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Mary Smith Culver Letter

Identifier: M1002

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a photocopy of a 5 page typescript of an extended letter or diary written by Mary A. Smith to her sister, Mattie Smith Boggs; the letter describes Smith's trip westward from either St. Joseph, Missouri or Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in June 1866; additional letter (unsigned) written in 1951 by a relative describes the diary to Culver's great-grandchildren.


  • 1866 June


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The imply Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Mary A. Smith was born in Ohio in 1844. During the spring and summer of 1866, she traveled with her brother, Frank Smith, westward across the plains. She later married William E. Culver (B. 1843; Michigan-D. 1928; Greeley, Colorado) on April 29, 1867 in Lorain, Ohio and had one child: Minnie A. Culver-Reynolds (B. 1869; Michigan-D. 1901; Greely, Colo.). Mary Smith-Culver died in Bent County, Colorado in July 1884.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Unknown; Unknown.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Transcription provided by Dorothy Gardiner with selections used in her book: West of the River (C978 G163we).


Photocopy; location of originals is unknown. Photocopy may only be a fragment of a longer letter or diary?

Mary Smith Culver Papers
Keli Schmid
January 24, 2022
Description rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States