Women's History Sources: A Guide
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EAST MILLSTONE REFORMED CHURCH (East Millstone, N.J.). LADIES AID SOCIETY.
Minutes, 1898 April 27-1904 Sept.
Forms part of a larger collection of the Church's records.
EBERLEIN, Undena de Guibert, 1881-1937.
.5 cubic ft. (2 boxes).
Diary present only as a photocopy.
Actor and homemaker; born to Louis Charles and Mary (Ingels) de Guibert in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1881; subsequently lived in or near La Fayette, Illinois; attended Eureka College in Illinois and then studied acting in New York City (apparently at the Stanhope-Wheatcroft Dramatic School); using the stage name Jane Gilbert, appeared in various theatrical productions and toured in the May Tully vaudeville troupe; married Ernest August Eberlein (1876-1931), a poster artist and engraver, and had four daughters (born from 1905 through 1916); moved from Greenwich Village in Manhattan to the single tax community of Free Acres in Berkeley Heights Township, N.J., in 1919 (after having summered there in previous years); continued to be active creatively, especially in theatrical circles at various levels and in various capacities both in New York City and at Free Acres; suffered bouts of depression in her later years; moved to Philadelphia in 1934 and died there in 1937.
Diary, November 25, 1912-March 14, 1914; letters received, 1901-1936; and miscellaneous other papers, 1903-1938. The diary contains scattered but full entries which primarily record events on holidays and family birthdays. The correspondence includes many letters from Eberlein's mother, Mary de Guibert (1862-1932), a homemaker and (amateur?) artist living on a farm at La Fayette, Illinois, and then (after 1905) at Snow Hill, Maryland. Another prominent correspondent is Eberlein's daughter Roxanne (1910-1989) whose letters detail her life during the early 1930s when she worked for the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia.
Finding aid available.
Publication: Hessing, Laurel, ed. Treasures of the Little Cabin: A Free Acres Cabin Tells the Stories of Those who Loved It and Sought its Shelter (1999).
EDDY, Lucy, b. 1796.
3 v. (2 envelopes).
Resident of New York City (and, by 1851, of Rahway, N.J.?); lived in the household of her brother Thomas Eddy, a well-to-do New York City merchant.
Diary, January 1-October 26, 1830, December 1-25, 1835, and June 1-July 13, 1851, containing irregular, generally short entries covering household, social and religious life, largely in the framework of her connection with the Society of Friends. In 1830 the diary also describes several trips, including visits to Hyde Park, New York, and to Eddy's childhood (ca. 1806-1808) home in Union Township, Union County, N.J. ("Liberty Hall," occupied in 1830 by Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz and members of her family). In 1835 the diary also describes the affairs of a New York Monthly Meeting school (Eddy being a member of the school committee) and a conflagration in New York City.
ELIZABETH TOWN FEMALE HUMANE SOCIETY (N.J.)
Minute book, 1810-1829.
Charitable society in Elizabeth, N.J., organized in 1810; formed for "relieving the distresses, and educating the Children of the poor"; operated a charity school; was administered by district managers.
Minutes of the membership, December 28, 1810-November 14, 1829, and of the directors, January 7, 1811-July 4, 1825, including the organization's constitution (p. 2-6) and subscription list (p. 6-). Also included, in the minutes of the directors, are lists of expenses incurred by the district managers while carrying out relief activities.
EMMONS, James V., 1821-1866.
Account books, 1860-1871 (bulk 1860-1866).
.35 cubic ft. (3 v.).
Shoemaker, of Freehold, N.J.
Daybooks, December 21, 1861-January 31, 1866, and ledger, 1860-1866, relating to shoemaking. The daybook for 1864 to 1866 includes accounts, 1866-1868, pertaining to Emmons' estate. Additional accounts in that volume, and receipts pasted in the ledger, pertain to family expenses, 1866-1871, especially clothing purchases for Mary Anna Emmons, evidently Emmons' daughter.
ENGEMAN, Frances H. (Frances Hyde), d. 1971.
Suffrage papers, 1915-1918 (bulk 1915-1917).
.2 cubic ft. (1 box).
Hunterdon County chairperson of the Women's Political Union of New Jersey; born Frances Hyde; married William Engeman prior to 1909, but the couple eventually divorced; later married George K. Large (d. 1958); resided in Flemington, N.J., from 1909 until her death in 1971 at the age of 93.
Letters received and other papers, 1915-1918 and undated, chiefly relating to activities of the Women's Political Union of New Jersey and the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association.
Additional Frances H. Engeman papers, not related to suffrage, are available at the Hunterdon County Historical Society in Flemington, N.J.
EQUAL FRANCHISE SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY.
7 items (1 folder).
Organized in 1908.
Constitution and by-laws, 1910; position paper, 1913; annual meeting minutes, May 1914; and correspondence, 1914-1920.
Wealthy residents of Tenafly, N.J., including Constance Everett (b. 1840?), her spouse Charles J. Everett, Sr. (b. 1837?), their daughter Christabel (b. 1876?) and five other children.
Diary ["Family Diary"], 1876-1879 and 1881-1890, kept by Constance Everett on an irregular basis (possibly with a very few entries by another family member) and a "Garden Book," kept briefly by her spouse in 1890, in which their daughter Christabel later recorded a nature journal, July 7, 1898-June 23, 1899, describing the natural surroundings of the family home and various birds and other animals that she observed. Constance Everett's diary describes the weather, birthdays, family outings and Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations in some detail. Frequent mention is also made of the family garden and its progress. Among the more unusual entries are one which describes the family fighting a fire in a nearby tree during a season of drought (October 31, 1881) and another which describes seeing ships of the Greely Relief Expedition to the Arctic during a visit to New York City (May 10, 1884).
FELL, Phebe Ann.
58 items (2 folders).
Letters received, 1828-1835, chiefly from Fell's stepfather, physician John Wilson of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and her mother Mary (widow of William Fell). Also letters received, 1828-1835, by Mary Wilson from her husband John (including one letter, 1832, which she sent to her husband). Some of the letters received by Fell are addressed to her in Burlington, N.J., while others of the letters are addressed to her in Buckingham Township and other locales.
Congressional papers, 1975-1982.
ca. 310 cubic ft.
N.J. elected official; born Millicent Hammond in 1910; married Hugh Fenwick in 1932, but the marriage (of which her family disapproved) only lasted for several years; despite being from a wealthy family, subsequently went to work (as a writer for Vogue magazine) to support herself and her two children; resided in Bernardsville, N.J., and participated in its governance as a member of the school board and later as a member of the borough council; served in the N.J. Assembly, 1970-1972, as a Republican representative from Somerset County before resigning to become N.J. Consumer Affairs Commissioner; served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1975-1983, from a district that included all of Somerset County, a portion of Morris County and small sections of Essex, Middlesex and Mercer Counties; ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator from N.J. in 1982; served in Rome, Italy, as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 1983-1987; died in 1992.
Correspondence, administrative files, legislative research files, sponsored and cosponsored bills, projects files, political and campaign files, financial documents, photographs, press releases, constituent newsletters and other papers.
Restricted in part.
Container list available.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH (Middletown, N.J.)
1.66 cubic ft. (4 boxes and 1 v.).
Founded in 1688; located in Middletown, Middletown Township, N.J.; renamed Old First Church in the 1950s when it changed its affiliation to the United Church of Christ.
Minutes; membership lists; baptismal records; marriage records; death records; financial records; treasurer's reports; constitution and membership lists, 1839-1863, of the Female Missionary Society; minutes, 1884-1894, of the Women's Baptist Missionary Society; and records, 1894-1915, of the Middletown Baptist Home and Foreign Mission Society. Also includes papers of Abel Morgan, pastor from 1738-1785, and miscellaneous documents and publications.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (Cranbury, N.J.)
3 microfilm reels.
Constitution; minutes of session, congregation and corporation meetings and of the trustees of the Church; accounts; subscriptions; cemetery committee minutes and accounts; and records of communicants, baptisms, marriages, deaths and funerals. Also minutes, accounts, lists of officers and members and other records of the Female Charitable Society of Cranbury for 1817-1837; of the Female Benevolent Society of the First Presbyterian Congregation of Cranbury for 1840-1868; and of the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury for 1882-1883.
The 1817 constitution of the Female Charitable Society, included in the records, defines the organization's purpose as aiding the Western Missionary Society of New Jersey and Princeton Theological Seminary, purchasing tracts for distribution and helping the indigent and distressed.
FISCHER, Louise, d. 1933.
Essays, [19- -].
6 items (1 envelope).
Teacher, journalist and lecturer, of New Brunswick, N.J.; daughter of Gustavus Fischer (1815-1893), a professor of modern languages and literature at Rutgers College.
Three lectures, present in both handwritten and typed form: "The Grand Fete at Pluckamin in 1779," undated; "The Germans' New Fatherland," undated; and "What the Patriotic Women of New Jersey Are Doing for Their Country," written in or after 1909 and before 1921.
FLORENCE MISSION (New Brunswick, N.J.)
Founded in 1889 in New Brunswick, N.J.; was associated with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union; promoted temperance, evangelism, the rehabilitation of "human derelicts," nightly gospel meetings and a Sabbath school. The Mission was also known as the Florence Crittenton Mission.
Accounts, a sketchy Mission journal, an inventory of furnishings, historical notes, clippings and correspondence, much of which is addressed by persons served to Ellen S. Kilburn, the Mission's general superintendent.
FOLWELL, Susan M., b. 1845?
Resident of Atlantic City, N.J.; lived at 133 South Illinois Avenue with her spouse Thomas G. Folwell (listed as a "capitalist" in the U.S. census for 1900) and daughter Elsie Folwell (b. 1870?).
Diary, January 4-December 31, 1883, and January 1, 1885-December 31, 1886, accompanied by a diary, January 1-December 31, 1893, of her daughter Elsie M. Folwell. Entries in the elder Folwell's diary are brief (especially so in 1883) and mention the comings and goings of many people, suggesting that the Folwells might have run a boardinghouse during the 1880s. Until late in 1893, the younger Folwell's diary describes a leisurely existence spent engaged in various social activities, walking on the boardwalk, taking carriage rides, writing letters and reading; however, on November 2nd she was involved in an accident in which she was shot in the face. Thereafter, many of the entries pertain to her recuperation.
FOSTER, Paul, 1931-
Theatrical papers, 1957-1991 (bulk 1963-1988).
ca. 20 cubic ft.
In part, photocopies of letters in the Elsa Gress Archive at the Danish Royal Library.
Playwright; was graduated from Rutgers University in 1954 and subsequently attended law school; met Ellen Stewart in 1962 and helped her to found Cafe La Mama (later the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club); wrote a succession of plays that were performed off-off-Broadway (from 1964 through 1986), as well as in Europe and elsewhere; traveled extensively outside the U.S., including on European tours with the La Mama Touring Company in the late 1960s (during which he first met Elsa Gress); served on the board and as president of the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (also known as La Mama E.T.C.).
Theatrical papers, among which are correspondence and general files.
Included in Foster's correspondence are letters, 1966-1980 (with gaps), from the Danish author and dramatist Elsa Gress (6 original letters, 9 photocopied letters and 1 holiday card) and her spouse Clifford Wright (1 photocopied letter), as well as retained copies of letters which Foster sent to Gress and Wright (3 photocopied letters). The Gress letters pertain to the La Mama Touring Company, Foster's plays (especially Gress' translations of them and their Danish productions), Foster's travel plans, Gress' plays (including their progress and productions), mutual acquaintances and colleagues (including director Tom O'Horgan) and events and people associated with the artistic collective ("DECENTER") that Gress and Wright hosted.
Among the topics represented in Foster's general files, primarily by press clippings, are Ellen Stewart and the La Mama Experimental Theater Club.
Some press clippings in Danish and other European languages.
.5 cubic ft. (1 box, 1 v. and 1 envelope).
Residents of Orange, N.J.
Civil War journal, July 22-October 31, 1863, of Joseph Addison Freeman, with a few related papers; diary, 1869-1876, 1889, 1896 and 1898-1916, of Ginevra Freeman (b. 1839); and diary, September 7, 1897-April 21, 1906, of Ginevra Freeman's niece, Marion Angevine (Freeman) Condict (b. 1876).
The diary of Ginevra Freeman, who lived in her parents' household as an adult, records her domestic chores, visits with relatives and friends, trips to New York City and Newark, N.J., and a seven-month vacation to Europe that she took with her sister-in-law in 1909. The diary also reveals that Freeman was active in the Orange Orphan Society (of which her mother was a founder), the Women's Benevolent Society and the Second Presbyterian Church, where she taught a Sunday school class.
The diary of Marion Condict, daughter of lawyer Wilberforce Freeman (1842-1907), contains scattered entries recording events in her personal, family and social life. The final entry reports her engagement to John H.N. Condict, a local man of whom her family disapproved. (She married Condict in 1908.)
Papers, 1808-1960 (bulk 1837-1919).
ca. 1.4 cubic ft. (4 boxes).
Residents of Somerville, N.J.
Letters received and other papers of Frances (Mallet-Prevost) Gaston (1822-1914), her spouse Hugh M. Gaston (1818-1892), their daughter Evelyn (Gaston) Van der Veer (b. 1882) and the latter's daughter Elizabeth ("Bess") Kirkpatrick Van der Veer, together with a diary of Mary Oakley Bartine (b. 1879).
The papers of Frances Gaston include letterbooks, 1894 and 1901, describing trips to Europe.
The papers of Evelyn Van der Veer include letters which she received from her sister, her husband and her daughter. The letters, from the late 1870s, which she received from her sister Mary Exton Gaston (1855-1956), who later became a physician in Somerville, were written while the sister was attending Vassar College. They include a description of a visit to the college made by Louisa May Alcott. The letters, 1881-1883, which Evelyn Van der Veer received from her husband Augustus Van der Veer were written during the couple's courtship. Finally, the letters which she received from her daughter Elizabeth, who later became a teacher in Somerville, were written while the daughter attended Vassar College from 1902 to 1906 and while she assisted the war effort in France (where she worked for the Y.M.C.A.) during World War I.
The papers of Elizabeth Van der Veer include class notes and school exercises which she created while at Vassar College, as well as letters from her mother which she received during the same period.
The diary, February 24-March 9, 1897, of Mary Oakley Bartine provides a detailed picture of the life and social activities of a young, single woman who was the daughter of a well-to-do family in Somerville. The only unpleasant experiences that Bartine mentions are visits to a dentist in Plainfield, N.J.
Finding aid available.
Publication: Roach, Martha, "The Diary of Mary Oakley Bartine," Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, XLVI (1984): 84-90.
GOECKER, Theodore F. (Theodore Frederick)
.4 cubic ft. (1 box).
Graduate of Lafayette College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1933; previously attended the public schools in Glen Rock, N.J., where his parents, Francis H. and Matilda A. Goecker, continued to live.
Letters received, 1930 and 1932-1933, from his mother (a widow by 1932?); certificates and diplomas, 1918-1933; photographs (including one panorama); and miscellaneous other papers relating to Goecker's education.
Letter sent, 1906 Dec. 22.
British author, lecturer and suffragist; born in 1854; died in 1943. "Sarah Grand" was not a real person, but rather a pseudonym used by Frances Elizabeth (Clarke) McFall.
Letter to "Evelina"(?) sending both money and holiday greetings and mentioning her lecturing, including a trip to Scotland, and a recently established suffrage committee, including its reception by local women. The letter was sent from Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
GRANT, Frances R.
Frances Grant collection, 1897-1986 (bulk 1917-1986).
78 cubic ft. (66 cartons, 20 boxes of assorted sizes and 1 oversize folder).
Human rights activist, cultural ambassador, curator and journalist; born Frances Ruth Grant in 1896 in Abiquiu, New Mexico Territory, a pueblo at which her father, a German-Jewish immigrant, ran a general store and where she learned both Spanish and English at an early age; commuted between New Mexico and New York City while she was growing up; was graduated from Barnard College and from the Columbia University School of Journalism; also studied music privately; served as associate editor of Musical America from 1918 to 1921 and also worked as a writer for several other publications, an occupation that she would resume for a time in the 1940s when she edited several trade magazines; beginning in 1921, and continuing through 1937, held various responsibilities at three cultural organizations in New York City sponsored by the artist and philosopher Nicholas Roerich, including the Roerich Museum which she served as vice-president and trustee; founded, in 1931, and served, for more than 50 years (always as its president), the Pan-American Women's Association (originally the Pan-American Women's Society of the Roerich Museum), a volunteer, non-political educational and cultural organization which was a reflection of the Pan-American movement and which focused over the years on sponsoring cultural exchanges (especially educational events in the U.S. by Latin American cultural figures and, later, democratic leaders), establishing ties between the women of the Americas, promoting human rights in the western hemisphere and pursuing a variety of self-help efforts in Latin America; in the 1940s (and to a lesser extent through the 1970s), participated in activities of the International League for the Rights of Man (later the International League for Human Rights), including service as its secretary, vice-president and head of the Latin American Committee; in 1945 attempted unsuccessfully to found a cultural magazine for a Latin American audience that would encapsulate North American life and thought; served for over three decades as secretary-general of the Inter-American Association for Democracy and Freedom (organized in 1950) which sought, in part, to fight totalitarianism in the Americas, to support progressive reforms effected by constitutional methods, to expose and protest violations of civil and political liberties and to assist democratic political prisoners and exiles; continued to travel and write after the 1985 loss of inexpensive office space in New York City (at Freedom House's 40th Street building) effectively brought an end to the Pan-American Women's Association and the Inter-American Association for Democracy and Freedom; died in 1993.
Collection consisting of Frances Grant's personal papers, 1897(1917)-1986, and records of organizations with which she was affiliated: the Roerich Museum (records and related papers, 1920-1985, but primarily 1921-1937), the Pan-American Women's Association (records, 1931-1985), the International League for Human Rights (copies of records, 1935-1985) and the Inter-American Association for Democracy and Freedom (records, 1929-1986, but primarily 1949-1986). Much of the collection concerns the political and cultural life of Latin America in the middle of the twentieth century. In addition, through travel journals, correspondence and other materials, the collection also documents Grant's travels to New Mexico and to many places outside the U.S., including India, several countries in Europe and most of the countries in Latin America. Correspondents represented include many elected officials, cultural figures (especially artists) and other prominent individuals in the U.S. and Latin America, among whom are women such as Angelica Balabanoff, Pearl S. Buck, Violeta Chamorro, Julia Codesido, Margaret E. Cousins, Lillian Hellman, Gabriela Mistral and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Some materials in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
GRIEVE, Lucia Catherine Graeme, b. 1862.
ca. 1.5 cubic ft. (39 v. and 2 folders).
Student, teacher, lecturer, farmer, poet and homemaker; born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1862, the daughter of the Rev. David Graeme Grieve and his spouse Martha Lucy (Kinkead) Grieve; was graduated from Wellesley College, 1883; taught at the Staunton Female Seminary in Staunton, Virginia, 1883-1884, the Frederick Female Seminary in Frederick, Maryland, 1884-1885, the Freehold Young Ladies Seminary in Freehold, N.J., 1885-1886, the Maury Institute (i.e., the Mississippi Synodical College) in Holly Springs, Mississippi, 1886-1888, and the Young Female College in Thomasville, Georgia, 1888-1893; subsequently educated in art and archaeology at Columbia University (interrupted by coursework at Oxford University in 1896-1897), she received a Ph.D. in 1898; lived during her later life in New York City, Martindale Depot, New York, Westerleigh, New York, and Ocean Grove, N.J.; lectured on geography (chiefly India) while in New York City; farmed from 1911 to 1922 at Martindale Depot; wrote poetry (published in newspapers and minor anthologies); participated actively in church work (from 1908 as a member of the Methodist church); died in 1946.
Diaries, notebooks, programs of temperance and Methodist meetings, stories, a play, an outline of a novel and articles.
Grieve's diaries, 1880-1890, 1904-1921, 1926, 1930-1932 and 1935-1937, contain detailed entries about her life as a student at Wellesley College, 1880-1883, and as a teacher, 1883-1890. The diaries also contain information about her travels in the British Isles during 1889, in India and the British Isles during 1904 and in Ireland during 1907.
Included with Grieve's papers is a diary, May 1, 1878-April 31, 1882, in which her widowed mother Martha Lucy (Kinkead) Grieve (b. 1838), then residing at New Brighton on Staten Island, comments on family and personal matters and documents her extensive welfare activity among the needy of New York City (as then constituted) and Staten Island: visiting 200 homes each month, she distributed tracts, Bibles, bedding, clothing and financial aid. Her work was evidently funded by Helen Louisa Phelps Stokes, wife of financier Anson Phelps Stokes, to whom she reported monthly.
Additional Lucia Catherine Graeme Grieve papers, in the form of later copies of letters or diary entries that she wrote while in college, are available in the Wellesley College Archives.
GRIFFIS, William Elliot, 1843-1928.
ca. 70 cubic ft.
Minister of the Reformed Church in America, educator, writer and authority on Japan.
Papers, among which are a diary of his first wife Katherine Lyra (Stanton) Griffis (1856-1898), a teacher and Vassar College graduate whom he married in 1879; a diary of his second wife Sarah Frances King Griffis (1868-1959), a teacher and Vassar College graduate whom he married in 1900; and a diary, correspondence and other papers of his sister Margaret Quandril Clark Griffis (1838-1913), who was also a teacher.
During part of the period covered by Katherine Griffis' diary, December 17, 1873-December 31, 1876, she taught at the Union Classical Institute in Schenectady, New York, a school at which her father Benjamin Stanton was headmaster. In 1875 she was a student at Gannett Institute in Boston until June and, from September, at Vassar College.
Sarah Griffis' diaries, scattered between 1900 and 1925, contain brief entries, some of which concern trips to Europe that she made with her husband. Places represented (all New York state) include Ithaca, Pulaski and New York City.
The diary, January 1, 1858-November 5, 1913, of Philadelphia native Margaret Griffis contains detailed information about working as a tutor or governess for the children of plantation owners in Virginia and Tennessee, 1857-1860, including her observations of the South and plantation life. Subsequently, for most of the period prior to 1899, Margaret Griffis lived in Philadelphia where she tutored and, from 1876 to 1898, taught at Miss R.E. Judkin's school for girls (Philadelphia Female Seminary). The period between 1872 and 1874 she spent with her brother William E. Griffis in Tokyo, Japan, where she was employed by the Japanese government as a teacher and administrator at the recently established Tokyo Girls' School. (Among the other papers of Margaret Griffis in the collection is a set of ca. 35 essays in English that were written by her students at this school.) After 1899 Margaret Griffis lived with her brother in Ithaca, New York, assisting him with the clerical details of his work as a lecturer and writer.
Diary of Margaret Griffis also available on microfilm.
Publication: Eder, Elizabeth K. "Constructing Opportunity: American Women Educators in Early Meiji Japan" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland, 2001).
GRIFFITH, Mary, d. 1846.
Letters sent, 1820 Jan. 27-1823 Jan. 28.
56 items (1 envelope).
Author and horticulturalist; born Mary Corre; married John Griffith (d. 1815), a wealthy New York City merchant; purchased a farm ("Charlieshope") in Franklin Township, Somerset County, N.J., ca. 1820 and lived there until she sold the property ca. 1836; wrote Our Neighborhood, or Letters on Horticulture and Natural Phenomena (1831) and Camperdown, or News from Our Neighborhood (1836); died at Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York, in 1846. Note: Griffith's death date is listed incorrectly as 1877 in some sources.
Letters sent to her daughter (Arabella) and son-in-law (Thomas I. Wharton, Esq.) of Philadelphia. The letters were written chiefly at her farm in Franklin Township (near New Brunswick, N.J.), although a few were composed at Burlington, N.J., or New York City. Those letters addressed to T.I. Wharton are of a business nature (in part relating to a house at Burlington); the letters sent to Arabella deal with personal and family matters.
Included among the letters are several poems and letters sent to Arabella Wharton by her sister, Mary E. Griffith of New Brunswick. In addition, a few of the letters written by the elder Mary Griffith were actually sent to her daughter of the same name while the latter was visiting the Whartons in Philadelphia.
Additional Mary Griffith letters are available in the Wharton family papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Letters received, 1851-1854.
49 items (2 folders).
Resident of Windsor, Broome County, New York.
Letters received by Oliver Griggs and family (i.e., his unnamed spouse and the couple's children, Em, in her early teens, and Bruce, a little older) from correspondents in Millville, N.J.
Thirty-seven of the letters are from the recipient's daughter, Anne Helen Griggs (in her early twenties), who was first a teacher, and then principal, of the junior department in the Millville public school. Eight letters are from Dr. E.B. Richman, a member of the school board and self-appointed guardian and friend of Anne Griggs. One letter to the family is from Oliver Griggs himself, on business in Millville to sell and install copper pumps. Two other letters, both written at Millville, are from H.G. Leake, describing in detail his return trip following a visit to the Griggs family, and from N. Foster, concerning local school affairs. There is also one undated letter, obviously earlier than the others, written by Anne Griggs while she was a student at an unnamed school.
The letters together contain an interesting and well-written picture of the Millville public school and of Anne Grigg's social life, as well as her views on the subjects of morals, religion, literature, etc. One letter to her father consists chiefly of a long plea for his religious regeneration; letters to her younger sister include much pious advice on conduct.
Accompanied by typed transcripts.
Papers, 1799-1916 (bulk 1854-1916).
1.4 cubic ft. (4 boxes).
Residents of Warren County, N.J.; lived on a farm along the Paulins Kill in Blairstown Township, approximately three miles west of Blairstown.
Diary, November 17, 1854-March 16, 1916, of Laura Gwinnup (1832-1916), constituting a sixty-one year record of farm and country life; diary, February 23-June 9 and July 7-September 25, 1855, of Laura's sister Emma Gwinnup (1835?-1868); and miscellaneous family papers, 1799-1916, chiefly relating to the sisters' grandfather, Jabez Gwinnup, M.D.
The lengthy diary of Laura Gwinnup contains details about farm and country life, church attendance, visiting and other social activities and neighborhood events, chiefly in the vicinity of Blairstown, N.J., but also pertaining to a broader area (mostly in Warren County).
Emma Gwinnup's diary contains accounts of household work, sewing, visiting, church attendance, occasional entertainment, family and neighborhood events and references to the westward migration. During part of 1855 she attended a school operated by H. Johnson; in 1868 she died of tuberculosis.