Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Rosa Blach Letters, 1894-1896

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Rosa Blach letters
Creator: Blach, Rosa
Inclusive dates: 1894-1896
Extent: 13 items
The Rosa Blach letters are comprised of love letters written by her beau and husband, Coleman Blach, in 1894 and 1896.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4439.8.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Rosa Blach Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Coleman Blach of Birmingham, Alabama, worked for J. Blach & Sons, a clothing company, in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. He married a woman named Rosa, of San Francisco, California, sometime between 1894 and 1896, and they had several children.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Rosa Blach letters are comprised of 13 love letters written by her beau and husband, Coleman Blach, in 1894 and 1896. The first 5 items in the collection are letters, each of which was composed over the course of several days. Coleman described his life as a salesman in the spring and summer of 1894, and often wrote of his love for Rosa and for his work, using a code when discussing specific clients. He expressed his hope of raising enough money to propose to her, and kept her informed on the progress of his financial savings. Of the remaining 8 letters, Coleman wrote 7 in 1896, just after the couple's wedding, describing his daily life and work in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Birmingham, Alabama. These letters often contain news of the Blach family, as well as continued pronouncements of love to Rosa. Coleman's sister Flora wrote the final letter in the collection, which is undated; she anticipated her brother's upcoming journey to California to move Rosa to Birmingham to live with the Blach family.

Subject Terms

    • Birmingham (Ala.)
    • Clothing trade--United States.
    • Love-letters--History.
    • Blach, Coleman.
    • Blach, Flora.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   35, Small Collections  
    Rosa Blach letters [series]
    Folders   17-19  
     May 1, 1894-July 29, 1896, and  undated