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John Kay and Marianna Lee Hardcastle letter

Guide to the John Kay and Marianna Lee Hardcastle letter

Collection number: HMC-0933.
Hardcastle, John Kay.
Hardcastle, Marianna Lee.
Title: John Kay and Marianna Lee Hardcastle letter.
Date: 1947.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letter describing a trip to Alaska via the Alaska Highway.

Biographical note:
John Karl Hardcastle was born in Ohio in 1909. In the spring of 1947, Hardcastle and his travel companion, Lee (possibly his wife), traveled by car with a trailer through Alberta and British Columbia on their way to Alaska via the Alaska Highway. John Hardcastle died in Bellevue, Washington, in 1990. Marianna Lee Hardcastle died in 2010.

Collection description:
The collection consists of a single page handwritten letter with envelope by John Hardcastle and companion Lee to his parents recounting their road trip from Edmonton, Alberta to Dawson Creek, British Columbia, in 1947. It is dated April 3, 1947, from Dawson Creek, and addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Hardcastle, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the letter, they describe the difficulties of the trip, which included stops in Slave Lake, McLennan and Watino, including putting their car and trailer on a railroad flatcar for the leg between McLennan and Watino.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Copyright to the letter is not held by Archives & Special Collections.

Preferred citation: John Kay and Marianna Lee Hardcastle letter, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was purchased at internet auction in 2006.

Processing information: This collection was originally described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2007. The guide was updated to current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2014.

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