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Katharine Wright Haskell Papers (MFM-117)

Identifier: MFM-117

Scope and Contents

Papers consist of mainly correspondence from Katharine Wright (1874-1929) to her future husband, Henry J. Haskell. Letters cover a variety of personal matters including the opposition to her impending marriage by her brother, Orville Wright. Other subjects discussed include Oberlin College, the Kansas City Star, the Wright patent challenge, and Katharine's ideas about women's rights.

Contents include: Biographical articles and newspaper clippings; Correspondence, Katharine Wright and Henry Haskell, 1922-1926, undated (45 folders); Telegraph messages, wires, and transcript; Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1977, undated (5 folders); Newspaper Clippings; and Photographs.


  • Creation: 1922-1928

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Katharine Wright Haskell (1874-1929) was the younger sister of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Katharine graduated from Oberlin College of Ohio in 1898 and afterwards taught Latin at Steele High School in Dayton.

In 1926, Katharine married an Oberlin classmate, Henry J. Haskell (aka Harry Haskell) of Kansas City, Missouri. Harry Haskell was an editor for the Kansas City Star. The couple lived in Kansas City where Katharine died in March 1929 of complications of pneumonia.


2 microfilm reels (35 mm)

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Other Finding Aids

The finding aid to the original collection, Katharine Wright Haskell Papers (MS-700) is a helpful guide in navigating this microfilm.

Existence and Location of Originals

The collection is a microfilm copy of KATHARINE WRIGHT HASKELL PAPERS, 1922-1928 (K0263), when the collection was located at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection/ State Historical Society of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri. The original collection is now located at Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives (MS-700).

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Repository Details

Part of the Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA