Wright Family Scrapbook, 1924-1930

Summary Information
Title: Wright Family Scrapbook
Inclusive Dates: 1924-1930

  • Wright Family
Call Number: Milwaukee Historic Photo Collection 33

Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft. (1 box)

Archival Location:
Milwaukee Public Library (Map)

Images and ephemera related to many members of Wisconsin’s Wright family. Included are photos and clippings related to Milwaukee theatre actress Kathleen Wright and Reverend John White, pastor to Calvin Coolidge's father.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.mwpl-mhpc0033
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William Henry Wright and his wife Jane Evelyn immigrated from Ireland in 1849. William was a lawyer by trade and came to America with the intention of heading to the California gold rush, but the couple settled in Milwaukee instead. One of their sons, Joseph E. Wright (1848-1923), married Margaret Hurlburd (1856-1919) of Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1877. They had three daughters. One of which, Kathleen Wright (1878-1960), was soprano soloist. She was active in the MacDowell Club and Wisconsin Players in Milwaukee. Another daughter of Joseph and Margaret, Daisy E. (1879-1959), married Reverend John White (1878-1956), who presided over the funeral service of Calvin Coolidge's father in 1926. A few other family members are included in the scrapbook as well.

Scope and Content Note

The main portion of the collection is the scrapbook. It is filled with photographs of individuals, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera. The photos are mainly of individuals. The majority of the photos are unidentified but appear to depict the family’s children. The newspaper clippings tend to be of performances in which Kathleen Wright appeared and other clippings relating to the family. It is not always possible to tell the identity of the newspaper or the date. The ephemera are mostly along the lines of theater programs and brochures. Most of the scrapbook is undated, although there are a few dates with the newspaper clippings. There are also 17 loose photos and are all black and white and are of various sizes. They are mostly photos of people and are unidentified.

Arrangement of the Materials

The album is in original order and is followed by loose materials from the album.

Preferred Citation

Wright Family Scrapbook, 1924-1930, Collection 33. Milwaukee Historic Photo Archives, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Related Material in the Milwaukee Public Library
Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials. The collection is open to all in accordance with state law. The public may view collections from the Milwaukee Historic Photo Archives by appointment in the Archives Reading Room of the Central Library. To request an appointment, please contact the Humanities and Archives Department at 414-286-3061.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is currently unavailable. Materials accessioned as a Historic Photo Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Brian Williams-Van Klooster, Photo Librarian, April 2006. Additional processing by Rose Fortier, Historic Photo Librarian, April 2009.

Contents List
Box   1
Folder   1
Scrapbook, 1924-1930, undated
Physical Description: 1 volume 
Box   1
Folder   2
Loose Photographs, undated
Box   1
Folder   3
Loose Clipping and Girls’ Friendly Society in America pamphlet, 1928, undated