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.
20.48 linear feet
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This collection is open for research.