|Abstract||Ada Greenwood MacLaughlin, daughter of Kansas City School Superintendent James Greenwood and his wife Amanda, was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on August 1, 1860. She resided in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1874 until her marriage in 1881 to William MacLaughlin. She moved back to Kansas City from Illinois sometime after her husband's death in 1904 and taught history at Westport High School for many years. Mrs. MacLaughlin was a genealogist and local history enthusiast. She died in Kansas City on May 31, 1935.|
Items in the collection include: a scrapbook, posters, charts, certificates, lecture notes and outlines, genealogy items, newspaper clippings, journals/daybooks, poetry, photographs, convention buttons and badges, and other ephemeral items. Most of the dated material is between 1890-1916. Many items, such as lecture notes and papers as well as diary/journal/daybooks, appear to have belonged to Josephine Heermans Greenwood. Of particular interest are the journal books kept by Josephine between 1895-1907 when she was principal of Whittier School. She discusses school management and other education related matters, social obligations, religion, etc.