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S. Pitts Wells, Correspondence

Title: S. Pitts Wells, Correspondence

Creator: Wells, S. Pitts

Dates: 1870-1906

Quantity: 1 box  (0.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0021

Language: English

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Preferred Citation: S. Pitts Wells, Correspondence (MS 0021). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

History:

S. Pitts Wells worked as a farmer prior to marrying his wife, Lille, in 1872. The couple had three children. The eldest child, Kirk, was born in 1872 and died in 1876. The second child, Marshall, also died young from diphtheria in 1879, while the family lived in Rapid City, Dakota Territory. Their third child, James, was born in 1881. Wells switched from farming to teaching in 1874, when he attended the Normal Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. He began teaching in Rapid City and by 1882, Wells became Superintendent of Pennington County. Three years later, in 1885, Wells was elected to the Dakota Territory Legislative Assembly. After another three years, Wells and his family moved to an orchard in Santa Ana, California. A final move occurred in 1903, when Wells moved to Montana to teach and to attend the State Normal School.

Scope and Content:

The letters of S. Pitts Wells to Charles R. Green provide descriptions of his life in Lawrence, Kansas; Rapid City, Dakota Territory; Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California; and Dillon, Montana. They also provide details about his family, the births and deaths of his children, his financial difficulties, and his teaching experiences. There are 37 letters arranged in chronological order. There is one notecard on which Green outlines what he wrote in response to a letter from Wells.

Subjects:

Teachers colleges

Dakota Territory -- History

Rapid City (S.D.)

Lawrence (Kan.)

Dillon (Mon.)

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, Wells to Green, 1870-1892Item 1. Wells to Green, 1870, Oct. 16 Item 2. Wells to Green, 1870, Dec. 16 Item 3. Wells to Green, 1871, Apr. 24? Item 4. Wells to Green, 1872, Sept. 1 Item 5. Wells to Green, 1872, Dec. 8 Item 6. Wells to Green, 1873, June 12 Item 7. Wells to Green, 1873, Sept. 23 Item 8. Wells to Green, 1873, Nov. 30 Item 9. Wells to Green, 1874, Apr. 16 Item 10. Wells to Green, 1874, Nov. 7 Item 11. Wells to Green, 1874, Dec. 10 Item 12. Wells to Green, 1875, June 27 Item 13. Wells to Green, 1876, Sept. 9 Item 14. Wells to Green, 1879, Jan. 28 Item 15. Wells to Green, 1880, Jan. 24 Item 16. Wells to Green, 1880, Dec. 10 Item 17. Wells to Green, 1882, Jan. 14 Item 18. Wells to Green, 1883, Apr. 15 Item 19. Wells to Green, 1885, Feb. 1 Item 20. Wells to Green, 1885, Sept. 7 Item 21. Wells to Green, 1888, Sept. 9 Item 22. Wells to Green, 1890, Feb. 5 Item 23. Wells to Green, 1890, Sept. 10 Item 24. Wells to Green, 1890, Sept. 28 Item 25. Wells to Green, 1891, Mar. 9 Item 26. Wells to Green, 1892, Feb. 28 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, Wells to Green, 1895-1906Item 1. Wells to Green, 1895, Feb. 11 Item 2. Wells to Green, 1898, July 2 Item 3. Wells to Green, 1901, Feb. 10 Item 4. Wells to Green, 1901, Feb. 24 Item 5. Wells to Green, 1903, Sept. 14 Item 6. Wells to Green, 1903, Dec. 28 Item 7. Wells to Green, 1904, May 28 Item 8. Wells to Green, 1904, Dec. 27 Item 9. Wells to Green, 1905, Jan. 15 Item 10. Wells to Green, 1905, Feb. 49 Item 11. Note, Green response to Wells, 1905, Feb. 23 Item 12. Wells to Green, 1905, Mar. 5 Item 13. Wells to Green, 1905, Dec. 25 Item 14. Wells to Green, 1906, June 16



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