The Handley mss., 1862-1908, consist of the correspondence and papers of the Jesse Handley family of Oak Springs, Buckhorn Township, Brown County, Illinois. Jesse's son James was mustered with the 99th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served 1862-1863 in Missouri and Mississippi. Present here are twelve letters he wrote home to his father, one he wrote to his brother William, and one that Jesse wrote to James. Also present is a letter from one of James' fellow soldiers to Jesse Handley.
The later materials relate primarily to William and his wife, the former Ayre Nations. Included are three letters from Jacob Hughes to Ayre describing his life in Yolo County, California, 1882-1883.
Completing the collection are a printed Bible tract by Wesleyan minister Mark Guy Pearse, 1842-1930, titled The Victory of Trust, and a lock of dark brown hair.
Collection size: 35 items