#ArchivesBFF: Exploring Love & Friendship

The February National Archives #ArchivesHashtagParty theme is BFF (best friends forever), and we’ve explored the Genealogy Center’s archives to bring you some gems.

High School Notes to/from Cupid

Plano High School has had a newsletter for many years called Wildcat’s Tale. The Genealogy Center has some from 1933-1935 and 1965-1967.

The February 1934 issue included a Dr. Cupid advice column and other Valentine’s Day-related stories. One such advice – Mae Pearl Harber says her “knees shake so when he (Bob Skaggs) looks at me.” Dr. Cupid says it’s called “weak-kneed love” and she should give “3 drops of cod liver oil and 3 drops of love’s remedy” to Bob. You wonder if they were embarrassed or loved the attention.

For those who attended the school or know this is their parent or grandparent, this is a fun issue to read. The Wildcat’s Tale is a great way to find out about the kids going to school and the events at the school.


Love Letters

“To tell you I love you is all I can think of to write And this you already know” — From Henry Baccus to Miss Jennie Bishop 

Through personal letters, including this one from Henry to Jennie in 1900, we catch a glimpse of Henry and Jennie’s burgeoning relationship. A year later, Jennie Bishop married Henry Baccus on June 26 in Dallas County, Texas. Henry was the son of Joseph and Rachel Baccus who deeded land for the Baccus Christian Church and adjacent Baccus Cemetery in Plano.  


Valentine Cards

Sending a greeting card to someone you love has been a tradition for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures. From Valentines and Christmas cards to get well soon and graduation cards and even cards to just say I miss you, the Collin County Images collection shows the range of cards people send to each other. 

Check out some examples of these cards and click on the images to see the lovely notes written inside.


Be sure to check out other #ArchivesHashtagParty posts here on the blog, and of course the Genealogy Center’s website for details about upcoming workshops and resources.

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