Henry R. and Nellie Mighels Correspondence
Scope and Contents
The Henry R. and Nellie Mighels Correspondence primarily contains letters from Nellie Verrill to Henry (known as Harry) Mighels and Harry to Nellie before their marriage. The first letters were written while Harry was fighting for Union forces during the American Civil War and continued after his permanent migration to Carson City, Nevada, where he became editor and owner of the Carson Daily Appeal. The letters detail events of daily life in Norway, Maine and Carson City and major events in U.S. history such as the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War. Some letters to Nellie in Carson City from her family in Maine comment on her news of previous letters and family tidings.
- Mighels, Henry R. (Henry Rust), 1830-1879 (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Conditions Governing Use
Due to fragile condition of original letters, digital surrogates of the collection, located in the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries Digital Archive, should be used.
Husband and wife Henry "Harry" Rust (-1879) and Nellie Verrill Mighels (1844-1945) were from Norway, Maine. They married in 1866 after a lengthy courtship by mail. Harry became owner of the Carson (City) Daily Appeal in 1865 After Harry's death in 1879, Nellie married Samuel Post Davis. She continued to own the newspaper until her death in 1945.
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
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Husband and wife Henry "Harry" Rust (-1879) and Nellie Verrill Mighels (1844-1945) were from Norway, Maine. Harry became owner of the Carson (City) Daily Appeal in 1865. They married in 1866 after a lengthy courtship by mail. The collection primarily contains correspondence between Nellie and Henry before their marriage.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Letters from Henry R. Mighels to Nellie Verrill (Mighels); 2) Letters from Nellie Verrill (Mighels) to Henry R. Mighels
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Henry R. Mighels in April 1993.
This collection contains transcriptions for all items in the collection. These transcriptions were produced with the help of the following:
- Janice Pilkington (Wales)
- Jill Finney (Minnesota)
- Marya Van'T Hul (Boston)
- Donnie Curtis, Katherine Dirk, Trinity Goldsmith, Laura Rocke, and Ian McGlory (Reno)
- Henry R. and Nellie Mighels Correspondence
- Jessica Maddox
- July 2017
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