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Guide to the Guion Family Papers
circa 1870-1930, 1968
 MS 3013

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Jennifer Gargiulo

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 09, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Guion family
Title: Guion family papers
Dates [inclusive]: Circa 1870-1930, 1968
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1900-1929
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence to and from members of the Guion family between 1870 and 1930. The primary correspondent, Martha Guion, lived in New York City. Also included are legal documents, newspaper clippings, calling cards, photographs, cabinet cards, stereographs, and other materials.
Quantity: 3.15 Linear feet in 8 document boxes and 1 oversize folder
Call Phrase: MS 3013

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Biographical Note

Names in bold designate individuals included within the collection.

Clement Guion (1814-1883) married  Elizabeth Jane Gibson in 1838. Seven of their ten children are represented in the collection.

1) George Gibson Guion (1841-1912) married  Imogene Louise Hart in 1865. They had six children, three of whom died in infancy. Of the surviving children,  Clement (1866-1917) married  Julia Banks,   Hobart (1868-1950) married Harriet McAllister, and  George (1870-1864) married Amelia McAllister. George Gibson Guion was a Lieutenant in the 7th New York Militia in the Union Army during the American Civil War. His sons, George and Clement, moved to Litchfield, Connecticut, worked together in real estate and insurance, and George painted.

2) Mary Louise Guion Thompson (1843-1873) married William W. Thompson.

3) Anna Guion Howard married Frederick William Howard in 1874

4) Clementine Guion Young (1845-?) married Ebenezer Young in 1870.

5) Frances Guion (1855-?) never married. She was committed to the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital for insanity in 1922. She was also known as 'Fan" to her family.

6) Martha Guion (1856-?) never married. She was also known as "Martie", "Marty", and "Aunta" to her family. Her nephew, Granville, considered her his foster mother.

7) Antoinette Guion Nugent (1862-?) married  Horace (Horry) Nugent in 1863, and had a son Granville (Grannie). Horace was a Senior British Vice-Counsul, and was stationed in Galveston, TX as Counsul to Texas and New Mexico. Granville split his time between the United States and the United Kingdom, and therefore attended school in both countries. Antoinette was also known as "Net" and "Nettie" to her family.

Wood Gibson Sr. and  Wood Gibson Jr. were the father and brother of Elizabeth Jane Gibson.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection is comprised of predominantly personal correspondence of the Guion family from approximately 1870-1930.

Seres I. Correspondence: The main correspondent is Martha Guion of New York City. Other correspondents include Frances Guion, Antoinette Guion Nugent, Horace Nugent, and Granville Nugent, among other members of the extended Guion family, as well as friends and acquaintances. The letters mainly discuss family matters and relationships, finances, legal issues, travel, and world news.

Series II. Legal Papers, Ephemera and Other Materials: Includes legal documents relating to deeds, mortgages, and trusts; newspaper clippings; calling cards from friends and neighbors; academic report cards; programs from different entertainment activities; account ledgers for groceries, seafood, and butchers meat; as well as diaries, of which the bound diary includes recipes towards the end.

Series III. Photographs: Includes a selection of photographs, stereographs, cabinet cards, and a few negatives. The photographs are both posed and candid images of the extended Guion family, as well as a large selection of photographs of animals, which George Guion used as reference for painting. There are two photograph albums: One is of an unmarked wedding from the 1920's, and the second includes prints of animals sent to George. While most of the photographs are completely unmarked, some are labeled with the individuals who are in the image or the date, and a few have notes on the back.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into the following three series:

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Legal Papers, Ephemera, and Other Materials

Series III: Photographs

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Access Points

Family Name(s)

  • Guion family

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Portions of the collection that have been microfilmed will be brought to the researcher in that format and can be made available by Interlibrary loan. Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Items that include presidential signatures will be presented to researchers in duplicate form.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Guion Family Papers, MS 3013, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials at New York Historical Society

The diary of Mary Guion Brown (1782-1871) is housed in the Manuscripts Department of the New-York Historical Society with the call number BV Guion, Mary

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by the descendants of the Guion Family post-1968.

Processing Information Note

The collection was processed in July 2016 by archival intern Jennifer Gargiulo. A small number of oversize items were added to the finding aid in August 2017 by archivist Larry Weimer.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1875-1929

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence (Martha)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence (Dear Mrs. Guion)
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence (From Grannie to Martha)
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence (Martha to Net)
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence (To Martha)
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence (Net and Martha)
1920, 1925-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence (Dear Martha Guion)
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Correspondence
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Correspondence
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence (Granville)
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence (Granville)
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Correspondence (Granville)
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Correspondence (Martha Guion)
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence (incomplete)
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Correspondence
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence (incomplete)
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Correspondence (incomplete)
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Correspondence

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Series II: Legal Papers, Ephemera, and Other Materials, 1870-1930

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Incomplete letters, photos, newspaper clippings, etc
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Incomplete letters, cards, etc.
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Newspaper Clippings and Miscellaneous
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Incomplete letters, photos, cards, etc.
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Miscellaneous: Newspaper clippings, wedding invitations, calling cards, etc.
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Unbound Diary
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Legal papers: Wood Gibson
Undated, 1900, 1902, 1909
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Legal Papers: Estate of Wood Gibson
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Legal Papers: Wood Gibson
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Legal Papers: Elizabeth Guion
1889, 1890, 1912
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Legal Papers: Frances Guion and Martha Guion
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Legal papers: Miscellaneous
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Various ledgers, account books, and journals
Volume: BV Guion Papers Volume : 1 "Romance in Family History"
Box-folder: OS-Medium Poster. Advertisement for Executor's Sale for Estate of Elizabeth J. Guion. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Identifies the locations of properties in New York City and elsewhere to be sold.

Box-folder: OS-Medium Certificate. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a portion of the certificate from U.S. President Benjamin Harrison recognizing the appointment of Horace Dickinson Nugent as Consul from Britain for Texas and the territory of New Mexico. Much of the lower portion of the certificate is missing, including the seal and signature.


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Series III: Photographs

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Unidentified Photographs
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Unidentified Photographs
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Photographs of Animals
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Guion Photos: George?: For Painting?
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Louise Shelton et al?
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Hobart, George, Etc.
Box: 7 Folder : 7 George Guion: Artist
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Unmarked Wedding Album
circa 1920
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Photo Album
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Mixed Photographs
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Imogene Hart et al.
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Framed Photograph with notes on back
Box-folder: OS-Medium Photographs. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Francis Marion McAllister, Benjamin Clark Cutler, a house in New Rochelle, and unidentified children.


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