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Guide to the Hugh A. Vantreese Papers MSS.2157

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-09T09:01-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Hugh A. Vantreese papers

Unit ID:

MSS.2157

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (Eighteen letters and other miscellaneous documents)

Dates:

1895-1907

Abstract:

Letters from Hugh A. Vantreese to his wife and children while he was employed by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company in Mobile and Selma, Alabama. Also included are letters from W. A. Vantreese, Hugh's brother, advising Emma about suing the railway company over Hugh's death.

Biographical/Historical note

Hugh A. Vantreese was born sometime in 1863 in Tennessee. He married to Emma L. Norton on 9 September 1885, and the couple had three children: Minnie, Rosa Lu, and Clyde. Hugh Vantreese died 13 August 1906, in a work-related accident while in Selma, Alabama. W. A. Vantreese, Hugh's brother, lived in New Decatur, Alabama.

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None

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None

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains letters from Hugh A. Vantreese to his wife Emma and children Rosa and Clyde, while he was employed by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company in Mobile and Selma, Alabama. Hugh writes to Emma about trying to find work with decent pay, wishing he could be with his family, and notes to his children. Also included are notes from Hugh's children to their father with updates on local goings-on. There are three letters after Hugh's death from Hugh's brother W. A. Vantreese of New Decatur, Alabama. W. A. advises Emma on suing the railroad company for compensation after Hugh's death. There are other miscellaneous documents including invoices, receipts, and calling cards.

His letters continue from 1895 until his death on 13 August 1906.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Wade Hall, 2006

Processing Information:

Processed by

Christen Robichaud, 2011; updated by Martha Bace, 2014

Preferred Citation:

Hugh A. Vantreese papers, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Hall, Wade H. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Railroads--Alabama (lcsh)

Railroads--Employees (lcsh)

Papers Box SC0014 Folder 2157.01