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.
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.
23.0 linear feet
(44 document boxes, 2 flat storage boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.