Other commitments have kept me from actively working on the archival process for awhile, but I have recently been able to return to it.
It never fails to amaze, even stun me…the materials that have come to light, and the insights gained. If I am honest, I must also say that I am frequently deeply saddened by the understandings that I am coming to.
Post 1, August 3, 2016. Musings on the July archiving progress:
I originally thought that I would begin, and actually did begin, with working on the innumerable manila folders of articles written and published. When I returned to the work this July, I decided to begin with a box that I knew contained almost exclusively materials related to Laura, Lois’ oldest daughter. I think it was because I wanted to see some sort of progress, and I knew that a great deal of what I had would need to be shredded due to its personal nature…I assumed that it would be reasonably quick and easy to get through.
And it turned out to be anything but easy to evaluate and discard. This one box, more than any other that I have sorted through to one degree or another, introduced me in deeply personal ways to the four women that constituted the Hudson family. They are Lois, matriarch; Laura, older daughter; Lucy, younger daughter; Mary Snow, partner of Lois for many years. There is also a fifth woman, GSD, who was Laura’s partner for some years, and this relationship is well evidenced.This box provided material that far better defined and clarified the relationships of these individuals in ways both expected and unexpected.
It’s of passing interest that Lois and Laura Hudson both identified as lesbians, though for Lois, it came after her marriage to Laura and Lucy’s father dissolved while the girls were still fairly young. For Laura, it seems to have always been the case, as so far I have found nothing that indicates any heterosexual interests. In the Hudson family, I have a close and well documented look into fairly early and open homosexual relationship setting in which three of the main figures (Lois, Laura, and Mary) identified as lesbians (and later a fifth, in GSD), and one did not.
Laura and Lucy were particularly intellectually bright and there are many references to the excellent grades they received. Laura had an inclination toward dance, and Lucy towards music.
More to come –