Pennington Family Papers MS-0545

Christopher Pappas, Dakota Greenwich
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Pennington Family Papers
Creator: Pennington, Louis and Jane
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0545
Physical Description: 0.20 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1936-1937
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The Pennington Family Papers consist of correspondence to Louis and Jane Pennington in San Diego from Louis' mother in Oroville, California, and Jane's mother and sister in Charleston, South Carolina. The materials include letters, Christmas cards, a birthday card, and one photograph. There are a few undated letters at the back which are written to Jane from her mother. The majority of the letters are written from Louis' mother and regard mostly family matters.
Louis' father was a butcher in Oroville who worked long hours and seven day weeks. He worked for "Upenshaw Meat Shop" on Montgomery Street. Louis' parents moved from Oroville back to Oakland during the winter, but had a difficult time finding a job for her father. Louis' mother had a strained relationship with her daughter-in-law, Jane, who she found to be rude and selfish - "the way she talked to me was a disgrace." Louis' mother shares information with Louis which she had heard about Jane, e.g. Jane was once married to a prize fighter at the age of 15 and was a fan dancer; also, Jane was looked on unfavorably by many neighbors.
Jane's sister, Irene, was proposed to by her boyfriend. They made plans to move into a new home, but complications with the renovations pushed back the move-in date. She sends Jane a letter with a photograph which appears to be herself and her boyfriend in front of their new home.

Arrangement Note


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Source of Acquisition


Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Pennington Family Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Biographical Note

Louis and Jane Pennington lived in San Diego, California, each having moved from Northern California and Charleston respectively.



box 1

Correspondence Series 1 1936-1937

box 1, folder 1

Letter to Jane Folder 1 September 7, 1936

box 1, folder 2

Letter to Louis and Jane Folder 2 October 14, 1936

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Louis Folder 3 October 14, 1936

box 1, folder 4

Newspaper Clippings Folder 4 October 1936

box 1, folder 5

Letter to Jane Folder 5 October 18, 1936

box 1, folder 6

Letter to Jane Folder 6 November 8, 1936

box 1, folder 7

Letter to Louis Folder 7 November 22, 1936

box 1, folder 8

Letter to Jane Folder 8 December 8, 1936

box 1, folder 9

Letter to Louis Folder 9 December 27, 1936

box 1, folder 10

Letter to Jane Folder 10 January 8, 1937

box 1, folder 11

Letter to Louis Folder 11 January 11, 1937

box 1, folder 12

Letter to Louis Folder 12 February 12, 1937

box 1, folder 13

Happy Birthday Card to Louis Folder 13 February 15, 1937

box 1, folder 14

3 Letters to Jane and Anonymous Folder 14 n.d.