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Daily Courier mimeograph newspaper

 Collection — Box: BW 51, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16744

Content Description

This collection contains nine issues of an amateur newspaper created by two brothers, Harold and Arthur Rowley, ages fifteen and eleven, from Springfield, Massachusetts. They were the children of H.C. Rowley, head of the G & C Merriam Company, a well-known publishing and bookselling business.

The newspapers are one page printed broadsides using a late 19th century mimeograph process. The brothers hand wrote these newspapers and likely printed them using their father's equipment. The newspapers include information on their home (Wyndhurst), its visitors, personals, facts on random topics, lost and found, profiles of famous historical figures, scripture alphabet, and advertisements for employees of G & C Merriam Company.


  • Creation: 1894

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The Rowley brothers, H. C. Rowley and W. C. Rowley first went into business in 1866 with their maternal uncle, Orrin Curry (1816-1915), under the name Curry, Rowley & Co. By 1869, their uncle would remove himself from the business, and it would be known as Rowley Bros. & Co. In 1879, when H. C. Rowley moved to Springfield, MA to join in business with the Merriam family, of Merriam-Webster Dictionaries fame.

H. C. Rowley would marry Thirza Jane Merriam (1845-1919) on December 2, 1874. He would move in Springfield, MA in or around 1879 to join in business with the Merriam family, of Merriam-Webster Dictionaries. He and Thirza had two children: Harold Merriam Rowley (1879-?) and Arthur Merriam Rowley (1883-1979).

Source: Abe Books website. Accessed 2/17/2023


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Caroliniana by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on August 24, 2020.

Condition Description


Genre / Form

Daily Courier newspaper
Ellen Welch
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States