Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Joe Emerson Letters, 1884-1885

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Joe Emerson letters
Creator: Shreve, Julius H., b. 1845
Inclusive dates: 1884-1885
Extent: 3 items
Abstract:
This collection is comprised of 3 letters that Joe Emerson wrote to his cousin, Julius H. Shreve of Lincolnville, Pennsylvania, while living and working in Black Hawk, Colorado, between April 1884 and April 1885. Emerson commented on aspects of his life in the West, such as wages, health, and separation from his family back East.

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:

M-4926.

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:

Joe Emerson letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Joe Emerson moved to Black Hawk, Colorado, before April 1884, and lived there until at least April 1885, though he planned to return home later that year. Julius H. Shreve, Emerson's cousin, was born in Bloomfield Township, Pennsylvania, on September 13, 1845, the son of Valentine Shreve and his wife, Jane Sophia Carroll. Shreve worked as a farmer and hay presser in Lincolnville, Pennsylvania, and later owned over 150 acres of land. He married Isadore Warner, and they had two children: Ned and Edith Blanche. Julius Shreve died on December 4, 1904.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of 3 letters that Joe Emerson wrote to his cousin, Julius H. Shreve of Lincolnville, Pennsylvania, while living and working in Black Hawk, Colorado, between April 1884 and April 1885. Emerson commented on aspects of his life in the West, such as wages, health, and separation from his family back East.

Emerson frequently wrote about the physical effects of high altitude and his overall health. He also provided descriptions of the scenery and weather near his worksite, which was located on a mountain outside of Black Hawk. The heavy snowfall and winter storms made his work difficult. He remarked on the effects of separation from his wife and family, and shared his desire to return home in his last letter of February 5, 1885. Although Emerson never explicitly discussed the nature of his work, he speculated about his wages and expressed optimism about the amount of money he could earn in Colorado, "the land of gold & silver."

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Black Hawk (Colo.)
    • Colorado--Description and travel.
    • Internal migrants.
    • Separation (Psychology)
    • Wages--United States--Colorado.
    Contributors:
    • Emerson, Joe.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   50, Small Collections  
    Joe Emerson letters [series]:
    Folder   20  
      April 26, 1884-February 5, 1885
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1885.