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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ropes and Skinner families papers
    Date (inclusive): 1826-1978, undated
    Date (bulk): 1855-1917
    Collection Number: 142
    Creator: Ropes and Skinner families
    Extent: 23.0 linear feet (44 document boxes, 2 flat storage boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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 the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. Ropes and Skinner families papers, Collection 142. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Ropes and Skinner families papers were acquired as a gift in 1957.

    Processing History

    Processed by Sara Seltzer and Russell M. Fehr, 2009-2010.

    Historical Background

    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.
    Edward E. Ropes (1837-1931) was the son of Hannah A. Ropes and William Henry Ropes. He grew up in Massachusetts, but spent a significant portion of the 1850s in Kansas with his mother. During the American Civil War he served as a private in the infantry, fighting in various battles including the Battle of Gettysburg. After the war he relocated to Florida.
    Alice R. Skinner (1841-1918) was born Alice Ropes to Hannah A. Ropes and William Henry Ropes. She spent the latter part of the American Civil War working for the Freeman's Bureau in North Carolina. In 1866, she married Jairus L. Skinner. During the 1880s, she worked as a piano teacher in Sacramento, California and became active in the Woman's Relief Corps in the 1890s.
    Jairus Leander Skinner (1838-1899) spent his early life working in various jobs throughout Massachusetts. During the American Civil War, he served in the Massachusetts infantry, rising to Captain, and spending time as a prisoner of war. From 1865 to 1876, he served as Postmaster of Amherst. He also started a lifelong association with the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), rising to become Senior Vice-Commander of the Department of Massachusetts. During the late 1870s, he moved to Sacramento, California where he worked first as a music teacher and later as an employee of Whittier, Fuller, and Co. He also maintained his ties to the GAR, serving as a member of the statewide Board of Administration. In the late 1880s, he relocated to Los Angeles, California continuing to work for Whittier, Fuller, and Co, and also beginning work as a lecturer of Swendenbourgism and as a writer/performer of poetry.
    Alfred Parsons Skinner (1878-1920) was the son of Jairus L. Skinner and Alice R. Skinner. After receiving an education, he held a string of jobs in various parts of the western United States. He was active in the Sons of Veterans, at one point holding the position of Captain.
    Rose Skinner (personal dates unknown) was the wife of Alfred P. Skinner. The two appear to have married sometime around 1902, and divorced sometime before 1909.
    Esther S.Perry (1866-unknown) was born Esther C. Skinner to Alice R. Skinner and Jairus L. Skinner. In 1899 she married John C. Perry, after working in various odd jobs (including as a draughtswoman for an architectural firm) throughout the United States.
    John C. Perry (personal dates unknown) appears to have worked at various odd jobs, including Publishing, prior to and shortly after marrying Esther S. Perry. Around 1910, the Perry family settled in Highland, California where John C. Perry became involved in the citrus industry.

    Chronology

    1861-1865: During the American Civil War Jairus L. Skinner and Edward E. Ropes served in the army, Hannah A. Ropes worked at an army hospital, and Alice R. Skinner worked for the Freeman's Bureau.
    1864-1865: Jairus L. Skinner was a prisoner or war, and, after one failed escape attempt, managed to reach the Union lines.
    1866: Jairus L. Skinner and Alice R. Skinner were married.
    1876: Jairus L. Skinner served as Senior Vice-Commander of the Department of Massachusetts Grand Army of the Republic.
    1865-1876: Jairus L. Skinner served as Postmaster of Amherst.
    circa 1880-1899: Jairus L. Skinner was employed by Whittier, Fuller, and Co.
    circa 1886-1889: Jairus L.Skinner, Alice R. Skinner, and family relocated to Los Angeles, California.
    1899: John C. Perry and Esther S. Perry were married.
    circa 1913-1939: John C. Perry, Esther S. Perry, and family were active in Southern California citrus industry.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    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.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into five series and ten sub-series. The series arrangement is as follows:
    • Series 1. Ropes family papers, 1837-1931, undated.
    • Subseries 1.1. Hannah A. Ropes diary and correspondence, 1837-1863, undated.
    • Subseries 1.2. Edward E. Ropes correspondence and other material, 1856-1931, undated.
    • Subseries 1.3. Ropes family photographs, 1849-1869, undated.
    • Series 2. Skinner family papers, 1854-circa 1970, undated.
    • Subseries 2.1. Alice R. Skinner correspondence and other material, 1856-1919, undated.
    • Subseries 2.2. Jairus L. Skinner correspondence, manuscripts, and other material, 1854-1900, undated.
    • Subseries 2.3. Alfred P. Skinner correspondence and other material, 1886-1919, undated.
    • Subseries 2.4. Rose Skinner correspondence, 1902-1909, undated.
    • Subseries 2.5. Skinner family photographs and other material, 1872-circa 1970, undated.
    • Series 3. Perry family papers, 1874-1956, undated.
    • Subseries 3.1. Esther S. Perry correspondence and other material, 1874-1956, undated.
    • Subseries 3.2. John C. Perry correspondence and other material, 1897-1941, undated.
    • Series 4. Grand Army of the Republic and related organizations, 1862-1921, undated.
    • Series 5. General correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other material, 1826-1978, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Civil War.
    Grand Army of the Republic.
    Perry, Esther S., 1866-
    Ropes, Hannah Anderson.
    Skinner, Alice Ropes, 1841-1918.
    Skinner, Jairus Leander, 1838-1899.
    United States.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence.
    Diaries.
    Manuscripts.
    Photographs.