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Bulkley-Shelland Family Papers, 1864-1961
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 264

Abstract:
The Bulkley-Shelland Family papers primarily includes material relating to Annie Dorothy Trickey, James Shelland, and Julia Ellen Bulkley. The collection contains family history, correspondence, photographs, lectures, travel diaries, and Julia Bulkley's high school scrapbook.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Bulkley-Shelland family members. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Annie Dorothy Trickey was born on October 12, 1847 to John Trickey, a contractor and lumber dealer, and his wife Elizabeth in Dover, New Hampshire. Annie attended the Fort Edward Institute, a Methodist Episcopal boarding seminary in Fort Edward, New York, where she met her future husband and became good friends with Julia Bulkley. After graduating with high honors, Annie married James C. Shelland in 1868 and, according to her obituary in the Aberdeen, South Dakota Daily News, "shared with him the vicissitudes of an itinerant minister's life." Annie (Trickey) Shelland died on May 7, 1897.

James Caedmon Shelland was born January 13, 1845 in Westford, New York, to Isaac and Abigail Wright Shelland, who were farmers. He attended Westford Academy and Fort Edward Institute, studied business, taught school, and worked as a journalist before entering Union College in 1868. He left Union in 1870 to join the Methodist Episcopal church as a pastor in the Wyoming Conference in Pennsylvania. He worked as a travelling minister, evangelist, lecturer, and writer in Pennsylvania and New York State, including among the Albany Praying Band of Christianized Indians. In 1883, the Wyoming Conference sent him as a missionary to the Dakota Territory where he worked in Alexandria, Vermillion, Aberdeen and, in 1892, as a teacher in the Sisseton Indian Boarding School. Later, the Shellands moved to northern Minnesota where Rev. Shelland worked under the auspices of the Congregational Church. In 1900, three years after Annie's death, James Shelland married her close friend from school days, Julia Ellen Bulkley.

Julia Ellen Bulkley was born April 25, 1848 in Danbury, Connecticut to farmers Turney and Olive Bulkley. Educated at Fort Edward Institute in Fort Edward, New York, she rose through the ranks in the Plainfield, New Jersey school system from high school classroom teacher in 1869 to superintendent of schools. Bulkley joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1892, and almost immediately took leave to work toward a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. After earning her doctorate in 1895, she served the University of Chicago as Associate Professor of Pedagogy and Dean of Women until her marriage to James Shelland in 1900. In 1898, Bulkley was cited in Harper's Bazaar as one of America's "leading feminine educators." After their marriage Julia and James Shelland travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, visiting schools in other countries. Julia Bulkley died on January 31, 1935, followed by James Shelland on September 14 of the same year.

Two of James and Annie's children survived to adulthood: John, born in 1872, and Annie, born in 1878. Annie (Shelland) Williams was a teacher, writer, and superintendent of rural schools in Minnesota. She was also chairman of the Parks and Highway Commission of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She died on April 4, 1964.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bulkley-Shelland Family Papers consist of 1.5 linear feet and primarily consist of material related to Annie Dorothy (Trickey) Shelland, James C. Shelland, and Julia Ellen (Bulkley) Shelland with a few items about other family members and friends. The collection dates from 1864 to 1961 and contains family history, correspondence, photographs, sermons and other writings, travel diaries, and Julia Bulkley's scrapbook of news clippings. The papers are arranged by family member as follows:

  • I. ANNIE (TRICKEY) SHELLAND
  • II. JULIA (BULKLEY) SHELLAND
  • III. JAMES C. SHELLAND
  • IV. ANNIE (SHELLAND) WILLIAMS
  • V. MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The bulk of the papers date from 1864 to 1900. The correspondence consists primarily of letters between Annie Trickey and James Shelland from directly before and after their marriage. James' work as a travelling minister had him constantly on the road resulting in a monthly or bi-monthly exchange of letters. They provide an interesting window on the life of a "long-distance" couple in the late 1800s. The majority of the surviving letters were written by Annie.

Before their marriage, the two were close enough for Annie to provide comfort and encouragement to James regarding his work. Later letters discuss family goings-on, updates on their children, home, illnesses, interesting reading material, and provide news of or messages from mutual friends. They also include logistics about planning visits, and admonishment for late replies, such as "I really had begun to think your wife was forsaken and left for some other woman - it was quite a relief to see an envelope directed in your hand writing and to find inside a letter from you." Letters penned by James contain advice on home maintenance as well as updates on his work building churches and raising money.

The papers also contain some correspondence by Julia Bulkley, including an interesting set of letters to her step-daughter Annie (Shelland) Williams, which discuss their friendship and travel together. There are also a few letters between James Shelland and his children and grandchildren.

The collection also includes sixteen diaries chronicling the travels of James Shelland and Julia Bulkley between 1886 and 1890. The diaries contain daily accounts of their travel as well as notes on educational facilities they visited. Julia Bulkley's scrapbook contains news articles and other printed material related to her work at Plainfield High School and position on the board of education in Plainfield, New Jersey.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Bulkley-Shelland family members. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Bulkley-Shelland Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Bulkley-Shelland Family Papers were donated to the Minnesota Historical Society by Hildred Shelland Long and transferred, with Mrs. Long's permission, to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1990-92.

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra Bush, 2016.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
SERIES I. ANNIE (TRICKEY) SHELLAND



Correspondence,
1866-98, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1-11
Subject files



"After Annie and James' Marriage,"
1870-83

Box 1: folder 12
"Annie before Marriage,"
1868-69

Box 1: folder 13
"Union College,"
1969

Box 1: folder 14
Writings



"Rhetoric Articles,"
April-June 1866

Box 1: folder 15
Notebook,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Biographical materials: phrenological character, photos,
1864-80

Box 1: folder 17
SERIES II. JULIA (BULKLEY) SHELLAND



Correspondence,
1887-1901

Box 1: folder 18
Scrapbook,
1870-1892

Box 1: folder 19
Loose material removed from scrapbook,
1870-1892

Box 1: folder 20
Writings,
1890

Box 1: folder 21
Travel diaries



Ocean voyage, Glasgow,
1886-1888

Box 2: folder 1
England, Switzerland, Germany,
1888-1889

Box 2: folder 2
Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Egypt,
1889-1890

Box 2: folder 3
Egypt,
1890

Box 2: folder 4
Syria, Greece, Turkey, Russia,
1890

Box 2: folder 5
Norway, Germany, and other diaries,
1890 1884-1886

Box 2: folder 6
Diaries and notebooks,
1892-1903

Box 3: folder 1
Biographical materials,
1892-1940

Box 3: folder 2
Photographs,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
SERIES III. JAMES C. SHELLAND



Correspondence,
1882-1929

Box 3: folder 4
Sermons, essays, and notebooks,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Obituary, photographs, and other biographical material,
1883-1936

Box 3: folder 6
SERIES IV. ANNIE (SHELLAND) WILLIAMS



Correspondence,
1899-1961

Box 3: folder 7
Manuscripts: autobiographical and fictional,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Biographical materials and photographs,
1921-24, n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
SERIES V. MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS



Correspondence: extended family, friends, etc,
1934

Box 3: folder 10
Writings,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
Notebooks and diaries,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
Family history, genealogies,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 13
Photographs: family members, family homes, trips,
1900-1916

Box 3: folder 14
Newspaper clippings re. Plainfield, New Jersey Board of Education,
1886-1906

Box 3: folder 15
Travel Memorabilia,
1889-1892

Box 3: folder 16
Miscellaneous papers,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 17
SERIES VI. OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Letter: James Shelland to Annie (Shelland) Williams
13 March 1899

Flat file drawer 2
Passport: Julia Bulkley
1892

Flat file drawer 2

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Subjects
  • Bulkeley family
  • Clergy -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Europe -- Description and travel -- Sources
  • Family -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • New York (State) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Shelland family
  • Trickey family
  • United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Sources


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