Guide to the Emil R. Weiss and Tamar Ellis Letters 1951-1952 MG 1650
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Processed by Evan Panayi.Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. August 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Finding aid written in English.
This collection contains a series of love letters sent by Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) student Emil R. Weiss to his girlfriend, Tamar Ellis of Jellif Avenue, Newark, N.J., during the fall of 1951 through the early part of 1952. Emil was a member of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity at Dickinson College. He was an undergraduate law student who planned on attending law school after graduation. In the letters, he repeatedly expresses his love for Tamar and mentions his desire to marry her as soon as possible. He also mentions details of his classmates, his studies, and theater productions that he has seen.
Emil and Tamar later went on to marry and they later became patrons of the arts. Emil contributed to the founding of the Emil R. Weiss Center for the Arts at Dickinson College. The renovated center was dedicated in 1983 and named in honor of Mr. Weiss, who graduated from the college in 1953 and was a member of the Board of Trustees. They also founded the Emil R. and Tamar Weiss Prize in the Creative Arts, which is awarded annually to a Dickinson College student majoring in English (with an emphasis on creative writing), art and art history, music or theatre and dance.
The collection consists of handwritten letters on Dickinson College stationery and their corresponding envelopes. The letters are ordered chronologically by the date each letter was written by Emil. It can be assumed that Tamar responded to Emil’s letters, since so many of his letters are written in response to her letters. He writes mostly about his everyday life and their future together. Although written by a college student, the letters are easy to understand and the overall content is mature yet romantic. Some of the letters are accompanied by Emil’s humorous cartoon sketches.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1650, Emil R. Weiss and Tamar Ellis Letters, The New Jersey Historical
“Dickinson College Department of Music” 28 Sep 2006. <http://alpha.dickinson.edu/departments/music/facilities/weiss.htm>
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