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Guide to the Betsy Gamble Hansen papers, 1902-2003 and undated

Abstract

Betsy Gamble Hansen was an author and Duke University alumna. In 2000, she founded the Oglethorpe University Women's Network, and she belonged to Duke University's Council on Women's Studies for three years. The Betsy Gamble Hansen Papers include drafts of and papers related to Gamble's writings, especially related to her book, Portals, Menzies family correspondence, clippings, and other papers. Materials range in date from 1902 to 2003, with the bulk being from 1902-1960 and 1996-2003.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Betsy Gamble Hansen papers
Creator
Hansen, Betsy Gamble.
Extent
5.5 Linear feet, 11 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Betsy Gamble Hansen papers are organized into two series. The Writings series includes drafts of Hansen's 2003 novel Portals, iterations of which existed under the titles A Communion of Saints, A Gathering of Saints and Sinners, The Hawk and the Myna Bird, and Tapestry Tales. Also included in this series are papers related to the publication of the book, including publishing contracts, typeface samples, prospectuses, copyright forms, and estimates. The Menzies Family correspondence and other papers series contains letters received by Hansen's grandmother, E.B. Menzies, of Hickory, North Carolina, and her immediate family, clippings, and other papers. The bulk of the correspondence in this series was written by Menzies's sons, Bruce, George, and Tom Menzies, and her daughters Mary Stuart Menzies Tarrant and Jane Menzies Gamble (Betsy Gamble Hansen's mother). Other frequent correspondents include Tom's wife, Frances Menzies, and George's wife, Betty Menzies. Also included are birthday cards, Christmas cards, and letters for E.B. Menzies from friends. Two folders labeled "Family Correspondence" consist of correspondence between E.B. Menzies's children and their spouses. Peppered throughout these folders are letters from E.B. Menzie's grandchildren, including Betsy Gamble Hansen.

E. B. Menzies was born Reesie Tipton Warren in 1880 at Emory, Virignia. She married Edward Bruce Menzies in 1902, and they remained together until Edward died in 1924. Most of the pre-1930 correspondence in the collection consists of letters from E.B. Menzies's extended family and a few letters from her children while away at camp. The children wrote infrequently in the 1930s. During this time Tom, George, and Bruce traveled across the country from their hometown of Hickory, North Carolina, in search of work, while Jane and Mary Stuart remained at home. From 1932-1935, the three men each attended the Colorado School of Mines and performed construction work for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) project to build the Hoover Dam, then held temporary jobs in several different cities before settling in California. Tom and Bruce attended college while George appears to have continued working.

During World War II, each of E.B. Menzies's sons enlisted as United States Navy Seabees in the Pacific Theater, and began to write home much more frequently. Tom graduated in 1942 and was immediately subject to the draft, while Bruce and George began service several months later. None of the three men appear to have seen much conflict, and each survived the war unharmed, although Bruce did stay in a Navy Hospital for some time, apparently due to a stomach illness. Jane and Mary Stuart kept in frequent contact with their brothers throughout the war. All three men were discharged by 1945.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, each of E.B. Menzies's sons settled in California with their wives and children. George began working for a rail line, Tom took a job at a mill, and Bruce sold insurance. E.B. Menzies moved to California to teach for two years before moving back to North Carolina. Each of her children kept in regular correspondence with her throughout the 1950s, but the letters stop in 1961, when E.B. Menzies died.

In addition to the correspondence in this series, this series contains clippings and other papers compiled by E.B. Menzies, including a small amount of financial papers, prescriptions, and materials relating to her children.

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Contents of the Collection

Writings, 1995-2003 and undated

7 boxes

The Writings series includes drafts of Hansen's 2003 novel, Portals, which also appears to have existed under the early titles A Communion of Saints, A Gathering of Saints and Sinners, The Hawk and the Myna Bird, and Tapestry Tales. Also included in this series are papers related to the publication of Portals, including publishing contracts, typeface samples, prospectuses, copyright forms, and estimates.

Communion of Saints annotated, undated
Box 1
Folder 1
Communion of Saints chapter drafts, 1995-2002
Box 1
Folder 2
Communion of Saints draft, undated
Box 1
Folder 3
Communion of Saints early draft, undated
Box 1
Folder 4
Communion of Saints: miscellaneous, undated
Box 2
Folder 1
Communion of Saints proposal, undated
Box 2
Folder 2
A Gathering of Saints and Sinners chapter drafts: chapters 1-3, undated
Box 2
Folder 3
A Gathering of Saints and Sinners chapter drafts: chapters 4-12, undated
Box 2
Folder 4
A Gathering of Saints and Sinners chapter drafts: chapters 13-25, undated
Box 2
Folder 5
A Gathering of Saints and Sinners draft
Box 2
Folder 6
The Hawk and the Myna Bird, 1996
Box 2
Folder 7
Index cards - episodes, undated
Box 2
Folder 8
Notes, 1995 and undated
Box 3
Folder 1
Portals - the author's annotated copy, 2003
Box 3
Folder 2
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 1-2, undated
Box 3
Folder 3
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 3-4, undated
Box 3
Folder 4
Portals chapter drafts: chapter 5, undated
Box 3
Folder 5
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 6-7, undated
Box 3
Folder 6
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 8-9, undated
Box 4
Folder 1
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 10-12, undated
Box 4
Folder 2
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 13-15, undated
Box 4
Folder 3
Portals chapter drafts: chapter 16, undated
Box 4
Folder 4
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 17-18, undated
Box 4
Folder 5
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 19-21, undated
Box 5
Folder 1
Portals chapter drafts: chapters 22-23, undated
Box 5
Folder 2
Portals contractor: Wings, 2003
Box 5
Folder 3
Portals copyright form, 2003
Box 5
Folder 4
Portals cover/order forms, 2003 and undated
Box 5
Folder 5
Portals early edits of third draft, undated
Box 5
Folder 6
Portals estimate on hard copy, 2003
Box 5
Folder 7
Portals etsc types, 2003
Box 5
Folder 8
Portals final proof, annotated, 2003
Box 5
Folder 9
Portals first drafts, writings not used, notes from Barbara (1 of 2), undated
Box 5
Folder 10
Portals first drafts, writings not used, notes from Barbara (2 of 2), undated
Box 6
Folder 1
Portals first and second draft prospectus, 1997-1999 and undated
Box 6
Folder 2
Portals handwritten notes, undated
Box 6
Folder 3
Portals miscellaneous drafts (1 of 3), undated
Box 6
Folder 4
Portals miscellaneous drafts (2 of 3), undated
Box 6
Folder 5
Portals miscellaneous drafts (3 of 3), undated
Box 6
Folder 6
Portals miscellaneous research, notes and drafts, 1995-1997 and undated
Box 7
Folder 1
Portals overview, 1995-2003 and undated
Box 7
Folder 2
Portals third draft: forward and chapters 1-6, undated
Box 7
Folder 3
Tapestry Tales chapters 1-6, undated
Box 7
Folder 4
Tapestry Tales first draft (1 of 2), 1995-1996 and undated
Box 7
Folder 5
Tapestry Tales first draft (2 of 2), 1995-1996 and undated
Box 7
Folder 6
Tapestry Tales miscellaneous, undated
Box 7
Folder 7
Tapestry Tales overview, undated
Box 7
Folder 8

Menzies Family correspondence and other papers, 1902-1961 and undated

4 boxes

The Menzies Family correspondence and other papers series contains letters received by Hansen's grandmother, E.B. Menzies, and her immediate family, clippings, and other papers. The bulk of the correspondence in this series was written by Menzies's sons, Bruce, George, and Tom Menzies, and her daughters Mary Stuart Menzies Tarrant and Jane Menzies Gamble (Betsy Gamble Hansen's mother). Other frequent correspondents include Tom's wife, Frances Menzies, and George's wife, Betty Menzies. Also included are birthday cards, Christmas cards, and letters for E.B. Menzies from friends. Two folders labeled "Family Correspondence" consist of correspondence between E.B. Menzies's children and their spouses. Peppered throughout these folders are letters from E.B. Menzie's grandchildren, including Betsy Gamble Hansen. In addition to the correspondence in this series, also included are clippings and other papers compiled by E.B. Menzies, including a small number of financial papers, prescriptions, and materials relating to her children.

Letters from Jane Gamble to E.B. Menzies, circa 1920-1960
Box 8
Folder 1
Letters from Betty Menzies to E.B. Menzies, 1952-1960 and undated
Box 8
Folder 2
Letters from Bruce Menzies to E.B. Menzies (1 of 6), circa 1920-1942
Box 8
Folder 3
Letters from Bruce Menzies to E.B. Menzies (2 of 6), 1943
Box 8
Folder 4
Letters from Bruce Menzies to E.B. Menzies (3 of 6), 1944-1945
Box 8
Folder 5
Letters from Bruce Menzies to E.B. Menzies (4 of 6), 1948-1957
Box 8
Folder 6
Letters from Bruce Menzies to E.B. Menzies (5 of 6), 1958-1961
Box 9
Folder 1
Letters from Bruce Menzies to E.B. Menzies (6 of 6), undated
Box 9
Folder 2
Letters from Frances Menzies to E.B. Menzies, 1944-1957 and undated
Box 9
Folder 3
Letters from George Menzies to E.B. Menzies (1 of 3), circa 1930-1941
Box 9
Folder 4
Letters from George Menzies to E.B. Menzies (2 of 3), 1942-1945
Box 9
Folder 5
Letters from George Menzies to E.B. Menzies (3 of 3), 1948-1961 and undated
Box 9
Folder 6
Letters from Tom Menzies to E.B. Menzies (1 of 4), circa 1920-1941
Box 10
Folder 1
Letters from Tom Menzies to E.B. Menzies (2 of 4), 1942-1945
Box 10
Folder 2
Letters from Tom Menzies to E.B. Menzies (3 of 4), 1946-1954
Box 10
Folder 3
Letters from Tom Menzies to E.B. Menzies (4 of 4), 1955-1961 and undated
Box 10
Folder 4
Letters from Mary Stuart Tarrant to E.B. Menzies, 1944-1954 and undated
Box 10
Folder 5
Letters to E.B. Menzies from friends, 1902-1961 and undated
Box 10
Folder 6
Birthday cards for E.B. Menzies, 1960 and undated
Box 11
Folder 1
Christmas cards for E.B. Menzies, 1958-1960 and undated
Box 11
Folder 2
Family correspondence (1 of 2), 1902-1949
Box 11
Folder 3
Family correspondence (2 of 2), 1950-1960 and undated
Box 11
Folder 4
Clippings, 1946-1955 and undated
Box 11
Folder 5
Other papers, 1928, 1942-1962 and undated

Includes Tom Menzies's baptism record, an invitation to Bruce Menzies's wedding, a passage written by Bruce Menzies entitled "In Memory of Dad," a Delta Kappa Gamma Nu chapter directory dated 1959-1960, a script of a play by Katherine Bridges entitled "Trial of the Birds," and various receipts, checks, and prescriptions of E.B. Menzies.

Box 11
Folder 6

Historical Note

Betsy Gamble Hansen was an author and Duke University alumna. While at Duke, she majored in English and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduating, she wrote for the "Women's Pages" section of the High Point Enterprise, contributed to the Beaufort, NC Gazette in 1951 and was a small business owner in Charlotte, NC for many years. Hansen also wrote and directed puppet plays in Durham, N.C. She became active in UNICEF in 1989, eventually serving on UNICEF's national board. In 2000, she founded the Oglethorpe University Women's Network, and she belonged to Duke University's Council on Women's Studies for three years. Hansen and her husband, Harald Hansen, were married for for 53 years and had two children, Brandon and Ed.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Betsy Gamble Hansen papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Betsy Gamble Hansen papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in May 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by: Samantha Crisp, September 2013

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2013-0083