Conklin-Ackerson-Woodruff Family Memorabilia

Frederick and Elizabeth Conklin, ca. 1942.


 CREATOR: Various

EXTENT:    Linear Feet: 0.1 linear feet, 1 box

COLLECTION SUMMARY: Family memorabilia from the Conklin, Ackerson, and Woodruff families and some Erie Railroad ephemera.

RECEIVED FROM: Richard L. Koman in 2011


PROCESSING ARCHIVIST:  Cathy Moran Hajo, Feb. 2019

Collection Details

Biographical / Historical Note:  Charles Ackerson (1851-1943) lived in the Old Stone House in Ramsey, NJ for much of his life. There are a few photographs of him and a newspaper article from 1950. His daughter, Elizabeth Ackerson (1875-1975) married Frederick Conklin (1872-1947). There are photographs from the turn of the century, likely of their children. Two of their daughters were Velma S. Conklin (1905-1981) who married James J. Woodruff (1909-1976) in 1957, and Margaret Conklin (1902-1956)married John Lester Koman (1897-1976), parents of Richard L. Koman.

Collection Description:  The collection includes Margaret Conklin’s diplomas from the Mahwah School and a program for the 1918 commencement, family photographs of Charles Ackerson, Fred and Elizabeth Conklin, some unidentified family members ca. 1900-1920. Newspaper clippings about Charles Ackerson, the Conklin’s 50th wedding anniversary, and an obituary of James J. Woodruff. There are two photographs of James J. Woodruff hooping messages on an Erie Railroad train, Woodruff’s photo ID, a set of Erie Railroad pencils, and railroad passes used by James and Velma Woodruff to ride Erie lines. There is also a photocopy of Frederick Conklin Jr.’s draft card from World War I.

Arrangement Description: alphabetical by folder.

Separated Materials: Newspaper clippings were separated to Newspapers, photocopies made in place.

Subject Headings:

Ackerson, Charles

Conklin, Frederick

Erie Railroad

Mahwah School

Photography, Portraits, 1890-1920

Woodruff, James J.


Using the Collection

ACCESS STATEMENT:  Collection is open and available for use.  If used in a publication, the Museum expects to be credited.

RIGHTS STATEMENT: The Mahwah Museum owns the materials, but researchers wishing to publish or reprint materials need to secure permission from the copyright holder.

PREFERRED CITATION:  [ITEM DESCRIPTION], Conklin-Ackerson-Woodruff  Family Memorabilia, Mahwah Museum, Mahwah, NJ.


Collection Inventory

Box 1:

  1. Diplomas, Margaret Conklin, 1918
  2. Draft Card, Frederick Conklin, Jr., ca. 1918
  3. Mahwah School Commencement flyer, 1918
  4. Newspaper clippings, 1940s-1976
  5. Photographs, family, ca. 1890-1942
  6. Photographs, railroad, 1950
  7. Railroad ephemera, James J. Woodruff, 1950s-1980s