The Arnold Family Papers: Chapter 1

Amanda and the collection

My name is Amanda Norris and I am a History Major in the Public History Concentration at Wright State University. This is my second year in the program and I am currently working on my capstone project, which is processing the Arnold Family Papers (MS-599). The papers were donated to the archives last summer, and document the history of my family on my mother’s side from the early 1800s to the current day.

This includes the stories of the Steineman and Meyer families, who were German, Catholic immigrants to the United States in the 1830s. They arrived in Ohio through Cincinnati and bought land in Auglaize County. A few short years later the Village of Minster was founded.

As I have been processing this collection, I have discovered several interesting documents and encountered challenges in how to order these documents and photographs. I’d like to share these discoveries with you through a series of blog posts. I hope that by writing these blogs chronicling my experience organizing my family papers I may inspire others to look into their own family histories.

In subsequent posts I intend to share with you some of the interesting papers I have found as well as the history that is associated with them. I look forward to sharing my family history with all of you as I believe it is the fascinating story of an average family through the centuries.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for future updates.


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