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Collection Number: 05005

Collection Title: Mary Malvina Southard Geer Papers (#5005) 1906-1936

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Size About 1000 items (3.0 linear feet)
Abstract Mary Malvina Southard was attending Greenville Female College (later Greenville Woman's College) in 1907, when she met Solomon Haddon Geer, a sophomore at Furman University. Their relationship continued through Geer's years at Furman and his attendance at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., 1909-1913. They were married in June 1913. Solomon Haddon Geer subsequently served on various naval vessels and participated in the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, by United States troops in 1914. He was then transferred to duty in the Pacific, serving on a survey ship in the Philippines after the outbreak of World War I. He returned to the United States in 1918 and seems to have died between 1918 and 1924. The collection contains a large number of letters, 1906-1936 and undated, from Solomon Haddon Geer to Mary Malvina Southard during their courtship and after their marriage in 1913. There are also letters from other members of the Southard and Geer families to Mary Malvina Southard Geer. The letters from Solomon Haddon Geer discuss his social life while a student at Furman University, his academic and social experiences while at the United States Naval Academy, details of his training and duties while serving in the United States Navy on various warships, and his experiences during the 1914 occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, and on survey duty in the Philippines during World War I. Also included are typed transcripts of most of the letters; photographs of Mary Malvina Southard Geer; and photographs taken during the Russian Revolution, that appear to depict the aftermath of the coup attempt led by Czech general Rudolf Gajda, in Vladivostok, Russia, in 1919.
Creator Geer, Mary Malvina Southard.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Anne Geer of Pittsboro, N.C., in November 1999 (Acc. 98517).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mary Malvina Southard was the daughter of W. O. Southard and his wife, S. C. Southard, of Jonesville, S.C. She was attending Greenville Female College (later Greenville Woman's College) in 1907, when she met Solomon Haddon Geer, the son of a hotelier from Belton, S.C. Geer was a sophomore at Furman University. Their relationship continued through Geer's years at Furman and his attendance at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., 1909-1913. They were married in June 1913. Solomon Haddon Geer subsequently served on various naval vessels and participated in the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, by United States troops in 1914. He was then transferred to duty in the Pacific, serving on a survey ship in the Philippines after the outbreak of World War I. He may have contracted tuberculosis in 1917. He returned to the United States in 1918 and was estranged from his wife. He died in 1935.

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The collection contains a large number of letters, 1906-1936 and undated, from Solomon Haddon Geer to Greenville Female College (later Greenville Woman's College) student Mary Malvina Southard during their courtship and after their marriage in 1913. There are also letters from other members of the Southard and Geer families to Mary Malvina Southard Geer. The letters from Solomon Haddon Geer discuss his social life while a student at Furman University, his academic and social experiences while at the United States Naval Academy, details of his training and duties while serving in the United States Navy on various warships, and his experiences during the 1914 occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, and on survey duty in the Philippines during World War I. Also included are typed transcripts of most of the letters; photographs of Mary Malvina Southard Geer; and photographs taken during the Russian Revolution, that appear to depict the aftermath of the coup attempt led by Czech general Rudolf Gajda, in Vladivostok, Russia, in 1919.

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About 1000 items.

The collection contains a large number of letters, 1906-1936 and undated, from Solomon Haddon Geer to Greenville Female College (later Greenville Woman's College) student Mary Malvina Southard during their courtship and after their marriage in 1913. There are also letters from other members of the Southard and Geer families to Mary Malvina Southard Geer. The letters from Solomon Haddon Geer discuss his social life while a student at Furman University, his academic and social experiences while at the United States Naval Academy, details of his training and duties while serving in the United States Navy on various warships, and his experiences during the 1914 occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, and on survey duty in the Philippines during World War I. Also included are typed transcripts of most of the letters; photographs of Mary Malvina Southard Geer; and photographs taken during the Russian Revolution, that appear to depict the aftermath of the coup attempt led by Czech general Rudolf Gajda, in Vladivostok, Russia, in 1919.

Folder 1

Letters, 1906 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 1

Folder 2-9

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Letters, 1907 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 2-9

Folder 10-16

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Letters, 1908 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 10-16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Letters, 1909 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 17-18

Folder 19-21

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Letters, 1910 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 19-21

Folder 22-30

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Letters, 1911 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 22-30

Folder 31-40

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Letters, 1912 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 31-40

Folder 41-53

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Letters, 1913 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 41-53

Folder 54-59

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Letters, 1914 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 54-59

Folder 60

Letters, 1915-1917 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 60

Folder 61

Letters, 1924-1936 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 61

Folder 62

Undated letters #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 62

Folder 63

Undated letters and cards #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 63

Folder 64

Transcripts, 1906 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 64

Folder 65

Transcripts, 1907 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 65

Folder 66

Transcripts, 1908 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 66

Folder 67

Transcripts, 1909-1910 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 67

Folder 68-69

Folder 68

Folder 69

Transcripts, 1911 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 68-69

Folder 70-71

Folder 70

Folder 71

Transcripts, 1912 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 70-71

Folder 72-73

Folder 72

Folder 73

Transcripts, 1913 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 72-73

Folder 74

Transcripts, 1914-1917 #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 74

Folder 75

Undated transcripts #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 75

Folder 1/P-5005

Personal photographs #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 1/P-5005

Folder 2-3/P-5005

Folder 2

War photographs #05005, Series: "Papers, 1906-1936." Folder 2-3/P-5005

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Items separated include photographs (P-5005).

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