Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Thomas B. Hagan Letters, 1907-1910

Finding aid created by
Sally Vermaaten, October 2002, and Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Thomas B. Hagan letters
Creator: Payne, Clara Hagan
Inclusive dates: 1907-1910
Extent: 5 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 5 letters that Thomas Benton Hagan wrote to his sister Clara about his life in the Canal Zone between 1907 and 1910. He frequently commented on family affairs, including his brothers' unspecified legal troubles.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1996. M-3281.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Thomas B. Hagan letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Thomas Benton Hagan ("Benton") was born in Frederick, Maryland, on November 27, 1876, the son of John C. and Catherine Hagan. He had seven siblings: Marshall, Clarence, John Thurston, Clara, Eugene, Marian, and Ralph. Between 1907 and 1910, he worked as a laborer in the Canal Zone. On at least one occasion, he served as acting foreman. Hagan later moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a machinist in the Navy Yard. He married a woman named Agnes between 1920 and 1930. Thomas Benton Hagan died in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 7, 1944. His sister, Clara Hagan, married Charles B. Payne. They lived in Baltimore with their children, Eugene, Ralph, James, and Catherine.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 5 letters that Thomas Benton Hagan wrote to his sister Clara about his life in the Canal Zone between 1907 and 1910. He frequently commented on family affairs, including his brothers' legal troubles.

Hagan, who signed his letters with his middle name, "Benton," frequently responded to news of his brothers, including the unspecified legal difficulties of Clarence and Ralph (which involved imprisonment). Hagan urged his sister to pass on advice for Ralph, and mentioned the possibility that he would never see his brother Clarence again. He also discussed his life in the Canal Zone, where he worked as a laborer. On at least one occasion, he served as acting foreman. Hagan suffered with fevers on multiple occasions; one illness required a 17-day hospitalization. On December 30, [no year], he mentioned the death of a friend in a work-related accident; the entire machinist union planned to attend the burial. Hagan wrote his letters on stationery from the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Accidents.
    • Canal Zone.
    • Fever.
    • Machinists--Labor unions.
    • Prisoners' families--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Hagan, Thomas Benton, 1876-1944.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   5, Small Collections  
    Thomas B. Hagan letters [series]:
    Folder   6  
      October 7, 1907-February 2, 1910, and  undated