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This collection contains approximately 90 letters written by various letters of the Gillilan family, including Lewis, his parents, wife, and children. The bulk of the letters are written by Lewis between 1909 and 1910, but there are also a significant amount written by his daughter, Lois, in 1939. These letters provide insight into the life of a stagecoach driver and a young woman studying medicine in Europe during the rise of the Nazi party, amongst other things. Many of the early letters also depict Lewis and Ellen navigating their personal relationship as it was contested by their families.

All of the letters in this collection have been transcribed and the transcriptions are housed within the S Drive Student Folders. A few of the letters are available on GettDigital in the Virtual Reading Room.

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Collection Size

0.5 cubic feet

Publication Date

Summer 2022


World War II, manuscripts, stagecoach, automation, medicine


European History | Medical Education | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-293: Gillilan Family Letters