Guide to the Lenna Deutsch Papers on "Mercer's Belles" circa 1950-1962
Cage 870

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Lenna Deutsch Papers on "Mercer's Belles"
ID
Cage 870
Date [inclusive]
circa 1950-1962
Extent
7.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of materials related to Lenna Baird Deutch's book, "Mercer's Belles". It includes copies of Roger Conant's journal and other source materials, bibliographic notecards, articles, correspondence related to the book's publication, publicity material, personal correspondence, and reviews.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Lenna Deutsch Papers on "Mercer's Belles", circa 1950-1962 Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Lenna Deutsch (nee Baird, 1903-1990) was born in Chicago to Thomas and Lenna Baird. When she was 17, she moved to Spokane, where she graduated from North Central High School in 1921. In 1926, she graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's degree in bacteriology. After her graduation, she taught home economics and science for two years at Tekoa (WA) High School. She returned to Pullman and received her Master's degree in bacteriology in 1929 and began working as a laboratory instructor.

She and Herman J. Deutsch were married June 16, 1930, at Spokane. He was a history professor at WSU. The Deutsches had one child, a daughter, Lenna. Herman Deutsch died in November 1979.

In 1960, Lenna Deutsch published a book, "Mercer's Belles", an edited version of journalist Roger Conant's journal about Asa Mercer's "emigration experiment," bringing young unmarried women from the East Coast to Seattle in the 1860s. He recruited them as prospective teachers, and brides for bachelors.

She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi social sorority and the Pullman League of Women Voters, of which she was a charter member, and was a member of the Ingleside Study Group, the Whitman County Historical Society and the Matron's Club. She died in September 1990 in Moscow, Idaho.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of materials related to Lenna Baird Deutch's book, "Mercer's Belles". It includes copies of Roger Conant's journal and other source materials, bibliographic notecards, articles, correspondence related to the book's publication, publicity material, personal correspondence, and reviews.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Source Material, circa 1950-1960. This series contains materials related to the research and creation of Deutsch's book, including copies of Conant's diary, photocopies from journals, hand-written transcriptions from newspapers, journals, and archival repositories, microfilm, and bibliographic notecards with book and article call numbers and notes.

Series 2: Publication Material, circa 1950s-1962. This series contains items related to publishing and post-publication, including correspondence with different publishers and University of Washington Press, promotional material, personal correspondence regarding the book, reviews, and an article about Lenna Deutch's experience of editing a journal for publication.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Lenna and Bruce Harding donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1992 (MS.1992.75).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Megan Ockerman in May of 2017.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The repository holds another version of Deutsch's Mercer's "Belles manuscript" (Cage 1803).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Seattle (Wash.) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Mercer, A. S. (Asa Shinn), 1839-1917

Subject(s)

  • Pioneers.
  • Seattle.
  • Washington (State)
  • Women.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Source Material circa 1950-1960 

Box Folder

Roger Conant's journal, "The Cruise of the Continental" (typed transcription). 

1 1

Manuscripts of "Mercer's Belles" (multiple versions). 

1 2-7

Manuscripts of "Mercer's Belles" (multiple versions). 

2 1-5

"Discarded" material (list). 

2 6

The Mercer Expedition. 

2 7

Correspondence about Conant's journal. 

2 8

Photographed source material. 

2 9

Other source material. 

2 10

Library and book request slips. 

3 1

Puget Sound Herald articles (transcribed). 

3 2

Miscellaneous newspaper and journal articles (transcribed). 

3 3

Seattle Historical Society records (transcribed). 

3 4

Notes on Whitman County. 

3 5

Microfilmed source material (4 reels). 

4

Bibliographic notecards with source material information and notes. 

5-6

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Series 2: Publication Material circa 1950s-1960s 

Box Folder

Publicity material. circa 1960 

7 1

Publicity correspondence. circa 1960 

7 2

Publicity clippings. 1960s 

7 3-4

University of Washington Press correspondence. 1959-1960 

7 5

Publisher's correspondence. 1950s 

7 6

Personal correspondence. 1960s 

7 7

Copyright permissions. 1950s 

7 8

Reviews. 1960s 

7 9

Article from "The Record" (journal of the Friends of the Washington State University Library). circa 1962 

7 10-11

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