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Ropes and Skinner families papers
MS 142  
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Description
This collection consists of diaries, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and other material regarding the Ropes and Skinner families and their involvement in the American Civil War. A significant portion of this material dates from 1861-1865, including diaries from Hannah A. Ropes (matron of an army hospital), Alice R. Skinner (employee of the Freeman's Bureau), and Jairus L. Skinner (infantry captain and prisoner of war). Publications of the Grand Army of the Republic and correspondence regarding the American Civil War are also included. Additionally, this collection contains material that details the experiences of the Ropes and Skinner families in California during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes correspondence from members of the Perry family (related to the Ropes and Skinner families), documents from Whittier, Fuller, and Co. (employer of Jairus L. Skinner), and literary manuscripts, chiefly written by Alice R. Skinner and Jairus L. Skinner.
Background
Hannah A. Ropes (1809-1863) was born Hannah Anderson Chandler and was married to William Henry Ropes, with whom she later became estranged from. She spent most of her life in Massachusetts and during the 1850s she spent time with her son Edward in Kansas, writing a book about her experiences. During the American Civil War, she went to Washington D.C. to serve as matron of a military hospital where she contracted, and eventually died from, typhoid.
Extent
20.48 linear feet (46 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright Unknown: Some material in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
This collection is open for research.