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Series 1 Correspondence


Scope and Contents

The correspondence dates from the 18th through mid-20th centuries. The larger part represents the correspondence of Minshall Painter, both personal and business, but some of the other significant correspondents include Rachel Painter James who taught school in Alexandria, Va., in the early 19th century; Painter grandchildren who attended Swarthmore and Oberlin Colleges; and Ann Painter Tyler, the mother of John J. Tyler. The Series is organized by recipient unless otherwise noted. Order of recipients: Jacob Minshall, Enos Painter and his two siblings, Hannah and Elizabeth (neither married, resided with Enos). Next, the seven Painter children in their birth order, beginning with Minshall Painter through Ann Painter Tyler and her son John J. Tyler. Please note that additional family correspondence is included in three letter books that Minshall Painter compiled. These are chronological scrapbooks with original correspondence, personal and business, with pertinent printed correspondence, stored in Box 3. A few letters are also included in Minshall Painter's "Collection of Old Manuscripts," catalogued in Series 6, Subject Files. The abbreviation "ALS" (autograph letter signed) is an archival term used to describe correspondence which is handwriten and signed by the writer.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

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