Collection M0663 - Edwina Glenn Garfield and Dora F. Welti Correspondence Collection

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Edwina Glenn Garfield and Dora F. Welti Correspondence Collection


  • 1947-1959 (Creation)


19 Boxes

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Edwina Glenn Garfield was born on the 24th of July, 1895, and died at the age of 91 on the 24th of August, 1986. She was married to a grandson of President James Garfield, James A Garfield III, son of James R. Garfield. She divorced him in 1930. Very little is known about Dora F. Welti save that she is believed to have died in 1962. Her birthdate is unknown.

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This collection consists of around 1000 letters, pamphlets, and documents pertaining to 1950's conservative activism. Garfield and Welti lived in South Florida and corresponded via letter, newspaper clippings, and self-produced pamphlets to conservative extremists around the country. The collection reflects anti-Communist, anti-African American, anti-mental health, and anti-semitic sentiment and activism.

The combination of personal letters, newsletters, newspaper clippings and magazine articles in the collection presents an incredibly well-rounded representation of the day to day lives the Americans who resisted the Civil Rights Movement and lived in fear of Communism and the U.S.S.R. The many newsletters and political tracts within the collection are invaluable research materials, while the personal letters create an intimate, nuanced picture of the lives of the writers in 1950s America.

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Personal letters exchanged by Garfield and Welti with persons around the country occupy the first five boxes of the collection. They are organized by sender as many of the writers sent multiple letters with periodic updates on issues and projects they were working on, as well as events in their personal lives. The next four boxes labeled "subject files" contain mailings sent out by various organizations as well as articles, transcripts of speeches, and a variety of materials that deal with political and social causes. The "subject files" are arranged alphabetically except for the box devoted to Gerald L. K. Smith, which is arranged by date, and the box devoted to anti-mental health activism, which is also arranged by date. The next set of materials, the newsletters, are arranged alphabetically by folder and then by date within the folders.

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This collection is open for research.

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