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COLLECTION Identifier: 83-M174

Papers of Katharine Cusak and John A. Rooney, 1887-1893


Courtship correspondence of John A. Rooney, housebuilder, and Katharine Cusack Rooney, office worker.


  • 1887-1893

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Katharine Cusak and John A. Rooney are in the public domain.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)
This collection consists primarily of the Courtship correspondence of Katharine Cusak and John A. Rooney, written between 1888 and 1892. The bulk of the correspondence was written while John A. Rooney was employed as a house builder and Katharine Cusak worked in the offices of Lorin F. Deland in Boston. John A. Rooney lived primarily in the Hyde Park section of Boston, but his employment often took him to other parts of the country, including Atlanta and Chattanooga. Katharine Cusak lived in Roxbury. By January 1893 the couple had married. The letters provide a glimpse into the courtship customs and social life of two turn-of-the-century Catholic Bostonians.

Fragile letters have been photocopied; the originals are closed to research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 83-M174

The papers of Katharine Cusack and John A. Rooney were given to the Schlesinger Library by Eileen (Rooney) Driscoll in August 1983.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: February 1986

By: Chris Kennedy
Link to catalog
Rooney, Katharine Cusack. Papers of Katharine Cusack and John A. Rooney, 1887-1893: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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