Guide to the Rebecca Kirkland Papers, 1954-2011
The collection consists of correspondence received by Rebecca Kirkland between 1954 and 2011. The vast majority of the letters are from her mother, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. The letters discuss family relationships, travels, and holiday plans.
- Collection Number
- Rebecca Kirkland Papers
- Kirkland, Rebecca Trent
- 0.5 Linear Feet, .04 Gigabytes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The Rebecca Kirkland Papers consist of correspondence received by Rebecca Trent Kirkland between 1954 and 2011. The vast majority of the letters are from her mother, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. The letters discuss family relationships, travels, and holiday plans.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Use & Permissions
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Rebecca Kirkland Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The correspondence series consists primarily of letters sent to Rebecca Kirkland by her mother, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. The letters span from 1954 to 2011, and document their relationships as well as family news. The earliest letters were sent to Kirkland while she was at Girl Scout camp in Cary, N.C. Later letters are addressed to both Rebecca and her husband John Kirkland at their home in Houston, Texas. A few letters were written by other correspondents, including her step-father James Semans. Also included are digital photographs depicting the Kirklands' visit to Beacon Rock State Park in Washington, which Henry J. Biddle owned, rehabilitated into a park, and donated to Washington State in 1935.
Rebecca Trent Kirkland is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and Josiah Charles Trent, and step-daughter of James Semans. She is an alumna of the Woman's College at Duke and Duke University Medical School. She joined the faculty at Baylor Medical School in 1975.
The Rubenstein Library also holds the Semans Family papers.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
The Rebecca Kirkland Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.
Processed by Katrina Martin, July 2016.
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0122.