Special Collections Department
Roop-Rogers Family Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 277
Accessioned: Gift of Milman R. Prettyman, Sr., 1973.
Extent: .33 linear feet (124 items)
Content: Letters, documents, ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: June 1993 by Rhonda R. Newton.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
The main recipients are the Bradley sisters, Jane Bradley Rogers and Susannah Bradley Roop. Their correspondents included their children, siblings, cousins, and aunts; and Susannah's husband, Dr. F.A. Roop and her mother-in-law, Marie J. Roop. Relationships are tentative but other significant correspondents include Ada Rogers, Jane's daughter; Lizzie Hardcastle Turner; Joseph Roop, Susannah and F.A. Roop's son; and Margaret James, an aunt. Most letters in the collection contain family news but there are also some political and religious discussions. The Civil War letters include letters from Dr. F.[Frank?]A. Roop, a surgeon with the Union forces, to Susannah and their children.
Miscellaneous materials include essays on thankfulness and fear by Samuel I. Roop; a rental agreement between Samuel I. Roop and Mrs. J.W. Phillips; several poems; a course of disease, perhaps cholera; and a sample letter of recommendation to the Governor of Delaware. The collection also includes notes from an apparent previous owner of the collection about the letters. Printed materials include a bible lesson, bible verses, and a leaf from a bible history book as well as several postal cards. Also included are an embroidery pattern, recipe, beaded piece, business card for a lending library, and two calling cards for Jennie Mitchell.
The collection, which was received in no particular order, has been arranged chronologically. Envelopes that were separated from the contents are together in Folder 14.
Source:Hazzard, Robert B. The History of Seaford From Its First Survey and Plotting in 1799 to the Completion of the Delaware Railroad in 1856.
F1 Correspondence, 1834, 1837 2 items F2 Correspondence, 1840-1849 13 items F3 Correspondence, 1850-1859 4 items F4 Correspondence, 1860-1861 5 items F5 Correspondence, 1862 7 items F6 Correspondence, 1863 5 items F7 Correspondence, 1864 15 items F8 Correspondence, 1865 20 items F9 Correspondence, 1866 14 items F10 Correspondence, 1867-1869 9 items F11 Correspondence, 1870-1879 13 items F12 Correspondence, 1880-1894 4 items F13 Correspondence, [n.d.] 13 items F14 Envelopes F15 Miscellaneous
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