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Gertrude Wiser Butcher letter

 Collection — Folder: S2053
Identifier: S2053

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of a typewritten letter sent from Canoga Park, California by Gertrude Butcher and addressed to "Dear Barbara." The recipient of the letter was most likely Barbara Sheehe Hanson, the great-granddaughter of Jennie Brown Doremus Dilworth. In the letter, Gertude Butcher shares genealogical information regarding the Brown and Doremus family. There are also brief mentions of the Campbell, McCreary and Hatton families.


  • 1978/04/15


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Miriam Gertrude Wiser was born May 13, 1898 in Jonesboro, Indiana to Alva and Mary Caroline "Carrie" (Doremus) Wiser. The family moved to South Bend and there she met and married Ray Walter Nelson in 1917. The Nelsons had one son and divorced in 1935. Around 1940, she married William Butcher (1880-1954) and he adopted her son, Walter. She worked as a junior high and high school art teacher and was a well-known local artist. Following her retirement, she moved to Canoga Park, California to live with her brother, Guy Brown Wiser. She was the granddaughter of Jane "Jennie" Brown Doremus, the author of Jennette Browning or a Hoosier Girl's Victory: A True Story of a Remarkable Life, a book published in 1889. Following the death of her brother, Gertrude continued to reside in California until 1996 when she returned to South Bend. She died at the age of 99 on October 22, 1997.


Information found within collection. "Miriam Gertrude Wiser." U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed October 20, 2020.

"Gertrude Butcher." South Bend Tribune (Ind.), October 27, 1997.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one letter.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Thomas McDade on 1978/06/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/10/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/10/20 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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