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Guide to the Rebecca Kirkland Papers, 1954-2011

Summary

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 Details

Collection Number
RL.11264
Title
Rebecca Kirkland Papers
Date
1954-2011
Creator
Kirkland, Rebecca Trent
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

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.

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Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Rebecca Kirkland Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence

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.

Correspondence from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, 1954-1990, 1954-1990
Box 1
Correspondence from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, 1991-2011 and undated
Box 1
Other correspondence and clippings, 2011 and undated, 2011 and undated
Box 1
 

Historical Note

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.

Related Material

The Rubenstein Library also holds the Semans Family papers.


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Provenance

The Rebecca Kirkland Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Martin, July 2016.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0122.