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Name of Collection: Bell (George Alfred) Letters             

Accession Number: AM15-40                               

Given By: Transferred from Southern Tourism Collection M448

(Originally purchased with the Popular Culture Association Grant)

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Date of Receipt: May 2014       

Extent: 5 letters with envelopes         

Inclusive Dates: 1909   

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

Letters written by George Alfred Bell to Miss Alice Rebecca McCulloch prior to their marriage. All of the letters are addressed to McCulloch at 1610 or 1116 So. Boats Street, Marion, Indiana. They are descriptive of his trips and meetings to acquire timber in the south as well as their relationship.

  1. Written while in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on The Hotel Hattiesburg stationary August 8, 1909. Bell was on a business trip to look at timber in the Brookhaven area, to which he traveled via the Mississippi Central Railroad.
  2. Written on his return to Hattiesburg from looking at timber on The Hotel Hattiesburg stationary August 11, 1909. He describes as “my next to worst” trip in the southern timber lands. He describes the transportation, bed bugs and lack of food. He also discusses other possibilities such as Texas, St. Andrews Bay and Mobile. He describes the timber he saw and the price being asked. He includes a hand drawn map of the area he toured with “Copyright. All rights reserved.” written on the top.
  3. Written while in Mobile, Alabama, on Hotel Escambia Pensacola, Florida, stationary September 2, 1909. He discusses how bad the bed bugs are and complains about the lack of return letters.
  4. Written while in Chicago, Illinois, on Congress Hotel Company stationary September 15, 1909. He discusses a business meeting with McCulloch’s Father and McCaskill.
  5. Written while in Chicago, Illinois, on Congress Hotel Company stationary September 16, 1909. He discusses his business with her Father and McCaskill. He discusses their relationship.


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