Zelda Gould collection of Amy Otis Earhart correspondence, 1939-1950 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
The Zelda Gould collection of Amy Otis Earhart correspondence (1939-1950; 0.8 cubic feet) documents the thoughts and feelings Amelia Earhart’s mother, Amy Otis Earhart, was experiencing after the disappearance of her daughter, and then coming to terms with her fate. Topics also include World War II and events following, politics and elections, current events of the era, hobbies, personal concerns, thank-you notes, among other topics. There are some newspaper clippings about Amelia Earhart among the letters. The letters begin on January 14, 1939 and run through January 10, 1950. Gould and Amy Otis Earhart were pen pals during this time, and the collection of 75 letters received by Gould were given to Purdue in 1992.
There are a few issues of The Centerville Crusader, the community newspaper from the town where Gould resided. The papers contain a column about Amelia Earhart, Zelda Gould’s connection to Earhart’s mother, Amy Otis Earhart, and a photograph of the letters being delivered to Purdue. Also included with the collection are 5 framed photographs of Amelia Earhart that were given to Gould by Mrs. Earhart.
Types of materials include: correspondence, photographs, and community newspapers and clippings.