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Guide to the Clarence E. and D. Minnie McDermaid Correspondence MSS.2682

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Finding aid prepared by Jamie Burke

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

March 2010

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

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Collection Title:

Clarence E. and Minnie McDermaid Correspondence

Unit ID:

MSS.2682

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

2.1 Linear feet 419 letters

Dates:

1919-1975

Abstract:

This collection mainly contains correspondence from Emma O. Lundberg to her nephew Clarence McDermaid discussing events in her everyday life, family and friends, trips, and holidays. There is a large amount of general correspondence from Katharine Lenroot to both Minnie and Clarence consisting of holiday cards and letters discussing daily events, family members, and the illnesses of Emma Lundberg. Emma Lundberg and Katharine Lenroot were both child welfare activist and were pioneers in this field. They mention work in Washington D.C. and Wisconsin involving this field.

creator

Lenroot, Katharine F.

creator

Lundberg, Emma O.

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Jamie Burke, April 2010

Preferred Citation:

Clarence E. and Minnie McDermaid Correspondence, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall.

Biographical/Historical note

The McDermaids are residents of Rockford, Illinois. Clarence is the son of Daniel and Minnie McDermaid and is a college student. Minnie McDermaid passes away between Jan 1954 and Dec 1959 Katharine Frederica Lenroot (1891-1982) was a child welfare leader and served as the third Chief of the United States Children's Bureau from 1934-1951 after an appointment by President Roosevelt. She is the daughter of Wisconsin senator Irvine She was Emma Lundberg's assistant at the Wisconsin Industrial Commission. Emma Octavia Lundberg (1881-1954) wrote Our Concern - Every Child and had a long career in social work. In 1914, she became the first Director of the Social Services Division of the United States Children's Bureau. Emma and Katharine resided together in Hartdale, New York from 1951 to 1954.

Biographical Information on Katharine F. Lenroot found at: http://findingaids.cul.columbia.edu/ead/nnc-rb/ldpd_4079022 Biographical information on Emma O. Lundberg found at: http://cliobeta.cul.columbia.edu:7018/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4079053

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains personal correspondence to Clarence and Wilhelmina (Minnie) McDermiad, mostly letters from Clarence's aunt Emma O. Lundberg, a child welfare leader in Wisconsin and Washington D.C. Correspondence from Emma Lundberg mentions the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago and her employment by the New Deal Temporary Emergency Relief Administration. Katharine Lenroot, originally employed as Emma's assistant at the Wisconsin Industrial Commission, corresponds with Clarence and Minnie, including details of the weather and "Indian summers," general daily activites, discussion of various family and friends. and details of Emma's deteriorating medical condition. She is in poor health, undergoes various tooth surgeries and is diagnosed with arteriosclerosis and a case of pneumonia during the correspondence. She keeps in contact with the family after Emma's death in 1954.

Source(s)

Long, Huey P. , Governor of Louisiana (local)

Incoming Correspondence

Components in Detail

Katharine F. Lenroot

Components in Detail

to Clarence McDermaid 0.1 linear foot 29 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 1

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid 0.1 linear foot 13 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 2

to Minnie McDermaid 0.1 Linear feet 6 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 2

Emma O. Lundberg 49 letters

Components in Detail

to Clarence McDermaid, 30 March 1919 - 17 September 1936 0.1 linear foot 22 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 3

to Clarence McDermaid, 30 September 1936 - 31 December 1939 0.1 linear foot 20 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 4

to Clarence McDermaid, 27 March 1940 - 9 September 1941 0.1 linear foot 20 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 5

to Clarence McDermaid, 23 September 1941 - 26 March 1943 0.1 linear foot 20 letters Box 2682.001 Folder 6

to Clarence McDermaid, 31 March 1943 - 16 August 1944 0.1 linear foot 20 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 1

to Clarence McDermaid, 28 August 1944 - 29 December 1953 0.1 linear foot 21 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 2

to Clarence McDermaid, undated 0.1 linear foot 12 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 3

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 12 June 1933 - 10 May 1938 0.1 linear foot 15 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 4

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 25 December 1938 - 27 December 1942 0.1 linear foot 15 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 5

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 2 January 1943 - 8 June 1944 0.1 linear foot 21 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 6

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 31 July 1944 - 26 October 1945 0.1 linear foot 20 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 7

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 11 November 1945 - 31 December 1946 0.1 linear foot 22 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 8

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 15 January 1947 - 24 February 1948 0.1 linear foot 22 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 9

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 12 March 1948 - 3 June 1949 0.1 Linear feet 20 letters Box 2682.002 Folder 10

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 13 June 1949 - 16 December 1949 0.1 linear foot 20 letters Box 2682.003 Folder 1

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, 28 February 1950 - 13 March 1951 0.1 linear foot 23 letters Box 2682.003 Folder 2

to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid, undated 0.1 linear foot 4 letters Box 2682.003 Folder 3

to Minnie McDermaid, 3 December 1923 - 11 December 1944 0.1 Linear feet 21 letters Box 2682.003 Folder 4

to Minnie McDermaid, 19 December 1944 - 10 October 1949 and undated 0.1 linear foot 22 letters Box 2682.003 Folder 5

to unidentified recipients 0.1 linear foot 2 letters, 2 envelopes Box 2682.003 Folder 6

Various Senders

Components in Detail

R. deCastro to Clarence McDermaid Box 2682.003 Folder 7

Components in Detail

Isabelle Duffy to Clarence McDermaid Box 2682.003 Folder 7

Annamae Jared to Clarence McDermaid Box 2682.003 Folder 7

George Albert Whipple to Clarence McDermaid Box 2682.003 Folder 7

Theo S. Robinson to Clarence and Minnie McDermaid Box 2682.003 Folder 7

Minnie McDermaid Outgoing Correspondence

Components in Detail

to Clarence E. McDermaid, 1943 Box 2682.003 Folder 8

to Clarence E. McDermaid, 12 January 1944 - 12 April 1944 Box 2682.003 Folder 9

to Clarence E. McDermaid, 18 April 1944 - 30 October 1944 Box 2682.003 Folder 10

Clarence McDermaid Outgoing Correspondence

Components in Detail

to Minnie McDermaid Bin 2682.003 Folder 10