This collection consists of diaries, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and other material regarding the Ropes and
Skinner families and their involvement in the American Civil War. A significant portion of this material dates from 1861-1865,
including diaries from Hannah A. Ropes (matron of an army hospital), Alice R. Skinner (employee of the Freeman's Bureau),
and Jairus L. Skinner (infantry captain and prisoner of war). Publications of the Grand Army of the Republic and correspondence
regarding the American Civil War are also included. Additionally, this collection contains material that details the experiences
of the Ropes and Skinner families in California during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes correspondence
from members of the Perry family (related to the Ropes and Skinner families), documents from Whittier, Fuller, and Co. (employer
of Jairus L. Skinner), and literary manuscripts, chiefly written by Alice R. Skinner and Jairus L. Skinner.
Hannah A. Ropes (1809-1863) was born Hannah Anderson Chandler and was married to William Henry Ropes, with whom she later
became estranged from. She spent most of her life in Massachusetts and during the 1850s she spent time with her son Edward
in Kansas, writing a book about her experiences. During the American Civil War, she went to Washington D.C. to serve as matron
of a military hospital where she contracted, and eventually died from, typhoid.
23.0 linear feet
(44 document boxes, 2 flat storage boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All
requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.