder

"R.E. Olds: Benefactor to the Holy Land." Speech by Rajee Tobia May 19, 1965 

3 17

 undated 

3 18-20

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Business Papers 

Box

Michigan Trust Company 

3
Box Folder

 1900-1901 

3 21

 1903-1905 

3 22

 1909-1911 

3 23

Bancroft Peat Company 

3
Box Folder

 November-December 1903 

3 24

 January-March 1904 

3 25

 April 1904 

3 26

 May 1904 

4 1

 June 1904 

4 2

 July-August 1904 

4 3

 September-October1904 

4 4

 November-December 1904 

4 5

 1905-1906 

4 6

 1907 

4 7

 January-June 1908 

4 8

 July-October 1908 

4 9

 October-December 1908 

4 10

 1909-1912 

4 11

Olds Motor Works 

4
Box

Correspondence 

4
Box Folder

 1890-1900 

4 12

 January-October 1901 

4 13

 November-December 1901 

4 14

 May-September 1902 

4 15

 October-December 1902 

4 16

 1903 

4 17

 January-April 1904 

4 18

 May 1904 

5 1

 June 1904 

5 2

 July-August 1904 

5 3

Financial Records 

5
Box Folder

 1902 

5 4

 1903 

5 5

 1903 

5 6

 1904 

5 7

 1904 

5 8
Box Folder

Engine Brochures ca. 1900, 1912 

5 9

Sales Brochures ca. 1900-1902 

5 10
Box

Owners Manual 

5
Box Folder

 1903-1904 

5 11

 1906-1907 

5 12
Box Folder

Parts Price List n.d. 

5 13

Tractor Brochure n.d. 

5 14
Box

Advertising Materials 

5
Box Folder

 1903 

5 15

 1904 

5 16

 1904 

5 17

 1905 

5 18

 1905 

5 19

 1908 

5 20

 n.d. 

5 21

Oldsmobile Company-Milwaukee 

6
Box

Correspondence 

6
Box Folder

 January 1903 

6 1

 February 1903 

6 2

 March 1-15, 1903 

6 3

 March 16-31, 1903 

6 4

 April 1-15, 1903 

6 5

 April 16-30, 1903 

6 6

 May 1-15, 1903 

6 7

 May 16-20, 1903 

6 8
Box Folder

Ashley Telephone and Telegraph Company Correspondence 1903-1905 

6 9

Elk Portland Cement Company Correspondence 1903-September 1904 

6 10

Elk Portland Cement Company Correspondence October 1904-1911 

6 11
Box

Fearnot Mining Company 

6
Box

Correspondence 

6
Box Folder

 December 1903-May 1904 

6 12

 June-July 1904 

6 13

 August-September 1904 

5 14

 October-December 1904 

5 15

 January-may 1905 

5 16

 June-December 1905 

5 17

 January 1906-July 1911 

5 18

E. Bement's Sons Company Correspondence 

7
Box Folder

 June-December 1904 

7 1

 January 1905-January 1913 

7 2
Box Folder

Compensating Organ Company Correspondence 1904-1905 

7 3
Box

REO Motor Car Co. 

7
Box

Correspondence 

7
Box Folder

 1903-1904 

7 4

 1905-1910 

7 5

 1910-1911 

7 6

 1912-1913 

7 7
Box Folder

Sales Brochure 1907, 1909, 1916 

7 8

Sales Brochure n.d. 

7 9-10

Hollister Building 

7
Box

Correspondence 

7
Box Folder

 1904 

7 11

 1905 

7 12

 January-June 1906 

7 13

 July-December 1906 

7 14

 January-March 1907 

7 15

 July-December 1906 

7 14

 January-March 

7 15

 April-December 1907 

7 16

 1908 

7 17

 1909 

7 18

 1910-1912 

7 19

Interocean Mining Company 

8
Box

Correspondence 

8
Box Folder

 September 1906-January 1907 

8 1

 February 1907 

8 2

 March 1907 

8 3

 April 1907 

8 4

 May 1907 

8 5

 June 1-July 3, 1907 

8 6

 June-July 9, 1907 

8 7
Box Folder

Austin-Manhattan Mining Company Correspondence 1908-1913 

8 8

Arkanses & Territorial Oil & Gas Company Correspondence 1909-1913 

8 9

Atlas Drop Forge Correspondence 1911 

8 10
Box

Lansing Journal Company Correspondence 

8
Box Folder

 1903-1910 

8 11

 1911-1914 

8 12
Box Folder

Insurance Trust Company - Correspondence 1912-1913 

8 13
Box

Dominion Trust Company - Correspondence 

8
Box Folder

 1912-1913 

8 14

 1913-1914 

8 15

Chicago Real Estate - Correspondence 

8
Box Folder

 1911-1912 

8 16

 January-May 1913 

8 17

 June-August 1913 

8 18

 September-December 1913 

8 19

 January-May 1914 

8 20

 June 1914-February 1915 

9 1

 March-December 1915 

9 2

 1916 

9 3

R.E. Olds Farm 

9
Box

Correspondence 

9
Box Folder

 1912-1914 

9 4

 April-November 1915 

9 5

 December 1915 

9 6

 January 1916 

9 7

 February-March 1916 

9 8

 April-June 1916 

9 9

 July-October 1916 

9 10

 November 1916 

9 11

 December 1916 

9 12

 January 1917 

9 13

 February-March 1917 

9 14

 April 1917 

9 15

 May 1917 

9 16

 June 1-20, 1917 

9 17

 June 22-July 30, 1917 

9 18

 August-November 1917 

9 19

 December 1917-1918 

9 20

 January-February 1947 

9 21
Box Folder

Advertising n.d. 

9 22

Investments 

10
Box

Correspondence 

10
Box Folder

 January-February 1904 

10 1

 March 1904 

10 2

 April 1-13, 1904 

10 3

 April 14-24, 1904 

10 4

 April 25-30, 1904 

10 5

 May 1-13, 1904 

10 6

 May 14-18, 1904 

10 7

 May 19-13, 1904 

10 8

 June 1-10, 1904 

10 9

 June 11-20, 1904 

10 10

 June 21-30, 1904 

10 11

 July 1-7, 1904 

10 12

 July 8-19, 1904 

10 13

 July 20-31, 1904 

10 14

 August 1904 

10 15

 September 1-18, 1904 

10 16

 September 19-30, 1904 

10 17

 October 1-21, 1904 

10 18

 October 22-November 13, 1904 

10 19

 November 14-30, 1904 

10 20

 December 1904 

11 1

 January 1905 

11 2

 February-April 1905 

11 3

 May-September 1905 

11 4

 October 1905 

11 5

 November 1905 

11 6

 December 1905 

11 7

 January 1906 

11 8

 February-March 1906 

11 9

 April 1906 

11 10

 May-June 1906 

11 11

 July-September 1906 

11 12

 October 1906 

11 13

 November 1906 

11 14

 December 1906 

11 15

 January 1907 

11 16

 February-April 1907 

11 17

 May 1907 

11 18

 June-July 1907 

11 19

 August-December 1907 

11 20

 January-April 1908 

11 21

 May-July 1908 

11 22

 August-December 1908 

11 23

 January-February 1909 

11 24

 March-April 1909 

11 25

 May 1909 

11 26

 June-July 1909 

11 27

 August-September 1909 

11 28

 October 1909 

11 29

 November 1909 

11 30

 December 1-10, 1909 

12 1

 December 11-16, 1909 

12 2

 December 17-31, 1909 

12 3

 January 1-20, 1910 

12 4

 January 21-31, 1910 

12 5

 February 1910 

12 6

 March 1910 

12 7

 April 1-25, 1910 

12 8

 May 1-13, 1910 

12 9

May 14-23, 1910 

12 10

 May 24-31, 1910 

12 11

 June 1-16, 1910 

12 12

 June 17-July 8, 1910 

12 13

 July 9-20, 1910 

12 14

 July 21-August 1910 

12 15

 September 1910 

12 16

 October 1-26, 1910 

12 17

 October 27-November 15, 1910 

12 18

 November 16-30, 1910 

12 19

 December 1910 

12 20

 January-February 1911 

13 1

 March-May 1911 

13 2

 June-July 1911 

13 3

 August-September 1911 

13 4

 October-November 1911 

13 5

 December 1911 

13 6

 January 1912 

13 7

 February-March 1912 

13 8

April 1912 

13 9

 May 1912 

13 10

 June-July 1912 

13 11

 August 1912 

13 12

 September 1912 

13 13

 October 1912 

13 14

 November 1912 

13 15

 December 1912 

13 16

 January-February 1913 

13 17

 March-May 1913 

13 18

 June-September 1913 

13 19

 October-December 1913 

13 20

 1914-1915 

13 21

Newspaper Clippings 

14
Box Folder

 1904, 1916, 1923-1929 

14 1

 1930-1936 

14 2

 1937 

14 3

 1944 

14 4

 1946 

14 5

 1947 

15 6

 1972, 1974, n.d. 

15 7

Newspaper Clippings - Facsimiles - Handwritten 

14
Box Folder

 1910-1921 

14 8

 1922-1930 

14 9

 1931-1946 

14 10
Box Folder

Free Enterprise 1952 

14 11

Automobile Cavalcade 1906 

14 12

Chautauqua Portfolio 1902 

14 13

White Bulletin 1903 

14 14

Cadillac Automobiles 1904 

14 15

Film Screens 1902 

14 16

Runely Universal Tractors 1912 

14 17

Christian Herald Almanac 1914 

14 18

Tractor Field Book 1921 

14 19

Old Timers News 1943 

14 20

Transportation Progress 1934 

14 21

Antique Automobile 1944 

14 22
Box

Publications 

15
Box Folder

Jubilee 1916 

15 1

Tribute to Automotive Pioneers 1946 

15 2

Glidden Tour 1946 

15 3

Historical Facts about Early International Harvester 1947 

15 4

Antique Auto Show 1947 

15 5

Antique Auto Show 1948 

15 6

Tractor Power 1965 

15 7

The Tiller undated 

15 8

Detroit Air Craft Company undated 

15 9

The Diamond is for Quality undated 

15 10

Ten Stories undated 

15 11

Anderson Motor Company undated 

15 12

Studebaker undated 

15 13

Midland Farm Tractor undated 

15 14

Easier Farming undated 

15 15

Model O undated 

15 16

Sands Marine Water Closets undated 

15 17

Owen Motor Car undated 

15 18

Anchor Post Iron works undated 

15 19

Toppan Board undated 

15 20

Melton Museum undated 

15 21

Flour City undated 

15 22

Perry Pictures undated 

15 23

Hanna Locomotive Stoker Company undated 

15 24

Traction Engines undated 

15 25

Oakland Sensible Six n.d. 

15 26

Winton Marine Oil Engines undated 

15 27

Getting Railroad Facts Straight undated 

15 28

Janusch Manufacturing Co. undated 

15 29

Born Steel Range Co. undated 

15 30

The Launch undated 

16 1

Through the REO Factory undated 

16 1a

D.M. Ferry Seed Annual 1884, 1887 

16 2

Scientific American August 28, 1863, November 28, 1863 

16 3

OLDSMAR (four copies) undated 

16 4
Box

Travel Guide 

16
Box Folder

 1933, 1937 

16 5

"The Song of the Statue of Liberty 1917 

16 6

"Around the World" 1921-1922 

16 7

"Tours of Luxury Round the World 1921-1922 

16 8

"What to See at Plymouth" n.d. 

16 9

"Natural Bridge Hotel - Virginia" n.d. 

16 10

"Yellostone Park" n.d. 

16 11

"Yellowstone National Park" n.d. 

16 12

"Sentinel Hotel - Yosemite Valley" n.d. 

16 13

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Volumes 

Volume

vol. 1: Letter Press Book April 1904-January 1, 1905 

1

vol. 2: Bancroft Peat Company Minute Book 

2

vol. 3: Bancroft Peat Company Minute Book 

3

vol. 4: Fearnot Mining Company Minute Book 

4

vol. 5: Fearnot Mining Company Stock Ledger and Journal 

5

vol. 6: Motor's 1906 Motor Car Directory 1906 

6

vol. 7: Surviving Pioneers of Automobile Building 1914 

7

vol. 8: Around the World With a Camera 1914 

8

vol. 9: 2RS-4 Ring Laying-Goodyear Zeppelin 1929 

9

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Scrapbooks 

Volume

No. 207: Newsclippings of Olds family 1910-1943 

SB 207

No. 208: Postcards of U.S. and world 1902-1906 

SB 208

No. 209: Photos, clippings, history of Olds Tower 1929-1938 

SB 209

No. 210: Photos of family in Europe and Caribbean 1900, 1910, 1912 

SB 210

No. 211: Photos of family trip around the world 1924 

SB 211

No. 212: Photos of Oldsmar, Florida 1921-1922 

SB 212
Box Folder

No. 213: Family album 1892-1912 

16 14

No. 214: Family album ca. 1890s 

16 15

No. 215: Photos of home interiors ca. 1920s-1930s 

16 16

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Oversized Materials 

Drawer
45
Drawer Folder

Fountain Catalog from J. L. Mott Iron Works 

45 1

People. Groups.   Photograph

45 2

Michigan State University. Special Events. Semi-Centenial. Roosevelt, T. 1907   Photograph

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
45 2

Automobiles. Oldsmobile. 

45 2

Florida, Osmond.   Photograph

45 2

Lansing Map circa 1897   Map of downtown Lansing - possibly showing election wards

45 2

Newspaper clippings 

45 4

Automobile Manufacturing Associations. Annual Meeting Group Photograph 1906-1920 

45 3
Drawer

Residence for Mr. R. E. Olds, Elbamar, Grosse Isle, Michigan. Edwyn A. Bowd, architect (floor plan) undated 

47

Plat Showing Farm Layout, Reolds Farms Co., Oldsmar, Floriday. E. B. Walker, Jr., engineer April 24, 1917 

47

Addition to Hotel Olds blueprints, Bowd-Munson, architects. Includes second floor, typical floor plan (third through seventh floors), eigth/ninth floors, tenth floor, and eleventh floor. February 5, 1935 

47

Elbamar, Grosse Isle, Michigan landscaping diagram undated 

47

Residence of R. E. Olds, Lansing, Michigan (front elevation). D. B. Moon, architect June 1902 

47

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Postcards and Photographs 

Drawer

Postcards 

Postcards

Aden 

Africa. Victoria Falls 

Alaska 

Alaska. Ketchikan 

Alaska. Skagway 

Alaska. Wrangell 

Algeria 

Argentina. Buenos Aires 

Arizona. Phoenix 

Azores 

Belgium. Brussels 

California 

California. Redlands 

California. Riverside 

Canada. Alberta. (2 folders) 

Canada. Alberta or British Columbia. Canadian Rockies 

Canada. British Columbia 

Canada. Nova Scotia 

Canada. Prince Edward Island 

Canada. Quebec 

Canada. Yukon 

Caves 

Chilie. Santiago 

Colorado 

Colorado. Rocky Mountains 

Cuba. Havana 

Ecuador. Guayaquil 

Egypt 

Egypt. Cairo 

Egypt. Edfou 

Egypt. Esneh 

Egypt. Karnak 

Egypt. Korn Ombo 

Egypt. Luxor 

Egypt. Nile River 

England 

England. London 

England. Wiltshire 

Factories. Olds Motor Works 

Florida 

France 

France. Paris 

France. Vence 

Germany 

 Germany. Berlin 

Germany. Potsdam 

Greece. Athens. (3 folders) 

Greece. Corfu 

Homes 

Homes. Olds Residence. Lansing, Michigan (Corner of Washington and Main) 

Isreal. Tiberias 

Italy 

Italy. Capri 

Italy. Naples 

Italy. Pompeii 

Italy. Rome 

Italy. Sicily 

Jerusalem (3 folders) 

Lebanon. Boalbek 

Lebanon (Syria). Beirut 

Louisiana. New Orleans 

Madeira 

Maryland. Frederick. Barbara Fritchie's House 

Massachusetts 

Massachusetts. Concord 

Massachusetts. Plymouth 

Mexico 

Michigan State University. Scenes. Half-way Rock 

Monaco 

National Parks. Grand Canyon National Park 

National Parks. Yellowstone National Park 

New Mexico 

Norway 

Oregon 

Palestine 

Panama 

People. Groups 

People. Unidentified 

Peru 

Peru. Lima 

Scenes. Unidentified 

Ship Scenes 

Ships 

Ships. Yachts. "Reopastime 

Ships. Yachts. "Reomar II" 

Spain 

Spain. Cadiz 

Spain. Granada 

Spain. Seville 

Tennessee. Chattanooga 

Texas. Fort Worth 

Texas. Mineral Wells 

Turkey 

Turkey. Istanbul (Constantinople) (2 folders) 

Utah. Salt Lake City 

Virginia 

Virginia. Mt. Vernon 

Washington. Mt. Ranier 

Washington, D.C. 

Washington, D.C. Capitol Building (2 folders) 

Washington. Washington Monument 

Waterfalls 

Yugoslavia. Kotor 

Zanzibar 

Collection Photographs 

Photographs - Collection

Aden, Yemen. (3 folders) 

Africa 

Africa. Victoia Falls 

Africa. Algiers 

Animals. Deer 

Animals. Dog 

Animals. Sheep 

Argentina. Buenos Aires. (3 folders) 

Automobiles. Family Photographs with Automobiles 

Automobiles. (2 folders) 

Automobiles. Cross Country Tours. (2 folders) 

Automobiles. Demonstrations. (3 folders) 

Automobiles. Oldsmobile. (4 folders) 

Automobiles. Race Cars 

Automobiles. REO. (3 folders) 

Automobiles. REO. Drawings 

Azores 

Barbados 

Boats 

Brazil 

California. San Francisco 

Carriages 

Ceylon. (3 folders) 

China. (4 folders) 

China. Canton 

China. Great Wall 

China. Macao 

China. Manchuria 

China. Peking. (4 folders) 

China. Shanghai 

Dardanelles 

Denmark 

Egypt. (3 folders) 

Egypt. Cairo. (2 folders) 

Egypt. Nile River 

England 

England. London. (3 folders) 

Factories. Olds Motor Works. (2 folders) 

Factories. Olds (P.F.) and Son 

Florida 

Florida. Daytona Beach 

Florida. Oldsmar. (3 folders) 

France 

France. Paris. (2 folders) 

Germany 

Germany. Berlin 

Germany. Cologne 

Germany. Obermmergau. Passion Play 

Gibraltar 

Greece 

Hawaii 

Helicopters 

Homes. (2 folders) 

Homes. Daytona Beach 

Homes. Edward Sparrow House. Lansing, Michigan 

Homes. Elbamar. Grosse Ile, Michigan 

Homes. Interior 

Homes. Olds Cottage. Pine Lake, Michigan 

Homes. Olds Estate. Daytona Beach, Florida 

Homes. Olds Residence. Lansing, Michigan (Corner of Kalamazoo and Grand) 

Homes. Olds Residence. Lansing, Michigan (Corner of Wahington and Main) 

Homes. Oldswoode 

Hong Kong. (2 folders) 

Iceland 

India. (4 folders) 

India. Agra. (2 folders) 

India. Benares 

India. Bombay 

India. Calcutta 

Indonesia. Java 

Indonesia. Sumatra 

Inventions. Lawn Mowers 

Inventions. Log Cutting Machine 

Inventions. Motorized Plough 

Inventions. Root Thresher 

Inventions. Stump Puller 

Inventions. Wheel Thresher 

Italy 

Italy. Amalfi 

Italy. Florence. (2 folders) 

Italy. Milan 

Italy. Naples 

Italy. Pompeii. (2 folders) 

Italy. Rome. (3 folders) 

Italy. Sicily 

Italy. Venice 

Jerusalem. (3 folders) 

Korea 

Korea. Seoul 

Lebanon 

Michinery 

Madeira 

Martineque 

Michigan. Charlevoix 

Michigan. Lansing. Capitol 

Michigan. Lansing. Commercial Buildings 

Michigan. Mackinac Island 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Stadium 

Michigan State University. Music. Choirs 

Michigan State University. Serri-Centennial, 1907 

Monuments 

Monaco. Monte Carlo 

Morocco. Tangiers 

New Mexico 

New York. New York City 

Niagara Falls. "Maid of the Mist" 

Norway 

Organizations 

Palestine. (3 folders) 

Parades 

People. Anderson, R.E. Olds (?) 

People. Burgess, James 

People. Darmstaetter, Armin 

People. Groups. (20 folders) 

People. Mather, Mrs. 

People. Olds, E.W. 

People. Misc 

People. Olds, Mr. and Mrs. Ransom E. (2 folders) 

People. Olds, Mr. and Mrs. Ransom E. Anniversary Book 

People. Olds, Ransom E. (4 folders) 

People. Olds, Mrs. Ransom E. (Metta V. Woodward) 

People. Roe, Bunny 

People. Unidentified. (2 folders) 

People. Warren, Marjorie 

People. Warren, Roger and Melvin 

People. Young, Brigham and Wives 

People. Young, Smith G. and Harriet B. 

Philippines. Manila. (2 folders) 

Red Sea 

Rhodesia 

Sahara Desert 

Schools 

Scenes. Unidentified. (2 folders) 

Service Stations (Automobile) 

Ship Scenes. (8 folders) 

Ship Scenes. Crossing the Equator 

Ships 

Ships. Frigates 

Ships. Schooner 

Ships. Steamships. (2 folders) 

Ships. Steamships. "George Washington" 

Ships. Steamships. "President Lincoln" 

Ships. Steamships. "Samaria" 

Ships. Yachts 

Ships. Yachts. "Chieftain" 

Ships. Yachts. "Reola II" 

Ships. Yachts. "Reomar" 

Ships. Yachts. "Reomar III" 

Ships. Yachts. "Reomar IV" 

Singapore 

Soo Locks 

South Africa. (5 folders) 

South Africa. Cape Town 

South Africa. Durban 

South Africa. Johannesburg.(2 folders) 

South Africa. Kimberley 

South Africa. Pretoria 

South Africa. Spain 

Statues. Statue of Liberty 

Storm at Sea 

Suez Canal 

Sweden 

Switzerland. (4 folders) 

Trucks. Reo 

Turkey. Istanbul (Constantinople) 

West Indies 

West Virginia. Harpers Ferry 

Yugoslavia 

Zanzibar. (2 folders) 

Photographs - People 

People Photographs

People. Olds Family 

People. Olds, Ransom E. 

Box

Oversized Photographs 

OS 15

Automobiles 

Homes, Ransom E. Olds 

Michigan. Lansing. Buildings 

Middle East 1922, Undated 

Miscellaneous 

People. Olds, Ransom E. 

People. Olds, Mrs. Ransom E. (Metta A. Woodward) 

People. Unidentified 

Parades 

Negatives 

Curved Dash Parade, Lansing 1903 

First car Developed by Olds- Steam Engine 1887 

First REO Roadster October 1904 

Mr. and Mrs. Olds in an Olds Electric in Detroit 1899 

Oldsmar Sign, Florida 

Olds Motor Works 

Olds Motor Works Safety Film 

Ransom Olds and Son, Lansing circa. 1885 

Seaplanes 

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Microfilm 

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Reel 1: Papers, Patents, HC 288 (1 reel) 

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