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Subseries 2. Personal Correspondence, 1919-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

The Personal Correspondence subseries consists of letters and postcards Prattis wrote to his wife and daughter during frequent trips while on assignments for the Pittsburgh Courier in the 1940s. There is also a folder of letters between Prattis and Rudolph Dunbar, a close friend and an African American symphony conductor living and working in Europe. The letters offer a glimpse into race relations in Europe and the United States. The personal correspondence subseries offers insight into Prattis’ feelings regarding the issues of the day. He was a voluminous correspondent and often candid in expressing his feelings. Recently added material can be found under the section "New Material Added." The subseries is arranged chronologically.


Box 2
Folder 1 Post cards to family, 1941-1954
Folder 2 Correspondence to family, 1941
Folder 3 Correspondence to family, 1942-1943
Folder 4 Correspondence to family, 1944-1945
Folder 5 Correspondence with Rudolph Dunbar, 1946-1971
Folder 6 Correspondence to family, 1956-1975
Folder 7 Helen Prattis Correspondence and notes, 1963, 1998, 2004
Folder 8 Condolence Letters to Helen Prattis, 1980
Folder 9 Correspondence, 1939-1964
Folder 10 Correspondence, 1965-1967
Folder 11 Correspondence, 1967-1976, undated

Section: New Material Added, 2011


Box 2
Folder 75 Correspondence in French, 1919
Folder 76 Courtship letters between Prattis and wife, Helen (Sands) Prattis, 1937-1939
Folder 77 Correspondence to Helen Prattis on board the S.S. Argentina on the way to Paris, 1945
Folder 78 Correspondence from P.L. Prattis to Helen Prattis, 1948-1966
Folder 79 Correspondence to Patricia Prattis while at Deerwood Music Camp in the Adirondacks, 1956-1957
Folder 80 Correspondence to Patricia Prattis while atthe Marlboro (Vt.) Festival, 1962
Folder 81 Correspondence to Patricia Prattis during the Pittsburgh Symphony's tour of Europe and the Middle East, 1964