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Subseries 2. Karl and Gertrude Pratt Personal, 1911-1997

Scope and Content Notes:

While teaching at NYU, Karl met Gertrude, one of his students and ten years his junior (b. January 8, 1910). Their courtship and eventual marriage was opposed by both sets of parents on religious grounds. He was forced to return to Ohio State, after Gertrude's father met with the Dean at NYU - he was not fired, but his contract was not renewed. Gertrude completed her last year of college at Ohio State and Karl finished his Ph.D. in 1927 and accepted a position at Central Michigan Teacher's College, now Central Michigan University, in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In 1933, when Gertrude became pregnant with Richard she returned to live with her family in New York because Karl was not making enough money at Central Michigan to take care of her. She finally returned to Michigan when Richard was four. Gertrude worked as a bookkeeper, reference librarian for the college, recorder for the college, and as a reference librarian for Mount Pleasant Public Library. In 1968, Karl and Gertrude retired to the Camden, Maine area, where they stayed until Karl's death in 1993. In 1997 Gertrude moved to Pittsburgh to be closer to Richard but died within six months.

Subseries 2. is organized into three sections. The first section contains general materials, 1911-1989, which includes elementary and high school diaries, manuscripts, account books, journals, and correspondence. These materials are arranged chronologically. The second section contains family correspondence, 1919-1997, and is organized chronologically by sender/recipient. The third section contains personal correspondence, 1919-1997, has been kept in original order. The first part of correspondence is arranged alphabetically by sender and each sender has a separate folder. The second part of correspondence is arranged alphabetically by sender but is grouped together by last name. The third section is arranged chronologically. The fourth and final section contains Christmas Letters, 1977-1987.

Section: General Materials, 1911-1989

Folder 9-11 Elementary and High School Writings and Manuscripts, 1911-1921

Box 51
Folder 1-2 High School Journals, 1916-1920
Folder 3 Diary - "Musings and Meditations", 1916-1920
Folder 4-7 Account Books, 1919-1935
Folder 8 Writings - "University Themes", 1921

Box 52
Folder 1 Daybook, 1924
Folder 2-3 Letters to the Editor, 1922-1923
Folder 4 Writings - "Miscellaneous Literary Attempts", 1925
Folder 5 Hitchhiking Journal, 1925
Folder 6 Manuscript and Publisher Correspondence - "Pale Shadow", 1931-1933
Folder 7 Essay, "Exploration of the Long Trail", 1944
Folder 8 Gertrude Pratt - Education and Employment, 1930-1980
Folder 9-10 Gertrude Pratt - Book Reviews, 1930-1972
Folder 11 Karl Pratt - Class Reunions, 1967-1982
Folder 12 Karl Pratt - 90th Birthday, 1989

Section: Family Correspondence, 1919-1997

Folder 13-16 Karl to/from Gertrude Pratt, June 1929 - October 1933

Box 53
Folder 1-14 Correspondence, November 1933 - November 1937

Box 54
Folder 1-9 Correspondence, December 1937 - 1966
Folder 10 Correspondence, no date
Folder 11-16 Karl Pratt to/from Mary Luella and Mildred Pratt, 1919-1928
Folder 17-18 Karl Pratt to/from Mary Luella and B.H. Pratt, 1929-1963

Box 55
Folder 1-6 Karl Pratt to/from Mary Luella and B.H. Pratt, 1950-1963
Folder 7-10 Karl Pratt to/from Mary Luella and B.H. Pratt, no date
Folder 11-12 Karl Pratt to/from Grandma Chapman and Houghton, 1919-1924
Folder 13 Maud Chapman, 1951-1960
Folder 14 Gennis Family, 1966-1972

Box 56
Folder 1-2 Joe and Sylvia Gennis, 1931-1989
Folder 3 Bob and Christine Gennis, 1983-1984
Folder 4 Bob and Mildred Gennis, 1952-1964
Folder 5 Alvin and Bess Gennis, 1931-1951
Folder 6 Sid and Sylvia Gennis. 1972-1973
Folder 7 Kathryn Glass, 1962-1966
Folder 8-13 Jonathan Pratt, 1965-1997
Folder 14 Kathy Pratt, 1969-1979

Box 57
Folder 1-5 Kathy Pratt, 1980-2001
Folder 6-11 Caroline Pratt, 1968-1997

Box 58
Folder 1 Paul Pratt, 1975-1990
Folder 2-3 Letters to Karl Pratt while at OSU, 1920-1928

Section: Personal Correspondence, 1919-1997

Folder 4 "Troublesome Days at NYU", 1929
Folder 5-17 Bakes - Menzes, 1919-1927

Box 59
Folder 1-5 Myers - Yarbush, 1919-1928
Folder 6 Miscellaneous, 1922-1928
Folder 7-11 Correspondence, A - E

Box 60
Folder 1-7 Correspondence, F - Harrigan

Box 61
Folder 1-8 Correspondence, Haw - Miller, Evangelene

Box 62
Folder 1-9 Correspondence, Miller, Evangelene - R

Box 63
Folder 1-7 Correspondence, S - Z

Box 64
Folder 1-10 Correspondence, 1930-1975

Box 65
Folder 1-16 Correspondence, 1976-1991

Box 66
Folder 1-2 Correspondence, 1951-1990
Folder 3-4 Christmas Letters, 1977-1987