Letters of the McCormick
In the days before email telephone and ready travel -- and before computer
games, television and Internet cocooned us into our homes -- Americans
were a social bunch, who wrote constantly, in order to keep in touch
with their family and friends. The McCormick family was no exception.
From hastily scribbled notes to heirloom-worthy letters on rich, thick
paper, and in beautiful script, the McCormick family kept each other
abreast on their lives -- from the mundane to the sublime.
The letters on this site offer a window into the thoughts and minds
of the McCormicks -- their gossip, their everyday concerns, their foibles,
and their dreams.
We have included letters that were transcribed by students and scholars
at Penn State University, as well as some sample images of original
documents, evidencing handwriting samples, to give a feel of the lost
art of letter-writing.
See our History Page for
a brief overview of the family.
This online project is a joint venture between Penn
State University and The Historical
Society of Dauphin County, where the McCormick Family Papers are
Family Home Page
Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies Home Page