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|Abstract||Antonina Hansell Looker was an author, teacher, and psychiatric worker of Atlanta and Lakemont, Rabun County, Ga., and New York City. Antonina worked as an assistant to various psychiatrists in New York in the late 1930s, and, with her second husband, published a novel, Revolt, in 1967. Her first husband was John Elwood Macdonald of Frogmore, with whom she had a son James Ross Macdonald. Correspondence, writings, financial and legal papers, clippings, diaries, genealogical materials, pictures, and other items documenting Antonina's work as a writer, her work in psychology, her personal and family relationships, her financial and legal affairs, her medical history, and her interests in genealogy. Much material relates to the effects of aging on Antonina and other members of her family. Correspondents include author Leo Buscaglia, poet Howard Nemerov, English professor Howard Mumford Jones, and historian C. Vann Woodward. Psychology materials include papers relating to Antonina's work with servicemen in a Red Cross hospital in Hawaii during World War II and with disturbed children in the 1930s and 1940s, including letters documenting her association with Benjamin Spock and items about her use of music therapy. Antonina's interest in dream therapy is shown in her 1934 dream journal and in her collection of the dreams of others. Also included are materials relating to Antonina's exploration of meditation and psychic power. Family history materials include 19th-century family correspondence of the Looker, Austin, Hansell, and related families, including several letters from William Hansell written during his service in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama in the Civil War. Also included are some papers of Antonina's cousin Atlanta lawyer and writer Edward R. Austin and second husband Reginald Earle Looker.|
|Creator||Looker, Antonina Hansell, 1898-1987.|
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Antonina Jones Hansell was born 23 February 1898 in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of Andrew Jackson Hansell and Annis Elise Compton Hansell.
Antonina (known variously as Nina, Tony, and Toni) grew up in Atlanta and attended school there. From a very early age, she wanted to be a writer. Throughout her life, she wrote short stories, poems, and novels, but was largely unsuccessful in getting her work published.
After she finished high school, Antonina Hansell began teaching French. During World War I, she taught at Fort MacPherson and at Camp Gordon, both in Georgia. She also taught for three years at Mrs. Lovett's Private School in Atlanta. In 1918, she took a certificate at the Harvard Summer School in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1920, Antonina Hansell married John Elwood (Jack) Macdonald of Frogmore, South Carolina. They had a son James Ross (Ross) Macdonald in 1923. Jack and Antonina were divorced in 1933. After the divorce, Antonina began using her maiden name again.
In the late 1920s, Antonina Hansell began working as a psychiatric aide in private duty and in public institutions in Atlanta, as well as in the northeast. From 1929 to 1931, she worked at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. While there, she attended the Pennsylvania School of Social Work. Returning to Atlanta, she was an assistant to Dr. W. W. Young from 1933 to 1934. She also took a course in psychological testing at Emory University and taught courses at the YMCA.
Around 1935, Antonina Hansell decided to move to New York City, hoping to earn the money she would need to send Ross, who had been living in Georgia with his maternal grandparents, to a boarding school. The issue of Ross's schooling caused much conflict between Jack Macdonald and Antonina.
In New York, Antonina studied with Bernard Gluek, Alfred Adler, and others. However, she never actually received a degree in any discipline from any institution.
For six months in 1935, Antonina was the director of Psychiatric Social Service at Lenox Hill Hospital. In 1940, she worked at the National Hospital for Speech Disorders. Also in 1940, she organized a school called the Children's Group and was its director until 1942. From 1941 to 1942, she was a part time aide at the Walt Whitman School. Apparently during this time, Antonina Hansell did some work with Benjamin Spock.
In 1944, Antonina went to work in a naval hospital in Hawaii as a Red Cross volunteer. There she met Colonel Reginald Earle (Look) Looker. They were married in 1947.
The Lookers decided to settle at Hill House, Antonina's mother's home in Lakemont, Rabun County, Georgia. There, they hoped to support themselves by writing books. Earle Looker was already a published author, having written the non-fiction bestseller The White House Gang, which described the adventures of Theodore Roosevelt's children with whom Looker played as a child.
The Lookers' efforts to collaborate on novels largely failed. They did get one of their novels, called Revolt, published in England in 1967. Because it concerned what might have happened if the South had won the Civil War, no American publisher would take the project on, possibly because of the racial unrest at the time.
Since the Lookers could not support themselves by writing, they were largely supported by Antonina's mother and son.
In 1976, Earle Looker died of lung cancer. Antonina continued to live at Hill House alone until she accidentally drowned on 30 January 1987.Back to Top
Correspondence, writings, financial and legal papers, clippings, diaries, genealogical materials, pictures, and other items documenting Antonina Hansell Looker's work as a writer, her work in psychology, her personal and family relationships, her financial and legal affairs, her medical history, and her interests in genealogy. Much material relates to the effects of aging on Looker and other members of her family. Correspondents include author Leo Buscaglia, poet Howard Nemerov, English professor Howard Mumford Jones, and historian C. Vann Woodward. Psychology materials include papers relating to Antonina's work with servicemen in a Red Cross hospital in Hawaii during World War II and with disturbed children in the 1930s and 1940s, including letters documenting her association with Benjamin Spock and items about her use of music therapy. Looker's interest in dream therapy is shown in her 1934 dream journal and in her collection of the dreams of others. Also included are materials relating to Looker's exploration of meditation and psychic power. Family history materials include 19th-century family correspondence of the Looker, Austin, Hansell, and related families, including several letters from William Hansell written during his service in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama in the Civil War. Also included are some papers of Looker's cousin Atlanta lawyer and writer Edward R. Austin and second husband Reginald Earle Looker.Back to Top
Personal correspondence between Antonina Hansell Looker (many of them written as Antonina Hansell), and her family and friends, consisting chiefly of incoming letters, some original outgoing letters, and typed carbon copies of outgoing letters. Also included is family correspondence between other members of Antonina's family. Undated letters are filed at the end of the series. Most of the correspondence from Antonina Looker to her son, James Ross Macdonald, and his family, is located in Subseries 7.2. Note that there is other correspondence of Antonina in Subseries 2.1 and Series 5.
|1910-1919||Letters from family members, friends, soldiers whom Antonina met while teaching French during World War I, students, and lovers. Correspondents include Dick Edmunds, an early boyfriend; John Elwood (Jack) Macdonald, Hansell's fiancee (and future husband); John Stuart Dudley, a boyfriend attending Harvard Law School; Ethel Tye, a childhood friend attending Smith College; Edwin Davies, an admiring biplane trainee in Memphis; Homer Nicholson, a doting Army officer cousin; John Wilcox (Willie) Anderson, an old boyfriend who was killed while serving in France; Phil Brumblett, an army officer in France; and various admirers, friends, and family members. Although Hansell was virtually engaged to a soldier, Robert (Bobbie) Burrows, in 1918, all letters from him were burned after an apparently bitter break-up that is not well documented in these papers. Letters in this series discuss Antonina's hospitalization for appendicitis in 1917, her experience at Harvard Summer School in 1918, her intended engagement to Robert Burrows, and her actual engagement to Jack Macdonald. Since there are very few letters written by Antonina herself, however, these letters circumscribe her life rather than narrate it. Those written by Antonina are chiefly letters to Jack Macdonald, her first husband. In these letters, she looked forward to married life; few details of her daily life are revealed. Letters written to Antonina often discuss college and military life. For example, Ethel Tye wrote of the winters in Northampton, Mass., as well as of her studies at Smith College. Edwin Davies wrote of his experiences flying (and crashing) biplanes at an army airfield in Memphis. Stuart Dudley, a highly stylistic writer, discussed law school and army life. Brumblett, Anderson, and Nicholson wrote from Somewhere in France, describing war activities, including, in Anderson's case, leading patrols through no-man's land.|
|1920-1929||The few letters from this period provide only scant details about Antonina's marriage to Jack Macdonald and about the birth of their son James Ross (Ross) Macdonald. Of particular interest is a letter from Howard Mumford Jones, an English professor at the University of North Carolina and later at Harvard, who was Antonina's mentor. Stuart Dudley continued to correspond in the early 1920s, as did Raymond Vetter, a musician who, like, Dudley, continued to admire Antonina despite her married state. Letters from Noel Seddon, whose correspondence continued for the next half century, indicate a possible love affair in 1922.|
|1930-1939||Letters from Antonina's mother Elise Hansell; her son Ross Macdonald; her husband Jack Macdonald, whom she had divorced; various psychiatrists under whom she worked; friends; lovers; and others. Correspondents of particular note are her mentor Howard Mumford Jones; noted historian C. Vann Woodward; Nils Hersloff, a psychiatrist with whom Antonina had an amorous relationship; Russell Potter, director of the Institute of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University; Edward Richards, a poet and professor of English at Columbia University; and Ernest (Pico) Heller, who worked for Electro Spark, Inc., in New York City. Correspondence documents Antonina's work with emotionally disturbed children, her move from Georgia to New York City, her relationships with various suitors, and her conflict with Jack Macdonald over the schooling of their son.|
|1940-1949||Both Antonina's mother and her son Ross, who was in college, wrote frequently in the 1940s while Antonina was in New York and in Hawaii. Other frequent correspondents were Russell Potter; Reginald Earle Looker, whom she married in 1947; and various soldiers whom she met in Hawaii during World War II.|
|1950-1959||Chiefly correspondence between Antonina and her son Ross and his wife Margaret Taylor (Peg) Macdonald. Also included are a few some letters from friends and others. In the 1950s, family and domestic matters are the primary topics. The letters document the Lookers' move back to Georgia, the births of Ross and Peg Macdonald's children, and the failing health of Antonina's mother.|
|1960-1969||Chiefly correspondence between Antonina and various members of her family. In addition to letters from Ross and Peg Macdonald, there are many letters from Antonina's niece Anne Crane Pritchett and from Earle Looker's daughters Edith Mitchell and Karen Hyde. Russell Potter, C. Vann Woodward, Ernest Heller, John Stuart Dudley, Edward R. Richards, and Howard Mumford Jones all continued to correspond with Antonina in the 1960s and 1970s. Correspondence from the 1960s also documents the death of Antonina's mother in 1960, the Lookers' efforts to gain compensation after they inhaled carbon tetrachloride in 1962, their bout with hepatitis in 1962, various other illnesses, the publication of Revolt in 1966, and their trip to England in 1967.|
|1970-1979||Correspondence from the 1970s documents very thoroughly the effects of aging on Antonina, her family, and friends. Much of the correspondence deals with cancer--Antonina's breast cancer in 1975, which resulted in a double mastectomy; Earle Looker's death from lung cancer; and the deaths of their friends Russell Potter and Dorothy Botts from cancer. Letters also document the conflict between Ross Macdonald and his mother over his financial support of her. There are also many other letters from friends, which deal with the problems of caring for the elderly and the stress it causes in families. During this time, Antonina corresponded with Kate Edwards, the Atlanta portrait painter; Helen Bullard, who was deeply involved in Atlanta politics; and Chuck Doughty, director of the Children's Theater of Atlanta. There are also letters written to Antonina's granddaughter Nina Macdonald from a soldier about his experiences in the Vietnam War (folder 167).|
|1980-1986||Letters are chiefly family correspondence. The substance and quantity of correspondence begins to diminish in the 1980s. Correspondents of note are author Leo Buscaglia (20 October 1982) and Howard Nemerov, poet and professor at Washington University.|
Correspondence between Antonina and her agent Nannine Joseph, and various publishers, writers, and writers'organizations. (Note that correspondence relating to individual works is filed with material relating to that work. Letters chronicle Antonina's attempts to publish short stories, novels, and poems. Included is correspondence with The World Who's Who of Authors, Notable Americans, and other biographical publications about her inclusion in these works. Letters beginning 26 February 1979 concern her attempts to offer a cottage at her Hillhouse home as a writers' retreat and her plans to join the Ossabau Island Project, an artists' and writers' retreat off the coast of Georgia.
Arrangement: alphabetical by title.
Notes, handwritten drafts, typescripts, and correspondence relating to Antonina's novels. She wrote "Allison," "The Governing Ghosts," "Linda," and "Scarsdale Story" by herself and collaborated with Earle Looker on "A Branch Cut Off," "Exalt This Valley," Revolt, "The Sinne of Love," "Slowly I Awoke," and "Stand Fast." Revolt, for which there is no handwritten draft or typescript, is the only published novel.
Arrangement: alphabetical by title.
Notes, handwritten drafts, typescripts, galley proofs, and correspondence relating to short stories written by Antonina with or without Earle Looker. Of special interest is correspondence with Benjamin Spock concerning "Play a Tune." Also of interest are Antonina's early short stories, written 1910-1911 (folders 357-360).
Arrangement: by type of poem, with related correspondence attached.
Notes, handwritten drafts, typescripts, and correspondence relating to Antonina's poetry. Poetic genres include general lyrics, haiku, and sonnets. Of special interest is "You, the Single-Hearted," published in the New York Times, 26 September 1928.
Early diaries and a diary kept by Antonina during an illness in 1958. The early diaries document her early desire to become a writer. They also provide details about her family life and relationships. Also see the dream diaries in subseries 5.4 for similar material.
Arrangement: alphabetical by type of material.
Notes, handwritten drafts, typescripts, and correspondence relating to various writing projects in genres other than novels, poetry, short stories, and diaries. Included are her early school assignments; materail relating to a proposed book on Georgia history; correspondence relating to a musical version of Gone with the Wind; scripts for the television series "I Love Lucy," which were probably never submitted; and an article about gardening, which was published in the May 195 issue of The Home Garden.
Notes, rough drafts, and manuscript fragments for various unidentified projects, both prose and poetry.
Edward R. Austin was Antonina's cousin. Although Austin was nearly 30 years older than Antonina, they were very close friends. Austin made Antonina his heir and executor of his will. When he died in 1944, she inherited his property and papers.
Chiefly business and financial correspondence dealing with Austin's work as an Atlanta lawyer and his subsequent employment with Southern Telephone and Telegraph. Correspondence refers primarily to Austin's work as a bill collector, with a few references to his work as a notary public. Note that there is no correspondence for 1913-1915 and 1925-1934.
Other business correspondence deals with stock trading, especially Austin's dealing with Pell City Manufacturing. Other letters deal with Austin's association with the Electric Manufacturing and Equipment Company and its subsidiary, Carter and Gillespie Electric Company. Austin was president and general council for the former.
Some correspondence concerns Austin's work with both the Capitol City Club of Atlanta and the Freemasons. Austin served as secretary and treasurer for the former and was a Worshipful Master and Member of the Guard in the latter.
There is also correspondence between Austin and Antonina. Of particular interest are Antonina's letter dated 18 February 1923 announcing her pregnancy and Austin's reply. Correspondence in 1940 and 1941 indicates that Austin was supporting Antonina for a time during her years in New York. In his letters of 13 December 1907 and 23 June 1910, Austin described the initiation and subsequent operation of a "Locker System" at the Capitol City Club. Locker systems were devised to circumvent the laws restricting the sale and consumption of alcohol in Georgia during the period.
Arrangement: by type of material.
Handwritten drafts, typescripts, and published versions of articles, poetry, short stories, and speeches written by Austin, and letters relating to his work. The letters consist of rejection notices from major national magazines. However, Austin's work was frequently featured in local newspapers and magazines. He was published in Southern Telephone News, of which he was the editor, and in The Constitution, The Autocrat, and Alkahest, all Atlanta publications. Of particular interest is an article written by Austin on prohibition in Georgia that was published in Bonfort's Wine and Spirit Circular, 10 January 1913. The Circular called Austin, "an authority in regard to the prohibition question in that state." Note that unsigned work is filed at the end of the subseries and may not be Austin's writing, but copied from other sources.
Arrangement: by type of material.
Clippings, financial and legal papers, material relating to Freemasonry, and miscellaneous items documenting Austin's personal life.
Clippings consist of articles mostly from the Atlanta Constitution about Austin. The clippings document Austin's involvement in amateur theater, his retirement as editor of Southern Telephone News, and his status as one of Atlanta's "most eligible bachelors."
Financial and legal papers consist of receipts, bills of lading for whiskey, pages from an account book, a typed carbon copy of Austin's will, directions for his burial, a lease, and two bankbooks. For more information about the settlement of Austin's estate by Antonina, see Subseries 5.1.
Material relating to Freemasonry consists of a program for a production of The Master Builder, in which Austin acted; a book of by laws; and typed carbon copies of rites and rituals used by the Masons. Austin was a Mason and very much involved in the Atlanta organization.
Miscellaneous personal material consists of address books, certificates, and other items. Of particular interest are the by laws of the Player's Club, of which Austin was a member.
Arrangement: type of material.
Chiefly letters to and from Looker's first wife Edith Applegate Looker and his daughters Edith (Babs) and Karen from that marriage. These are letters about personal matters and were written after the divorce. (Note: Edith Looker called Earle "Bob.") Also included is correspondence reflecting Earle and Antonina's numberous attempts to publish their various literary works, particularly with Nannine Joseph, their literary agent. There are also letters conceringing Looker's divorce and his attempts to hasten the settlement of the estate of his aunt, Emily Earl Wilson, of which he was a beneficiary.
Drafts, fragments, and notes relating to Looker's writings, including "A Great American Family" (pamphlet); The White House Gang (non-fiction); Yesterday's Tomorrow (novel); and short stories that apparently were never published. Most of the correspondence relates to publication attempts, though the correspondence with regard to The White House Gang, published in the late 1920s, concerns the possibility of making the book into a motion picture.
Correspondence, newsclippings, a brief biography, a guest book, receipts and planning notes, and a death certificate relating to Looker's death and the memorial service organized by Antonina.
Correspondence regarding letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt that Looker possessed and was trying to sell; Antonina's correspondence with Emory University and the Atlanta Historical Society about Looker's papers; material relating to Looker's long service as a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association; and other items, including legal documents from the estate of Emily Earl Wilson, Looker's tax returns from the 1940s, and a patent for his invention of an outboard motor guard.
Arrangement: by type of material, then chronologically.
Correspondence, tax receipts, tax returns, wills, leases, budgets, insurance policies, and notes pertaining to the finances of Antonina and her family. This subseries is divided into two parts, correspondence and non-correspondence, with the items in each arranged in chronological order.
Of particular interest in the correspondence are letters in 1933 dealing with Antonina's divorce from John Elwood Macdonald and the custody of their son John Ross Macdonald. Also of interest is correspondence in 1945 relating to the settlement of cousin Edward R. Austin's estate. There are also letters in 1961 relating to settlement of Antonina's mother's estate. Among the non-correspondence items are several detailed budgets documenting Antonina's expenses and income.
Chiefly correspondence between Antonina and various doctors about her and Earle Looker's health problems. The Lookers seem to have written their doctors for advice, instead of going in for consultation, because of the isolation of their home on Lake Raburn. These letters provide concise details of the Lookers' symptoms and illnesses. Antonina suffered from herpes simplex and sciatica, among other ailments. Looker had lung cancer and eventually died of it. In addition to the correspondence, there are some notes, a vaccination record, and a few clippings relating to health issues.
Arrangement: by type of material.
Correspondence, deeds, charts, notes, pamphlets, typed transcriptions of wills and letters, clippings, Antonina's application to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and several family histories.
Genealogy centers around the efforts of the Hansell and Austin families to document their family trees. Genealogy is further subdivided into correspondence and non-correspondence. Dates of the correspondence range from 1866 to 1983. The 19th-century letters, however, mostly concern W. A. Hansell's election to the Minor chapter of Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. Margaret (Peg) Macdonald, Antonina's daughter-in-law, is the primary correspondent of the late 20th century. Margaret Macdonald, a professional genealogist, apparently conducted much of the genealogical research documented here. Non-correspondence items are arranged loosely by family line. (For more information about Antonina's family, see clippings in Subseries 3.3 and 5.5. See also Pictures 93-94)
Non-genealogical papers consist of family letters, which may have been useful in compiling the genealogies, of members of the Austin, Rockwell, and Fletcher branches of the family. The vast majority of this correspondence is of cousin Edward R. Austin's parents Bloomer Hart and Etta Rockwell Austin. Included is correspondence between a young Etta Rockwell in Alabama and relatives living in Milwaukee. Many of these letters were sent by advantage of "flags of truce" during the Civil War. Also included are love letters, 1855-1905, between the Austins. Of note is a letter from 13-year-old Edward R. Austin to his father, documenting a run-in with the law over a dead robin and the efforts of Joel Chandler Harris to vouch for the boy's character. Also of note is a September 1864 letter from William A. (Willie) Hansell to his wife Antonina Jones Hansell about "the Beast, General Sherman" and the problems he had searching for his mother and children among the many civilian refugees. Other correspondence includes letters of Sarah Fletcher, Orson Rockwell, and Jacob Peters, who was related to John Ross Macdonald.
Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.
Notes, programs, pamphlets, correspondence, and dream journals pertaining to Antonina's career in the field of mental health. This subseries is divided into six subject areas: American Red Cross, children, dreams, "mind control," music therapy, and notes on neurosis and general psychology.
The American Red Cross material relates to Antonina's position as a volunteer working with psychologically disturbed servicement in a Red Cross Hospital in Hawaii during World War II. It consists of programs, a newsletter, handwritten copies of letters written by soldiers to send home, and some soldiers poetry she collected.
The material on children relates to Antonina's work with psychologically disturbed children in the 1930s and 1940s. Included are notes on the behavior of specific children; general notes on techniques for dealing with children; and pamphlets and programs that document her directorship of the Children's Group, her work at the Walt Whitman School, and her leadership of personal adjustment classes in Atlanta. There is also correspondence that mentions Antonina's association with Benjamin Spock.
The material on dreams is divided into two sections: Antonina's dreams and the dreams of others. Apparently, Antonina was in therapy in 1934 and kept a dream journal for about a year as part of the therapy. Each dream is followed by her interpretaion of it and sometimes her doctor's interpretation. The dream journal provides detailed information about Antonina's life and about her relationship with others. (Also see Subseries 2.5 for Antonina's childhood diaries.) Antonina remained interested in dreams throughout her life and also wrote down other people's dreams and collected them. Some of those dreams are included in this subseries.
"Mind Control" is a file established by Antonina that consists of carbon copies of letters she wrote in the late 1970s to Sandra Senness of the Mind Control Research Center in Atlanta. The letters discuss Antonina's use of Transcendental Meditation and her experiences of psychic power. Antonina had these experiences in conjunction with her attempts to contact Colonel Jean Moreau, whom she met in Hawaii during World War II at the Red Cross Hospital. Also included is correspondence with Colonel Moreau, whom she eventually contacted, although not psychically.
The material on music therapy consists of notes and pamphlets on music therapy. Apparently, Antonina used music in her work with both children and soldiers. The notes provide song lists and describe the effects of various musical selections on the emotions.
Notes are class notes taken by Antonina on neurosis and on psychology in general.
Newspaper clippings of articles about Antonina and her family.
Address books, passport, calendar, Christmas lists, notes on the Hillhouse garden, notes to tenants and guests of Hillhouse, ration books, and a list of the contents of Antonina's wardrobe.
Arrangement: by subject.
Chiefly black-and-white photographs of Antonina and of family members and friends. There are a few color photographs included, and one oil portrait (OP-P-4482/14b). The pictures date chiefly from 1947 to 1970, but there are some pictures from earlier years. Subjects are identified, but most pictures are undated. In addition to pictures of family and friends, there are a few images of buildings. Of particular interest is a series of pictures of Edward R. Austin and guests at a party at which the guests dressed up like children and at which alcohol seems to have stimulated the antics portrayed. The pictures were taken by Reeves of Atlanta and some of them are numbered as if they were meant to be a set (P-4482/72-82).
P-4482/45-56: James Ross Macdonald with others #04482, Series 6. Pictures, 1910s-1970s., P-4482/45-56
P-4482/59-62: Nina, Ross, and Taylor Macdonald #04482, Series 6. Pictures, 1910s-1970s., P-4482/59-62
P-4482/83-89: Anne Pritchett and her children #04482, Series 6. Pictures, 1910s-1970s., P-4482/83-89
P-4482/110: American Red Cross building, Naval Hospital, Hawaii, 1940s #04482, Series 6. Pictures, 1910s-1970s., P-4482/110
P-4482/111: Ross and Peg Macdonald's home, Dallas, Texas #04482, Series 6. Pictures, 1910s-1970s., P-4482/111
Nineteenth-century letters of William Hansell, including Civil War letters from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida; letters of Antonina Looker to her son, Ross Macdonald, other family members, and friends; other family correspondence; writings by Looker; a diary; a scrapbook; a picture; and other items.
The addition is arranged as follows:
7.1. William Hansell Correspondence
7.2. Antonina Hansell Looker Correspondence
9. Other Papers
Family and business correspondence of William Andrew Hansell (1843-1907). Most of the letters are written from Hansell to his wife, Antonina Jones Hansell. There are a few letters from other family members. During the Civil War, Hansell served as an officer in the Confederate army and was stationed in northern Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. His letters during that time often addressed his health and the movements of his regiment. Several letters from 1864 make reference to "Sherman's army," whose actions Hansell witnessed first-hand. Letters of 1879 appear to be business letters addressed to William Hansell. Other letters from Hansell appear in series 5.3.2.
Correspondence of Antonina Hansell Looker and her family. This series contains letters received by James Ross Macdonald (son of Antonina Looker) and his family. Most of the letters are are from Antonina Looker to her son. The family correspondence begins in 1940, when Ross Macdonald entered Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and ends in 1986, just before the death of Antonina Looker. News of family and friends was given throughout the correspondence, although in later years the primary topics of most of the letters were the health and finances of Antonina Looker. The latter was of special significance as Antonina and Earle Looker were receiving substantial financial support from Ross Macdonald. Letters received after 1986 are letters of condolence to Ross Macdonald after the death of his mother. Other topics discussed in the correspondence are similar to those described in Series 4.
Writings by Antonina Looker include a typed story, "Scarab on 77th," and a carbon copy of a novel, "The Governing Ghosts." There is no date on either piece and no evidence that either was published.
Diary and address book bleonging to Antonina Looker, selected title deeds and bonds from Atonina Looker's mother, Elise Hansell, a genealogy prepared by Peg Macdonald in 1996, and a scrapbook of pictures and clippings put together by Peg Macdonald. The diary is from 1977-1978 and contains notes for stories and accounts of dreams. The genealogy contains ancestral charts for the Jones and Hansell families.
"PICTURES AND CLIPPINGS CONCERNING ANTONINA JONES HANSELL WHO MARRIED #1 JOHN ELWOOD MACDONALD AND #2 COL. EARLE REGINALD LOOKER put together by her daughter-in-law Margaret 'Peg' Taylor Macdonald."
Mounted photograph dated 1900. On the back is written "time of H. H. Wilson golden Wedding." The five people in the picture are identified as Albian, Mattie, Mary, Charles Van, and William.
Processed by: Marion Presler and Manuscripts Department staff, 1998
Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, April 2006
Updated by: Dawne Howard Lucas, January 2021Back to Top