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Mann Family Papers

Identifier: MS-0567

Scope and Contents

The Mann Family Papers collection consists mostly of correspondence to Betty A. Mann (formerly Betty Avery) from her friends, family, and suitors. Some of the correspondence is addressed jointly or individually to Betty's husband, Dr. Edward Cox Mann. A couple of letters in the collection are written to other correspondents. The correspondence mostly regards personal and family matters, health, the weather, and travel arrangements.

Notably, the collection includes correspondence between Betty Mann and her uncle, Geo W. Stafford, a long time patient at the Parsons State Hopsital for epileptics in Parsons, Kansas. Stafford often notes the poor living conditions of the patients and his experiences with mental health care in the 1920s. One letter written by Stafford is addressed to one "John."


  • Creation: 1920 - 1937


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth (Betty) Mann (1898? - 1941) lived most of her life in San Diego, according to the few newspaper accounts about her, though details about her life are murky. Her maiden name was Kent, and she sometimes went by the name Jessie. The San Diego Evening Tribune for September 29, 1919 contains an annnouncement of the marriage of Jessie Kent, 21, to Frederick Rowe Avery, 29. The couple had two children and divorced sometime around 1924. Betty Avery, as she was thenceforth known, was then involved in a local scandal when she and Dr. Edward C. Mann (1875? - 1937) were arrested on suspicion of violating city morals laws after being discovered together in Avery's apartment. Dr. Mann, a resident of San Diego since 1911, had been twice married. His first marriage, to Elizabeth P. Mann (nee Thomas), produced one child and ended sometime around 1914. In 1917 he married Elsa K. Johnson. Elsa divorced Mann in 1926 after discovering her husband's affair with Avery, who had been working as a nurse in Mann's office, according to newspaper reports. The charges against Mann and Avery were eventually dropped, and they married in 1926.

It is certain from correspondence and newspaper items that Betty Mann had a least one sister, Anita Baldwin of San Bernardino, and possibly another, one Billie Crane of Vallejo. Her uncle, Geo. W. Stafford, was a longtime patient at a hospital for epileptics in Parsons, Kansas, whom she visited on at least one ocassion in 1926. Edward C. Mann was a well-known physician and surgeon who, with his father, was one of two surgeons to attend to President William McKinley after he was shot in 1901. The couple's children and stepchildren include two sons, Darby Mann and Edward C. Mann Jr., and a daughter, Helen Mann.


0.21 Linear Feet (One half size Hollinger box)

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