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Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letters

 Collection
Identifier: RC2019-005

Scope and Contents

The Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letters contains approximately 450 letters from Louia "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe. The majority of the letters are addressed to her mother, Julia Brannon, though some are addressed to her siblings or are letters from other people to Lula. Small items such as fabric samples, photographs, and hair clippings can be found in some of the letters.

The letters are arranged chronologically, with undated letters at the end of the collection. The letters were numbered individually to aid in future digitization and use. The naming convention used is: RC2010.008.XXX.X with the first three X’s being the number of the letter in the collection, and the last X being the page number of the letter. The envelope is considered the first page, and if there is information on the back of the envelope, that is considered the second page. At the end of the collection is information about the family history.

Not all of the letters in the collection are represented in the earlier accession of the transcriptions (RC2010.008). While the two accessions are related, they are treated as separate accessions due to differing donors. A link to the finding aid for the transcriptions is at the top of the page.

Dates

  • Creation: 1893 - 1920

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letters is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Conditions Governing Use

The Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letters is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Biographical / Historical

Lula married Robert Willis Briscoe on December 13, 1901, at the home of the bride’s family in Indian Territory. They were both eighteen years old when they married, according to the Chickasaw Nation Marriages website. The couple had five children: Julia Edna, Anna Fern, Mary Louise, Robin Willis, and R.W. “Joe.”

Lula’s letters are to her mother, Juletta “Julia” Ellis McNaught Brannon, who was married to Thatcher Washington Brannon. Thatcher died from pneumonia as a consequence of being crushed by a bale of hay while working at Grogan’s Store in Sugden, Oklahoma. Julia had six children with her husband. Their names are Louisa “Lula” Estelle, Carl, Frank Thatcher, Winnie Davis, Elmer Patton, and Juletta "Juju" Augusta. Julia, as a widow, left Indian Territory with her five other children to live with her bachelor brother, Lewis Augustus “Gus” McNaught on his homestead in the Big Bend Country, Douglas County, near Hartline, Washington. They lived there until Julia’s son Frank was old enough to work, and then they moved to Seattle. She boarded people and eventually was able to build a home.

Extent

4.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Approximately 450 original letters and envelopes, written by Lula Briscoe in Sugden, Indian Territory, to her mother Julia Brannon.

Processing Information

The Louisa “Lula” Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letters was donated to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2019 by Bret C. Duncan. It is related to RC2010.008, the Louisa “Lula” Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letter Transcriptions.

Status
In Progress
Date
2023-05-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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