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LADIES BOOK CLUB (New Brunswick, N.J.)
Record book, 1896-1903.
1 v.
Women's organization of an unknown location, possibly New Brunswick, N.J.
A list of several hundred books read or reviewed by club members.
LaFETRA, Elizabeth R. (Elizabeth Rylee), 1826-1876.
Papers, 1837-1854.
31 items (3 folders).
Resident of Monmouth County, N.J.; attended Eatontown Institute (in 1846) as a boarding student; served as a teacher at Manasquan (in 1851-1853).
Diary, 1846-1854; letters, 1846-1850, sent to and received from her mother; receipt for "Certificate of Examination," 1851; and verse, 1837-1854 and undated, written by LaFetra and others.
The diary, January 1-February 6 and July 24-31, 1846, August 1, 1848, February 1-19, 1850, January 5-23, 1851, January 1, 1852-February 28, 1853, and November 14, 1853-December 29, 1854, contains entries which are generally regular, but which vary in fullness. Written by a young (Quaker?) woman, the diary describes daily social activity, sewing, religious meetings, funerals, family visits and other events. LaFetra had relatives around Eatontown and Manasquan ("Squan"), and in New York City, and frequent visits with them are recorded.
LARISON, Mary Jane Sergeant, 1837-1917.
Diary, 1855-1857 (bulk 1855-1856).
1 v. (232 pages).
Typed transcript copied (and abridged) from the original in the Roscoe L. West Library, College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.
Teacher in various Hunterdon County, N.J., schools; born Mary Jane Sergeant; attended the New Jersey State Normal School at Trenton, N.J. (later Trenton State College and now the College of New Jersey) as a member of its first class; married Cornelius Wilson Larison, a Ringoes, N.J., physician, in 1863.
Diary in which Larison discusses lessons, classroom instruction, lectures, educational method, philosophy and other matters pertaining to her education at the New Jersey State Normal School.
LaTOURRETTE, Cornelius Wyckoff, 1814-1902.
Papers, 1849-1851.
1 envelope.
Resident of South Bound Brook, N.J.; married Margaret Ann (Bayles) Bayles, who was the daughter of William and Sarah (Staats) Bayles and the widow of George Bayles.
A California gold rush diary of La Tourrette accompanied by correspondence of La Tourrette with his spouse, who remained in South Bound Brook with the couple's children. The diary, April 3, 1849-June 27, 1850, contains entries about La Tourrette's sea and land journey from the Caribbean side of Panama to the Sacramento River in California and his mining efforts and other employment while there. His six letters to his spouse supplement the diary, while her three letters contain family and local news. They also indicate her impatience with La Tourrette's California mining venture, which yielded only modest success.
Accompanied by typed typescripts of the diary and letters.
For a diary kept by Margaret Ann Bayles La Tourrette's mother, consult the entry for Sarah Staats Bayles.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MEDFORD, MEDFORD LAKES AND EVESHAM.
Records, 1965-1990.
1.6 cubic ft. (4 boxes).
Organized in 1965 as the League of Women Voters of Medford-Medford Lakes Area; reflecting the stated mission of the national organization, served as a "nonpartisan political organization, encourag[ing] the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influenc[ing] public policy through education and advocacy"; among its activities, attempted to influence policy regarding the establishment and expansion of a public library, promoted environmental awareness (especially in support of the Pine Barrens Coalition and the development of a comprehensive management plan for the N.J. Pinelands) and produced educational publications such as a local edition of Know Your Area; officially changed its name to the League of Women Voters of Medford, Medford Lakes and Evesham in 1983 (after using the name unofficially since 1981); disbanded in 1990.
By-laws, agendas and minutes (including supporting documentation), correspondence, financial documents, publications, press clippings, photographs and other records, including files relating to the local library and the Pine Barrens Coalition. Included among the correspondence is a letter from Betty Ford (1 item : November 5, 1975) concerning a television interview.
Draft finding aid available.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK AND VICINITY (Middlesex County, N.J.)
Records, 1936-1955.
.8 cubic ft. (2 boxes and 3 v.).
Organized as the Middlesex Regional League of Women Voters in April 1936, but changed its name to the New Brunswick Regional League of Women Voters in September of the same year; changed its name to the League of Women Voters of New Brunswick and Vicinity in 1947; split into two organizations in 1953: 1) the League of Women Voters of New Brunswick and 2) the League of Women Voters of Highland Park.
Constitution, by-laws, annual reports, minutes, budgets, membership lists, newsletters, press clippings and other records.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NEW JERSEY.
Records, 1920-1991.
69 cubic ft. (67 cartons, 2 boxes, 2 oversize boxes and 1 oversize folder).
Nongovernmental organization which promotes nonpartisan political education and responsible public policy; founded in Newark, N.J., in April 1920 as the New Jersey League of Women Voters, a successor organization to the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association; worked to educate newly-enfranchised women in time for the 1920 election and continued to run "citizenship schools" during the 1920s; after reaching consensus within the organization on a topic, has advocated various reforms in state government which, in earlier years, included issues such as regulation of women's industrial work, restriction of child labor and improved enforcement of prohibition, followed, in later years, by issues such as reform of the state's constitution (effected in 1947 and 1966), expansion of educational opportunities, equalization of the tax burden, protection of the environment and establishment of regional planning boards; has also compiled and distributed nonpartisan election information throughout most of its existence; changed its name to the League of Women Voters of New Jersey in 1946.
Constitutions and by-laws, 1920-1975; board minutes, 1920-1983 and 1986-1988; council meetings files, 1946-1966; post board reports, 1961-1988; state program files, 1929-1989; state convention files, 1920-1965, 1971, 1975 and 1987; documentation of miscellaneous meetings, 1921-1931; state annual reports, 1930-1968, 1976-1980 and 1986-1987; president's files, 1920-1986; administrative files, 1922(1939)-(1984)1988; legislative files, 1930(1945)-(1984)1988; department and committee files, 1920-1951; 50th anniversary campaign files, 1967-1971; radio committee files, 1942-1948; voter service files, 1944-1990; biographical and historical files, 1920-1955; scrapbooks, 1942-1944 and 1970; publications, 1929-1990; publications from local and out-of-state leagues, 1920-1990; national league files, 1920-1978; local league files, 1938-(1989)1991; files on inter-league organizations, 1965-1984; subject files, 1920-1989; artifacts, ca. 1960-1985; and photographs, 1920-1985.
Finding aid available, including an online version.
Publication: Gordon, Felice D. After Winning: The Legacy of the New Jersey Suffragists, 1920-1947 (c1986).
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
LEBANON WCTU (Lebanon, N.J.)
Minutes, 1939 Jan.-1953 Feb.
1 v.
Minutes of ten monthly meetings per year (September through June). Several clippings, certificates and a program for a (Hunterdon County) spring institute also are included in the volume.
LIBBEY, Laura Jean, 1862-1924.
Papers, 1886-1928.
1.2 cubic ft. (3 boxes).
Author, dramatist, editor and newspaper columnist; was born in Brooklyn, New York (now part of New York City), and resided there for most of her life; from the 1880s through the early 1900s, wrote over 80 romance novels (which first appeared as installments in serial publications) featuring young women as the heroines; edited New York Fashion Bazar for several years in the 1890s; wrote a newspaper column ("Laura Jean Libbey's Daily Talks on Heart Topics") for the McClure Newspaper Syndicate in the 1910s; in 1898, married Van Mater Stilwell, a Brooklyn lawyer, who survived her. Sometimes used the name Laura Jean Libbey-Stilwell.
Deeds and other real estate papers, 1906-1924, including tax bills, 1911-1923; bills and receipts, 1895-1924, including receipts, 1892-1902, for monies received from publishers (George Munro's Sons and Norman L. Munro) for serial installments of her writings; canceled checks, 1896-1924; correspondence, 1890-1924, chiefly pertaining to Libbey's real estate (in New York City, especially Brooklyn) and literary productions; publishing contracts and legal agreements, 1886-1889 and 1919-1924; original and later copies of U.S. copyright certificates for works that were registered or renewed from 1883 to 1924; dramatic writings, undated, including typescript copies of four plays, typed synopses of plays and typed title pages of plays (many with annotations such as the name of the book on which they are based); three photographs, including a sepia-toned 1910 publicity image of Libbey; will and estate papers, 1924-1928, including papers relating to rights to her works after some of them became the property of her niece and nephew; press clippings, 1911-1924, most of which consist of samples of Libbey's syndicated newspaper columns or pertain to her estate; and miscellaneous other papers.
LIPPARD, Lucy R., collector.
Women's art registry collection, [1971]-[ongoing].
ca. 91 cubic ft.
Portions arranged alphabetically by artist's name; other sections grouped chronologically.
Reference collection, composed largely of materials donated by art critic Lucy Lippard (formerly of New York City); originally housed at the New York Feminist Art Institute; received by the repository in 1992 along with the records of the Institute; expanded after 1992 by further donations received directly from Lippard.
Collected materials in various formats which document the artwork and careers of women artists active in the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, internationally. The bulk of the collection consists of announcements and invitations relating to solo and group art shows; among the other formats present are résumés, slide transparencies and other photographs, exhibit catalogs, press releases and other promotional literature, press clippings, newsletters and calendars of events.
Partial container list available.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
LOWELL, Amy, 1874-1925.
Letter sent, 1919 May 22.
1 item.
American poet and literary critic.
Letter to Alfred A. Knopf regarding Arthur Waley's "170 Chinese Poems," with Knopf's draft reply, dated May 23, 1919, on the verso.
LUMADUE, Lucille, 1904-1980.
Diary, 1928, 1935.
.16 cubic ft. (1 box).
Homemaker, of Burlington, N.J.; married Larry Lumadue in 1925.
Diary, January 1-December 31, 1928, and January 1-December 31, 1935, which details Lumadue's daily routine in full, regular entries, together with miscellaneous papers found inserted into the volumes. On a typical day, Lumadue got up early, prepared breakfast and packed a lunch for her husband (likely a laborer or construction worker in 1928 and, for most of 1935, an employee of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, N.J.). Later she usually did chores such as dusting, washing or sewing (both mending and making clothes) and then prepared dinner. Some days she visited friends, especially while out running errands or shopping. On most days she also read fiction (usually in the evening). Some nights the couple would go to the movies or visit friends, although often Lumadue's husband would go out alone in the evening and stay out until a late hour (causing some tension between the two). In late 1935 her schedule altered somewhat, as her husband's shift changed (to a 4:00 p.m. starting time) when he moved to a job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
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McCHESNEY, Elizabeth P., 1788-1860.
Diary, 1850-1857 (bulk 1854-1857).
1 item.
Resident of central N.J.; born Elizabeth P. Moore, the daughter of Rescarrick and Sarah (Brooks) Moore; married Daniel Mount (1786-1820) in 1818; resided in Hightstown, where her spouse conducted a general store which she apparently continued, following his death, until at least 1822; married Charles G. McChesney (1800-1861), a physician and later N.J. secretary of state, in 1835; moved with her spouse from Hightstown to Trenton following the destruction of their house by fire in 1838.
Diary, December 1, 1850-January 4, 1857 (with gaps), recording the weather, visits made and received and the daily activities of McChesney and, to a lesser extent, her spouse. The most personal entries relate to an apparent affair that her husband was having with another woman. Among the visitors mentioned in the diary is McChesney's niece, Anna Maria Smith.
McCOY, Emma.
Papers, 1902-1918.
4 v.
Records, 1902-1903, of the New Jersey Teachers Retirement Fund, Department of New Brunswick; minutes, 1910-1912, of the Middlesex County Women Teachers' Association; and scrapbooks of clippings, 1905-1918.
McHENRY, James, 1753-1816.
Papers, 1744-1815.
4 folders.
Gentleman, soldier, U.S. Representative from Maryland and U.S. Secretary of War; married Margaret Allison Caldwell of Philadelphia in 1784; lived in Maryland near Baltimore after his retirement from public life.
Draft and fair copies of verse, 1774-1815, written by McHenry and others, together with a handwritten copy of a letter, September 4, 1799.
Many of the poems by McHenry are addressed to "Mrs. McHenry," typically on the anniversary of the couple's marriage, although other family members and events are sometimes alluded to in the poems or their dedications.
Publication: Coad, Oral Sumner, "James McHenry: A Minor American Poet," Journal of the Rutgers University Library, VIII (1945/46): 33-46.
MAGEE, Abbie Eliza, 1847-1909.
Diary, 1905 Jan 1-Dec. 31.
1 v. (122 p.).
Daughter of Capt. James J.R. Magee (d. 1882) and Sarah Jane (Cahill) Magee (d. 1867?), of Marlboro Township, N.J.; remained in the family home, following her mother's death, where she kept house for her father and raised the two children of her deceased sister, Angeline (Magee) Kipp; later (beginning after her father's death?) lived and worked in the homes of relatives and other community members, supporting herself by doing various chores and by sewing; for at least part of 1905, resided with her niece, Mary Kate (Kipp) McElwaine (who had married J. Van McElwaine) on a farm near Tennent, N.J.
Diary containing very brief, regular entries recording domestic and farm chores, family events, weather, sewing (some done professionally) and other events, including preparations for a harvest home celebration.
MAHAN, Edna, d. 1968.
Papers, 1913-1988 (bulk 1914-1970).
.5 cubic ft. (2 boxes).
Corrections official; born in 1900; grew up in California; was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1922; worked successively at the California Bureau of Juvenile Research, at the Los Angeles County Probation Department and on the juvenile delinquency portion of the Harvard Law School Crime Survey; served as superintendent of "Clinton Farms," the New Jersey State Reformatory for Women (now the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women) in Union Township, Hunterdon County, N.J., 1928-1968.
Biographical materials, 1952, 1968-1987 and undated; diary, January 1, 1928-February 3, 1929 and August 3-28, 1941; "character book," 1914-1915, filled in by friends; miscellaneous correspondence, 1923-1968 and undated; scattered press clippings, 1922-1963 and undated; three educational certificates, 1918-1923; and school papers, 1913-1922 and undated, including notes on abnormal psychology (dated July 1913) that were evidently kept by someone else. Also correspondence, 1968-1970 and undated, received by Lois Morris (an assistant at the Clinton Farms facility) after Mahan's death and research materials, 1929-1947, 1988 and undated, gathered by Mahan's biographer Mary Q. Hawkes.
Mahan's earlier diary volume was kept at first in or near Boston (until mid-August 1928) and then in N.J. It contains regular entries which are generally brief, but which are often somewhat longer later in the volume, after she had begun her new job at the New Jersey State Reformatory for Women. The entries pertain to both Mahan's professional career and her personal life, including her relationship with fellow corrections official Frank Loveland, who remained in Massachusetts after she moved to N.J. The later diary volume is a vacation journal pertaining to a visit to California which begins with very brief entries (written several days later?) relating to her travel across the country.
Finding aid available.
A related collection (Mahan's official records as superintendent of the Clinton Farms facility) is held by the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton as: Records of the Department of Institutions and Agencies / New Jersey State Reformatory for Women, Clinton Farms.
Publication: Hawkes, Mary Q. Excellent Effect: The Edna Mahan Story (1994).
MAY, Sophie, 1833-1906.
Prudy and the Peddler : manuscript for publication, [18- -] / Sophie May.
1 item (15 leaves).
American author best known for her children's stories. "Sophie May" was not a real person, but rather a pseudonym used by Rebecca Sophia Clarke.
Manuscript which apparently represents of one of the Little Prudy stories, as suggested by its accompanying documentation, although it might be from one of the other series which Rebecca Sophia Clarke wrote. The manuscript bears a caption title and is twice signed "Sophie May."
MEEKER, Lottie H. Alward (Charlotte Hance Alward), b. 1859?
Papers, 1881-1894 (bulk 1881-1886).
.16 cubic ft. (1 box).
Resident of Succasunna, Roxbury Township, N.J.; married Henry F. Meeker (who later ran a local general store) in April 1886; died after 1899.
Diary, January 4, 1881-November 7, 1886, containing irregular but often full entries; several items of correspondence, 1881-1894 (with gaps); and miscellaneous other personal and family papers.
The diary (which continues an earlier volume that is not present) pertains in part to Meeker's religious beliefs and activities (centered on the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna), her concern that her brother Harry Alward (b. 1861) unite with the church by publicly professing his faith (which he did in November 1886) and her changing attitude toward Henry F. Meeker during their courtship. Among the specific events described are a visit to New York City on September 29, 1881 (during which the diarist observed newspapers being printed at the Herald and Tribune buildings), and her brother's October 1885 wedding.
MELTON, Elvia Graham.
Letters sent, 1944 Aug. 28-1945 Feb. 4.
.2 cubic ft. (1 box).
Poet and columnist; wrote a volume of collected verse that was published under the title Spectrum (c1938); married Romie L. Melton (an engineer or research scientist?) and lived in or near Niagara Falls, New York; resided in New York City during World War II while her husband served with the U.S. Army in North Africa and Europe; wrote columns (the weekly "Leaves of Laurel" during at least part of 1944 and "Back Chat on the News" at an earlier period) for an unidentified publication or publications.
About two dozen airmail letters sent by Melton to her husband while he was in the U.S. Army, including a single letter received by him from someone else (but posted by Melton, who added a postscript to it). Accompanying the letters are some, but not all, of the related enclosures: miscellaneous press clippings and the text of a column intended for publication. In the letters, Melton records detailed descriptions of the shortages (of food, fuel, cigarettes, etc.) experienced domestically during the war, her anxieties about the couple's relationship (given their long period of separation) and the psychological impact of war (as she observed it). In addition, two different letters from December 1944 relate Melton's concern that New York City might be within range of the rumored V-3 German rocket and provide a description of the refurbished Zeigfield Theater and its gala reopening celebration. Additional letters (in the form of V-mail) that Melton wrote to her husband during the same period are alluded to in the correspondence, but are not present.
MERCER COUNTY WCTU (N.J.)
Records, 1876-1981.
1.4 cubic ft. (4 boxes).
Minutes, 1892-1940, of executive board meetings, spring institutes and annual conventions of the Mercer County Woman's Christian Temperance Union, accompanied by records of the Trenton No. 1 WCTU: a constitution and pledgebook, 1876-ca. 1906; minutes, 1876-1896, 1901-1931 and 1941-1952, of regular and executive committee meetings; minutes, 1901-1902, of the Y Branch; a membership list, 1940-1967; a typescript history (1876-1941); and a scrapbook, 1873-1981. Also present are a scrapbook, 1931-1932, with clippings relating to two Trenton unions (Trenton No. 1 and Willard); minutes, 1911-1913, of meetings of the Anna M. Robbins WCTU (of Trenton); a membership list and treasurer's reports, 1942-1960, of the Hillcrest WCTU (of Trenton); minutes, 1969-1974, of the Iota Sigma of Ewing WCTU; and a constitution and minutes, 1885-1891, of regular and executive committee meetings of the Citizen's League of the City of Trenton, a temperance organization which included (only?) men.
Container list available.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY COUNCIL OF PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS (Middlesex County, N.J.)
Records, 1918-1974.
ca. 2.5 cubic ft. (1 box and 25 v.).
Organized November 20, 1918.
By-laws, 1972; minutes, 1918-1927 and 1933-1973, of meetings of the executive board (later board of managers) and of semi-annual Council meetings; lists of officers, 1918-1974/75; financial documents, 1918-1933 and 1960-1970; scrapbooks, 1933-1959; Council songs, 1944 and undated; newsletters, 1968; summaries, 1918-1947, of Council minutes; topical (committee?) summaries, ca. 1921-1966; published Council histories, 1936, 1948 and 1968; lists pertaining to P.T.A. chapters for individual schools, including presidents (through 1972/73), treasurers (1968/69-1972/73) and life members (ca. 1954-ca. 1964); published histories, 1950 and 1960, of the New Jersey Congress of Parents and Teachers; and photographs, 1929 and undated, of delegates to the state convention.
The scrapbooks ["Publicity Record Books"] include newspaper clippings, programs for semi-annual Council meetings, newsletters and miscellaneous other records. Accompanying the scrapbooks are several loose items (e.g., meeting programs) from a later period.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY WCTU (N.J.)
Records, 1886-1948.
ca. 2.2 cubic ft. (5 boxes and 1 v.).
Minutes, 1886-1931, of Middlesex County WCTU conventions. Also minutes, 1908-1915 and 1923-1948, treasurer's accounts, 1897-1903 and 1936-1942, and scrapbooks of press clippings, 1930-1940, of the New Brunswick WCTU (known after late 1923 as the Anna D. Perrine WCTU); minutes, 1918-1922, of the Sayreville WCTU; scrapbook of press clippings, 1929-1930, pertaining to the Metuchen WCTU; printed matter (chiefly programs and annual calendars of events), 1928-1940, pertaining to the state WCTU and the WCTU in Middlesex County, as well as to the New Jersey Committee on the Cause and Cure of War; and other printed matter consisting primarily of temperance publications issued by the national WCTU.
MIDDLESEX GENERAL HOSPITAL (New Brunswick, N.J.). AID ASSOCIATION.
Records, 1889-1962.
.2 cubic ft. (1 box).
Organized as the City Hospital Association in 1884 by a group of interested women to aid in securing a hospital for New Brunswick, N.J.; subsequently changed its name to the John Wells Aid Association and then to the Middlesex General Hospital Aid Association.
Minutes, 1889-1905 and 1922-1926; correspondence and annual reports, 1923 and 1925-1927; by-laws adopted in 1962; list of presidents, 1884-1962; and a typescript history written in 1955.
MINOR, Julia.
Papers, 1946-1949.
1 envelope.
Executive Secretary of the Family and Children's Society (headquartered in Montclair); served as a member of the Child Welfare Committee of the New Jersey Welfare Council.
Correspondence and other papers relating to the activities of a subcommittee of the Child Welfare Committee of the New Jersey Welfare Council and its advocacy of a separate state administrative unit to oversee child welfare in N.J. The papers also include information on the programs of child welfare divisions in selected other states and publications on the subject of unwed mothers.
Modern School collection, [ca. 1880]-1974 (bulk 1912-1971).
ca. 6.8 cubic ft. (21 boxes of assorted sizes).
Modern School at Stelton, N.J.: organized in 1911 in New York City as an independent school, free from the authority of the state, modeled on libertarian examples in Spain established by anarchist Francisco Ferrer; incorporated an adult school as well, while in New York; moved in 1915 to Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, N.J., to a northern extension of Stelton (the community with the nearest train station) where land had been purchased by the "Ferrer Colony Association" for resale to settlers; provided instruction to children of colonists (a mix of college-educated, native born Americans, immigrants, intellectuals and workers) and, for a time, to pupils who boarded at the school; emphasized differing curriculums and methods during its existence; administered from 1920 to 1925 by Alexis and Elizabeth Byrne Ferm who promoted manual and creative work while still permitting children the choice of studying academic subjects; again conducted by the Ferms beginning in 1933; continued under Alexis Ferm (following the 1944 death of his spouse) until 1948; closed in 1953.
Records of the Modern School at Stelton and related collected materials, including photographs. The documentation includes memoirs of persons associated with the school, among whom were Lillian Rifkin Blumenfeld (b. 1897) and Pauline Bridge Henderson; papers, 1895-1949, of co-principal Elizabeth Byrne Ferm; and papers, 1944(1969)-1972, of teacher Jo Ann Wheeler Burbank (1905-2000).
Blumenfeld, the daughter of Russian immigrants, grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was educated at Teachers College, Columbia, under John Dewey and William Heard Kilpatrick. Her 1974 memoir traces her entire life and includes information about the educational philosophy she employed in 1923-1924 while a teacher at the Modern School in Stelton.
Henderson was the daughter of a school staff member. Her memoir is in the form of the middle section of a short, unpublished novel ("The Dogwood Tree") based on her experiences in the 1920s as a child at the Modern School.
Papers of Elizabeth Byrne Ferm consist of published and unpublished writings by and about her. Included are manuscripts related to Freedom in Education (1949), a collection of her writings assembled after her death. Articles by her which appeared in Mother Earth, The Modern School, Progressive Education and Child Life (a short-lived journal from 1897) are also present, as are copies of lectures on early childhood education that she gave. Among her other writings are unpublished manuscripts concerning early childhood education. The materials about Ferm include typescripts of published interviews, a chapter from a book, an obituary and several reviews of Freedom in Education.
The papers of Burbank, who taught at the Modern School from 1929 to 1946, consist of correspondence and a memoir. Some of the correspondence pertains to the Modern School at Stelton, to the distribution of the school's assets and to Alexis Ferm (with whom she corresponded after he left Stelton). Other letters are from researchers interested in the Modern School or pertain to Burbank's efforts to gather information, recollections and memorabilia about the school. Burbank's own recollections are gathered in a memoir intended for inclusion in a proposed book ("School in a New Jersey Meadow"). In her essay, she describes Alexis and Elizabeth Ferm and relates some of her experiences as a teacher at the Modern School.
Finding aid available, including an online version.
MONMOUTH COUNTY WCTU (N.J.)
Records, 1893-1930.
2 v.
Minutes, 1893-1930, of executive committee meetings, annual conventions, spring institutes, etc., and treasurer's records, 1893-1911, of the Monmouth County Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
MORROGH, Mary F., d. 1871.
Letters sent, 1828-1850.
7 items (1 envelope).
Resident of New Brunswick, N.J.; married George Richmond, whom she survived; later married physician Clifford T. Morrogh.
Letters sent by Morrogh to her uncles John Brown (of Philadelphia) and Isaac B. Parker (of Philadelphia and Burlington, N.J.). Her last letter primarily concerns her prospective second husband C.T. Morrogh.
MOTT, Sarah.
Travel narrative and journal, 1803 July 5-1804 Aug. 15.
1 v. (102 pages).
Manuscript copy.
Resident of Trenton, N.J.?
Journal, kept for Mott's cousin (Mrs.) Martha Lowry, of a trip from Philadelphia to Portugal aboard the ship Richmond in the company of a Dr. Thompson and Edward Tilghman of Philadelphia. Mott stayed in Lisbon for some time; she also visited Cintia.
MOUNT HOLLY CEMETERY COMPANY (Mount Holly, N.J.)
Daybook, 1897 Dec. 3-1903 Oct. 3.
1 v.
Daybook of a cemetery in Mount Holly, N.J. Entries relate to purchases of cemetery lots and grave digging services. Each entry includes name of decedent, date, place and cause of death, undertaker, date of burial and lot number, in addition to the name of the person to be billed.