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Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin Papers, 1890-2008
1 ( linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 623

Abstract:
Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin was a homemaker and homesteader, born in 1869. The Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin Papers is comprised of letters from Ida Gwynn Garvin to her mother, Adaline Gwynn, as well as biographical information and photographs of the Gwynn and Garvin families and letters from Ida Gwynn Garvin's daughters.

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin. 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin was born October 4, 1869, in Jefferson Township, Ohio, to farmers Adaline Root and Ira Gwynn. She married farmer Norman S. Garvin and settled first in Richland Township, then Hale Township, Ohio. The Garvins had seven children: Gwynn (b. 1898), Juanita (b. 1900), Irma (b. 1903), Gage (b. 1906), Daniel (b. 1909), Amer (b. 1913) and Edwin (b. 1914). Ida Garvin seems to have been widowed not long after the birth of her last child, although there is conflicting information about her husband's date of death.

Garvin contracted tuberculosis, and in 1916 spent time in Nob Hill Lodge Sanitarium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, leaving the children in the care of her mother. Her doctors recommended moving to a dry climate, so she conceived the idea of homesteading in Montana, not far from her brother, John Gwynn in Chouteau County. In late 1916 Garvin signed papers to take over a relinquished property near Loma, Montana. She lived on the property with her children until February 1918, when illness forced her to move in with her brother and sister-in-law in Loma. From that time, Garvin moved back and forth between Loma and the homestead, depending on her health and on the severity of the weather, perfecting her claim to the property on June 12, 1920. Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin died in the hospital at Fort Benton, Montana, on January 29, 1921.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin Papers primarily consist of letters from Ida Gwynn Garvin to her mother, Adaline Gwynn. The letters span the years 1916 (when Garvin was hospitalized for tuberculosis at a sanatorium in Colorado Springs, Colorado), through 1920 (three months before she died), when she and her children attempted homesteading on a claim near Loma, Montana. The Papers also include some biographical information about and photographs of the Gwynn and Garvin families and a couple of letters by Ida Gwynn Garvin's daughters.

Ida Garvin's letters were part of the research for Marcia Meredith Hensley's book, Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West (High Plains Press, 2008).


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 Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin. 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Faith Mullen, great-granddaughter of Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin, donated the Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Yeo, April 3, 2015.


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
Biographical material and photographs of Garvin and Gwynn families
circa 1890-2008

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence



Juanita Garvin to her grandmother, Adaline Gwynn
1921

Box 1: folder 3
Irma (Garvin) Gordon to Juanita (Garvin) Young
1965

Box 1: folder 3
Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin to her mother, Adaline Gwynn
1908-20

Box 1: folder 4-10

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Subjects
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
  • Garvin family
  • Garvin, Ida Belle Gwynn, 1869-1921
  • Gwynn family
  • Montana -- History -- Sources
  • Nob Hill Lodge Sanatorium (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Tuberculosis -- Hospitals -- Colorado -- Colorado Springs -- History
  • West (U.S.) -- History -- 1890-1945 -- Sources
  • Women -- Social life and conditions
  • Women -- West (U.S.) - History
  • Women -- West (U.S.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century

Contributors
  • Gwynn, Adaline Root


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