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Title: LaVon Clemens papers,
Creator: LaVon Clemens
Inclusive dates: ca. 1920-1929
Bulk dates: (bulk 1924)
55 items.
Manuscripts, photographs, printed materials.
Letters Clemens received while at St. Mary's-of-the-Woods, a Catholic school in Indiana, in 1924, her first year away from her home in Pittsburg, Kansas. Correspondents include Clemens's mother and sister and a number of female friends, especially Velma Lough, who signs her letters as "Pewee" and who writes both about dating numerous boys and about her passion for LaVon. An October 11, 1924 letter from Lough includes a description of a heated debate among friends about the equality of African Americans. Contents cover various topics including local racism, who is dating whom, style, dancing, Clemens' adjustment to school away from home, and the young women's deep friendships and longing for each other. Also included are family photographs (dates and description unclear) and a dance card.

Call number: 7657
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library