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Olsen/Ricklefs Family papers
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Description
Papers of the multi-generational Olsen/Ricklefs family, many of whom attended and/or graduated from Stanford University. Includes correspondence, diaries, and notebooks. Stanford graduates include Margaret Olsen, class of 1928; Robert U. Ricklefs, class of 1931; James Ricklefs. class of 1937; Cynthia Lyans Ricklefs Mercer, class of 1950; Joan Belinda Ricklefs, class of 1957; Lucinda Lyans Mercer, class of 1978. Other family members who attended Stanford, but did not earn degrees, include: George Frederic Olsen, Jr.; Clarence L. Ricklefs; and Marshall Somerville.
Background
Margaret Olsen (Margo) (Dardie). Born 1905. Died 1984. Most of the letters and other documents are either written by her or were sent to her or relate to her family. First husband was Clarence Ricklefs. Second husband was Marshall Somerville. Owner of the Petroleum Specialty Company (which came to her from her father through Clarence) and manufacturer of Gage-O paste for determining the amount of water or gasoline at the bottom of oil storage tanks. Stanford ’28, Philosophy.
Extent
10.5 Linear Feet (7 cartons)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
The materials are open for research use; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.