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Oscar Lewis Papers, 1847-1899

Collection Overview

Title: Oscar Lewis Papers, 1847-1899

Predominant Dates:1889-1891

ID: OGLMC/1580

Creator: Lewis, Oscar (1860-?)

Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 06/13/2010

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains correspondence between Oscar Lewis and his family in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The letters are primarily to his wife Ida and detail the difficulties Lewis faced while living in North Dakota. Among the letters is one incorrectly dated September 38, 1889, describing the lynching of a man named Will Lycan. The proported lynching happened after Lycan supposedly burned down his employer's barn. Lewis's narrative of the event, and the event itself, is called into question by the fact there are newspaper articles in the Grand Forks Herald, describing Lycan's comings and goings through Grand Forks well into the 1900s. Also, while there were several fires during September 1889, none of them match Lewis's description of events. In the instances of arson during that period, neither the victims nor the perpetrators in any of the cases mentioned by the Grand Forks Herald, matched those named by Oscar Lewis.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections

Acquisition Source: Dr. Bruce Dembling, Charlottesville, Virginia

Acquisition Method: Donation; 2011-3079

Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Oscar Lewis Papers. OGLMC 1580, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Processing Information: Materials processed by Maureen Hukill, Special Collections intern, in July 2013.

Other URL: http://library.und.edu/holdings.php?id=ODIN_ALEPH007384311


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, June 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, July 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, August 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, September 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, October 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, November 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, December 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, December 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, January 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, February 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, March 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, April 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, May1890Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, June 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, July 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, August 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, September 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, October 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, November 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, December 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, January, 15 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, to the Lewis Family, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, Oscar to Ida, June 10, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, to Ida Lewis from her Cousin Lena, 1847Add to your cart.