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Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence Series (1898-1999, 0.4 lin. ft.) contains letters between Paul Showers's and his relatives, friends, and prominent people. Correspondence between Paul Showers and his parents is especially rich with detail. Letters from Paul vividly describe his life, work, surroundings, and activities. His University of Michigan letters discuss early 1930s campus activities, theater productions, his studies, involvement with The Gargoyle, and his finances. Later correspondence describes life in Detroit and New York City including musical and theatrical productions, newspaper life, and the cities in general. His letters are descriptive and emotional, often filled with thoughtful self and family reflections.

Family history was of particular interest to Paul Showers. His collection of letters from the Showers and Walker families document his quest to describe and explain his origins. He maintained many friendships throughout his life, documented by a number of correspondents within his papers. His work at the New York Times generated many admirers, whose letters of gratitude are located in the Prominent Individuals and Institutions folder. The folder contains letters from Dorothy Brett, Vladimir Nabokov, Frank Sullivan, M.F.K. Fisher, Leopold Stokowski, Edward Brecher, Bette-Jane Raphael, Emily Haan, Ludwig Bemelmans, and Vine Deloria, Jr.

 
Family
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Ethelyne Showers's Friends to Paul Showers 1973-1977
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Frank Showers, to and from friends and employers 1898-1941
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Frank and Ethelyne Showers to Paul Showers 1941-1945
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Kate Showers (regarding Paul Showers' memory booklet) 1999
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Paul Showers to Parents (Frank and Ethelyne Showers) 1929-1950, 1952-1953 (7 folders)
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Showers Family 1931-1978
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Ethelyne Walker to Frank Showers 1907-1909
 
Friends
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Edmund Antrobus 1992-1994
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Audrey Keller 1977
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Olive Lee circa 1945-1994
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Alan Handley undated
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Edith Ligetti 1994
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Chick McCarthy 1980-1984
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Doris Rich 1978
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George Spater 1972-1984
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James and Norma Spinning 1950-1976
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Various Correspondents circa 1970s-1989
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John Willing 1980
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Prominent Individuals and Institutions 1962-1979