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Finding aid to the Ellen Amos and Family Letters MS.501
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  • Preferred citation
  • Acquisition
  • Scope and contents
  • Access
  • Family historical note
  • Processing history
  • Use

  • Title: Ellen Amos and Family Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.501
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (12 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1927
    Abstract: Ellen (Mrs. Joe) Amos and family were Miwok Indians residing in Mariposa County, California. Ellen Amos lived in Wawona, Mariposa County, near Yosemite area, in the early 1900s. Collection of letters to Ellen Amos from her children and other family members. Letters span from 1909 to 1927 and includes the time when Mrs. Amos's son, Eddie, was in the army and France during World War I.
    creator: Amos, Ellen

    Preferred citation

    Ellen Amos and Family Letters, 1909-1927, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.501; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Acquisition

    Gift of Joseph and Helen DuShane, 1973 December 14.

    Scope and contents

    Collection of letters to Ellen (Mrs. Joe) Amos from her daughter, Eliza (Mrs. Henry) Leonard, daughter Daisy Harlow, son Eddie Harlow, cousin Lucy Telles, and other family member. Letters span from 1909 to 1927 and includes the time when Ellen's son, Eddie, was in the army and France during World War I.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Family historical note

    Ellen (Mrs. Joe) Amos and family were Miwok Indians residing in Mariposa County, California. Ellen Amos lived in Wawona, Mariposa County, near Yosemite area, in the early 1900s and she sometimes visited in Miami, California. Joe Amos is her second husband.
    Daughter of Ellen Amos was Eliza Leonard who was married to Henry Leonard. They resided in Ben Hur, then Raymond, California. The letters reveal that they had several children including one girl born in 1910 and one boy born after 1910. At one point the family raised turkeys.
    Daisy Harlow was another daughter of Ellen Amos. She was unmarried when working in Menlo Park between 1909 and 1910. Letters indicate she was employed at a store in Menlo. Circa 1912, she became a house servant looking after the baby of Percival Frances. Daisy lived in San Francisco and Raymond, California.
    Eddie Harlow was the son of Ellen Amos and worked in the Raymond mines and elsewhere. In the Spring of 1918, he joined the United States Army and served in 319th Engineers Company D in World War I. He was sent to France circa 1918 and was there until 1919. On his return he married and had at least two daughters by 1924.
    The letters also mention that several of the men relatives worked in the mines in Raymond, California.

    Processing history

    Inventory created by Library staff, after 1973. Finding aid created by Anna Liza Posas 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Amos, Joe
    Harlow, Daisy
    Leonard, Eliza
    Leonard, Henry
    Correspondence
    Mariposa County (Calif.)
    Mines and mineral resources
    Miwok Indians
    Raymond (Calif.)
    Wawona (Calif.)
    World War, 1914-1918