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Inventory of the Walker, Spinning, and Durrell Families Papers
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Series 1. Correspondence 1862-1903

Physical Description: 12 letters

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence includes three letters from and one letter to Hiram Walker during the time he served as a soldier in the United States Civil War, and five letters from Emma (Walker) Heron to her sister Anna Walker. Also included are two letters from Carma Hostetter to Anna, and one letter from Nancy Spinning to her new daughter-in-law, Anna.
The three letters from Hiram were written during the time he served as a Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War. In his first letter, written in 1862 from a camp near Lexington, Kentucky, Hiram asks his parents to write and tell him if there is "any hope of settling this...for one day we hear it is about over and the next day we hear that England and France is a going to recognize the South." In 1864, Hiram writes from south of Atlanta to say that they have Atlanta almost surrounded and that they are preparing to go on a big raid. In his last letter, written on April 27, 1865, he informs his parents that they have heard that "old Lee and his [w]hole army surrendered to Grant and Sheridan and that some infernal rascals killed Abe Lincoln and wounded old Seward and his son."
The correspondence from Hiram's daughter, Emma (Walker) Heron, to her sister Anna, was written during the time Emma served as a missionary in India in the 1890s. Her letters focus on religion and briefly discuss her life in India.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 1:1

Sidney Redman to Hiram Walker 1862 February 15

Box 1:2

Hiram Walker to Parents 1862 November 10

Box 1:3

Hiram Walker to Parents 1864 August 13

Box 1:4

Hiram Walker to Parents 1865 April 27

Box 1:5

Emma Heron to Anna Walker 1891 December 4

Box 1:6

Emma Heron to Anna Walker 1892 May 13

Box 1:7

Emma Heron to Anna Walker 1893 December 22

Box 1:8

Emma Heron to Anna Walker 1895 May 23

Box 1:9

Carma Hostetter to Anna Walker 1896 January 17

Box 1:10

Carma Hostetter to Anna Walker 1896 October 26

Box 1:11

Emma Heron to Anna Walker 1896 November 13

Box 1:12

Nancy Spinning to Anna Walker Spinning 1903 January 23

Box 1:13

Envelopes undated


Series 2. Scrapbooks circa 1900-1955

Physical Description: 5 scrapbooks

Scope and Content Note

Contains five scrapbooks compiled by Anna Walker Spinning and her daughter, Helen Spinning.
Box 1:14

Scrapbook 1 circa 1900-1955

Scope and Content Note

This scrapbook was probably compiled by Anna Walker Spinning. It contains material related to the Walker and Spinning Families and holds photographs of members of the Walker Family, including Hiram and Sarah Walker, and their children. Also found in the scrapbook are studio portraits and family snapshots of Anna, her husband William, and their daughters Marian and Helen from youth to circa 1955.
Box 1:15

Items removed from Scrapbook 1 circa 1900-1955

Box 1:16

Scrapbook 2 circa 1914-1916

Scope and Content Note

This scrapbook is a baby book for Helen Spinning. It contains narratives about significant milestones in her childhood as well as photographs of Helen until about age two.
Box 1:17-20

Items removed from Scrapbook 2 circa 1914-1916

Box 2:1

Scrapbook 3 circa 1925-1931

Scope and Content Note

Compiled by Helen Spinning beginning in 1925, this scrapbook contains images and clippings of Helen and her sister Marian as young girls growing up in Oregon.
Box 2:2-4

Items removed from Scrapbook 3 circa 1925-1931

Box 2:5

Scrapbook 4 circa 1930-1939

Scope and Content Note

Compiled by Helen Spinning during the 1930s, this scrapbook contains photographs of the University of California, Berkeley campus, construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and unidentified individuals vacationing in Taft, California, among other photographs.
Box 3:1

Scrapbook 5 circa 1932-1936

Scope and Content Note

Compiled by Helen Spinning, this scrapbook focuses on life at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1930s. Photographs, clippings, and programs are included.

Series 3. Photographs 1952?

Physical Description: 7 File folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains several photographs including a portrait of Helen Spinning. Other photographs are present in Series 2. Scrapbooks.
Box 3:2

Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley undated

Box 3:3

Durrell, Cordell? undated

Box 3:4

Eskridge, May undated

Box 3:5

Spinning, Helen undated

Box 3:6

Tabernacle, Salt Lake City undated

Box 3:7

Vacation 1952?

Box 3:8

Negatives of vacation photographs 1952?


Series 4. Artwork

Scope and Content Note

Select prints from California's colorful campuses by Chiura Obata, Berkeley: [California Monthly], 1947.
Box 3:9

Nightfall from Charter Hill

Box 3:10

Dusk at Sather Gate, winter

Box 3:11

Senior pilgrimage

Box 3:12

Spring rain, football statue

Box 3:13

Summer breeze, Botanical Garden

Box 3:14

Faculty Glade, late summer

Box 3:15

Old Botanical Gardens, early autumn

Box 3:16

Singing to the future, Memorial Stadium, fall

Box 3:17

Campanile by winter moonlight

Box 3:18

Charter Day in Greek Theatre


Series 5. Memorabilia 1888-1957

Box 3:19

Pamphlet; Questions Regarding Hinduism by A.W. Prautch 1888

Box 3:20

Serial; The Outers Club 1928

Box 3:21

University of California records of Helen Spinning 1933-1957

Box 3:22

Yearbook; U.S. Grant High School, Portland, Oregon 1931 June