Katharine Martindale Family Papers, 1699-1977

Summary Information

Summary Information

Title: Katharine Martindale Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1699-1977

  • Katharine Martindale Family
Call Number: La Crosse Mss BD

Quantity: 20.4 cubic feet (51 archives boxes)

Archival Locations:
UW-La Crosse Murphy Library / La Crosse Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Papers collected and generated by Katharine Martindale (1890-1977), the last member of a family which settled in La Crosse, Wisconsin in the 1850s. After graduation from Smith College in 1912 Miss Martindale taught home economics for several years before returning permanently to La Crosse and carrying on the family insurance business. She spent the later years of her life researching and collecting family history and working to preserve the family home at 10th and Cass Streets (now listed in the National Register of Historic Places). The collection includes not only her own papers and those of her immediate family, but also those of her grandparents, great-parents, Vermont ancestors and others. The papers consist primarily of correspondence; business and financial papers; eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century estate settlements; legal documents; detailed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Vermont farm records; and papers related to the Martindale home. Most of the correspondence is among family members and reveals the details of their daily lives: births, courtships, travels, college life, illnesses, deaths, family business matters, personal problems, and accounts of mundane activities such as washing, sewing, cooking, plowing, gardening, etc. The majority of the business and financial papers are the extensive records (circa 1850-1950) for the family's insurance firm, but there are also records from real estate, lumbering, and merchandising concerns. Further papers of interest are the school papers for various family members and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Congregational Church records from Tinmouth, Wallingford, and Benson, Vermont, as well as La Crosse.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-lx00bd
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