MS – 071: Mamie Eisenhower letters
(2 boxes, .54 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1861-1879
Processed by Nicole Lenart
Correspondence of Mamie Eisenhower to the McCrackens
Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower was born on November 14, 1896 in
Mamie met Dwight David Eisenhower in 1915 while spending the winter at her family’s home in
After living in
When Ike was overseas in World War Two, Mamie lived in Washington, DC and saw her husband only once from 1942 to 1945. During the war, Mamie refused to attend parties and spent most of her time participating in volunteer work for the war effort. After the war, the couple lived in
When Eisenhower campaigned for president in 1952 and again in 1956, Mamie traveled with him but rarely gave speeches, preferring instead that her husband be in the limelight. During Eisenhower’s years in the White House (1953-1961), Mamie was known as a gracious First Lady and thoughtful host. She always remembered the birthdays of the staff members, and she often personally responded to letters sent to her by the public.
After the Eisenhowers left the White House, they lived on their farm in
Mamie remained active until the end of her life, and she died in
Mamie and Ike had two children together, Doud Dwight, known as Icky, and John Sheldon Doud. Icky was born in November 24, 1917 and died on January 2, 1921 from scarlet fever. Icky’s death was a deep blow to both Mamie and Ike, who refused to speak about Icky or his death. John Sheldon was born on August 3, 1922 and married Barbara Jean Thompson in 1947. They had four children together, Dwight David II, Barbara Anne, Susan Elaine, and Mary Jean.
The collection is divided into two series. Series I: Correspondence to the McCrackens; and Series II: Miscellaneous.
Scope and Content
This collection primarily consists of the letters of Mamie Eisenhower to her friends, Dr. J. Holt McCracken and his wife Vivien of California from 1961-1979. Also included are miscellaneous photographs and newspaper articles. The collection does not contain any information on Mamie prior to 1961 or contain references to her years as First Lady.
Series I contains the personal correspondence of Mamie Eisenhower to the McCrackens from 1961 until 1979. Series II includes miscellaneous photographs, correspondence, and newspaper articles.
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