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Bamma (fl. 1940) to Nancy

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06143.28 Author/Creator: Bamma (fl. 1940) Place Written: New Rochelle, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 1940 circa Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written from New Rochelle, possibly in New York. Encloses the letters of David P. Harmon and asks that she take care of them and return them when she is done. Mentions that Harmon was honored by being mentioned in the fourth volume of the American Historical Society, under the title "The Story of Massachusetts." Writes that she owned other letters but they were lost by David J. Harmon after he asked to borrow them for his thesis from Harvard University. The recipient of the letter is David P. Harmon's great-granddaughter. The author of the letter is Harmon's granddaughter.


Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Abolition, Reform Movement, Woman Author, Women's History, Education, Children and Family

Sub Era: World War II