Series 3 - Correspondence

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UTA 1287-3




  • 1959-2013 (Creation)

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1.21 m of textual records (1 file includes photographs)
1 audio cassette

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Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Dr. Franklin and friends, family, colleagues, government officials, and others. Correspondence pertains to the full scope of Dr. Franklin’s life and work, including her academic work, her political activism, and her personal life.

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Select correspondence from the 1970s and 1980s was kept alphabetically, and this arrangement has been maintained for that material. The rest of the correspondence was initially disorganized, in loose chronological order. This material was organized into chronological order, by year. Where a significant amount of material from one correspondent was found together, it was put in the alphabetical section. Dr. Franklin had marked some folders ‘personal,’ and this labeling has been retained in the file title. This does not mean, however, that the other folders may not also contain personal correspondence. In addition, a correspondent with their own ‘alphabetical file’ may also be found in the chronological files.

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Early correspondence can be found in series 1, subseries 2 (Early family life and letters). In addition, correspondence relating to particular functions can often be found throughout the fonds, in the relevant series.

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