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1Title:  Severance Family Papers     
 Creator:  Severance Family 
 Dates:  1826-1843 
 Abstract:  Members of the Severance family were prominent bankers and industrialists in Cleveland, Ohio. Solon L. Severance was the son of Solomon Lewis and Mary Long Severance and the grandson of Dr. David Long, Cleveland's first physician. Severance organized the Euclid Ave. Natl. Bank, which later became the First Natl. Bank. One of the most notable members of the Severance family was John Long Severance (1863-1936) who worked for the Standard Oil Co. and the Cleveland Linseed Oil Co., a pioneer paint and varnish industry. Severance was president of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Musical Arts Assoc., and in 1929 gave Cleveland the funds to build Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Severance Center (Cleveland Heights), Ohio's first indoor shopping mall, was built on the site of John Long Severance's 161-acre estate "Longwood". The collection consists of seven volumes of autographs, poetry, and notes, including five autograph albums belonging to members of the Severance family, a book of autographs and poems of Mary Long Severance, 1827-1843, and a notebook of Solon L. Severance, 1840s. 
 Call #:  MS 0805 
 Extent:  0.40 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  Severance family. | Autograph albums -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
 
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2Title:  Severance Family Papers, Series II     
 Creator:  Severance Family 
 Dates:  1826-1989 
 Abstract:  The Severance family was a prominent Cleveland, Ohio, family known for its philanthropic activities. Solon Severance, a Cleveland banker, was the son of Solomon Severance and Mary Helen Long, and a brother of Louis Severance. He was also a descendent of John Walworth, an early settler of Cleveland who was a civil engineer and was appointed in 1806 as the Custom Collector for the District of Erie. Solon's wife, Emily Allen, was the daughter of Dr. Dudley Allen, and the sister of prominent surgeon Dudley P. Allen. Solon and Emily's daughter, Julia Severance Millikin, was the wife of Benjamin Millikin, a noted Cleveland opthalmologist. Julia's children included Helen Millikin Nash and Severance, Marianne, Dudley, and Louise Millikin. The collection consists of historical and biographical data on various family members; diaries and travel journals, especially of Julia Severance Millikin and her mother, Emily Allen Severance; correspondence, especially between Julia and her mother, Emily Severance; wills, genealogical notes, deeds, notices of events, and newspaper clippings. Among the correspondence are numerous letters from Julia's friends from Wells College. The collection also includes a certificate appointing John Walworth collector for the district of Erie, 1806, and a journal kept by Dudley Allen detailing early medical practice in the area. There is also material on author Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) and his voyage around the world, which included Solon and Emily Severance, and became the basis of his novel "The Innocents Abroad". 
 Call #:  MS 4558 
 Extent:  4.00 linear feet (4 containers) 
 Subjects:  Severance family. | Allen family. | Long family. | Millikin family. | Nash family. | Severance, Solon Lewis, 1834-1915. | Allen, Peter, 1787-1864. | Allen, Dudley Peter, 1852-1915 | Long, David, 1787-1851. | Long, Juliana Walworth, 1794-1866. | Millikin, Benjamin L., 1851-1916. | Severance, Mary Helen, 1816-1902. | Severance, John Long, 1863-1936. | Walworth, John, 1765-1812. | Millikin, Julia Severance, 1862-1950. | Allen, Dudley, 1814-1898. | Nash, Helen Millikin, 1893-1990. | Prentiss, Elisabeth Severance, 1865-1944. | Severance, Emily Allen, 1840-1921. | Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 | Wells College. | Women -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Women college graduates -- Correspondence. | Medicine -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Philanthropists -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Charities -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Voyages and travels. | Voyages around the world. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- History -- 19th century. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Genealogy.
 
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