|Marjorie Bump Main|
The correspondence, 1965-1974, consists mostly of 208 letters between Marjorie Bump Main and Don St. John, 1966-1974. The initial focus of the correspondence, 1966-1967, between Don and Marjorie was Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Marjorie, and what she remembered about him, his family, friends, and related events. As Don’s and Marjorie’s friendship developed, their correspondence quickly became an exchange between friends, more personal, and less about Ernest Hemingway. By February 1967, most of the correspondence is about Don and Marjorie, their lives, interests, events, and families.
|Marjorie letter to Don (partial)|
Some information in Marjorie's letters conflicts with other information about Hemingway from other sources. She acknowledges in her letters that some of her memories were not as clear as they might have been in the past, that she had pushed them to the back of her mind, and that writing to Don gave her some clarity while remembering old memories.
Also included is one folder of correspondence from John J. McCune to friends Don and Ruth St. John, September-October 1965 and January 1974. A folder with a two photographs of Marjorie and one of a man, probably her husband, Sid Main, unidentified and undated [1966?] copies of 1920s-1930s photographs, completes the collection.