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MC 438

Whitlock, Annie, 1872-1896. Papers of Annie Whitlock, 1888-1896: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 438
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Whitlock, Annie, 1872-1896
Title: Papers of Annie Whitlock, 1888-1896
Date(s): 1888-1896
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: General correspondence and love letters of Virginia schoolteacher, Annie Whitlock.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 93-M18
The papers of Annie Whitlock were purchased by the Schlesinger Library from Bookworm & Silverfish in Wytheville, Virginia, in January 1993.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1998
By: Danielle Kovacs
This collection was formerly cataloged as the Papers of Annie E. Scott.

Access restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. The papers created by Annie Whitlock are in the public domain.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Annie Whitlock Papers, 1888-1896; item description, dates. MC 438, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Annie E. (Scott) Whitlock, a Virginia schoolteacher in the late 1880s and early 1890s, was born in1872, the daughter of Thomas and Judith Scott . She spent her late teens and early twenties as an elementary-school teacher in Powhatan and Cumberland counties, Virginia. During that time she was engaged in correspondence with both female and male friends. Letters from her female friends detail teaching experiences, courtship, and social events. Her male correspondents are nearly all aspiring suitors.
Annie (Scott) Whitlock married Armistead Linwood "Linnie" Whitlock of Tobaccoville, Virginia, in 1893. Letters dated in late 1896 reveal that Whitlock was a new mother when she died at the age of twenty-five.


The collection consists primarily of letters addressed to Whitlock. Most are love letters, with some from female friends or family members. The identity of the correspondent is not always clear, as many letters are signed only with a first name or initials. The few letters from Whitlock are included in her correspondence with family and with Benjamin W. Coleman. Also included are condolence letters to Linnie Whitlock after the death of Whitlock.
The papers are arranged chronologically in four groups: family correspondence, letters from friends to Whitlock, love letters, and miscellaneous. Letters from friends to Whitlock and love letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Memorabilia includes envelopes and a page of verse. There are also legal records, household receipts, and teaching contracts and certificates.

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Additional Index Terms

Education, Elementary--Virginia
Love letters
Virginia--Social life and customs--19th century
Women--Southern states