Personal and Family Life

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Letter from Horatio Collins King to Mrs. Albert Smith
May 25, 1908

Horatio Collins King writes from Brooklyn to Mrs. Albert M. Smith in Middletown, Connecticut, and agrees to send autographs from General Daniel Sickles and General Grenville M. Dodge, the latter a Corps Commander in the Western Army.

Location: I-Purchase-1958-6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1900-1919

Esther Popel Shaw (Class of 1919) Diary
June 10, 1914 - April 30, 1915

Esther Popel Shaw, Class of 1919, was the first African American woman to graduate from Dickinson College.  This diary from Esther's senior year of high school documents her daily activities, particularly her interactions with family, friends,...

Location: MC 2013.4, B1, F1 (Diary) ; MC 2013.4, B1, F3 (Transcript of Diary)

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1900-1919

"Reminiscences," by Horatio Collins King
1915

Medal of Honor recipient Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858) writes a five-page composition entitled "Reminiscences" in pencil. He discusses his Dickinson College experience and includes notes of planned citations from his journal.

Letter from William Benét to Lawton Mackall
February 4, 1916

Writer and poet William Rose Benét writes to Lawton Mackall, asking him to contribute to a one-off literary magazine called The Chimaera.

Location: I-Friends-1982-3

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1900-1919

Two Letters from William Benét to Lawton Mackall
August 15, 1917

William Rose Benét writes two letters to Lawton Mackall: the first promises poems and includes a drawing; the second explains Benét's plans to travel for ten days.

Letter from Esther King to Whitelaw Saunders
March 29, 1919

Esther H. King writes to Whitelaw Saunders regarding her late husband, Horatio Collins King.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-36

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1900-1919

Diary of Hazelle Allen
1932

Hazelle Myra Allen's diary documents her experience with classes, student life, social events, and personal matters as an undergraduate at Dickinson College. Allen, a member of the class of 1934, is a sophomore in spring 1932 and a junior in fall...

Diary of Hazelle Allen
1933

Hazelle Myra Allen's diary documents her experience with classes, student life, social events, and personal matters as an undergraduate at Dickinson College. Allen, a member of the class of 1934, is a junior in spring 1933 and a senior in fall...

"A Forest Pool," by Esther Popel
1934

Publisher: Washington, DC: Privately Printed

A selection of Esther Popel's poetry.

Location: DC 1919 S534fo

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Poetry and Lyrics

Time Period: 1920-1939

Diary of Hazelle Allen
1934

Hazelle Myra Allen's diary documents her experience with classes, student life, social events, and personal matters as an undergraduate at Dickinson College. Allen is a senior and graduates with the class of 1934. Allen did not write any entries...

Letter from Stephen Vincent Benet to Miss Adlard
circa 1935

Stephen Vincent Benet thanks a Miss Adlard for her letter describing the performance of Miss Locke. "It was extremely interesting to hear about it and I know that Miss Locke must have given a beautiful and unusual performance," as Benet observes...

Location: I-Friends-1975-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1920-1939

"The Home of Taney," by Edward Delaplaine
July 4, 1936

Edward S. Delaplaine addresses the Forty-First Annual Meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association with a paper titled "The Home of Taney." Delaplaine, a member of the Frederick Bar and the President of the Roger Brooke Taney Home, Inc.,...

Location: I-Delaplaine-1967-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1920-1939

Letter from Stephen Vincent Benét to Laura Benét
July 25, 1936

Stephen Vincent Benét writes to his sister, Laura Benét, on the slowness of his writing and distress over news from abroad. Includes envelope.

Location: I-Friends-1982-2

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1920-1939

Letter from Stephan Vincent Benet to Frances Benet
November 17, 1939

Stephen Vincent Benet asks his mother, Frances Rose Benet, to come to Thanksgiving.

Location: I-Friends-1991-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1920-1939

Letter from Stephan Vincent Benét to Frances Rose Benét
January 9, 1940

Writer and poet Stephan Vincent Benét writes to his mother, Frances. He discusses a recent speaking engagement at Saybrook College, the cold weather, and his daughter Rachel's pet canary. Envelope included.

Location: I-Friends-1983-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1940-1959

"Personal Adventures in Race Relations," by Esther Popel
1948

Publisher: New York: The Woman's Press

Esther Popel discusses some of her experience regarding race in the United States.

Location: DC 1919 S534p

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1940-1959

Two Letters from William Benét to Lawton Mackall
May 6, 1948

Two letters from William Rose Benét to Lawton Mackall: the first asking for details about a play Mackall has written; the second explaining that he has no room to plublish a piece by one of Mackall's friends.

Location: I-Friends-1982-3

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1940-1959

Letter from William Rose Benét to Laura Benét
August 8, 1949

William Rose Benét writes to his sister, Laura Benét, with a clipping about the family from the Cape Ann Summer Sun.

Location: I-Friends-1982-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1940-1959

Letter from Zatae Longsdorff Straw to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Selby
April 20, 1951

Zatae Longsdorff Straw (Class of 1887) writes to Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Selby, accepting an invitation and explaining her (and her family's) connections to Dickinson College. Howard Selby was a member of Dickinson's class of 1913 and his wife,...

Letter from Allen Tanner to Parker Tyler
1964

In this draft letter, Allen Tanner writes to author Parker Tyler, promising to provide him with information and photos of Pavel Tchelitchew and their friends for Tyler's book The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew.

Location: MC 2013.3, B2, F6

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1960-1979

Letter from Josephine Meredith to Josephine Davis
February 26, 1964

Josephine Meredith writes to Josephine Davis about a recent visit to Dickinson, her extended family, her life and activities in Iowa, and comments on health issues. Meredith, a member of the Class of 1901 and who later worked at Dickinson as Dean...

Postcard from Marianne Moore to “Don”
circa 1965

Poet Marianne Moore writes to an unspecified "kind, kind Don." Moore thanks Don for "taking [his] time to help [her], and send for a taxi;" she is also grateful for his gift of "The Adoration of the Magi, the one true message for the days."...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-34

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1960-1979

"The Story of Joseph Priestley House," by Mabel Abbott
c.1970

Mabel Abbott provides an overview of Joseph Priestley and his house in central Pennsylvania in "The Story of Joseph Priestley House" by Mabel Abbott.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Janet Figler
June 13, 1976

In this letter to Janet Figler, mother of donor Liz Hamill Howard, Allen Tanner writes that he no longer gives piano lessons due to ongoing health problems. He also offers musical training advice for Hamill Howard.

Location: MC 2013.3, B1, F28

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1960-1979

Letter from Allen Tanner to Elizabeth Hamill
July 25, 1977

In this letter to Liz Hamill Howard, Allen Tanner describes where he purchased an Alexander Scriabin album, and offers advice to Hamilll Howard on her piano playing technique.

Location: MC 2013.3, B1, F47

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1960-1979

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