Series - Series 3: Correspondence

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Series 3: Correspondence



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This series contains letters of correspondence between Abby Lindsey Marlatt's parents and her friends. The majority of the letters in the series were written while Abby was living in Berkeley, California.
Many of her letters cover themes of pacifism, race relations, and religion. Topics also covered are societal issues from the Second World War such as the Japanese relocation and internment in the United States, interaction with displaced Filipino families, rationing, and discussion with her friends who were conscientious objectors and were a part of the Civilian Public Service (Bill Wallace and D. Ian Thiermann).
She writes about daily events going on in her life that cover school, lab experiments, and her social outings with friends. Many of the letters Abby received from home contain newspaper clippings of local Manhattan events. Letters from family include events such as when Abby's father passed away.
During the early 1950s Abby corresponds with friends and family during her time in Beirut. Items included with the letters are documents that include her school duties, costs, and baggage list. She also writes to and receives letters from her insurance company while she was hospitalized in Beirut.
During the mid-1950s there are letters written to Abby from Waldon Hastings that shows their complex relationship.
Other areas of note are letters between Abby and the University of Kentucky when she was offered a position as the head of the department of home economics and the administration's offers to visit the campus. Along with this job offer there are letters from other institutions where she is offered a position.

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