Elizabeth Baird Bennett-Harriet Brainard Correspondence, 1896-1897

Collection Overview

Title: Elizabeth Baird Bennett-Harriet Brainard Correspondence, 1896-1897

Record Series: MsC-56

Record Group:

Manuscripts

Creator: Bennett, Elizabeth Baird and Harriet Brainard

Date: 1896-1897

Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], in the [Series Title] #[series number], [folder number or title when applicable], [Collection Name], Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

General Use, Reproduction, and Copyright Policies

Many items housed in the Rod Library Special Collections & University Archives, including unpublished images and manuscripts, may be protected by copyright, publication rights, trademarks, or model release rights which the library does not own and for which the library cannot grant permission or licensing. Materials currently under copyright are usually still available for research and limited reproduction under Fair Use laws. However, it is the sole responsibility of the patron to determine whether or not their use of a given material falls within Fair Use guidelines and to obtain permission for said use from the rightful copyright owner. If you are unsure where to begin, please consult the Copyright LibGuide. Please note that it is not the library's responsibility to locate or contact copyright holders for a patron, and neither the library nor library employees are responsible for copyright violations of the materials to which they facilitate research access.

Please see our full General Use and Service Policies for more information.

Historical Note

Little is known about Libby Bennett, except that she was studying to be a teacher, married Harley (or Harlan) DeWitt, and had two children, one of whom, a daughter, died very young.  Her birth and death dates are unknown, although from the context of the letters she must have been born in 1877 or 1878.

Hattie Brainard (1878-1965) married Milo Garrison (1876-1945), and they had five children, Millard, Lenore, Harriet, Sterling, and William. She was a teacher at Hazel Green School, near Amber, Iowa, and later at East Ridge School.  As was the custom of the day, she was forced to resign when she got married. Her husband was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness for ten years before his death in 1945. Both Hattie and Milo are buried in the cemetery in Wyoming, Iowa.

According to Hattie’s daughter, Harriet Wilbour, Hattie spoke fondly of Libby throughout her life, although it is uncertain how long the two corresponded after their marriages.

Scope and Content

This box contains nine letters written by Elizabeth (Libby) Baird Bennett to Harriet (Hattie) Brainard between January 16, 1896, and May 30, 1897.

Both girls were born in Wyoming, Iowa. They were students at Iowa State Normal School, although Hattie apparently only stayed for one term, and had returned home by the time these letters were written to her. The letters offer a glimpse of life at the Normal School in the late nineteenth century.

Inventory

BOX 1

Folder 1: The letters

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, March 2017. Updated October 2017 (dh). Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.