Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hastings, L. mss., 1904-1957, consist primarily of letters from Indiana author, Elizabeth Jane Miller, (Mrs. Oren S. Hack), 1878-1961, to Lyndona Hastings, (Mrs. Carl Boatman Rutherford), 1890- , of Denver, Colorado and later Bellflower, California. Miller made the acquaintance of the Hastings family while staying in Denver, taking a particular interest in both Lyndona and her sister, Leona Elizabeth. In her first letter to Lyndona, Miller reported having read her "story of the nickel" and was so delighted by it that she had to tell the young author "so on paper". Thereafter Miller writes about her life and activities in Indiana, her own children and what they are reading and doing as they grow up, and comments on the general state of affairs of the country. In a short note of 9 July 1930, she tells of her brother Percy's death following a knife and gun battle with a hold-up man in Los Angeles, and in her letter of Dec. 8, 1950, she encloses an article published in the Sunday Indianapolis Star Magazine about her. Also present are two letters to Lyndona's mother: one from Mrs. Buchanan, "News" representative, who requests information regarding Miss Miller's visit to the Hastings and about her "opinion of Colorado", and one from Elizabeth Miller in 1920, thanking Mrs. Hastings for the photograph of Lyndona and her young daughter. A photocopy of Clergymen, College Presidents & Prominent Men of America Praise THE YOKE ... by Elizabeth Miller (Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill Co., ca. 1906) completes the collection.

Collection size: 20 items

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