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MC 808

Gay, Ilse. Collection of Ilse Gay, 1894-2013: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 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 808
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ilse Gay
Title: Collection of Ilse Gay, 1894-2013
Date(s): 1894-2013
Quantity: 1.4 linear feet (3 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder, 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Collection of correspondence, an autobiography, trial transcripts, etc., assembled by Ilse Gay while preparing an account of her grandmother's family background and incarceration entitled Love and Skisskes fr Mother: A Family's History (2013).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2014-M139
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Ilse Jenkins Gay in August 2014.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 2014
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ilse Gay is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Ilse Gay Collection, 1894-2013; item description, dates. MC 808, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

The daughter of Sylvia Glidden Loomis and Alder Morrell Jenkins, Ilse Gay wrote an account of her grandmother's life entitled Love and Skisskes fr Mother: A Family's History (2013), in which she described the poverty, alcoholism, and crime afflicting the family which led to the incarceration of her grandmother, Minnie Morrell Jenkins, for forgery in 1929. Jenkins served her time in a number of jails, including Harlem Prison, Welfare Island, and Raymond Street Jail. Gay based her account on original correspondence among family members; letters from Jenkins's accomplice and lover, Julius Goldberg; trial transcripts, etc., of which most had been assembled by her father, Alder Morrell Jenkins.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Collection includes a copy of Love and Skisskes fr Mother: A Family's History (2013); a manuscript autobiography, "Songs My Mother Taught Me," by Gay's father Alder Morrell Jenkins; correspondence (originals and transcripts) among Alder and his mother Minnie and others, 1929-1935; letters to Jenkins family members from Minnie's accomplice and lover, Julius Goldberg, while in prison, 1929-1931; district attorney records and trial transcripts; timelines of events compiled by Alder Jenkins and Ilse Gay; photograph of Minnie Morrell Jenkins, ca.1894; clipping re: trial; etc.
The arrangement and description of the collection is largely the work of the donor, who also chronologized and transcribed the correspondence. Numbering and annotations were also made by Alder Morrell Jenkins. Gay's notes are scattered throughout the collection.
The photograph in this collection is or will be digitized and available online.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Alcoholism--United States
Autobiographies
Children of women prisoners--New York (State)
Dysfunctional families
Family records
Parent and child--United States
Women prisoners--New York (State)
Jenkins, Alder Morrell. 1906-1990
Jenkins, Minnie Morrell, 1889-1948

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