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Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers, circa 1890-1950, bulk 1908-1914

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1902-1914,
(Box 1-3; 0.9 linear feet)

Family correspondence consists primarily of letters written by and between Lorenzo Hatch, wife Grace, son Harrison, and sister-in-law Effie Harrison from China to family members back in the United States. Lorenzo's letters to his mother, Mrs. Francis E. Hatch are less informative than letters to his sisters, Lizzie Cheney and Mrs. Frederick Bush. Typically, Grace's letters are to her mother and mother-in-law discussing general daily activities Effie wrote to her mother, Lydia J. Harrison and sister Gail Harrison about her experiences in China. Combined, these letters are a rich source of information about the Chinese revolution in 1911-1912 and the fall of the Qing dynasty, as well as general information about Chinese people, places, and other affairs, particularly the pneumonic plague. Some topics are noted in the folder descriptions.
Letters are arranged by name of family member, followed by more general correspondence. Researchers should note that letters may not be in strict chronological order as Grace and Effie did not always put dates on their correspondence. Letters for which a specific date could not be assertained have been placed in a circa dated folder which is found at the end of each person's correspondence files. At times, original order has been maintained for undated letters although it is unclear at which point the letters were arranged in this manner.
Often, Grace and Effie included enclosures in their letters of fabric, photographs, and ephemera. These items are scanned directly following the letter in which they were enclosed. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1902, 1904
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1908
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1909
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1910
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1911
(Pneumonic Plague in China, October 11th revolt, revolutionary activities, potential abdication of Qing dynasty)
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1912
(Abdication of Qing dynasty, Sun Yat-Sen, Yuan Shin K'ai)
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Lorenzo Hatch, 1913
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Lorenzo Hatch, circa 1910s
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Grace Hatch, 1902, 1908
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Grace Hatch, 1909
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Grace Hatch, 1910
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Grace Hatch, 1911
(Uncertainty of situation in China)
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Grace Hatch, 1912
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Grace Hatch, 1913,1914
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Grace Hatch, circa 1910s
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Effie Harrison, 1908
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Effie Harrison, 1909
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Effie Harrison, 1910
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Effie Harrison, 1911-1912, 1914, circa 1910s
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Harrison Hatch, 1908-1913
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General, 1908-1913
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General, Lorenzo's Death, 1914
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3

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