Letters of Guy Hatfield
Guy Hatfield was a magician from Kansas City, Missouri who made his living by traveling throughout the Midwestern United States. This collection contains some of the letters he wrote to his wife, Nell, while on the road from October 1889 to March 1892.
- Creation: 1889 - 1892
- Hatfield, Guy (Author, Person)
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.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents
This collection contains around 50 letters written by a traveling magician to his wife, Nell, living in Kansas City, Missouri. He traveled throughout the Midwest, to towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, and Missouri. He was a friend of George B. "Diamond Dick" McClellan, a well-known Missouri druggist, medicine man, and showman. Many of Hatfield's letters in the collection mention McClellan failing to respond to his correspondence.
Letters are arranged chronologically.
RH MS 1371
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Mrs. Hudson's Fine Books and Paper, 2015
Letters have been unfolded and are paired with respective envelope when possible.
- Guide to the Guy Hatfield Collection
- Letters of Guy Hatfield
- Finding aid prepared by jrw, 2015. Finding aid encoded by jrw, 2015. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2023.
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- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
Guy Hatfield letters, RH MS 1371, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas