Papers, 1795-1968, of several Madison, Wisconsin families related by marriage: the Hobbins, Jackson, Morris, and Stevens families. The Hobbins and Jacksons were prominent physicians; William A. Pringle Morris and Breese J. Stevens were prominent attorneys. The title of the collection is based on the marriage of Helen Elizabeth Stevens, a daughter of Breese Stevens, to Dr. Reginald H. Jackson Sr. and the marriage of Julia Morris, a daughter of W.A.P. Morris to Joseph W. Jackson Sr., the brother of Reginald Sr. The papers include extensive correspondence between family and friends, business records and personal financial papers, subject files, and photographs. The Farmer, Grannis, and Wright families are also well documented. The papers cover a wide range of subjects, not only documenting family life in Madison, but also in western New York and Williston, North Dakota. Other topics range from aviation history to military service to financial investing, musky fishing, the practice of medicine, and Madison's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed auditorium.
Papers regarding military history concern the Revolutionary War service of General Michael Jackson; the Civil War service of Charles and Martin Grannis; the World War I service of Victor Morris and Colonel Joseph W. Jackson Sr., in the Army Remount Service; and the military papers of Dr. Reginald Jackson Jr., concerning the Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol after World War II. The photographs include portraits, snapshots, albums, negatives, and lantern slides that generally parallel the manuscript collection in content and arrangement. The majority consists of family portraits and snapshots of activities, particularly travel to Europe and Alaska; interests in aviation and Madison architecture; home life in Madison, North Dakota, and New York; and the military service of Joseph W. Jackson and Victor Morris during World War I.
The majority of the film footage, circa 1920s-1950s, documents four broad subject areas including boating, aviation, European vacations, and medical procedures. The films also include footage of family members on vacation, sailing, and hunting; a Charles Lindbergh visit to Madison; and various Madison locations, including the Lake Mendota shoreline, aerial views of the Capitol and Isthmus, and the Royal Airport.
Presented by Alice, Bettina, and Joseph W. Jackson; Amelia Stevens, the State Medical Society of Wisconsin (via Julie A. Hein and Earl Thayer); Mrs. Breese Stevens with Robert W. Lull, all of Madison, Wisconsin; and by Mrs. John B. Wilkinson and Mrs. Robert Casper, both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1905-1998.
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