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Dorothy “Dot” Clara Goodrich scrapbook

Identifier: RHC-158

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook/photograph album, 185 x 281 mm. 69 leaves. Black leather over thin boards with “My School-Day Memory Book” stamped in gold on cover. Contains photographs, correspondence, telegrams, school report cards, theatre and concert programs, invitations, dance cards, and other ephemera documenting the social life and school activities of Dorothy Goodrich, mostly in Owosso, Michigan. Some of the leaves seem to have been rearranged, as not all of them are in chronological order.


  • 1924 - 1933


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.


Dorothy (“Dot”) Clara Goodrich Patterson Huff was born in Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan on 6 February (or 16 May), 1912 (or 1913). Her parents were William Rufus Goodrich (1879-1967) and Claudine Ethel Ward Goodrich (1885-1933) who married in June 1909. William attended the University of Michigan, and graduated with an AB degree in 1905 and was awarded the AM degree in 1906. He was employed as the general manager of the Arthur Ward Company, purveyors of furniture and hardware in Owosso. The family owned a summer cottage at Crystalia on Crystal Lake, Benzie County, Michigan. Dorothy had one sister, Wilma Goodrich Cobb (1915-1971). Dorothy graduated from Owosso High School and matriculated at the University of Michigan in September 1931. While there she evidently met and married a fellow freshman, Frederick Griswold Patterson (1911-1998) on 29 March 1932. She gave birth to a son, Frederick G. Patterson [Jr.?] in late 1932. Dorothy divorced her husband in February 1933, citing extreme cruelty and non-support; however custody of their child was awarded to Frederick. Dorothy subsequently married Adelbert Orville Huff (1909-1992) on 22 February 1934. At the time he was a salesman working for Dorothy’s father at the Arthur Ward Co. Their first child, Valerie Kean Huff Schweiss was born on 23 August 1934. Twin daughters, Gaylene and Penelope Goodrich Huff, were born on 11 September 1935; however the latter, severely underweight and unable to take nourishment, died eighteen days later on 29 September 1935. Adelbert served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant before being discharged. Dorothy and Adelbert divorced on 28 November 1949. Dorothy died in Owosso in November 1967 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso, Michigan with her parents and sister.


0.8 Linear feet (1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbook was purchased on an eBay auction from Roberta Hill (Jackson, Michigan) on 31 July 2018.
Dorothy “Dot” Clara Goodrich scrapbook
Robert Beasecker
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States