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Milton Kerrick and Maude Howdershell Letters

Identifier: MS 00239

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Content Description

Over 200 letters exchanged between Milton Kerrick and Maude Howdershell from 1908 through the 1930's. Both lived in Alexandria, Virginia and most of the letters are personal in nature as Kerrick actively courted Howdershell during this time. Kerrick was openly expressive in his love for the more reserved Howdershell. On October 8, 1919 the two were married, but their love letters continued as Kerrick was often away with his work for the Southern Railroad Company. There are also some letters addressed to Maude and their daughter, Elizabeth, from various friends written after Milton had passed away in 1941.


  • Creation: 1908-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


1.5 Linear Feet



Custodial History

Letters from the Maude A. Howdershell and Milton F. Kerrick papers, Mss. Acc. 2009.481, were integrated with MS 00239. Both accessions were purchases. It was established that the contents of the Mss. Acc. 2009.481 collection were a continuation of the letters between the two individuals. Letters from Mss. Acc. 2009.481 are marked as such in the Scope at the folder level.

Guide to the Milton Kerrick and Maude Howdershell letters
SCRC Staff, Karen King
July 2018
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