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Inventory of the Walker, Spinning, and Durrell Families Papers
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  • Creator: Walker family Spinning family Durrell family
    Title: Walker, Spinning, and Durrell Families Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1955
    Extent: 1.2 linear feet
    Abstract: A family history collection which contains correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks pertaining to the Walker, Spinning, and Durrell families, who are related by marriage. The correspondence includes three letters from and one letter to Hiram Walker, while he was a Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War and five letters from Hiram's daughter, Emma (Walker) Heron, while she was a missionary in India.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-226
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Biography

    Hiram Walker (1843-1921) served as a soldier in the United States Civil War. On December 31, 1865 he married Sarah Charity Willis (1847-1920) in Ohio.
    Their daughter, Emma (1866?-April 2, 1897), served as a missionary in India with the International Missionary Alliance from 1891-1897. Circa 1894-1895, Emma married Donald Heron (d. January 30, 1896), also a missionary with the Alliance in India.
    Another daughter, Anna, married William Simpson Spinning on December 31, 1902 in Duluth, Minnesota. Anna and William had two children: Marian Frances Spinning (1912- ) and Helen Margaret Spinning (1914-1983).
    On May 22, 1938 Helen married Cordell Durrell (1908-1986). Cordell served as Professor of Geology at the University of California, Davis from 1963 to 1976.
    Sources consulted:
    Christian Missionary Alliance. Nyack, NY: Christian Alliance, June 18, 1897, v. 28 no. 25.

    Scope and Content

    The papers contain correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia of the Walker, Spinning, and Durrell families, who are related by marriage.
    The correspondence series includes three letters from and one letter to Hiram Walker, while he was a Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War and five letters from Hiram's daughter, Emma (Walker) Heron, while she was a missionary in India during the 1890s.
    Series 2, Scrapbooks, contains five scrapbooks compiled by Anna Walker Spinning and her daughter, Helen Spinning which document three generations of the families.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The Papers are arranged into five series: Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Photographs, Artwork, and Memorabilia.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Walker family--Archives.
    Spinning family--Archives.
    Durrell family--Archives.
    Walker, Hiram, 1843-1921
    Heron, Emma Walker, d. 1897
    Durrell, Cordell, 1908-
    United States-History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
    Women missionaries--India
    University of California, Berkeley--Pictorial works

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Walker, Spinning, and Durrell Families Papers, D-226, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis 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 researcher.