With assistance from an Indiana Heritage Research Grant, nearly 170 family letters from 1828 to 1859 have been transcribed, edited and compiled. These letters, an evocative and beautifully written testament to the life of the Wylie family, are available for public use.
The Andrew Wylie Family Letters is a 276-page collection of family correspondence offering an exceptionally touching and accessible portrait of life in antebellum America. Although Andrew Wylie is best known as the first president of Indiana University, a post he held from 1828 until his death in 1851, these letters are primarily concerned with the more personal and domestic matters of a family growing up and dispersing. Health-physical, mental, and spiritual-is a frequent theme, as are work, children, local news, and travel; travel includes descriptions of New York City, Philadelphia, China, Washington Territory, and Hawaii.
Affectionately Yours consists of 163 transcribed letters with readers aids including brief summaries of all the letters, Wylie genealogy, and a glossary of names. Copies are available in Bloomington at the Monroe County Public Library, Monroe County Historical Museum, Bloomington High School North library, Bloomington High School South library, and the Lilly Library, Main Library, Archives, and Wylie House Museum at Indiana University; in Indianapolis at the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Library’s Indiana Division; in Richmond at the Wayne County Historical Association.
In addition, a twenty-two minute video interpretation of the letters can be borrowed from Wylie House Museum for one week at a time. Contact: Wylie House Museum, 812-855-6224.
Contact Wylie House Museum to order or read selections from “Affectionately Yours: The Andrew Wylie Family Letters”.
Affectionately Yours: The Andrew Wylie Family Letters, 1828 to 1859 (94-3004): Wylie House Museum , 317 E 2nd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-4799 and Indiana University, PO Box 1847, Bloomington, IN 47402-1847.