RANSON, REBECCA, 1943-
Rebecca Ranson papers
> Correspondence (bulk 1966-1999)

Series 2
Correspondence, 1860-2012 (bulk 1966-1999)
Boxes 15-20

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of both personal and professional correspondence. Primary correspondents include Ranson's sister, Laura Burns; her second husband, William "Coke" Ariail, III; her son, Charlie Engle; and a lover, Miranda Cambanis. The early letters are primarily between Laura Burns and Ranson regarding their lives and their mother. Letters from Ariail and Cambanis make up the bulk of the letters from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. These letters were written to Ranson during her time spent in upstate New York teaching a drama class to prisoners in Attica and Elmira correctional facilities. Also during this time, she received a number of letters from her work with prisoners in North Carolina as part of her program, "In-house Speech and Theater Training for North Carolina Prisons," as well as letters from prisoners in the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania, particularly one prisoner named Jimmy Baldwin.

Following that period, the letters take a more professional turn, and document her performances, writing, and career as a writer and teacher. There are a number of recommendation and application letters for programs including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1989, the Atlanta Mayor's Fellowship in 1993, and Duke University's William Bartram World Program in 1980.

Also included are copies of letters dated from 1860 between John Woolford and his wife, "Mollie," as well letters from Thomas and Frances Woolford to others. There is also a Woolford genealogy including transcripts of the John Woolford's 1860 letters

Also included are copies of letters dated from 1860 between John Woolford and his wife, "Mollie," as well letters from Thomas and Frances Woolford to others. There is also a Woolford genealogy including transcripts of the John Woolford's 1860 letters

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content Note The series consists of both personal and professional correspondence. Primary correspondents include Ranson's sister, Laura Burns; her second husband, William "Coke" Ariail, III; her son, Charlie Engle; and a lover, Miranda Cambanis. The early letters are primarily between Laura Burns and Ranson regarding their lives and their mother. Letters from Ariail and Cambanis make up the bulk of the letters from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. These letters were written to Ranson during her time spent in upstate New York teaching a drama class to prisoners in Attica and Elmira correctional facilities. Also during this time, she received a number of letters from her work with prisoners in North Carolina as part of her program, "In-house Speech and Theater Training for North Carolina Prisons," as well as letters from prisoners in the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania, particularly one prisoner named Jimmy Baldwin. Following that period, the letters take a more professional turn, and document her performances, writing, and career as a writer and teacher. There are a number of recommendation and application letters for programs including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1989, the Atlanta Mayor's Fellowship in 1993, and Duke University's William Bartram World Program in 1980. Also included are copies of letters dated from 1860 between John Woolford and his wife, "Mollie," as well letters from Thomas and Frances Woolford to others. There is also a Woolford genealogy including transcripts of the John Woolford's 1860 letters Also included are copies of letters dated from 1860 between John Woolford and his wife, "Mollie," as well letters from Thomas and Frances Woolford to others. There is also a Woolford genealogy including transcripts of the John Woolford's 1860 letters
Box Folder Content
15 1 1860, Woolford, John to "Mollie"
15 2 1906, 1918-1929, 1952-1962, Woolford, Thomas Guy and Frances Lee (includes genealogical research)
15 3 1961 September
15 4 1961 October
15 5 1961 November-December
15 6 1962 January
15 7 1966-1969
15 8 1970-1974
16 1 1975 January-June
16 2 1975 July-December
16 3 1976
16 4 1977
16 5 1978 January-August
16 6 1978 September- October
17 1 1978 November-December
16 2 1979 January-June
16 3 1979 July-December
17 4 1980 January-August
17 5 1980 September-December
17 6 1981 January-May
17 7 1981 June-December
18 1 1982
18 2 1983
18 3 1984
18 4 1985
18 5 1986-1987
18 6 1988-1989
18 7 1990
19 1 1991
19 2 1992
19 3 1993
19 4 1994
19 5 1995
20 1 1996-1997
20 2 1998
20 3 1999
20 4 2000-2012
20 5 No date [1 of 3]
20 6 No date [2 of 3]
20 7 No date [3 of 3]
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