01/AR002 Guide to the Helen Mercer Papers Mercer, Helen Finding Aid Authors: S. Ivie.

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Guide to the Helen Mercer Papers 1886/1968 Manuscripts Overview of the Collection Helen Mercer Papers 1886-1968 1920-1939 01/AR002 Helen Mercer 1.00 English Manuscripts Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Gift

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Helen Mercer Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

These documents are arranged chronologically from the oldest to the most recent. Notes, which serve as a sort of index, are written by the donor and these are filed in a folder at the beginning of the collection.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the letters of Helen Mercer. The letters are authored by Helen Mercer, family members and friends. These letters provide a broad snapshot of the life of a teacher whose correspondence came from Iowa, Kansas and Texas, primarily, in addition to other parts of the country.  The documents, which range from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, are a record of noteworthy moments in one American family's life. The handwritten letters come from a time in history when this kind of personal correspondence was commonplace and yet today, this type of communication in such a format is rare.

In addition to the personal letters, some official letters from attorneys are included which detail the condition of the Mercer oat crops on their farm in Iowa during the 1920s. Christmas cards, graduation announcements, postcards and some other formal documents are part of this collection.

Other messages at the end of the collection outline some details of Helen Mercer's hospital stay during her later years in Texas. The final letter is dated 1968.

Detailed List of Contents id5052 1 642787 id5053 1 1 Donor's documentation of the Mercer letters undated Scope and Contents

These documents index the entire collection of the Mercer letters.

id5054 1 2 Pell personal letter June 6, 1998 Scope and Contents

Contains a personal letter which belongs to Jennifer Pell.

id5055 1 3 Mercer letters undated Scope and Contents

Contains some letters without envelopes and letters with no dates or dates which are difficult to determine. A small Christmas card is included. The letters with envelopes are addressed to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Mercer.

id5056 1 4 Eva Matthias letter 1886 Scope and Contents

This folder contains the oldest letter in this collection. The letter is addressed to Eva Matthias, who lived in Nodoway, Iowa.

id5057 1 5 Mercer letters 1913 Scope and Contents

These letters are addressed to the Mercers living in Pharr, Texas. Another envelope is addressed to Mrs. J.J. Mercer in Baldwin, Kansas.

id5058 1 6 Mercer letters 1914 Scope and Contents

This folder contains a letter addressed to J.J. Mercer in Pharr, Texas.

id5059 1 7 Mercer letters 1915 Scope and Contents

Includes a letter addressed to Mrs. Eva Mercer in Pharr, Texas. Another letter is addressed to Miss Lillian Phillips in Denver, Colorado.

id5060 1 8 Mercer letters, Christmas Greeting Souvenir 1917 Scope and Contents

Contains a "Christmas Greeting Souvenir" booklet from 1917. The small booklet has a few pages with illustrations and writing. The booklet was created by the Ohio Printing Company.

id5061 1 9 Mercer letters 1920 Scope and Contents

Contains family letters from 1920. Some of them are notes on small cards.

id5062 1 10 Mercer letters 1921 Scope and Contents

Contains a letter from Baldwin, Kansas to Eva Mercer in Pharr, Texas.

id5089 1 11 Mercer letters 1922 Scope and Contents

Contains a letter addressed to Mrs. Eva Mercer in Austin, Texas from J.J. Mercer in Baldwin, Kansas.

id5063 1 12 Mercer letters 1923 Scope and Contents

Contains a letter from Wm. J. Brient, Pastor of the Methodist Church in Garland. The letter is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Mercer in Austin, Texas. The document is a Christmas greeting which is typed and signed by the pastor.

id5064 1 13 Mercer letters 1924 Scope and Contents

Contains a small birthday card from Helen Mercer. Another envelope from Austin, Texas contains a letter to the Mercers in Corning, Iowa.

id5065 1 14 Mercer letters 1925 Scope and Contents

Contains a lengthy, handwritten letter from Dora B. Chute detailing the problems with one of the Mercer properties in Iowa. In the letter to the Mercers, she writes about past issues between her family and the Mercers. Contains Christmas greeting cards, also. This folder marks the beginning of a period with many letters.

id5066 1 15 Mercer letters, January-March 1926 Scope and Contents

This folder contains the Mercer letters from January through March of 1926.

id5067 1 16 Mercer letters, April-December 1926 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters from April through December of 1926.

id5068 1 17 Mercer letters 1927 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters from 1927. Some typed, offical letters from E.L. Humbert and Son are included.

id5069 1 18 Mercer letters 1928 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters from 1928. Several official documents are included with this year. A physician's letter is included in this year.

id5070 1 19 Mercer letters 1929 Scope and Contents

Several letters are addressed to the Mercers, who are living in Austin at this time. Some official documents from attorneys are included.

id5071 1 20 Mercer letters, January-July 1930 Scope and Contents

Letters are addressed to the Mercers living in Austin. This is the first part of the year for 1930.

id5072 1 21 Mercer letters, August-December 1930 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters from the second part of the year for 1930.

id5073 1 22 Mercer letters, January-March 1931 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters for 1931. This folder contains the first part of the year.

id5074 1 23 Mercer letters, April-June 1931 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters for 1931. This folder contains the second part of the year. One unopened letter from Port Arthur, Texas is included.

id5075 1 24 Mercer letters, July-August 1931 Scope and Contents

Contains letters from the third part of the year for 1931.

id5076 1 25 Mercer letters, October-December 1931 Scope and Contents

Contains the Mercer letters for the fourth part of the year for 1931.

id5077 1 26 Mercer letters 1932 Scope and Contents

Contains a Christmas greeting card which was sent to the Mercers in Austin for this year.

id5078 1 27 Mercer letters 1933 Scope and Contents

An invitation for a high school graduation for 1933 is included in this folder. The invitation is from Veldeva Stoaks. The Lenox High School symbol is a swastika, but this predates the associations it had during World War II and onward.

id5079 1 28 Mercer letters 1934 Scope and Contents

Contains an unopened letter addressed to Florence Mercer in Cleburne, Texas. Eva is living in Cleburne, also. In one of the letters it states that Helen Mercer is teaching in Port Arthur.

id5080 1 29 Mercer letters 1935 Scope and Contents

Contains two letters addressed to Mrs. J.J. Mercer (Eva Mercer) in Cleburne, Texas.

id5081 1 30 Mercer letters 1936 Scope and Contents

Contains a graduation announcement for Russell Mercer, Class of 1936. This is for Tinsman High School in Arkansas. The envelope is addressed to "Miss Helen Mercer." On the interior envelope, "Aunt Eva & the girls," is written.

id5082 1 31 Mercer letters 1938 Scope and Contents

A postcard is addressed to Miss Iva Mary Rowe in San Marcos, Texas. A typed letter from the pastor of the University Methodist Church is included in this envelope and the letter is a request for donations. A portion of the front of the envelope from the church has been cut away.

id5083 1 32 Mercer letters 1939 Scope and Contents

Contains a letter addressed to Florence Mercer from the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Austin. The letter announces the Easter services for the church. The letter is stained, but both envelope and letter have some printed color graphics.

id5084 1 33 Mercer letters 1942 Scope and Contents

Contains a postcard from F.C. Adams.

id5085 1 34 Mercer letters 1947 Scope and Contents

Contains a postcard addressed to Mrs. P.J. Boyd thanking her for the picture of Savoy College. The handwritten note on the back goes on to say: "It was exactly 25 years ago, July 16, that father was drowned."

id5086 1 35 Mercer letters 1958 Scope and Contents

Contains two postcards. One is addressed to Mrs. P.J. Boyd. The other postcard is addressed to Mr. Frank Boyd. The notes are signed "Frankie." The postcards mention a hospital stay and also mention that Frankie is having someone else take care of "Mama."

id5087 1 36 Mercer letters 1966 Scope and Contents

This folder contains an "air letter" to Miss Florence Mercer. The message is from H.J. Adams in England.

id5088 1 37 Mercer letters 1968 Scope and Contents

This folder contains an "air mail" message from Helda Adams. The letter is addressed to Miss Florence Mercer. This is the last message in the collection.