Deborah Langford Photograph Collection, c. 1880s-1987

Deborah Langford Photograph Collection, c. 1880s-1987

Photos collected by Deborah Langford of Eaton, Ohio. The photographs document four generations of a Miami Indian family: herself, her mother Hazel Belle Sims Langford, grandmother Helen Mae Leonard Sims, and great-grandmother Minnie Haha Wade Leonard. Many photographs are undated and unidentified.

Physical Description: 1 cubic foot (8 albums, 13 additional folders).

The photographs in this collection follow the family and descendants of George Washington Leonard and Minnie Haha Wade Leonard (b. 1861) for four generations. George W. Leonard was born in Michigan in 1857, the son of Moses Leonard and Mary Louisa Roubedoux Leonard. Three of George and Minnie's daughters are pictured at least once in the collection: Helen, Anna, and Della. Helen Mae Leonard married Frank Sims, and had a daughter, Hazel Belle Sims, in 1922. The family lived in Vinita, Oklahoma as Hazel grew up. Several of the early photographs in the collection were collected by Helen. One of the most extensive groups of photographs document Hazel Belle Sims Langford and her service in the Women's Army Corps from 1943 to about 1953. Hazel married twice, though what occurred to her husbands is unknown. Her first husband was Sgt. Paul Tarrent. Her second husband was Marvin W. Langford, who she would later divorce. Hazel and Marvin's daughter, Deborah Marie Langford, was born in Fairborn, Ohio, September 4, 1954. She married Wayne Pouder in 1975, and had two children. She married Walter H. Newman in 1987, and passed away in 2002.

The collection was donated to the Miami Tribe by Susan Kendall (Library Director) and the Preble County District Library (Eaton, Ohio) in April, 2005. The collection was given to the Preble County District Library by a family member.

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Items in Collection: 
Community
Myaamia Heritage Museum and Archive
Category
Miscellaneous
Summary
Deborah Langford Photograph Collection: Series 1: Non-Photographic Material, 1933.
Community
Myaamia Heritage Museum and Archive
Category
Miscellaneous
Summary
Deborah Langford Photograph Collection: Series 2: Photographs, c. 1800s-1987 [bulk 1943-1982].