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Guide to the Stanford Student Letters and Memoirs Collection
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Letters and memoirs

Letters and memoirs

 

Harriet Sophia (Hallie) Hyde Letters 1894-1895

Custodial History

Gift of William Hyde Irwin, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Letters, 1894 to 1895, from Harriet Sophia (Hallie) Hyde, a freshman at Stanford, to her mother, Mrs. William Birelie Hyde, including one letter mentioning the campus reaction to news of the decision on the settlement of Leland Stanford's estate.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence fom Harriet (Hallie) Hyde to her mother, Fall 1894 -Spring 1895

Physical Description: 10 items
 

Series 2 Osborne Family letters 1871-1914

Scope and Content Note

April 2002: These letters have been removed and processed with additional letters as Osborne Family Papers (SC0636)
 

Thomas A. Blake Diary 1907

Custodial History

Purchased from Edward Morrill and Son, 1973

Scope and Content Note

This bound typescript entitled "A Semester at Stanford" includes contemporary photographs and a note from Blake to Mrs. A. G. Everett, describing the manuscript. Subjects include hazing, the Frosh-Soph Tie-Up, the Plug Ugly fights, excursions off campus, pajama parades, and the football game between Stanford and Berkeley.
Box 1, Folder 2

"A semester at Stanford," [1907], bound together with contemporary photographs

Physical Description: 124 pages
Box 1, Folder 3

Blake to Mrs. A. G. Everett; and unbound photographs Dec. 1908

 

Ernest Klette Letters 1904

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Harold Hjelm, November 1975

Scope and Content Note

Ernest Klette attended Stanford University from 1902 to 1905; this series consists of two letters and one postcard from Klette to his sister Birdie discussing a reception for new students at Mrs. Stanford's house, the choir, and his schoolwork.
Box 1, Folder 4

Klette, Ernest Aug. -Nov. 1904

 

James D. Taggart and Katherine Taggart Spinks Papers 1905-1915

Creator/Collector: Spinks, Kathrine Taggart.
Creator/Collector: Taggart, James Deacon.

Custodial History

Gift of Mr. Taggart Spinks, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous receipts, cancelled checks, and student documents of James Dean Taggart, class of 1909, and Katherine Taggart Spinks, class of 1914.
Box 1, Folder 5

Taggart, miscelleous documents 1905-1915

 

John Colliver Letters and Memorabilia 1894-1895

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Nancy Bohlander, 1976

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of four letters from J. T. Colliver to his son John Adams Colliver (A.B. 1896) at Stanford, along with a handwritten fight song and miscellaneous receipts.
Box 2, Folder 13

Colliver, John 1894-1895

 

Frederic Jewell Perry Letters 1896-1900

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Ruth G. Allen, 1976

Scope and Content Note

This series contains approximately 125 letters from Frederic Jewell Perry, class of 1900, to his mother, discussing student life on campus, especially the affairs of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Box 2, Folder 14

Letters 1896 -1898

Box 2, Folder 15

Letters 1899 -1900

 

William Henry Schulte Letter 1893

Box 2, Folder 16

Schulte, William Henry (A.B. May 1895) to his sister Nannie, discussing professors and literary activities. 1893 Nov. 5

 

Tex Bollman Allen Papers 1929-1930

Scope and Content Note

This collection of papers from Tex Bollman Allen, class of 1933, includes his letters to his family discussing his friends, sports, classes, and potential fraternity life; one letter from Benjamin A. Clark, 3 Dec. 1929; and miscellaneous receipts and notes.
Box 2, Folder 17

Receipts, notes, and letter from B. A. Clark

Box 2, Folder 18

Letters to Allen family, Jan. 1930 -May 1930

 

Herbert Stanton Marshutz Letter 1941

Box 2, Folder 19

Letter to Kenneth Smith, Stanford Alumni Association, regarding the Stanford Crew Team of 1912 to 1918 1941 Dec. 24

 

Austin Kautz Letter 1892

Box 2, Folder 20

Letter to Bessie Anderson regarding the December 1892 Big Game 1892 Dec. 17

Physical Description: Transcript included
 

Lloyd Nolan Letter

Box 2, Folder 21

Letter to Dave, (possibly David Lamson), relating to Nolan's blossoming stage career 17 April (1935?),

 

Payne Family Letters 1895-1897

Scope and Content Note

These letters were written by Rose Payne, A.B. 1898, and Theodora Payne, A.B. 1900, to "Nannie" in San Jose, possibly an aunt. They describe their student life at Stanford including classes and lectures, athletics, sorority matters, and social events with other students and faculty. There is also some mention of Jane Stanford and the govenment suit against the estate of Leland Stanford.
Box 2, Folder 22

Correspondence 1895

 

Freshman-Sophomore reception; death of Mrs. Pease. 1895 October 6

 

Production of "Tribly;" Bonfire; celebration on account of decision for suit processions. 1895 October 13

 

Sorority question-refusal of Kappa bids. 1895 October 18

 

Roble reception for the faculty. 1895 October 28

 

Big Game; Thanksgiving Day at Stanford. 1895 November 10

 

Big Game results; Thanksgiving vacation and dance; course descriptions. n.d.

 

Cheating incident; possible appointment of student committee on cheating; burning of the chemical lab; Prof. Anderson's article on "Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow." 1895 December 17

Box 2, Folder 23

Correspondence 1896

 

Prof. Clarke description; Fort Stoniax bank failure. 1896 Feb.

 

Celebrations over suit decision; Founder's Day; University committees. 1896 March 15

 

Vacation dances; Prof. Anderson's course. 1896 March 24

 

Chancy M. Deperd speech with Cornelius Vanderbilt. 1896 March 4

 

House mortgage; junior dance. 1896 April 20

 

Exams and commencement; Roble reception for the faculty. 1896 May 4

 

French Revolution lectures; English 11; Stanford Day. 1896 May

 

Commencement week. 1896 May 29

 

Description of courses. 1896 Sept. 4

 

McKinley's election; Dr. Jordan's party; Thanksgiving Dance. 1896 November 8

 

Visit with Mrs. Stanford; description of her home and dress and personality. 1896 Nov. 14

 

Card party at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Angell with Dr. and Mrs. Fairclough. 1896 Nov.

 

Winning of Big Game; pride in the University; Thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving Dance; Mrs. Stanford's contribution. 1896 Nov. 29

 

Prof. Hudson's course re Mathew Arnold. 1896 Dec. 11

Box 2, Folder 24

Correspondence 1897

 

Suspension of 7 Roble girls and Mrs. Clement (Roble director) due to drinking incident; mentions Mrs. Baker as replacement. 1897 Jan. 1

 

Dr. Jordan's 46th birthday party; visit with Prof. Anderson and his family. 1897 Jan. 23

 

Jordan's poem published in Sequoia; dance with Sigma Rho Eta. 1897 Feb. 6

 

Invitation to Sophomore Cotilion. 1897 Feb. 16

 

Description of Cotilion; comments on fraternity question at Stanford. 1897 Feb.

 

Informal party at the home of Prof. Allardice with Profs. Campbell, Kellogg, Fairclough and Hodges; proposed improvment of Roble dining room. 1897 March 2

 

New Orleans French Grand Opera Co. at the California and description of Shakespeare exam. 1897 March 15

 

Welsh rarebit party given by Mr. Nash in Encina; comments on the party, Mr. Nash.

 

Intercollegiate field day and debate. 1897 April 25

 

Change in room and board. 1897 May 2

 

Jordan's reception for the seniors; mentions Mrs. Stanford. 1897 May 31

 

Description of classes. 1897 Oct. 4

 

Lucy Allabach Correpondence 1891-1895

Box 2, Folder 25

Transcripts of Allabach's letters to family, primarily her mother, 1891-1895

 

Edward Meylan Memoirs 1979

Custodial History

Gift of Edward F. Meylan, 1979
Box 2, Folder 26

Typescript memoirs of his student life stressing influence of particular professors 1924-1927

 

Myron Burr Correspondence 1905-1940

Scope and Content Note

This series includes letters by Myron Burr, class of 1907, written while a student, describing Jane Stanford's funeral and the 1906 earthquake; and correspondence pertaining to reunions of the Class of 1907, 1932-1940.
Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence 1905-1906

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence 1932-1940

 

Irma Zschokke Crawford Diary 1968

Box 3, Folder 3

Diary describing life in early Palo Alto, impressions of Jane Stanford, and experiences in the 1906 earthquake at Stanford. 1886-1968

Physical Description: Photocopy of typescript.
 

Samuel B. Durand Correspondence 1893-1894

Custodial History

Gift of Samuel R. Durand, 1981 and 1982

Scope and Content Note

Samuel B. Durand earned his Civil Engineering degree in May 1894; these letters to his brother discuss campus buildings, Benjamin Harrison's lecture series, Junior Day activities, Berkeley Day activities, student tennis matches, and his negative impression of David Starr Jordan, the University President.
Box 3, Folder 4

Letters to his brother 1893-1894

 

Charles Bartlett Dyke Papers 1893-1896

Custodial History

Gift of P. Meissner, 1979
Box 3, Folder 5

Diary of a journey from Ohio to California; and cash accounts at Stanford University 1893; 1894-1896

 

W. Y. Evans-Wentz Papers 1906-1927

Box 3, Folder 6

Letters of recommendation from David Starr Jordan, Orrin Leslie Elliott, and J. E. McDowell; and letter from Evans-Wentz to Ray Lyman Wilbur regarding an educational trust fund, endowing a professorship at Stanford.

 

Student notes, unidentified

Box 3, Folder 7

List of rules for student conduct, n.d.

 

Burnham P. Beckwith Papers 1923-1924, 1982

Custodial History

Gift of Burnham P. Beckwith, January 1983

Scope and Content Note

These papers of Beckwith, class of 1926, include letters, a class paper, and a chapter from his autobiography. Subjects in the letters include his academic work, being on the staff of the student newspaper, excursions to San Francisco, his activities on the debating team, athletic and social events, and lectures attended, with occassional discussion of ideas such as socialism and religion.
Box 3, Folder 8

Letters home to his parents 1923 Jan. -Nov.

Box 3, Folder 9

Letters home to his parents; paper on religion; and two photographs : Beckwith with friends and Branner Hall 1924

Box 3, Folder 10

"My four years at Stanford, 1922-1926." Chapter VI, Autobiography of Burnham Putnam Beckwith, ca. 1982.

 

Walter E. Nichols Letters 1898-1899

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Winifred Gabrielson, April 1984
Box 3, Folder 11

Letters, Six letters to his cousin, Mabel Sept. 1898-April 1899.

 

Henrietta Martin Letters 1893-1986

Box 3, Folder 12

Two letters from Ellen F. Thompson; three letters from Dora Murdy 4 Jan. 1893 and 30 Oct. 1893; 24 Dec. 1895, 12 Jan. 1895, and 26 March 1896

 

Ethel C. Duncan Letter 1906

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Ralph Weinrichter, 1992
Box 3, Folder 13

Letter to Andrew Durham, describing what she likes about Stanford, the fraternities, the surrounding countryside, and the students. 19 Jan. 1906

 

Alva Emrich Barzen Letters 1913

Custodial History

Purchased from Howard Hein, 1985
Box 3, Folder 14

Two letters to his family describing his race at a track event, writing for the student newspaper, fraternity life and affairs, and meetings with Charles Lathrop, business manager for the University, and John C. Branner, President of the University.

 

James Cone Letter 1900 Oct. 6

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Cone Moore, 1985
Box 3, Folder 15

Letter to his mother concerning football, boarding costs and the members of his club, and family matters.

 

Michitaro Sindo Letters 1901-1902

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Cone Moore, 1985

Biography/Organization History

Michitaro Sindo, a Japanese student at Stanford from 1900 to 1906, worked with David S. Jordan on ichthyological studies and the Commission to study Hawaiian fishes. While at Stanford he was tutored by Elizabeth Cone, who earned her A.B. in English in 1901 and was a graduate student and assistant in the English Department, 1906-1908.

Scope and Content Note

These letters to Cone discuss his ichthyological work in Hawaii with Dr. Jordan, 1901, and in Samoa with Jordan and Dr. Kellogg, 1902; his description of Samoa and its people, including his visit to Robert Louis Stevenson's residence and grave; his assessment of Japanese home and social life (in reaction to an article in Outlook); and his academic work at Stanford, 1901.
Box 3, Folder 16

Letters to Elizabeth Cone 1901-1902.

 

Carl Emil Knecht Letters 1895-1896

Custodial History

Gift of Peter and Carl Knecht, 1985

Biography/Organization History

Knecht earned his B.A. in geology at Stanford in 1899 and his M.A. in 1900. After a year in California as a geologist, Knecht worked for several mining companies in South Africa. He died in Johannesburg on July 12, 1925.

Scope and Content Note

These letters were written to his family in Los Angeles from September 1895 to May 1896 and discuss his classes, exams, fees and expenses, the celebration on campus after decision in court case on Leland Stanford's estate, excursions to S. F. Bay, and advice from Dr. Branner. Also included is the English entrance exam test he took.
Box 3, Folder 17

Letters, and English exam 1895

Box 3, Folder 18

Letters 1896

 

Eri Horner Richardson Letters 1905-1906

Custodial History

Gift of Eri Horner Richarson, Jr., 1985

Biography/Organization History

Richardson attended classes at Stanford between 1905 and 1907. From evidence in the letters, he supported himself in part by rebuilding the Jordans' chimney after the 1906 earthquake.
Box 3, Folder 19

Letter from G. A. Clark; sheet on self-support for students; and letter from Jessie Knight Jordan, with endorsement by D. S. Jordan on Richardson's work 1905; 1905; 1906 Oct

 

Beulah Weeks Letter March 5, 1896

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Beulah Weeks Hemenway, 1951
Box 3, Folder 20

Letter to family regarding celebrations on campus after decision in court case on Leland Stanford's estate and an excursions into Santa Cruz mountains in the snow

 

Joseph B. Scudder Letter Nov. 26, 1924

Custodial History

Gift of Tom Flood, 2007

Biography/Organization History

Scudder earned his A.B. in pre-law, June 1927.
Box 3, Folder 21

Letter to his parents discussing Big Game and upcoming appearance in Rose Bowl against Notre Dame and his activities on Thanksgiving Day

 

Leon Thomas David Letter July 6, 1921

Custodial History

Gift of Carolyn David Eskra, 2007

Biography/Organization History

David earned his A.B. in pre-law in June 1924 and his J.D. in 1926.
Box 3, Folder 22

Letter to his parents relating the "paddling" he experienced as an Encina freshmen by upper classmen as well as the dunking tradition

 

George A. Tarbell Letters 1902-1903

Gift of Mrs. Robert Jaffee, 1988.

Biography/Organization History

Tarbell earned his A.B. in electrical engineering in May 1907.
Box 3, Folder 23

Three letters to his family generally about life on campus and his classes, including an encounter with Prof. Marx.

 

Kurt Widmer minute letter January 1930

Gift of George Schaetti, 2010.
Box 3, Folder 24

Pre-printed “Stanford University Minute Letter” postcard sent to Grete Hoffman [Romer] Jan 21, 1930

Scope and Content Note

The postcard has 6 segments with various options that the sender can check.