Helen Mercer Papers, 1886-1968Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Helen Mercer Papers, 1886-1968Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1920-1939
ID: 01/ AR0002
Primary Creator: Helen Mercer
Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement: 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.
Date Acquired: 06/00/2012. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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.

Physical Access Note:

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

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2012-014
Acquisition Source: Jennifer Pell
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Helen Mercer Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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