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Edwin A. Pratt Correspondence

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0479

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one original letter dated Oct 28, 1880 and a photocopy of a letter dated September 1, 1880. Both letters are from Edwin A. Pratt to Emma Earle Chenault, who was the first woman doctor to practice medicine independently in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Pratt wrote the original letter while he was a student at Washington and Lee University and it describes campus and town life.


  • Creation: 1880


Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin A. Pratt graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1881.


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Custodial History

Emily Booth gave six letters by E. A. Pratt to Washington and Lee University. University President, Maurice Leach, added the one original letter that mentioned W&L to the collection and gave the other five letters to the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Ky.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Emily W. Booth, Emma Chenault's granddaughter, in 1982.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original copy of the September 1, 1880 letter is housed at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA