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Everett C. Long letters to Dorothy Newcomb


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Everett Carlton Long, son of John E. Long and Elizabeth Dockstader, was born on March 26, 1906 in Mohawk, New York. Everett attended Union College and Syracuse University before enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania's dental school in 1926.

Dorothy Newcomb, daughter of Rufliffson Whitman Newcomb and Grace Lulu Abbey, was born on July 15, 1907 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a stenographer for the railroad while her family was living in Bethlehem. She married Everett on June 10, 1932.

After Long completed dental school and received his licensure, the couple moved to Albany where he opened his dental practice.

The Everett C. Long letters to Dorothy Newcomb comprises over six hundred letters written by Everett to his future wife Dorothy Newcomb. Letters document his time at Syracuse University in 1925, as well as his years in dental school at the University of Pennsylvania from 1926-1930. Other letters date to Long's time in R.O.T.C. basic training at Carlisle Barracks at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The bulk of the collection comprises letters from Everett to Dorothy. Also included are some letters from Dorothy to Everett, and a few letters to Dorothy from her friend Lola, correspondence from family and other friends, greeting cards and invitations, and two photographs with negatives.

In addition to documenting student life in dental school during the 1920s, Long's correspondence also references living in a big city, the cost of food and textbooks, his thoughts on African-Americans and race, coursework, and exams.

Sold by Carmen D. Valentino, 2022.

Accessioned as 2022.000194. Samantha Dodd processed, wrote and encoded the finding aid, 2023.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Samantha Dodd
Finding Aid Date
2023 May 24
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Correspondence, Everett to Dorothy, 1925 June-1928 December.
Box 1 Folder 1-14
Correspondence, Everett to Dorothy, 1929 January-1931 June.
Box 2 Folder 1-9
Correspondence, Dorothy Newcomb to Everett, 1929-1930.
Box 2 Folder 10-11
Corrrespondence, Lola to Dorothy, 1920.
Box 2 Folder 12
Correspondence, various family and friends to Everett, 1920-1931.
Box 2 Folder 13
Greeting cards, invitations, 1925-1949, undated.
Box 2 Folder 14-15
First Trust Company, Albany checks, 1928.
Box 2 Folder 16
Photographs, negatives, undated.
Box 2 Folder 17

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