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Rhoads family papers, 1881-1986

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 1
This series consists of papers concerning the Rhoads family. Papers include correspondence, diaries, and scrapbooks created by Franklin K., Fannie, Dorothy, and Frances Rhoads. Other papers include professional writings, notes and drafts of Dorothy Rhoads and newspaper clippings. Photographs of the Rhoads family, including Dorothy, Frances, Fannie, Franklin Rhoads, and extended family are also included.

Dates

  • 1881-1986

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Rhoads and Morley families papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

65 cartons

2 oversize boxes

1 oversize folder

Biographical History

The Franklin Koons and Frances May Cook Rhoads family lived in Pekin and Rock Island, Illinios. Franklin Koons Rhoads was born October 23, 1867 in Pekin, Illinois to Samuel Rhoads and Anna Koons. Frances (Fannie) May Cook was born around 1880 to John Spafford Cook and Sarah Dexter. Franklin and Fannie got married April 27, 1892, and they had two children, Dorothy Mary and Frances Louella. Dorothy was born March 19, 1895 and Frances was born September 8, 1898. The family lived in Illinois for many years, near other family members. Frances May died March 28, 1924 and Franklin died March 27, 1943 in Rock Island, Illinois. Dorothy and Frances moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico in about 1920, and Dorothy lived there until 1986, when she died. In 1927, Frances married Sylvanus Morley, and spent her remaining years between Mexico and Sante Fe. Dorothy was a children's book author, and spent time with her sister in Mexico. The family had a Maya godchild named Dorita, who was featured in one of Dorothy's books. Frances died in 1955 and Dorothy died in 1986, both in Sante Fe. Both Franklin and Frances were amateur photographers, and took hundreds of photographs on family trips and other events.
Biographical History Dorothy Mary Rhoads was born to Franklin Koons and Frances May Cook Rhoads on March 19, 1895. Her younger sister, Frances, was born in 1898. The family lived in Illinois for many years, near other family members. After graduating high school, Dorothy attended Wellesley College. Dorothy and Frances moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico in about 1920, and Dorothy lived there until 1986, when she died. Dorothy was a children's book author, and spent time with her sister in Mexico. The family had a Maya godchild named Dorita, who was featured in one of Dorothy's books. Dorothy died in 1986 in Sante Fe.

Arrangement

Arranged in six subseries: 1. Dorothy Rhoads correspondence, 1888-1986; 2. Rhoads family diaries, 1909-1944; 3. Dorothy Rhoads writings and drafts, 1908-1970; 4. Dorothy Rhoads personal papers, 1903-1986; 5. Rhoads family scrapbooks, 1881-1916; 6. Rhoads family history and genealogy, 1881-1940.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States