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Evans family letters

Identifier: MSS-3655

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of letters written by Florence Evans and her husband Christopher R. Evans in Woodbury, New Jersey, to their daughter Madeleine (Evans) Franklin when she lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. The letters describe the daily life of the parents from pre-Depression America to post-Depression America stopping shortly before the inclusion of American troops in World War II. The letters have a familial and loving quality to them while the mother tries to keep her daughter up to date on the happenings in Woodbury. Florence wrote to her daughter almost every day and occasionally Christopher would include a letter with his wife's. These letters exemplify the daily lives of the upper middle-class in America during this time.


  • 1919-circa 1942


Biographical / Historical

Christopher R. Evans was born April 1859 in Delaware and died 1939 in New Jersey. Christopher and Florence were married in 1887 in New Jersey. Christopher was a professor at a business college up until his retirement. Florence (Claud) Evans was born in January 1863 to Benjamin and Elizabeth Claud. Florence spent her days as a stay at home mother and wife for her family. The letters in the collection were written to their daughter Madeleine (Evans) Franklin who was born November 1894 in New Jersey. During the period of these letters Madeleine was living with her husband Samuel and two daughters, Eleanor and Ruth, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Madeleine died on October 26, 1971.


4.8 Linear Feet

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Collection of letters describing daily life of a mother to her daughter during pre- and post-Depression America


Gift of Charles Hilburn, 2010


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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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