Isabel Sue Nelson was born on January 30, 1914 in Littleton, NC to parents Maynardeé and Sue Johnston Nelson. She was raised in the Ravenwood neighborhood and graduated from Littleton High School. After her father died in 1929, her mother opened their home for boarders, including many local teachers. She attended Peace College for two years and later graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the mid-1930s. She worked in Washington, NC and the Office of Warren County, NC Clerk of the Court, and held other seasonal jobs. Throughout her life, Nelson maintained a close friendship with Frances Sessoms Rives, who lived with Nelson and her mother while they had business in Littleton. The bulk of the collection contains correspondences and cards between the Rives family and Nelson and photographs of Nelson's family. Today, Nelson resides in Suffolk, Virginia.
The collection contains correspondences, photographs, and newspaper articles. The earliest dated correspondence is a 1929 letter from the former President of Littleton College James M. Rhodes sending his condolences to Isabel regarding Maynardeé Nelson's passing. There are Christmas cards and letters shared between the Rives family and Nelson. There is a 1960 newspaper article sharing photos of the Rives' family home in Wilmington. In addition, there is also an article related to Littleton Female College, as well as an article and an advertisement card of the Panacea Springs resort and hotel. Finally, the collection contains undated photographs of a woman named Mammy, Sue Johnston Nelson, Frances Sessoms Rives, and Isabel.
Gift of Miss Isabel Sue Nelson
Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, September 18, 2008
Processed by Aleck Tan, February 2020
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