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Guide to the Minnie Arthur Letters MSS.2571

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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

October, 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-04-01T14:17-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Minnie Arthur Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.2571

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (30 Letters, 29 Envelopes)

Dates:

1883-1924

Abstract:

Friends and suitors write to Minnie Arthur of Ohio on a variety of topics, from minutiae to politics and travel. A few letters are from siblings, but most are from female friends and male suitors concerning socializing and visiting.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Amanda Haldy, 2009.

Preferred Citation:

Minnie Arthur Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2006.

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence from friends and suitors on a variety of topics, from minutiae to politics and travel. A few letters are from siblings, but most are from female friends and male suitors concerning socializing and visiting. Recipient, Minnie Arthur, works for her living in some unidentified situation that makes her dependent on others, possibly as a governess, and her correspondents are often asking her to visit them.

Despite a large volume of letters from two different suitors, Wil, and John R. Hyman, Arthur remains single throughout the letters, and these correspondences cease in the 1880s. Political and social topics mentioned over the course of the letters include women's suffrage, the A.P.A. (American Protective Association), party elections, money-making endeavors in the west (Dodge City), and fundraising efforts of women's clubs. Entertainments and fashions of a middle-class or slightly affluent nature figure frequently, and illnesses and marriage are regularly mentioned.

Biographical/Historical note

Minnie Arthur received most of the letters at an address in Osborn, Ohio, though other letters are received in Union City, Indiana; Springfield, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. Most of the correspondents write from Ohio addresses, though one suitor, Wil, writes from Kansas. Another letter arrives from Janesville, Wisconsin.

Minnie Arthur Letters Box SC0027 Folder 2571.01