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Guide to the Gerlough Family Papers 1900-1968

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Gerlough Family
Dates: 1900-1968
Quantity: 14 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence, financial records, other papers, and photographs of a Moscow, Idaho school teacher and an Idaho Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, and other family members.
Identification: MG403
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Since there was no apparent order to the Gerlough Family Papers when received, an order was imposed. The papers were divided by type: correspondence, financial records, photographs, and other papers. The correspondence and financial records were arranged chronologically, with other papers and photographs filed separately.Several Gem of the Mountains yearbooks were transferred from the collection to Special Collections' yearbook holdings in the stacks. Empty and unattached envelopes were discarded.

Scope and Content

The Gerlough Family Papers span the years 1900 to 1968. Most of the papers are letters dating from 1911 to 1914. Also included are financial records from the same period, other papers, and photographs.

The letters—many still in their envelopes—were written between Margaret Lauder and Ludwig Gerlough while Gerlough was a student at Oxford University and Lauder taught school at Moscow High School and elsewhere. The letters are about family matters; some also contain discussions of local and national politics, teaching at secondary schools in Idaho and Washington, Gerlough's work at Oxford, his extensive travels in Europe, letters of recommendation written for Lauder, and Gerlough's fraternity correspondence. Other correspondence includes letters written to Lauder and Gerlough from family members and friends.

The financial records consist of Gerlough's checkbook registers from an Oxford bank and bills from various Oxford businesses, dated between 1911 and 1914.

Other papers include unsigned postcards, cards, announcements, maps, and newspaper clippings. Two yearbooks were retained in the collection: Margaret Lauder's 1906 University of Idaho Gem of the Mountains and Eleanor Gerlough's 1935 Madrono yearbook from Palo Alto High School.

Included in the papers were two photograph albums, primarily of Gerlough's days at Oxford, but also many photographs of family and friends. There were also several loose photographs that were stored in acid-free envelopes, and three oversize photographs stored separately.

Special Collections also has an unpublished manuscript written by Ludwig Gerlough about his life at Oxford (MG 5096). Lauder's uncle Wylie Andrew Gifford Lauder (1857-1936) donated his financial records to the University of Idaho Library (MG 210), and her cousin Alma Taylor-Lauder Keeling wrote a family history called The Un-Covered Wagon, A Glimpse of Pioneer Days in Moscow (Day NW F754 M6 K44) also housed in Special Collections.


Administrative/Biographical History

Margaret E. Lauder Gerlough, the only child of William C. and Emma Briggs Lauder, began her life in Colfax, Washington, on June 10, 1883 (her obituary lists her birth in 1884). The family relocated to Moscow in 1889, where William Lauder established his building supply business. Margaret Lauder attended Moscow public schools and the University of Idaho, where she earned her B.A. degree in music in 1906, and a second bachelor's degree in English the following year. She taught English and coached debate at Goldendale and Palouse, Washington, and Lewiston, Idaho public schools, and at Moscow High School from 1909 to 1912. There she met her colleague and future husband, Ludwig Sherman Gerlough. Lauder and Gerlough married on October 16, 1914 in San Diego, and resided in California until 1971. Margaret Gerlough participated in the Methodist Church, the Women's Society of Christian Service, the American Association of University Women, and the California Historical Society. She enjoyed teaching, traveling, writing, and sewing. She died on June 23, 1971, shortly after the couple returned to Moscow.

Ludwig Sherman Gerlough was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on January 16, 1887, the eldest of six children born to a miner and housewife. The Gerlough family relocated to Boise, where Ludwig Gerlough graduated from high school in 1905. Gerlough completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Idaho in 1909, and then taught math and history, and coached football at Moscow High School from 1909 to 1911. After proposing marriage to fellow teacher Margaret Lauder in 1911, Gerlough matriculated at Oxford University, England, as one of the first Rhodes Scholars from the state of Idaho. After Gerlough earned his second bachelor's degree at Oxford in 1914, he returned to the U.S. and married Margaret Lauder. The nuptials took place in San Diego, where the groom had secured a teaching position at San Diego High School. The couple had two children, Daniel Lauder Gerlough (1916-1977), a professor of Transportation Engineering, and Eleanor Gerlough Elmendorf (1920-), a science librarian.

Ludwig Gerlough received his master's degree from Oxford in 1918. He taught at San Diego High School and Lowell High School, a college preparatory school in San Francisco, until his retirement. He participated in the Y.M.C.A., the Beta Theta Phi fraternity, and the American Historical Association. Gerlough enjoyed traveling, theater, and sports. Upon his wife's death, he moved to Minneapolis to live with his son Daniel, who preceded him in death. Ludwig Gerlough died on March 15, 1978.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colleges and Universities
Idaho
International

Gerlough, Ludwig S.
Gerlough, Margaret E. Lauder

University of Oxford -- Students -- History -- Sources

Teachers -- Idaho -- Moscow

Gerlough Family

Administrative Information

Source

The Gerlough Family Papers were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Eleanor Elmendorf in October 2000.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1900-1968
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1/11/1 Undated 30 items
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1/21/2 Undated 7 items
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1/31/3 1900-1910 14 items
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1/41/4 January - June, 1911 8 items
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1/51/5 July 1 - July 20, 1911 12 items
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1/61/6 July 21 - July 31, 1911 18 items
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1/71/7 August 1 - August 9, 1911 20 items
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1/81/8 August 10 - August 20, 1911 17 items
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1/91/9 August 20 - August 31, 1911 27 items
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2/102/10 September 1 - September 19, 1911 22 items
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2/112/11 September 20 - September 30, 1911 15 items
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2/122/12 October 1 - October 9, 1911 12 items
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2/142/14 October 21 - October 31, 1911 22 items
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3/173/17 November 21 - November 30, 1911 23 items
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3/183/18 December 1 - December 12, 1911 30 items
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3/193/19 December 13 - December 31, 1911 40 items
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23/12723/127 January - July, 1918 18 items
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23/12823/128 August - December 1918, 1919 17 items
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23/12923/129 1920-1921 22 items
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23/13023/130 1922-1924 55 items
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24/13124/131 1925-1929 52 items
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24/13224/132 1931 - October 1933 29 items
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24/13324/133 November 1933 - December 1933 17 items
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24/13424/134 January - April, 1934 21 items
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24/13524/135 May 1934 - July 1937 25 items
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24/13624/136 August 1937 - 1939 32 items
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25/13725/137 1940 21 items
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25/13825/138 January - April, 1941 16 items
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25/13925/139 May - December, 1941 19 items
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25/14125/141 1944 - June 1947 40 items
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25/14325/143 January 1948 - December 1949 14 items
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25/14425/144 1950 - March 1953 42 items
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26/14726/147 1954-1956 20 items
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26/14826/148 1957-1968 19 items
Series II. Financial records 1911-1914
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27/14927/149Financial records 1911-1914 30 items
Series III. Other papers
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27/15027/150Announcements, cards, invitations 20 items
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27/15127/151Maps, newspapers, booklets 12 items
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27/15227/152Postcards 40 items
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27/15327/153Newspaper clippings 18 items
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27/15427/154Gem of the Mountain yearbook 1906 1 item
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27/15527/155Madrono yearbook, 1935; University of Idaho diploma, 1906; University of Idaho diploma, 1909 3 items
Series IV. Photographs
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27/15727/157Photographs 16 items

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