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Guide to the Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon
Photographs and Papers
 PR 400

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Creator: Wotherspoon, Adella Martha Liebenow, 1903-2004
Title: Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon photographs and papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1860-2004
Abstract: Photographs, postcards, sacramental certificates, passports, naturalization papers, scrapbooks, and ephemera documenting the lives of members of the German-American Liebenow, Weber, and Wulf families, at least six of whom died during the burning of the paddle steamer General Slocum on June 15, 1904. The  Slocum disaster, on New York's East River, claimed an estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 passengers on board, many of whom were women and children who could not swim. Adella (Liebenow) Wotherspoon (1903–2004), donor of the collection, was the youngest survivor. She unveiled a memorial to the unknown dead in 1905, and lived to be the sole survivor of what was, until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the single greatest loss of life in New York City history.
Quantity: approximately 4 Linear Feet in 2 document boxes, 3 flat boxes, and 1 oversize folder.
Language: Many of the documents in Series I are written in German.
Call Phrase: PR 400