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    Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Archive. A large and fine collection of material including 3 Autograph Letters Signed, 14 Typed Letters Signed, together with ancillary correspondence from her aides and Dwight Eisenhower's aides consisting of approximately 22 letters dating between 1949 and 1979 to George O. and Frances Brown Strecker. The Streckers and the Eisenhowers were acquainted for many years as Francis and Mamie had been friends since their teenage years. Content is largely routine in nature including thanks for birthday wishes, remarking on recent get-togethers, commenting on travel plans and general family matters. Of particular interest is a T.L.S. one page, 6.5 x 9 inches, Gettysburg, February 27, 1969, one month before the death of Dwight Eisenhower, remarking "...It was wonderful to have Barbara and John with me during the anxious hours... I do now know how long I will be here at the hospital but will stay close-by until the General is better. I had been home in Gettysburg for about a month and the change of scenery was good for me. I visited the hospital frequently and returned as soon as they called me about this latest set-back..." Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969 of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Similarly, she writes to the couple on September 28, 1955 in a T.L.S. four days following Eisenhower's heart attack thanking them for their "...thoughts and prayers. To be remembered by our friends in these days of anxiety means a great deal to the President and myself" Other letters are not nearly as melancholy. She writes in a T.L.S. on October 22, 1953 "...It was so nice to hear from you, especially on the St. Anthony letterhead! This is the hotel where Father and Mother stayed for years -- and also the place where Ike and I used to dance when we were engaged..." More good content. The ancillary correspondence includes a variety of aides and secretaries both to the First Lady and the President confirming social arrangements including sending the Streckers tickets to Eisenhower's first inaugural in 1953, expressions of thanks for various gifts and the requisite apologies on behalf of the first couple for not being able to communicate personally. Most letters include the original transmittal envelopes. Most letters bear the usual folds, some with moderate toning, overall very good condition. A fine collection of Eisenhower material.

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