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Guide to the Newell Family Letters MSS.2522

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Finding aid prepared by Amanda Haldy

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

September, 2009.

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Newell Family Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.2522

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (26 Letters)

Dates:

1900-1917

Abstract:

All letters in this collection were sent to the Newell family home in Lima, Ohio, with the majority of the letters addressed to John Wesley (called Wesley) Newell, and/or his wife, Sadie Newell. Most have been written by Newell family members and contain news of acquaintances, leisure activities in New York state, and other daily news.

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Processed by

Amanda Haldy, 2009.

Preferred Citation:

Newell Family Letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2006.

Biographical/Historical note

All letters were sent to J.W. (John Welsey) Newell or immediate family (wife Sadie, son Raymond, daughter Marjorie) in Lima, Ohio. The majority originated in Sherman, New York, and Schenectady, New York. Of the remaining three letters, one was sent from Onarga, Illinois, by Wesley Newell's brother, Amos,(though the envelope containing it is post-stamped Sherman, New York), another from Saratoga, New York, by Marjorie Newell's friend, Marvel, and the third from Califronia (post-stamp illegible) by Wesley Newell's sister, Eudora.

The relationships among the family members, where not clear in the letters' content, is corroborated by the 1900 census.

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters from various family members over three generations sent to the Newell family in Lima, Ohio.

Eight letters (1906-1910) are from a father to his son, J.W. "Wesley" Newell, and family, and discuss the writer's health, the doings of acquaintances in Sherman, New York, and plans for family gatherings. A ninth letter (1909) from the same writer is addressed to his grandson, Raymond Newell, with congratulations regarding a ceremony the grandfather will be unable to attend.

Eleven letters (1917) from a son, Raymond Newell, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Newell, discuss the writer's life in Schenectady, New York, mostly of social encounters, with business mentioned, along with United States involvement in World War One, "The Birth of a Nation," and boating. Raymond Newell writes one letter on a Purdue University laboratory sheet; also, a telegram about a catalogue and a newspaper clipping about rooms for sale were included in the envelope with another letter.

The six remaining letters are each by individual authors, including Wesley Newell writing to his wife, Sadie, and letters from Wesley's siblings addressed to him. The only letter not from a family member is one addressed to Marjorie Newell, Wesley Newell's daughter, from a girlfriend, Marvel, attending university and describing her activities there.

Newell Family Letters Box SC0024 Folder 2522.01

Letter from Amos Newell, Onarga, Illinois, to Sadie Newell, Limo, Ohio, January 3, 1900 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20613

Letter from Dora, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, April 22, 1908 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20614

Letter from Eudora, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, May 15, 1908 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20615

Letter from Eudora, California, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, May 12, 1913 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20616

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, July 16, 1906 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20617

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, November 28, 1906 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20618

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, March 7, 1907 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20619

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, July 31, 1908 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20620

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, December 17, 1908 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20621

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, February 20, 1909 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20622

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, June 12, 1909 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20623

Letter from Father, Sherman, New York, to Wesley Newell, Limo, Ohio, September 18, 1909 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20624

Letter from Marvel, New York, to Mudge Newell, Limo, Ohio, January 1916 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20625

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, August 17, 1915 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20626

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, September 23, 1915 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20627

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, February 25, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20628

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, March 11, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20629

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, March 22, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20630

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, March 25, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20631

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, April 1, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20632

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, April 8, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20633

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, April 18, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20634

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, April 22, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20635

Letter from Raymond Newell, Schenectady, New York, to Folks, Limo, Ohio, May 13, 1917 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20636

Telegram from John Hunter, Canisteo, New York, to Gentlemen, Lima, Ohio, September 12, 1910 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20637

Letter from Wesley Newell, Sherman, New York, to Sadie, Raymond, and Doris, Limo, Ohio, August 1, 1905 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20638