Oliver Family Papers
4 folders

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Processed by: Barbara Hilderbrand, November 2006

Biographical Note:

Reese 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 Crossís 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). Reese A. Oliver died on March 20, 1966 in Akron, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists primarily of Reese A. Oliverís 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 Oliverís 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 Reese A. Oliverís desire for him to become president (6-29-1939 and 11-1-1939).

Folder Listing:

1. Correspondence, 1914-1921
2. Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings, 1921-1950
3. Expense Journal, 1915-1924 and book
4. Ledger, 1917-1925

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

4 folder s (102 items)

Collection Dates:



Mary Oliver Krause, 8 April 1969

Access: This collection is open for research.



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Language Materials are entirely in English

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