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James Lambert High Family Papers

Identifier: BC285

Scope and Contents

The James Lambert High Family Papers consist of 1.8 cubic feet of records, chiefly correspondence, relating to the High, Tredway and Ennis families. High was a soldier in the Civil War and an author, lawyer, and law professor in Illinois. The papers include personal correspondence of James, his wife Ellen Tredway High, and their children Shirley Tredway High and Jessie Margaret High Ennis, as well as other documents relating to their families.


  • Created: 1821-1949
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1858-1916
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1984


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research


1.66 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into five series: Series 1, Ellen Tredway High Papers, 1862-1910; Series 2, James Lambert High Papers, 1858-1899; Series 3, Shirley Tredway High Papers, 1880-1898; Series 4, Jessie Margaret High Ennis Papers, 1880-1949; and Series 5, Other Family Papers, 1821-1916. The files of the series are chronologically arranged. Series 1, Ellen Tredway High Papers, 1862-1910 (Boxes 1-2) consists primarily of letters written to Ellen Tredway High from her husband James Lambert High. Letters to Ellen (or “Nellie” as she was called) from James cover the courtship period before their 1870 marriage, as well as the many periods of separation they experienced once they were married. Series 2, James Lambert High Papers, 1858-1899 (Box 3) consists of letters written to James, primarily from his wife Ellen Tredway High, as well as correspondence from other family members and friends. The file also contains other documents, like a copy of the eulogy read at James’ funeral and memorial essays on his life published by the Chicago Literary Club and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. Series 3, Shirley Tredway High Papers, 1880-1898 (Boxes 3-4) includes letters written to Shirley from his family, primarily his parents, as well as some miscellaneous documents. Series 4, Jessie Margaret High Ennis, 1880-1949 (Box 4) includes letters written to Jessie (called “Dat”) from her parents, letters addressed to both Jessie and her Shirley Tredway High, as well as later correspondence is from Jessie’s children and grandchild. There is also a collection of news clippings covering the engagement and wedding of Jessie and William Ennis. Series 5, Other Family Papers, 1821-1916 (Box 4) includes early material of the Tredway and Ennis families. Tredway papers include correspondence between Ellen’s parents William Wise Tredway and Mary Browne before their marriage; some poetry; some Civil War material of William Wise Tredway; correspondence from Ellen to her parents during the Civil War; a Tredway family tree and a lengthy Civil War reminiscence by Dwight Tredway, one of Ellen’s brothers, who was a member of the 23rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Company D. Also included is correspondence from Jessie and Shirley High to their grandfather George High. Ennis papers include Jessie’s brother-in-law George H. Ennis’s research into early genealogy of the Ennis family.

Accruals and Additions

Second accural also in 1984.

Separated Materials

Several photographs were transferred out of the collection.
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Kristina McGuirk
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Other Unmapped
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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