Scope and Content Note
The Charles K. Ober Papers contain principally personal correspondence between Ober and his fiancee, Julia M. Dodge, written while Ober was a student at Williams College, 1879-1883. Ober's letters include descriptions of student living arrangements, his classmates, religious activities on campus, student conversions, the presidential nomination of James A. Garfield (W.C. 1856), the American Board of Foreign Missions and personal matters. While at Williams, Ober established a "boarding club" and his correspondence includes discussion of the operation of the club, which he apparently ran at the expense of his schoolwork. His involvement with spiritual matters is amply demonstrated in the recurrent discussion of scriptures and related matters in his missives to Julia.
Charles' letters to Julia in the early days of his career (1884-1889) review his efforts on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. while traveling throughout the United States.
Julia's letters to Charles (1880-1883) discuss schoolmates, mutual acquaintances, family members and personal matters.
Additional correspondence includes letters from family members, correspondence from personal friends of both Charles and Julia, as well as letters from business associates of Charles.
Additional manuscript materials relating to Ober may be found at the Yale University Divinity School Library.