We recently acquired an enchanting collection of 140 letters that the iconic Katharine Hepburn sent to a friend named Sal between 1980-1997. Across seventeen years of correspondence, Hepburn’s notes delightfully reveal her personality and approach to friendship. Hepburn was ahead of her time in communication style. Many of her short, […]
Historically important and interesting letters from various times in history. Transcribed and presented with accompanying research and images.
This is the only known letter from on board the Titanic that was dated April 15, 1912 – the date the Titanic struck the iceberg. The letter is written by Esther Hart, a second class passenger, and mother of Eva Hart who famously wrote “Shadow of the Titanic”. Esther, her […]
This letter was written by young May Louise McMurray and sent on April 13, 1912 to her father William, a steward on the Titanic. William was killed in the disaster and the letter never made it to him. It was returned to young May Louise. The letter reads: Dear Father […]
This letter was written by Titanic survivor Nellie Walcroft shortly after she arrived in New York. Nellie was a second class passenger aboard the Titanic. Over three pages, she describes the tragedy in detail. The letter reads: My dearest Clara, Just a line or two just to let you know […]
Isidor Straus, owner of the Macy’s Department Store on New York’s Herald Square, sent this letter from London on April 5, 1912. Remarkably, he notes that “we sail for home on the steamer “Titanic” leaving Southampton April 10th”.
This April 13, 1912 letter was found on the body of First Class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson. Holverson, a successful salesman, had been on a vacation with his wife in Buenos Aires. Mrs. Holverson was rescued but Mr. Holverson perished in the disaster. This letter bears the distinction of being the […]
This remarkable letter was sent from on board the Titanic on April 10, 1912 by Wallace Hartley, the courageous Titanic bandleader who led the band as they continued to play until the ship’s final moments. Hartley penned this letter to his parents on the first day of Titanic’s voyage. The […]
This letter was written aboard the S.S. Carpathia on April 16, 1912 by three female survivors of the Titanic disaster. The letter is a resolution expressing appreciation to the crew of the Carpathia for their actions. The top signatory on the letter is Margaret Brown, better known as “The Unsinkable […]