Bulkley-Shelland family papers
Scope and Contents
- I. ANNIE (TRICKEY) SHELLAND
- II. JULIA (BULKLEY) SHELLAND
- III. JAMES C. SHELLAND
- IV. ANNIE (SHELLAND) WILLIAMS
- V. MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS
Before their marriage, the two were close enough for Annie to provide comfort and encouragement to James regarding his work. Later letters discuss family goings-on, updates on their children, home, illnesses, interesting reading material, and provide news of or messages from mutual friends. They also include logistics about planning visits, and admonishment for late replies, such as "I really had begun to think your wife was forsaken and left for some other woman - it was quite a relief to see an envelope directed in your hand writing and to find inside a letter from you." Letters penned by James contain advice on home maintenance as well as updates on his work building churches and raising money.
The papers also contain some correspondence by Julia Bulkley, including an interesting set of letters to her step-daughter Annie (Shelland) Williams, which discuss their friendship and travel together. There are also a few letters between James Shelland and his children and grandchildren.
The collection also includes sixteen diaries chronicling the travels of James Shelland and Julia Bulkley between 1886 and 1890. The diaries contain daily accounts of their travel as well as notes on educational facilities they visited. Julia Bulkley's scrapbook contains news articles and other printed material related to her work at Plainfield High School and position on the board of education in Plainfield, New Jersey.
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James Caedmon Shelland was born January 13, 1845 in Westford, New York, to Isaac and Abigail Wright Shelland, who were farmers. He attended Westford Academy and Fort Edward Institute, studied business, taught school, and worked as a journalist before entering Union College in 1868. He left Union in 1870 to join the Methodist Episcopal church as a pastor in the Wyoming Conference in Pennsylvania. He worked as a travelling minister, evangelist, lecturer, and writer in Pennsylvania and New York State, including among the Albany Praying Band of Christianized Indians. In 1883, the Wyoming Conference sent him as a missionary to the Dakota Territory where he worked in Alexandria, Vermillion, Aberdeen and, in 1892, as a teacher in the Sisseton Indian Boarding School. Later, the Shellands moved to northern Minnesota where Rev. Shelland worked under the auspices of the Congregational Church. In 1900, three years after Annie's death, James Shelland married her close friend from school days, Julia Ellen Bulkley.
Julia Ellen Bulkley was born April 25, 1848 in Danbury, Connecticut to farmers Turney and Olive Bulkley. Educated at Fort Edward Institute in Fort Edward, New York, she rose through the ranks in the Plainfield, New Jersey school system from high school classroom teacher in 1869 to superintendent of schools. Bulkley joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1892, and almost immediately took leave to work toward a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. After earning her doctorate in 1895, she served the University of Chicago as Associate Professor of Pedagogy and Dean of Women until her marriage to James Shelland in 1900. In 1898, Bulkley was cited in Harper's Bazaar as one of America's "leading feminine educators." After their marriage Julia and James Shelland travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, visiting schools in other countries. Julia Bulkley died on January 31, 1935, followed by James Shelland on September 14 of the same year.
Two of James and Annie's children survived to adulthood: John, born in 1872, and Annie, born in 1878. Annie (Shelland) Williams was a teacher, writer, and superintendent of rural schools in Minnesota. She was also chairman of the Parks and Highway Commission of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She died on April 4, 1964.
3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Bulkeley family
- Bulkley-Shelland family
- Buscher, Carolyn Shelland
- Clergy -- United States -- 19th century
- Daniels-Howell, Todd J.
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Family -- United States
- Long, Mrs. Hildred Shelland
- New York (State) -- 19th century
- Shelland family
- Significant others
- Travelers' writings
- Trickey family
- United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
- Bulkley-Shelland family papers
- Finding Aid
- Language of description
- Script of description
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