MS 1136 - Nancy G. Steen Collection
|MS 1136 - Nancy G. Steen Collection
|Arts & Entertainment
|BGSU Centennial History
The Nancy G. Steen Collection consists of three linear feet of correspondence, files, literary productions, reviews, bibliographies, videographies and discographies, as well as printed material, photographs, and artifacts documenting the family life and personal interests of the former Rare Books Librarian of Bowling Green State University. The collection spans the years of approximately 1864-2012. It is divided into two parts: Part 1- Jose Carreras and Personal Interests of Nancy Steen (1954-2005) and Part 2 – Family Papers (1864-2012).
The donation and transfer of these records to the Center for Archival Collections was arranged through the cooperation of Sherrill L. Gray on February 21, 2008. The collection was processed and the finding aid was prepared by Lee N. McLaird, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections in February 2010. The family papers of Miss Steen were added to the collection by Sherrill L. Gray in December 2011. This addition was processed and the finding aid was prepared by Eric Honneffer between 2012 and March 2013.
Nancy Gay Steen was born March 4, 1939 to H. Greeley and Winifred (Freyman) Steen in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her grandfather was Irven I. Freyman, Portage, Ohio photographer and business man. Nancy graduated from Bowling Green High School, and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Bowling Green State University. She also earned a master’s in library science from the University of Michigan.
During her library career, Steen worked in a number of areas of the Bowling Green State University Libraries, including the Popular Culture Library, finally serving as the University’s first Rare Books Librarian. She retired in 1990. She was a member of Greenwood Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Friends of the BGSU University Libraries, the Stratford Festival of Canada, and the Jose Carreras Society of America, where she was a board member and discographer. She died July 3, 2006. In honor of her parents she established the Winifred and Greeley Steen Rare Books Collection fund.
|Scope and Content
The Nancy G. Steen collection consists of correspondence, files, literary productions, reviews and articles, listings of videos and sound recordings, a variety of printed material, and photographs, documenting the family life, activities and interests of Nancy Steen. The collection is fairly evenly split between documentation chronicling her family’s (Steen, Freyman, Smith) business interests, community involvement, and travels as well as materials pertaining to the Jose Carreras Society of America, of which she was a board member and discographer. There are also materials relating to figure skater (and Bowling Green native) Scott Hamilton, and to Steen’s interests in theater, and in foreign travel, particularly to Spain. Finally, the photographs in the collection document Steen’s family, travels, and the activities of the Jose Carreras Society of America.
Irven Freyman, Nancy Steen’s maternal grandfather, was a professional photographer, a businessman (see MS-91, the I.I. Freyman Collection), and community leader, who lived in Portage, Ohio before moving to Bowling Green, Ohio. The Steen Collection includes some of his photographic images from the Portage area, documents his local banking career there with the Munn Bank, and offers insights into area business practices during the early decades of the Twentieth Century.
AUTOGRAPH BOOK AND DIARIES
Part 1 - Carreras Society and Personal Interests
Box 2: Subject Files, Printed Material
Box 3: Printed Material
Box 4: Printed Material, Audiovisual Material, Artifacts
Box 5: Periodicals
Box 6: Periodicals
Box 7: Periodicals
Part 2 - Family Papers
OVERSIZE Box 1
Oversized diplomas are located in an envelope in the uncataloged newspaper storage drawers