Two Scrapbooks CASSELTON, NORTH DAKOTA Photos Articles Notes Ephemera JEANNIE LA BREE
TWO LARGE SCRAPBOOKS kept by JEAN (Jeannie) LA BREE of CASSELTON, NORTH DAKOTA. 1950s-1980s.
The scrapbooks consist of two large, 15x13 inch, 3 ring binders with vinyl covers, each with approximately 30 leaves (i.e. 60 pages) that are covered with plastic. Almost every page is filled with glued or tipped in articles, photographs, cards, notes, letters, and other ephemera related to Casselton, North Dakota, and to the life of Jean La Bree from the 1950s through the early 1980s as a High Schooler in Casselton; a college student in Missouri, Miami and New York; an aspiring model and professional dancer in New York; etc.
One scrapbook contains a lot of pages filled with clipped articles and photographs related to Casselton, North Dakota, where Jean La Bree grew up and where her father was a lawyer; lots of pages filled with travel ephemera; and lots of pages filled with ephemera from New York including modeling photos, dance photos, Hunter College items, a Birdland Jazz Center item, etc. etc. While in New York was Jean La Bree a model, dancer, student at Hunter, a jazz aficionado? The dates range from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
The other scrapbook has a handwritten title on the spine that says: "JEANNE COLLEGE YEARS: Stephens [Stephens College] Columbia, Missouri; University of Miami; Etc." The first page includes an announcement of Commencement Exercises for the Senior Class of Stephens College. It is dated 1952 and has the signature of Jeannie Claire La Bree. Did she then take her AA degree and go to the University of Miami, then Hunter College (New York)? Looks like she did. Lots of college related ephemera including photographs of fellow students and friends, newspaper clippings (including a number of articles about Panty Raids that turned nasty), programs, banners etc. What's a cloth Confederate Flag doing in here? Hmmm.
The Scrapbooks are in VERY GOOD condition.
The 1940 census provides the following information on Jean La Bree - Age: 7; Born: North Dakota, Casselton; Gender: Female; Home in 1940: Casselton, North Dakota; Father Gordon La Bree 39, Mother Olga La Bree 35.
What happened to Jean Claire La Bree after 1940 is in these two filled scrapbooks. This Casselton, North Dakota, girl who moved on to live an adventurous woman's life is just waiting to be uncovered. By you.
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