Belle Dora Stamback Beeson Correspondence mssBeeson

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
May 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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Conditions Governing Use

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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)


Family letters 1881-1954

Box 1, Folder 1

Belle Beeson to Charles Beeson 1918

Scope and Contents

16 items.
Box 1, Folder 2

Belle Beeson to "Dear home folks etc." 1881-1935

Scope and Contents

91 items.
Box 1, Folder 3

Belle Beeson to Eva Beeson Lawyer 1930

Scope and Contents

45 items.
Box 1, Folder 4

Belle Beeson to Relda Stamback Potter 1891

Scope and Contents

2 items.
Box 1, Folder 5

Belle Beeson to A-Z (various persons) 1881-1933

Scope and Contents

3 items.
Box 1, Folder 6

Charles Beeson to Belle Beeson 1918

Scope and Contents

3 items.
Box 1, Folder 7

Dana Beeson to Belle Beeson 1918-1939

Scope and Contents

106 items.
Box 1, Folder 8

Eddie Beeson to Belle Beeson 1913-1916

Scope and Contents

25 items.
Box 2, Folder 1

Eddie Beeson and Lida Beeson to Belle Beeson 1903-1911

Scope and Contents

108 items.
Box 2, Folder 2

James Beeson to Charles Beeson 1903-1911

Scope and Contents

62 items.
Box 3, Folder 1

Lewis Beeson and Minnie Beeson to Belle Beeson 1904-1940

Scope and Contents

38 items.
Box 3, Folder 2

Walter Beeson and Anna Beeson to Belle Beeson 1883-1936

Scope and Contents

16 items.
Box 3, Folder 3

Bertha Stamback Crum to Belle Beeson 1905-1950

Scope and Contents

67 items.
Box 3, Folder 4

Mary Hunt to Belle Beeson 1914-1928

Scope and Contents

7 items.
Box 4

Eva Beeson Lawyer to Belle Beeson 1918-1935

Scope and Contents

117 items.
Box 5, Folder 1

Eva Beeson Lawyer to Belle Beeson 1935

Scope and Contents

25 items.
Box 5, Folder 2

Eva Beeson Lawyer to L. Elgin Lawyer 1935

Scope and Contents

5 items.
Box 5, Folder 3

M.A. Morrow to Belle Beeson 1903-1925

Scope and Contents

54 items.
Box 5, Folder 4

Relda Stamback to Belle Beeson 1885-1889

Scope and Contents

25 items.
Box 6

M.E. Stamback Reynolds to Belle Beeson 1886-1913

Scope and Contents

88 items.
Box 7

M.E. Stamback Reynolds to Belle Beeson 1914-1926

Scope and Contents

91 items.
Box 8, Folder 1

Milford Reynolds and Elsie Reynolds to Belle Beeson 1905-1928

Scope and Contents

34 items.
Box 8, Folder 2

Alfred Stamback and Lillie Stamback to Belle Beeson 1882-1947

Scope and Contents

74 items.
Box 9, Folder 1

Mary Stamback to Belle Beeson 1910-1920

Scope and Contents

14 items.
Box 9, Folder 2

Ora Stamback and Raye Stamback to Belle Beeson 1885-1947

Scope and Contents

45 items.
Box 9, Folder 3

Elma Stamback Teams to Belle Beeson 1883-1934

Scope and Contents

113 items.
Box 10

Carrie Stamback Wiggins to Belle Beeson 1883-1954

Scope and Contents

132 items.

General correspondence 1882-1948

Box 11, Box 12, Folder 1

A-Z (various persons) to Belle Beeson 1883-1949

Scope and Contents

153 items.
Box 12, Folder 2

A-Z (various persons) to Charles Beeson 1905-1930

Scope and Contents

10 items.
Box 12, Folder 3

A-Z (various persons) to Dana Beeson 1901-1947

Scope and Contents

31 items.
Box 12, Folder 4

A-Z (various persons) to Eddie Beeson 1900-1910

Scope and Contents

8 items.
Box 13, Folder 1

A-Z (various persons) to Eva Beeson Lawyer 1905-1948

Scope and Contents

123 items.
Box 13, Folder 2

A-Z (various persons) to M.E. Stamback Reynolds 1882-1931

Scope and Contents

4 items.
Box 13, Folder 3-4

Miscellaneous letters and incomplete items 1882-1931

Scope and Contents

31 items.
Box 14, Box 15, Box 16, Box 17, Box 18

Envelopes 1881-1950

Scope and Contents

Approximately 1,650 items.
Box 19, Box 20

Ephemera undated