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Finding Aid to the Mary Watson Letters MS.514
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Processing history
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  • Acquisition

  • Title: The Mary Watson Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.514
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date: 1909 - 1912
    Abstract: Mary Watson was a school teacher in Alaskan Territory in the early 20th Century. This collection includes 13 letters written by Mary Watson to Cora Lyman from different towns in Alaska. The letters describe Watson's journey to and life in Alaskan Territory from 1909 to 1912. Descriptions include weather, astronomical and seasonal comparisons; observations of native Alaskan customs and culture; attitudes and behavior of gold rush seekers; detailed descriptions of her activities as a teacher; and work as a medical assistant.
    creator: Lyman, Cora, fl. 1909
    creator: Pearsall, May, fl. 1909
    creator: Watson, Mary, fl. 1909

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Preferred citation

    The Mary Watson Letters, 1909-1912, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS. 514; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Braun Research Library 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 the reader.

    Biographical/Historical note

    School teacher in Alaskan Territory in the early 20th Century.

    Processing history

    Initial inventory created by Michelle Bourdin, 2011. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Scope and contents

    This collection includes 13 letters written by Mary Watson to Cora Lyman from different towns in Alaska. The letters describe Watson's journey to and life in Alaskan Territory from 1909 to 1912. Descriptions include weather, astronomical and seasonal comparisons; observations of native Alaskan customs and culture; attitudes and behavior of gold rush seekers; detailed descriptions of her activities as a teacher and work as a medical assistant. The collection also includes one letter from Mary's mother to Cora, also from Alaskan Territory and one letter from Miss May Pearsall of New York.
    Postmarks and addresses include Koykuj, Kokrine, Mulato, Tanana, Sinuk, Seward, Chowuing, and Dillingham. One letter only written by Mrs. Watson and one letter from Miss A. May Pearsall requesting information about teaching in Alaska.

    Acquisition

    Donated to the Library by unknown donor, 1975 December 29.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Alaska -- Description and travel
    Alaska -- History -- Sources
    Arctic peoples
    Correspondence
    Gold mines and mining -- Alaska
    Women -- Alaska
    Women teachers