date(s):
1894-1900
type(s):
Correspondence; Collection
A2287 Kaufman-Vaughn Correspondence Inventory of Kaufman-Vaughn Correspondence A2287 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-02 06:40:04 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Kaufman-Vaughn Correspondence Kaufman, Abraham, -1900 Vaughn, Vera A2287 2.0 Cubic Feet (4 boxes) 1894-1900 Processing Information Processed by Emily Horsford. Donor Information The Kaufman-Vaughn Letters were donated by the estate of Nancy Caroline Kelley in 2009. Biographical Sketch Abraham (Abe) Kaufman was a Jewish man living in St. Louis in the 1890s. Vera Vaughn was a Christian woman living in Chicago. Over the course of a six year period, they exchanged dozens of love letters. Abe frequently sent Vera money or money orders in his letters. Abe and Vera were married sometime during the year 1899 but continued to live apart. Abe’s family strongly disapproved of the match and Vera’s family is not mentioned. Abe worked as a bookkeeper for the Missouri Paper Company in St. Louis, a branch of the Southwestern Paper Company whose headquarters was in Galveston, Texas. Sometime in 1899, it was discovered that Abe had been embezzling money and he was dismissed. After this, he worked for his brother, Nate, in the insurance business. Abe died of an accidental drowning at Meramec Highlands on August 18, 1900. After his death, there was a court case involving Abe’s embezzlement of between $8,000 and $10,000. He was found guilty and his estate (with Vera as administrator) was forced to pay $3,500. Scope and Contents The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Abe Kaufman and Vera Vaughn. These letters are primarily of a personal nature regarding the relationship between Abe and Vera. There are some letters from Abe’s family: his father, brothers Max and Jacob, and his sister, Jennie. Also included is a folder full of old receipts and payment records. Arrangement The collection is arranged in folders grouped by correspondents and recipients and chronologically within each folder. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Kaufman-Vaughn Correspondence, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Courtship Embezzlement Jews -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities while both were living in St. Louis. 1894 Oct-Dec 1 1 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 2011 Olin Street St. Louis, Missouri. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities including drinking with his friends, of which his family disapproves; Vera is in St. Louis at this time. 1895 Jan-July 1 2 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 2229 Pine St., Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis while Vera is in Chicago; one letter is addressed to Vera Kelleher instead of Vera Vaughn. 1895 Aug-Dec 1 3 Letters from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, 206 Walnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri (Missouri Paper Co.). Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago including searching for a job. 1895 July 1 4 Letters from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, 206 Walnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri (Missouri Paper Co.). Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1895 Aug 1 5 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 381 No. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. 1896 Jan-July 1 6 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 381 No. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. On Aug. 15, Abe writes that his brother, Max, is angry with him because Abe borrowed money from him to send to Vera. On Aug. 18, Abe writes telling Vera to destroy his letter of Aug. 15, and that he is going to lose his position at the Missouri Paper Co. on Sept. 1. 1896 Aug 1 7 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 381 No. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. On Sept. 27, Abe mentions Vera’s “folks,” the only time they are mentioned in the letters. 1896 Sept 1 8 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 381 No. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. On Oct. 14, Abe writes telling Vera that all the “Jewish people” know about the affair; also that he and his brother, Jacob, are not speaking. On Oct. 25, Abe writes telling Vera that there was a “terrible wreck” on the Frisco Railroad at the Meramac Highlands and that he intends to go see it. On Oct. 28, Abe writes telling Vera that it “looks like McKinley will be elected.” 1896 Oct 1 9 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 381 No. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. 1896 Nov 2 1 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 381 No. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. Abe’s brother, Max, married a woman named Hattie. 1896 Dec 2 2 Letters from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, c/o General Delivery St. Louis, Missouri. Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1897 Mar-June 2 3 Letters from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, c/o General Delivery St. Louis, Missouri. Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1897 Aug-Nov 2 4 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 465 N. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. On Jan. 23, Abe writes about a fight that he got into where he was cut by a cigar cutter. 1897 Jan-Feb 2 5 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 465 N. Clark Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. 1897 Mar-Apr 2 6 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 465 N. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. On May 31, Abe writes, “Do you remember a year ago today (the cyclone) everyone here was talking about it.” On June 3, Abe writes that the streets in St. Louis are “all torn up” because the wires are being put underground. 1897 May-June 2 7 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 465 N. Clark Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. 1897 July-Aug 2 8 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 465 N. Clark, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. Abe went to see Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. 1897 Sept-Oct 2 9 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 318 N. State St., Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. 1897 Nov-Dec 2 10 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 318 N. State St., Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. On Jan. 28, Abe writes of being nervous, since someone has been brought in to the Missouri Paper Co. to look at the books that Abe keeps. He states that he is scared of an officer stopping him on the street, and tells Vera to destroy the letter. 1898 Jan-June 3 1 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn. Abe is in Galveston, Texas, working for the Southwestern Paper Co. 1898 Apr-Aug 3 2 Letter from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, c/o Missouri Paper Co., St. Louis, Missouri. Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1898 Mar 3 3 Letter from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, Southwester Paper Co., Galveston, Texas. Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1899 June 3 4 Letter from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, Southwester Paper Co., Galveston, Texas. Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1899 July 3 5 Letter from Vera Vaughn to Abe Kaufman, Southwester Paper Co., Galveston, Texas. Letters contain information about Vera’s daily activities in Chicago. 1899 Aug 3 6 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 499 N. Monroe, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in Galveston. 1899 July-Nov 3 7 Letters from Abe Kaufman to Vera Vaughn, 499 N. Monroe, Chicago, Illinois. Letters contain information about Abe’s daily activities in St. Louis. 1900 Mar-June 3 8 Undated letters from Vera Vaughn and Abe Kaufman and photograph of unknown woman. No date 3 9 Letters to Abe Kaufman from his father and sister, Jennie. Letters contain information about family news. 1899 4 1 Letters to Abe Kaufman from his brothers, Max and Jacob. Letters contain information about family news. 1899 4 2 Miscellaneous letters to Abe Kaufman. Correspondents include Gaylord Tailors and his friend, Joe. No date 4 3 Miscellaneous receipts. No date 4 4 Empty envelopes. No date 4 5