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APRIL 2000Volume 2 Number 2

Gift to Archives: Local letters from the 1930's

Mark Jones, State Archivist

Ella Burr
Ella Burr
Picture from the Connecticut State Library Archives

Recently Elena Burr Tuthill donated to the State Archives a collection of letters dating from 1932 to 1936 between her and Ella Fairchild Burr, her mother, Louis St. Clair Burr, her father, and Robert and Myron Burr, her brothers. She was attending William and Mary College in Virginia. Both parties of the correspondence exchanged letters weekly.

Ella Fairchild Burr to her daughter, Elena, from Tulsa: [In June 1936, Ella Burr attended the National Convention of the WCTU as the President of the Connecticut organization.] 

"I have just got back from Amelia Earhart's meeting. After she talked she said questions might be asked. Toward the end a man arose and asked, 'Who gets her husband's breakfast while she was off on flights.' She hesitated a bit for it did seem like a slam and then said Mr. Putnam was a very good cook, and then added after the thousands of years that women had sat around home waiting for men she thought it not too hard for them to do a little waiting. You have heard her and know how clever she is."

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