Olive Butterfield Mosher Autobiography

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Compiler
Butterfield, Ira William, 1915-
Creator -
Mosher, Olive Lyle Butterfield, 1896-1984
Olive Butterfield Mosher autobiography
0.33 Cubic feet , 2 volumes

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

Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher was born in 1896 to George Washington Butterfield and his wife, Alice Banks Butterfield. She published in the periodical Good Old Days and in the Burcham Hills Memory Book which was part of the “Life Writing Project” conducted by the Department of English at Michigan State University. She was married to Jesse K. Mosher in 1920 and had two children, Alice Mae Lovdy Mosher Montney and Carol Claire Mosher Banta. She died in 1984.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains copy number 13 of Olive Butterfield Mosher's two volume autobiography which was compiled in 1988 by her nephew, Ira William Butterfield. Volume I contains copies of her published work "A Forest Fire" from the periodical, Good Old Days, and writings from the Burcham Hills Memory Book. There is also a typescript entitled “Lost in a Swamp.” Parts III through VI are photocopied from Olive Mosher’s various manuscripts and journals and are handwritten. These include personal stories, poems and photographs. Volume II is photocopied from handwritten sources and begins with Part VII, Rhymes and Verses. Part VIII is a journal pertaining to Olive Mosher’s 1916 Eastern Trip. Photographs are also included in this volume. Appendix A contains letters that were received and retained by the author while appendix B contains genealogical information on the author’s family. This includes notes on the Banks, McCloy, Mosher and Butterfield families taken from various sources. Photos of Kenyon Leech Butterfield, cousin to Olive and past President of Michigan Agricultural College, are included. An index can be found at the end of both volumes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 2006

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Ira William Butterfield, Alice Mae Lovdy Montney, Carol Claire Mosher Banta. 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

Family Name(s)

  • Banks family, (Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher, 1896-1984)
  • Butterfield family, (Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher, 1896-1984)
  • McCloy family, (Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher, 1896-1984)
  • Mosher family, (Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher, 1896-1984)


  • Autobiographies
  • Genealogies (histories)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- Genealogy

Personal Name(s)

  • Butterfield, Ira William, 1915-
  • Butterfield, Kenyon L., (Kenyon Leech), 1868-1935
  • Mosher, Olive Lyle Butterfield, 1896-1984

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Collection Inventory

Olive's Vignettes 


vol. 1: Parts I-VI 


vol. 2: Part VII, Appendices A and B