Carolyn Brown Dodge Letters, 1938-1968

Overview of the Collection

Dodge, Carolyn Brown
Carolyn Brown Dodge Letters
1938-1968 (inclusive)
.4 cubic feet, (1 letter sized document box )
Collection Number
Handwritten letters by Carolyn Brown Dodge, and a few letters written by her mother Charlotta Wint Brown to their cousin/niece Carol Robinson.
Central Washington University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Central Washington University
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Telephone: 509-963-1023
Fax: 509-963-3684
Access Restrictions

Open to the public for educational research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carolyn Dodge resided in Ellensburg, Washington, in the Badger Pocket area on a farm with her family and her letters describe her daily life as a farm wife and later as the wife of a potato broker in the Quincy Basin. Dodge also wrote letters to her cousin at her residences in Kittitas and Quincy, Washington, following her time in Ellensburg.

The Dodge family moved to the Ellensburg area in 1929 from Montana when Boynton Dodge, Carolyn’s husband, started a job as a fresh fruit inspector for the State of Washington. The family farmed in the Kittitas Valley from 1944 until 1955, moving briefly to Kittitas before moving on to Quincy. All three of their sons, John, William, and Robert graduated from Central Washington State College of Education/Central Washington State College.

The letters were donated by Carolyn Dodge’s son, Robert (Bob) Dodge, a 1959 graduate of Central Washington College of Education, now Central Washington University, in June 2021.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is comprised of approximately 70 handwritten letters, the majority written by Carolyn Brown Dodge, and a few letters written by her mother Charlotta Wint Brown to their cousin/niece Carol Robinson who lived in Sidney, Montana. The letters were written from 1938-1968.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Dodge, Carolyn Brown. Guide to the Carolyn Brown Dodge Letters, 1938-1968. Central Washington University Archives and Special Collections. MS-023

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged chronologically at the file level.

Custodial History

Letters were donated by Carolyn Dodge's son, Robert Dodge.

Acquisition Information

Donated to CWU archives in 2021

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1-1 Correspondence 1938-1938
1-2 Correspondence 1943-1950
1-3 Correspondence 1951-1952
1-4 Correspondence 1953-1953
1-5 Correspondence 1954-1954
1-6 Correspondence 1995-1995
1-7 Correspondence 1956- 1957
1-8 Correspondence 1959-1959
1-9 Correspondence 1960-1960
1-10 Correspondence 1962-1962
1-11 Correspondence 1963- 1964
1-12 Correspondence 1965- 1966
1-13 Correspondence 1967- 1968
1-14 Correspondence Undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Letters

Personal Names

  • Dodge, Carolyn Brown--Archives

Family Names

  • Dodge

Geographical Names

  • Ellensburg (Wash.)
  • Kittitas County (Wash.)

Other Creators

  • Family Names
    • Dodge, Robert L. (creator)