Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
James B. Green Letters, 1892-1893

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2102

Summary Information
Title: James B. Green letters
Creator: Earley, Cora
Inclusive dates: 1892-1893
Extent: 14 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 14 letters and partial letters from James B. Green of Des Moines, Iowa, to Cora Earley, a female friend in Prattsburgh, New York, between July 1892 and April 1893. His casual, flirtatious, and occasionally crude letters include remarks on social news about mutual friends in Prattsburgh, relationships between men and women, and his life in Des Moines.

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:

2005. M-4508.6.

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:

James B. Green letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

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


Biography

James B. Green, the son of Samuel Green and Jennie Owen, was born in Iowa in 1868. His father moved from New York to Des Moines in 1857, and opened an iron foundry there in 1869. James B. and his brother Frank O. eventually became partners in their father's business, under the name S. Green & Sons. James married a woman named Fannie in 1895 and they had at least three children: Samuel Chase, Frederick R., and Doris.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 14 letters and partial letters by James B. Green of Des Moines, Iowa, to Cora Earley, a female friend in Prattsburgh, New York, between July 1892 and April 1893. His casual, flirtatious, and occasionally crude letters include remarks on social news about mutual friends in Prattsburgh, relationships between men and women, and his life in Des Moines.

Green wrote these 2- to 4-page letters on stationery from the S. Green & Sons Iron Foundry and Stove Works, where he worked with his father and brother, Samuel and Frank Green. Though he occasionally mentioned the local furnace industry and the price of goods in Des Moines, most of his letters focus on mutual acquaintances and social news from Prattsburgh. Green reminisced about playing ball with his friends. He often commented on aspects of relationships between men and women, such as a broken engagement and his own dating life. Some letters discuss the possibility of Green's return to Prattsburgh, as well as his feelings about the town and its people.

Green often addressed his correspondent as "you little sinner." The following excerpt from Green's letter of November 13, 1892, is typical of his colloquial writing style and content. It also contains a reference to Grover Cleveland's second election.

"Well you little sinner How are you coming? 'Regular and 4 in a hill' I suppose. 'Hurrah for Cleavland' He is the man I would have voted for. Well Cora how is every thing down to Uncle Joe Briggs? You bet I remember the night you and the rest of the gang was down. What kind of a girl is that Mabel Rose? I have heard a good deal about her? Would like to get out with her some night and find out for myself. No Cora I will never forget that night down to Martha's. more sport than a wash tub full of monkies. Would like to have to go through it again to night. You can bet Cora I would keep you awake."

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
    • Courtship--United States.
    • Des Moines (Iowa)
    • Flirting.
    • Prattsburgh (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
    • S. Green & Sons Iron Foundry and Stove Works.
    Contributors:
    • Green, James B., b. 1868.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   50, Small Collections  
    James B. Green letters [series]:
    Folder   15-17  
      July 2, 1892-April 17, 1893, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Portrait and Biographical Album of Polk County, Iowa, Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County... Chicago: Lake City Publishing Company, 1890.