The Alberta Lehman papers date from 1874 to 1932 and measure 9 linear inches.Â The papers are arranged in four series:Â Family, Correspondence, School, and Photographs.
The FamilyÂ series consists primarily of correspondence, including a copy and transcript of the 1874 marriage proposal of Alberta Lehman's grandfather, J.C. Swan, to her grandmother, Lizzie Bateman.Â There is also a 1915 correspondence between J.C. Swan and Dr. M. Nordland for services the doctor rendered to a child in Ute on J.C. Swan's behalf.Â (Ute was probably the Ute Indian Reservation in Colorado.)Â Other correspondence in the Family series is from Lizzie Bateman Swan to her daughter, Justie and her granddaughters, Alberta and Elnora (nicknamed Dutch).Â J.C. and Lizzie Swan owned a hotel in Naturita, Colorado.Â Several of the letters are written on the hotel's stationery.Â The Swans also owned a ranch and in 1921, they rented out their hotel and moved to the ranch full time.Â Lizzie Swan's 1925 letter to her daughter Justie describes the long hours and hard work endured at the ranch. The Family series also contains a 1926 letter written to Alberta Lehman from her father just as she came down with the measles while attending Simpson Conservatory.Â Other items in the Family series include the marriage certificates for J.C. Swan and Lizzie Bateman (Alberta Lehman's grandparents) and for Minnie Leora Jacaway and Arthur H. Swan (Alberta Lehman's parents).Â There are also nine editions of Needlecraft the Home Arts Magazine dated from 1920-1932.Â They include the subscription labels for Mrs. A.H. Swan, Alberta Lehman's mother.
TheÂ Correspondence series is made up entirely of letters Alberta Lehman received from her Simpson Conservatory classmates and instructors while she was at home recuperating from illness.Â In February 1926, Lehman apparently came down with the measles, although she later disputed this, claiming only to have contracted laryngitis.Â In any case, Lehman had to leave school for a time to recuperate at home.Â She received correspondence from her two college roommates, Lucille Munson and Serena Howard, other classmates, and from her harmony instructor, Frank H. Banyard.Â Banyard allowed Lehman to continue her studies via the mails and sent her corrected papers and assignments.Â The two continued their correspondence after he left Simpson for a new job.Â Several of the letters in this series are copies of the originals kept in Lehman's school scrapbook.
The SchoolÂ series consists of a scrapbook that Lehman kept during her tenure at Simpson Conservatory from 1926-1928.Â The scrapbook is very fragile.Â A copy of the handwritten transcription Lehman made of the lyrics for Simpson's school songs has been made from the scrapbook and placed in a folder for easier access.Â Many of the original letters from the scrapbook have also been copied.Â These copies have been integrated into the Correspondence series.Â
The PhotographÂ series consists of an undated photograph of J.C. Swan as a young man, and a series of stamps bearing a photograph of J.C. Swan when he was a little older.Â There is also a photograph taken around 1912 by J.C. Swan of his wife, Lizzie Bateman Swan and their granddaughter, Alberta Swan.