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Marion Eleanor Cross Collection M/A 1994.13.01

Marion Eleanor Cross Collection M/A 1994.13.01

Creator:Blegen, Theodore Christian, 1891-1969
Creator:Cross, Marion E.
Title: Marion Eleanor Cross Collection
Dates:1936-1937
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

Biographical Note

Marion Eleanor Cross was born on September 17, 1903, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received a bachelor's degree in history and English from Smith College (Northampton, Mass.) and master's degrees in French and Italian from the University of Minnesota.

Cross began her writing career by translating Father Louis Hennepin's "Description of Louisiana Newly Discovered to the Southwest of New France by Order of His Majesty" (1680) from the original French. She was encouraged in this endeavor by the Minnesota Historical Society's Theodore Blegen and Grace Lee Nute, making hers the first such translation done in the twentieth century.

She subsequently wrote several histories of prominent Minneapolis businesses, including the Farmers and Mechanics Building, the Archer Daniels Midland Company, and the M.F. Patterson Dental Supply Company.

Cross, ninety-four years old, died on November 29, 1997, from heart failure.


Collection Description

The collection contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and typescripts pertinent to Marion Cross's translation of Father Louis Hennepin's "Description of Louisiana Newly Discovered to the Southwest of New France by Order of His Majesty." Cross, who held a master's degree in French, undertook the translation in early 1936.


Subject Headings

Persons

Hennepin, Louis, 17th cent. -- History

Subjects

Indians of North America -- Mississippi River Valley.

Places

Louisiana -- Description and travel.
Mississippi River -- Discovery and exploration.
Mississippi River Valley -- History -- To 1803.
New France -- Discovery and exploration.

Genres and Forms

Translations (documents).

Table of Contents


Correspondence May 1936-March 1937 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Scope and Contents
Includes notebooks and letters discussing the merit of Cross's initial attempt to translate Father Louis Hennepin's "Description of Louisiana." Correspondents include Minnesota Historical Society superintendent Theodore Blegen.
Manuscript notes Undated -- Box 1, Folder 2
Manuscript: "To the King" Undated -- Box 1, Folder 3
Manuscript Undated -- Box 1, Folder 4
Manuscript: "Les Moeurs des Sauvages" [The Manners of the Indians] Undated -- Box 1, Folder 5
Typescript: "Description of Louisiana Newly Discovered to the Southwest of New France by Order of His Majesty" Undated -- Box 1, Folder 6
Scope and Contents
Includes occasional annotations.
Annotated typescript Undated -- Box 1, Folder 7
Scope and Contents
Several pages with annotations of "Description of Louisiana ...."
Manuscript: "Description of Louisiana Newly Discovered to the Southwest of New France by Order of His Majesty" Undated -- Box 1, Folder 8
Manuscript: "Manners and Customs of the Indians" Undated -- Box 1, Folder 9


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