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Shepard Family Letters

Identifier: RH-A-3642

Scope and Contents

These letters are addressed to either Hattie Shepard or Esther Shepard. Hattie is the mother of Esther. Hattie was born 1872 in Missouri, she moved to Michigan and married Samuel Shepard. They had three children, John, Mary and Frances. Hattie died in1958. Esther’s full name is Frances Esther Shepard. She was born March 10, 1907 and died December 26, 1995. These letters contain everyday conversation among the mother or daughter from various people. In the letters addressed to Hattie many people are mentioned including her other two children, Mary who married and last name became Parish, and John. An Uncle James is also mentioned a few times in the letters. All of the letters addressed to Hattie are from the 1920’s. Esther’s letters are from both the 1920’s and 1940’s. She gets two letters from a Forrest Boyd who was in the army during the 1940’s. One of the letters mentions the Larnent Festival in Nashville, Michigan and how that is home. Hattie’s letters also mention Nashville, Michigan.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1949



2 folders

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This collection contains letters addressed to the Shepard family, Hattie and Esther, a mother and daughter. These letters come from various people and are from 1920’s to the 1940’s.

Physical Description

This collection contains 10 letters and fit into two legal sized folders. This collection fits into a legal sized Hollinger box and is shared with other collections.

Shepard Family Letters Finding Aid
Stephanie Davis
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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