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Dorothy Shelley-Sherrill Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS-279

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Shelley-Sherrill papers collection contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, and artifacts related to the Association of the Two Toledos. Artifacts include scrapbook pages from 1928 to 1934, postcards, and a matchbox from the 1920s to 1933. Some of the newspaper clippings are from titles such as The Weekender, Heard, Cinematorgraficas, Toledo Blade, To Ledanos, Paginas, Estampa, and Cronica. Please note that the newspapers in the collection are very fragile and that most of the newspapers and the correspondence are written in Spanish since they are from Toledo, Spain.

For a more detailed list please refer to the Book and Folder list.


  • 1922-1979

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials may be accessed by request at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

In most cases, the Canaday Center does not own the copyright and literary rights to items in its collections; it is the responsibility of the researcher to adhere to U.S. Copyright and Fair Use laws, including seeking permission from the copyright holder and payment of any royalty fees, in the reproduction and use of archival materials. Providing copies or scans does not constitute a license to publish or reproduce images in print or electronic form.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy “Dot” Pearl Shelley was born in Maumee, Ohio on March 21, 1915, to Benjamin Harrison Shelley and Ethel Wiswosser Shelley. She had an older brother George, born February 2, 1913 in Toledo Ohio and a younger brother Ben born, February 8, 1918 in Maumee, Ohio. The family lived in Maumee until 1926 when they moved to Miami, Florida, following the youngest's Ben move there with his friend Dr. John Kane the year prior. With the economic downturn after the boom in 1928 the family returned to Toledo. During this time Dorothy attended McKinley School and later became a graduate of DeVilbiss High School in 1933. A year later the family moved back to Maimi, Florida and started the first Orange Bowl Restaurant. Dorothy started working for Cities Service - now called Citgo - and she was voted “May Queen” during this time. Soon after she met her husband Charles Sherill at an ice skating rink. They had two children named Charlotte and Charles Benjamin known as CB when they lived in Arcadia, Florida, and Douglas Georgia during WWII. After the war, they returned to Miami, Florida where their second daughter Little Dottie (Dorothy) was born. Later on, in 1960 she went to work as a legal secretary so she could take vacations all over the world, and her first stop was Toledo, Spain, or the other Toledo. Long after her retirement she continued to remain connected to her friends all over the world and attended WWII reunions every year. She continued to be very active until a few days before her death, passing with her husband Charlie of 65 years at her bedside on April 6, 2005.


.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Please note that the newspapers clippings in this collection are very brittle. They were carefullu placed in a clear Mylar sleeves to protect them while in storage and to contain small pieces of newsprint that is breaking off. We ask the you handle all items with care, and if you would like to look at any of the clippings that would require removal from their protective sleeves, please ask an archivist to do so and make a photocopy that you can use more easily.

Related Materials

MSS-071, Association of Two Toledos Collection:

MSS, 119: Association of Two Toledos - Carl and Jacq Zerner Collection


Accession Number: 13-28

Dorothy Shelley-Sherrill Papers 1922-1979
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November 4, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections Repository

2801 West Bancroft Street
William S. Carlson Library, Fifth Floor
Toledo Ohio 43606 United States