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Guide to the Lucy Bennett Eaddy Correspondence MSS.3315

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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

March 2011

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-03-10T17:16-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Lucy Bennett Eaddy Correspondence

Unit ID:

MSS.3315

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1906-1952

Abstract:

Letters to Lucy Bennett Eaddy of La Crosse, Virginia and Pelzer, South Carolina, from her husband, Dr. J. D. Eaddy, before and after their marriage, as well as from various friends.

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Preferred Citation:

Lucy Bennett Eaddy Correspondence, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2011

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains primarily letters to Lucy Bennett Eaddy of La Crosse, Virginia and Pelzer, South Carolina, between 1906 and 1907, from her husband, Dr. Julius David Eaddy, before and after their marriage. Dr. Eaddy's appointment as a First Lieutenant in the Medical Section of the U.S. Army Officers' Reserve Corps (18 August 1917) and a letter of condolence (8 February 1909) to him after the death of his brother. There is also a note and a monthly statement from a dry goods, carpet and notions shop in Richmond, Virginia.

There are two related letters included in the collection. The first is a post card to Mrs. Franklin M. Greene, addressed c/o Dr. J. D. Eaddy, dated 12 January 1945, from Julie. The second is a letter written on 5 June 1952, from V. "Boogie" McDavid of Pelzer, South Carolina, to Mrs. Virginia Greene of Florence, South Carolina. In the letter she says, "Sorry that Aunt Lucy has not been feeling well."

The letters from Dr. Eaddy to Lucy after their marriage are interesting in that, for no explained reason, his nickname for her is a racial slur. In addition, the letter from "Boogie" McDavid includes references to "negroes" coming to do certain jobs.

Biographical/Historical note

Lucy Bennett Eaddy was born in Virginia around 1890, daughter of Thomas L. and Lucy M. Bennett. She married Julius David Eaddy, a doctor from Pelzer, South Carolina. The couple had two children, William T. and Virginia.

Letters Box SC0066 Folder 3315.01