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The Shippey Letters

Volume 19: René Gamer (2009): The Shippey Letters: The Saga of a Love Affair and a Divorce

Heartland 19 / WVT 2009

ISBN 978-3-86821-163-4

€ 26,00 $ 35,00

 

What started as an attempt to reconstruct the subjective reality and world-view of a group of correspondents through the analysis of personal letters soon became the description of an extremely complex multifaceted ‘world’. The reality of the Shippey Letters is not a microcosm inhabited by a group of family members, their homes, their acquaintances, feelings, sorrows, daily routines, domestic troubles, and petit bourgeois social activities. The ‘Shippey-World’ has many boundary points with greater, historical events such as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Great Depression, and the end of prohibition. Three of the correspondents, namely the L.A. Times columnist Lee Shippey, the natural-gas pioneer Carl Stuart Shippey and the lawyer Arthur Leonard Howell Street, are even renowned themselves and constitute a puzzle piece in a greater historical context.

The thesis at hand documents the reconstruction of a complex framework, and provides several glossaries, transcriptions for each letter, pedigree charts and over 200 images.

 

308 pp., 224 images

 

 

1 PERSONAL LETTERS AS AN APPROACH TO CULTURAL STUDIES 1

2 FROM HANDWRITTEN LETTERS TO GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH 2
2.1 Deciphering Letters 2
2.2 Creating a Corpus 8
2.3 Strategies for Reconstructing Realities 12
2.3.1 Genealogy on the Web 12
2.3.2 Documenting and Archiving Genealogical Research Findings: The Genbox 14
2.3.3 Accessing Archives, Directories and Indices 17

3 RESEARCHING THE LIVES OF CORRESPONDENTS 20
3.1 The Correspondents – Scattered across the United States 20
3.1.1 Carl Stuart Shippey 20
3.1.2 Virginia S. Davis 24
3.1.3 Louisa Rebecca Shippey 26
3.1.4 Henry Lee Shippey, sr. 27
3.1.5 Marie Street 30
3.1.6 Arthur Leonard Howell Street 32
3.2 Mind-mapping Correspondent Relationships 35

4 EXPLORING THE COMPLEX WORLD OF THE SHIPPEY LETTERS 40
4.1 Content Analysis in Cultural Studies 40
4.1.1 Quantitative vs. Qualitative Content Analysis 41
4.2 A Content Analysis of the Letters 42
4.2.1 Carl Stuart Shippey 43
4.2.2 Virginia S. Davis 45
4.2.3 Louisa Rebecca Shippey 46
4.2.4 Henry Lee Shippey 48
4.2.5 Arthur Leonard Howell Street 48
4.3 A Text Analysis of the Letters 50
4.3.1 Carl Stuart Shippey 50
4.3.2 Virginia S. Davis 75
4.3.3 Louisa Rebecca Shippey 84
4.3.4 Henry Lee Shippey, sr. 87
4.3.5 Arthur Leonard Howell Street 89

5 ANALYZING TOPICS AND FIELDS 94
5.1 Family 94
5.1.1 The Shippeys 94
5.1.2 The Streets 95
5.2 Activities and Social Life 96
5.2.1 Marie Street – The Amenities of Being a “Trophy Wife” 96
5.2.2 Carl Stuart Shippey – The Life of a Wildcatter 101
5.2.2.1 The American Oil and Gas Industry 130
5.2.3 Virginia S. Davis – Experiencing the Great Depression First Hand 145
5.2.4 Lee Shippey – From Rags to Riches 150
5.2.4.1 Biography – The Luckiest Man Alive 151
5.2.5 Arthur Leonard Howell Street – The Lawyer 154
5.2.5.1 Law Offices Leonard, Street and Deinard 155
5.3 Places 163
5.3.1 Neodesha, Wilson, Kansas 163
5.3.2 The Many Workplaces of Carl Stuart Shippey 172
5.3.3 The Nomadic Life of Virginia S. Davis 180
5.3.4 The S.S. IROQUOIS 183
5.4 The Historical Era 187

6 PRELIMINARY FINDINGS AND OBSERVATIONS 200
6.1 Descendants 200
6.1.1 The Shippeys & The Streets 200
6.2 Questions Yet to be Answered 201

7 CONCLUSION 202

8 SOURCES 203

9 TABLE OF IMAGES 206

10 APPENDIX 216

 

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