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Beeson (Belle Dora Stamback) Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Belle Dora Stamback Beeson correspondence
    Creator: Beeson, Belle Dora Stamback, approximately 1865-
    Identifier/Call Number: mssBeeson
    Physical Description: 14.75 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1881-1954
    Abstract: Correspondence of Belle Dora Stamback Beeson, of Indiana and California, and her family.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Belle Dora Stamback Beeson correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the estate of Eva Marjorie Beeson Lawyer, May 1983.

    Biographical / Historical

    Belle Dora Stamback Beeson was born to a large family in Indiana in approximately 1865. In 1885 she married Charles Beeson. In about 1900, Charles Beeson's health suffered, and the family moved to Pasadena, California. Their sons Dana and Eddie remained in Pasadena, and daughter Eva married L. Elgin Lawyer and moved to Iowa.

    Scope and Contents

    The majority of the collection is made up correspondence among the Beeson, Stamback, and Lawyer family members from 1881 to 1954, including Belle Dora Stamback Beeson, her husband Charles, her sons Eddie and Dana, and her daughter Eva Beeson Lawyer. The collection also includes envelopes, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, and programs.

    Processing Information

    The collection was cataloged by Harriet McLune in 1983. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    The collection is arranged in the following series: Family letters; General correspondence; Envelopes; and Ephemera.


    Former call number: mssBeeson correspondence.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Families -- California, Southern -- History -- Sources
    Families -- Middle West -- History -- Sources
    Women -- California -- Pasadena -- Archives
    Women -- Middle West -- Archives
    Middle West -- Social life and customs -- Sources
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- History -- Sources
    Family papers -- United States
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States
    Personal papers -- United States
    Stamback (Family)