Estelle Hayden Papers, 1855-1948

Summary Information
Title: Estelle Hayden Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1855-1948

  • Hayden, Estelle, died 1950
Call Number: Wis Mss UU

Quantity: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Estelle Hayden, a resident of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, including letters, notes, and articles pertaining to the early history, buildings, settlers, and growth of Sun Prairie. There are also five Civil War letters, 1861-62, written by William Hayden, 4th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry; and twelve letters from her daughter, Ada Bird, describing a trip to Europe in 1904.

Language: English

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Estelle Hayden was the daughter of T. C. Hayden, a pioneer resident of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She taught at Milwaukee Normal School and Whitewater State College. At Sun Prairie, in later years, she served on the school board, worked for the construction of a modern high school, and wrote a number of articles for Wisconsin publications on the history of Sun Prairie.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence in this collection dates from 1855 to 1948 and includes family correspondence. There are five Civil War letters, 1861-1862, written by William Hayden from army camps, describing camp life, sickness, court martials, and marches. A group of twelve letters, June through October, 1904, by Ada Bird to her mother, tells of her trip through Europe. The remaining letters are communications of Estelle Hayden with residents and former residents of Sun Prairie and with Wisconsin editors about gathering or publishing material on the history of Sun Prairie.

Two folders of articles and notes, 1901-1948, describe the early history of the village of Sun Prairie, the village site, buildings, pioneer residents, and growth of the community.

Administrative/Restriction Information
Acquisition Information

Presented by the Eleanor Hayden Estate, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, September 13, 1957.