Strother Family Papers, 1846-1990 A&M.3404

Strother Family Papers, 1846-1990 A&M.3404


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West Virginia and Regional History Center

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown, WV 26506-6069
URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu

Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center

Repository
West Virginia and Regional History Center
Identification
A&M.3404
Title
Strother Family Papers1846-1990
URL:
https://archives.lib.wvu.edu/ark:/22916/1044
Quantity
1.25 Linear Feet Summary: 1 ft 3 in. (3 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (2 flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (2 flat storage box, 1 1/2 in. each)
Creator
Strother family
Location
West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Language
<language langcode="eng" encodinganalog="041">English</language>
Abstract
Papers regarding the Strother family, particularly David Hunter Strother, a writer and illustrator for Harpers Magazine who published under the psuedonym "Porte Crayon". Contains artwork, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and material regarding the genealogy and history of the Strother family. See "Scope and Contents" note for further information, including description of addenda to this collection.

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Preferred Citation

A&M 3404, Strother Family Papers, West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries.


Scope and Contents

Papers regarding the Strother family, particularly David Hunter Strother, a writer and illustrator for Harpers Magazine who published under the psuedonym "Porte Crayon". Contains artwork, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and material regarding the genealogy and history of the Strother family.

The initial acquisition is located in box 1, folders 1-3 and includes letters, clippings, and photographs regarding the dedication of Mt. Porte Crayon sponsored by the Porte Crayon Memorial Society (1941); clippings regarding John Brisben Walker, David Hunter Strother's son-in-law, and the Mobile Company of America in Tarrytown, New York, an early automobile manufacturer started by JB Walker around 1898 (1958); photograph of Blackwater Falls with Louise Strother Shepard in left corner of picture (ca. 1950s); photocopies of portrait of John Esten Cooke by David Strother and the magazine article that the portrait appeared in (1968); clipping regarding capture of Confederate Colonel Angus McDonald by Colonel David Hunter Strother in 1864 (1949).

Addendum of 2003/07/17:

undated; 1/4 in. (1 folder); Contains miscellaneous genealogy material regarding the Strother family. This addendum is located in box 1, folder 4.

Addendum of 2015/09/01:

1846-1990; 6 1/2 in. (document case, 2 1/2 in.; flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.; flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.); Contains artwork, correspondence, newspapers, photographs, genealogy, and other material related to David Hunter Strother and the Strother family.

Oversize boxes 1A and 1B contain a letter from John Strother to David Hunter Strother (1846); a packet of papers titled "Army Papers, Life of Scott, Va., 1812, D. H. Strother" (undated); newspaper articles regarding David Hunter Strother, including reproductions of Harpers Weekly (1861, 1959); papers of Louise Strother, mainly correspondence from her future husband Ernest Shepard (1919-1925); and other material.

Oversize box 2 contains a framed illustration titled "Famiglia di Paludano" which depicts a Mexican family (undated); two pieces of artwork, which may have been drawn by David Hunter Strother (1859, 1874); black and white photographs, mostly unidentified but including a portrait of David Hunter Strother's son John (ca. 1870-1890); two issues of "Iron Worker" magazine with cover art by Strother (1958-1960); and material regarding the genealogy and history of the Strother family (1951-1990).

Oversize box 3 contains four illustrations of scenes of Mexican life. These illustrations, along with the framed illustration in box 2, may have been acquired by by David Hunter Strother during his time in Mexico. The illustrations are titled "Mexican Dresses", "Dresses of Mexican", "A Stage Coach Attacked", and "Road from Tacubaya to Chapultepec, Dresses of Mexican Indians".

Addendum of 2017/08/21:

ca. 1850-1961; 5 in. (2 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); Contains artwork, photographs, a letter, and six reels of microfilm.

Box 1, folders 5-10 contains three drawings by David Hunter Strother (undated); photographs of members of the Strother family, including John, David, Louise, Mary Elliott, among others (ca. 1860-1903). One of the photographs of John Strother also includes a reproduction of a letter to his mother (1879); photographs regarding more distant relatives of the Strother family, including two portrait photographs of Katherine Riddle and a photograph of the house of Rebecca Lane Hunter (ca. 1850-1900); a newspaper clipping regarding David Hunter Strother visiting Norfolk, Virginia (1937); and a Civil War centennial reprint of a war-era newspaper containing an article regarding John Strother (1961).

Box 2 contains 2 reels microfilm of Strother Mexican dispatches and 4 reels of microfilm of Strother journals 1-44.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Art and artists
  • Genealogy
  • Mexico
  • Shepherd, Louise Strother.
  • Strother family
  • Strother, David Hunter, 1816-1888

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Shepherd, Louise Strother.
  • Strother, David Hunter, 1816-1888