Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Roberts Family Papers, 1878-1915

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Roberts family papers
Creator: Roberts family
Inclusive dates: 1878-1915
Bulk dates: 1884-1902
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
Abstract:
The Roberts family papers pertain to the Roberts family of Fox River, Wisconsin, and their daughter Mamie, who later lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The material concerns daily life, presidential politics, and other subjects.

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:

1997. M-3342.5.

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:

Roberts family papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

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


Biography

John H. Roberts and his wife Martha settled in Fox River, Wisconsin, before 1878. They had at least one daughter, Mary ("Mamie"), born around 1871. Mamie Roberts married Henry C. Behrens (b. 1865) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and they had one daughter, Ruth. Behrens owned a lumber and coal company with offices in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Roberts family papers pertain to the Roberts family of Fox River, Wisconsin, and their daughter Mamie, who later lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The material concerns daily life, presidential politics, and other subjects.

The incoming and outgoing correspondence of Mamie Roberts Behrens includes a series of letters by A. L. Cull ("Lincoln") of Valparaiso, Indiana, who wrote about education, politics, and daily life, and letters from other male and female friends, who wrote about housekeeping, Mamie's teaching career, the possibility of moving west, baseball, and aging. Some writers discussed the 1892 presidential election, including Edgar Frederick Northway, who shared his plan to vote in Missouri, where he believed his vote would be more influential (May 29, 1892). In a letter dated May 13, 1898, one writer told the Roberts family of recent military movements and the possibility of a renewed call for soldiers. A group of later letters, written by an unknown person in 1901-1902, concerns home life, the author's social life, and President McKinley's assassination.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Families--United States--History.
    • McKinley, William, 1843-1901.
    • Presidents--United States--Election--History.
    • Saint Paul (Minn.)
    • United States--History--1865-1921.
    Contributors:
    • Behrens, Mamie (Mary Roberts)
    • Cull, A. L. (Lincoln)
    • Roberts, Martha J.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Roberts family papers [series]:
    Box   1 Folders   1-25
      November 24, 1878-August 14, 1915
    Box   2 Folders   1-10
     undated