Correspondence among Lindsey Blayney (Dean of Carleton College, 1926-46), his wife Gertrude South, their sons, and various of their relatives. (Much of the correspondence was sent by rather than to Lindsey and Gertrude, thus the puzzling provenance.) The bulk of the letters relate to the Blayneys' travels in Europe and the Orient (1894-1904, 1914-15), but give insights, too, into their personal relationships and their attitudes toward child-rearing, education, and marriage. Some correspondence pertains to Lindsey's military service during World War One. See also Dean of the College Papers, 1926-46, for more material on Lindsey Blayney.
The record group contains materials relating to the family life of Lindsey and Gertrude Blayney, 1880-1946. (For material relating to Lindsey Blayney's professional activities, see the papers of the Dean of the College, 1926-46.) The record group contains the correspondence of both Lindsey and Gertrude, some correspondence written to their two sons, and some correspondence written to various South relations. Also included is some geneological and biographical material, scattered financial documents, and some family photographs.
The bulk of the material relates to the Blayney's travels in Europeand the Orient (1894-1905, 1914-15). There is, however, also material pertaining to the dynamics of their marriage, their attitudes toward their children and child-rearing, their relationship with other family members and friends, and Lindsey's military service during World War One. The most notable gaps are from the period of Lindsey and Gertrude's courtship and the period after their arrival at Carleton in 1926.
The arrangement of the record group is entirely artificial, as the papers had no order whatsoever when processing began. Four series were created for the record group: Geneological and Biographical; Correspondence; Receipts; Miscellaneous. The correspondence series is by far the largest and most substantive.