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Amelia Bean Letter [RESTRICTED], 1960 September 6

 File — Box: 4265.001, Folder: 48

Scope and Contents

This file contains a letter from Western American author Amelia Bean in Riverside, California, replying to a fan letter from Robert L. Hickman of New York, New York, about the 1958 publication of Bean's The Fancher Train, a fictional account of an historical event, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which involved Mormons in Utah. Bean recommends a few books if Hickman wants to pursue the subject, and also commends her on questioning her Mormon elders when they said they had never heard of the massacre.


  • 1960 September 6

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

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Biographical / Historical

In 1958, Western American author Amelia Bean published The Fancher Train, a book about the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre against the Baker-Fancher wagon train in southern Utah. The book also won the 1958 Spur Award, given each year by the Western Writers of America for the best western historical novel. Bean also published The Vengence Trail (1958), The Feud (1960), and Time for Outrage (1967).


From the Collection: 3.8 Linear Feet


Formerly MSS.2665

Local Identifier


Processing Information

Processed by Lydia Wommack, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266