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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing: Subjects

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clendenen Family papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1855-1972
    Creator: Clendenen Family
    Extent: 113 pieces two boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    Clendenen Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired from Colonel Clarence C. Clendenen in 1948, 1969, and 1973.
    The collection numbers 113 pieces and is contained in two boxes.
    Inclusive dates: 1855-1972

    Historical Note

    The Clendenens were a farming family in Beverly, Ohio. In the mid 1850's, Hyram Clendenen, son of James Clendenden, moved to a Gold Rush town of Iowa Hill, Cal. In August, 1863, his brother, Clemens L. Clendenen, an Ohio farmer, enlisted in the 4 th West Virginia Cavalry. This one-year regiment was on duty at Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Grafton, New Creek and other points on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad till June 1864, guarding railroads and operating against guerillas. Clemens L. Clendenen served as a cook and barber. Captured during the action at Williamsport, January 30, 1864, he died in the Andersonville prison in summer of 1864. Willard Lambden Clendenen was a farmer and laborer in Kansas in 1880's. Col. Clarence Clemens Clandenen, a prominent military historian and grandson of Clemens L. Clendenen, was curator of special collections, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

    Scope and Content Note

    Clenenden family correspondence and the 1859 pocket diary kept by Clemens L. Clendenen cover Clendenen family affairs, farming, and property, including and a rift between Hyman Clendenen and his father over the land in Iowa and a homestead grant.
    The Civil War letters from Clemens L. Clenden to his wife Louisa Shinn Clendenen posted from Parkersburg, Clarksburg and New Creek, W. Virginia. (Aug. Sept. - 1864) and a letter from Andersonville prison deal with camp life and comprise some discussion of war politics, Vallandigham and Copperheads. This portion of the collection also includes letters to Louisa from John V. Clendenen, and members of the 4 th W. Virginia Cavalry about her husband's fate.
    Letters from William Lambden Clendenen to his fiance Mary Cowan (1887-1888) (32 pieces) describe his life in Ashland, Kansas as a farmer and laborer.
    Correspondence between Colonel Clarence Clemens Clendenen and Confederate Historical Society (London) (1969-1972, 18 pieces) deal with history of the Civil War, especially in the West and border states, and discuss affairs of the Confederate Historical Society. Correspondents include Michael A. Rich, Robert Fowler, and Kenneth M. Broughton.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection consists of correspondence, one manuscript, and ephemera and organized in the following manner:
    • Box 1. Clendenen family correspondence. 1855-1870. 62 pieces.
    • Box 2. Clendenen, Willard Lambden, To Mary Cowan (1887-1888); Confederate Historical Society, Correspondence with Clarence C. Clendenen (1969-1972); ephemera. 53 pieces.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Clendenen family
    Clemens L. (Clemens Laird), 1820-1871.
    United States - Army - West Virginia Cavalry Regiment, 4 th.
    Confederate Historical Society (London)
    Andersonville Prison
    United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
    United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Personal narratives.
    West Virginia - Description and travel -Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Kansas - Description and travel.