Skip to main content

Olive Butterfield Mosher autobiography

Identifier: UA-28.4

Scope and Contents

The collection contains copy number 13 of Olive Butterfield Mosher's two volume autobiography which was compiled in 1988 by her nephew, Ira William Butterfield. Volume I contains copies of her published work "A Forest Fire" from the periodical, Good Old Days, and writings from the Burcham Hills Memory Book. There is also a typescript entitled “Lost in a Swamp.” Parts III through VI are photocopied from Olive Mosher’s various manuscripts and journals and are handwritten. These include personal stories, poems and photographs. Volume II is photocopied from handwritten sources and begins with Part VII, Rhymes and Verses. Part VIII is a journal pertaining to Olive Mosher’s 1916 Eastern Trip. Photographs are also included in this volume. Appendix A contains letters that were received and retained by the author while appendix B contains genealogical information on the author’s family. This includes notes on the Banks, McCloy, Mosher and Butterfield families taken from various sources. Photos of Kenyon Leech Butterfield, cousin to Olive and past President of Michigan Agricultural College, are included. An index can be found at the end of both volumes.


  • 1988


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Olive Lyle Butterfield Mosher was born in 1896 to George Washington Butterfield and his wife, Alice Banks Butterfield. She published in the periodical Good Old Days and in the Burcham Hills Memory Book which was part of the “Life Writing Project” conducted by the Department of English at Michigan State University. She was married to Jesse K. Mosher in 1920 and had two children, Alice Mae Lovdy Mosher Montney and Carol Claire Mosher Banta. She died in 1984.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 2 volumes in box)

Language of Materials


Legal Status

Copyright: Ira William Butterfield, Alice Mae Lovdy Montney, Carol Claire Mosher Banta. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Changed record group from 00191 to UA 28.4 to reflect Mosher's connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgely Malone, January 2020.

Olive Butterfield Mosher Autobiography
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Louzon
February 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US