Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Bushrod W. Poor Collection, 1837-1852
Finding aid created by Meg Hixon, October 2011
Title: Bushrod W. Poor collection Creator: Poor, Bushrod W. Inclusive dates: 1837-1852 Extent: 7 items Abstract:
The Bushrod W. Poor collection contains seven letters written to Poor in central Massachusetts and New Hampshire by "Gibson," a friend, and Joanna Poor, his wife, between 1837 and 1852. Joanna composed six of the letters from her family's home in northern Vermont and from Lowell, Massachusetts, and discussed her life at home during her husband's search for employment.
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
2002. M-4203.1; M-4242.5.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Bushrod W. Poor Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.
Bushrod W. Poor was born in Vermont c. 1820, and married his wife, Joanna, in 1844. A lawyer by training, he served as justice of the peace in Lowell, Massachusetts, before moving to Dubuque, Iowa, in the early 1860s, where he worked as a registrar of bankruptcy until at least 1889. He and Joanna had at least 4 children: Willard, Alvin, Clara, and John.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Bushrod W. Poor collection contains seven letters written to Poor during the early 19th century. The first item in the collection is a letter written to Poor by a friend, Gibson, who asked about the affairs of mutual acquaintances, and shared his philosophical musings in a two-page essay entitled "The Mind." The remainder of the collection consists of six letters composed by Poor's wife Joanna, when her husband was looking for work around Boston and, later, in Dubuque, Iowa. She occasionally discussed the affairs of local lawyers, particularly in an early letter from their native Vermont, where she stayed with family members, but focused more on financial difficulties, and on the hardship of being separated from her husband. During Bushrod's absence, Joanna spent her time visiting with the couple's parents and watching the children, and, though she expressed continued hope for his employment, she often believed their future prospects to be somewhat bleak. She frequently chastised him for not writing, and several times questioned his sympathy for her position, particularly while he traveled, and criticized his recent conduct.