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- 1907-1959 (Creation)
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The first part of this collection contains the letters by Ruth Bryan Owen (later Rohde) to Carrie Dunlap, 1907-1929; the second part are the credentials of Carrie Dunlap, the school teacher. Carrie was the daughter of Millard Fillmore Dunlap, banker in Jacksonville, Ill. and campaign treasurer for William Jennings Bryan.
The Honorable Ruth Bryan Owen was the first elected congresswoman from Florida, the first female Democratic member of the House from the "Old South" and later the first United States female ambassador. She sponsored the bill for the creation of the Everglades National Park. In addition, Ruth was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan who was nominated for President of the U.S. three times. He was last nominated in Denver in 1908 to run against William Howard Taft.
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The Ruth Bryan Owen letters are intimate personal letters to a lifelong woman friend. Within the group there are different signatures and/or letterheads 1) Mrs. Ruth Bryan Leavitt 2) R with B imposed upon the R within a circle 3) Ruth within a circle 4) Daniel 5) Ruth (Daniel) 6) Dan. The letters signed "Daniel"contain much information on the life and career of Ruth Bryan Owen.
There is much on the lectures, the film she wrote, financed and produced in Miami, and its promotion and distribution, her family, etc., but with William jennings Bryan mentioned only indirectly most of the time.
Among these letters are examples of the postmark for Cocoanut Grove with the "a" Oct. 27, 1919 and without the "a" Jan. 12, 1925. The last part of the collection are the personal papers of Carrie Dunlap. Most deal with her academic background, others with her retirement years.
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Ruth Bryan Owen - correspondence
Letters to Miss Carrie Dunlap, 1907-1929.
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Papers
Augustus Seymore Houghton Papers
Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History, 1884-1934
Information about related materials is available at http://everglades.fiu.edu/reclaim/bios/owen.htm