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Guide to the William and Dorothy Houston letters and photograph MSS.2864

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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

December 2010

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-12-15T09:43-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

William and Dorothy Houston letters and photograph

Unit ID:

MSS.2864

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (15 letters, 8 envelopes, 1 postcard photograph)

Dates:

1917-1920

Abstract:

Letters written by William Penn Houston, Dorothy Carroll Houston, and various friends and relatives detail the couple's courtship and marriage. They lived in Cincinnati and California.

creator

Houston, Dorothy Carroll

creator

Houston, William Penn

Biographical/Historical note

William Penn Houston, an Army sergeant at Camp Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan, married Dorothy Carroll of Cincinnati, Ohio. After World War One ended, they had a daughter named Jane, and William moved to California, leaving Dorothy and Jane behind. They eventually joined him in Los Angeles.

Scope and Contents note

Contains fifteen letters written by William Penn Houston, Dorothy Carroll Houston, and assorted family and friends over the course of their courtship, marriage, and the birth of their daughter Jane. Five letters are from Dorothy's mother Anna Carroll. Also contains a postcard photograph of an unidentified soldier, possibly William Penn Houston. After courting Dorothy, marrying her, and fathering a child, William abruptly left for California, leaving Dorothy with little money. She wrote him three letters scolding him for his behavior, alluding to an episode of domestic violence that occurred while he was still in Ohio. The chronologically final letter, written by Anna Carroll, implies that Dorothy and Jane have joined William in Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2006

Access Restrictions:

none

Preferred Citation:

William and Dorothy Houston letters and photograph, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Kendal Spires, 2010

William and Dorothy Houston Papers Box SC0040 Folder 2864.01