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mystery of what happened to Arthur Keith's genealogical notes was explained
by the following exchange of letters...
10 Aug 1945, a "Miss Chase" of the Newberry Library in Chicago
wrote to Mabelle Keith, Arthur's widow, on behalf of Joseph C. Wolf, librarian
of the Department of Genealogy and Local History. In part, she states:
...since we are having frequent call for material
on several lines in KEITH AND ALLIED LINES, it occurs to me that you should
be advised as to just how the material has been arranged, and as to what
is now available to inquiry.
you know, the material was in excellent condition, and much of it in
form for immediate cataloging. We have already in catalog... ...the
munuscripts for families BROYLES, YAGER, WILHOIT, CAWOOD, GLORE...
GARR and KEITH are not yet completed for specific cataloging...
Problem has been to isolate such material as will be of benefit to inquiry
without requiring the reader to read through that which is unrelated
to his concerns, but I think you will agree we have accomplished much
to this end.
KEITH family source material requires some considerable discrimination
in assembling. Dr. Keigh had acquired a considerable accumulation of
correspondence, there are voluminous notes; and since much of the correspondence
is of personal and family content, additionally to the specific genealogical
information contained from which he undoubtedly compiled his completed
manuscript, it would seem that we should carefully select that which
should be available to general inquiry, and box that which is not, as
"supplementary" to KEITH and allied lines.
too, there is a considerable amount of material which Dr. Keith, had
he been permitted to finish his work, would have filtered into proper
place as supplementary to his completed manuscripts, which we cannot
do with any assurances that it applies. It willbe practical, perhaps,
to box this as "miscellaneous", making it available to inquiry
for any personal interest it may contain to one working on these lines,
although the material will be in the nature of unrelated notes and record.
am sure this will be of interest to you, and I trust it is as Dr. Keith
would have designated. I have had much to do with the reassembling and
reading of the material, and shall appreciate any suggestions you may
have to its greater usefulness.
2 Sep 1945, Mabelle Keith wrote Miss Chase:
your letter and I want to thank you for all the information. I was told
by someone that the material was received in cluttered condition and
I guess that is what Mr. Thompson meant when he talked to you. I want
you to do anything you feel is best, you know better than I how you
can best serve your inquiries.
refer everyone who writes to me to the Newberry Library.
29 Jun 1949, Joseph C. Wolfe wrote to Maybelle Keith stating:
was our pleasure in 1945 to receive the genealogical material assembled
by Dr. Keith, having to do with families Keith, Glore, Wilhite, Caywood,
and many others, including Yaeger and many allied families.
the most part this is assembled, cataloged, and has been in great use
by researchers from many states.
time has come when we can go over the several boxes of correspondence
from which he compiled his final manuscripts. In a preliminary examination
of this we find, of course, that for the most part, it is in the form
of personal letters of questionnaires, and that the contents has been
incorporated in the manuscripts for different families.
this unrelated material is of no value to the researcher and has served
its purpose in De. Keith's great work of compilation, we
should like the privilege of discarding it with proper discrimination,
unless you should have other suggestion.
6 Jul 1949, Maybelle Keith responded:
is very kind of you to write me about Arthur's personal correspondence.
have many requests about his family but know nothing of his various
branches, if you cannot use any of it just burn
so we now know the unfortunate disposition of Arthur Keith's notes, correspondence,
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