C. Bernice Welter Papers

Collection Summary

Title: C. Bernice Welter Papers
Call Number: MS 86-15
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Acquired from the Jay Estate
Processed by: JAH, 4-14-1986; JEF, 11-4-1997; MN, 12-2008
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

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Content Note

The C. Bernice Welter Papers contain five diaries which include events from her daily life of school, home, church and travel. Additionally, there is one diary which is apparently a man's diary of daily circumstances. Also included are writings by C. Bernice Welter concerning her trip to her home town of Fairbury, Nebraska, after not having been there for twenty years and a lengthy commentary on developing patriotism in young people. There are also a number of pictures, tin types and post cards from her life.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Diary. First entry starts on Thursday, May 3, 1900 and ends with the last entry dated Saturday, May 5, 1901. The diary is a teacher's notations of daily routines and the weather in Nebraska.
Box 1 FF 2 Diary. This journal is adapted to the year of use which is unknown at this time. The front of the diary says 1942. The entries include daily activities and information about a trip through Kansas.
Box 1 FF 3 Diary. This journal is adapted also. The front of the diary says 1946. It includes daily routines, travel in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and California. It also includes floor plans of different buildings she experienced on her trip.
Box 1 FF 4 Diary. This journal is dated 1865. This is not by the same person as the others. It appears to be a gentleman who wrote of weather, trade, occasional social outings, and also of church.
Box 1 FF 5 Diary. On the front page is "C.B.W. 1901-1902." The entries start with Monday, May 6 and end with Monday, June 9 of the following year. The author is the same as the first three diaries. It was during a time she was a young woman and attended college. She wrote of her college experiences and of the weather and other daily events.
Box 1 FF 6 Diary. On the front page is notated "C.B.W. 1902-1903." The entries start Tuesday, June 10 and end Wednesday, August 22 (possibly two years later). She wrote of daily events and weather, and of school and of her travels west.
Box 1 FF 7 Envelope: Hair of John Jay (?)
Box 1 FF 8 Picture of a unidentified young girl with a 2¢ stamp on back; (2) Picture of unidentified two girls and one man with a 3¢ stamp on back; (3) One tin type of a unidentified young woman with long hair; (4) One tin type of a unidentified young woman with hair pinned up.
Box 1 FF 9 Picture of the Fairy Wedding Group, 1863; (2) Picture post card of indian village; (3) Picture post card of Pueblo Indians selling pottery 1902; (4) Picture post card of Room in Hopi House, Grand Canyon of Arizona 1905.
Box 1 FF 10 Picture post card from D. Fauders dated 12-21-1907; (2) Picture (mounted) of chairs and secretariat; (3) Picture of baby; (4) Picture of four gentlemen on back of train; (5) Tin type of little girl (posed standing on a chair).
Box 1 FF 11 Picture of unidentified man with grey beard and there is a 2¢ stamp on back; (2) Post card of Navajo Indian woman with baby; (3) Long post card of Jefferson Co. Court House, Fairbury, Nebraska No. 2; (4) Long post card of Scene In Court House Yard, Fairbury, Nebraska No. 2.
Box 1 FF 12 Handwritten notes with colored drawings describing Navajo Indian history.
Box 1 FF 13 Five pages handwritten by Bernice Welter about her visit to Fairbury, Nebraska. It is dated May 22, 1893 and entitled "Twenty Years Hence."
Box 1 FF 14 Apparently first draft of the above entry but is not dated.
Box 1 FF 15 Handwritten commentary entitled "How Best to Cultivate True Patriotism in the Young" by C. B. Welter, Fairbury, Nebraska (19 pages).