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Guide to the Hare Family Papers
1873-1962 (Bulk 1884-1930)
 MS 277

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 25, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Hair Family
Title: Hare Family Papers
Dates: 1873-1962 (Bulk 1884-1930)
Abstract: The Hare Family Papers consist of the personal papers of New York City attorney Montgomery Hare (1870-1932), his wife Constance Parsons Hare (1873-?), and material by the Parsons family.
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Location note: Manuscript Cage, QQ aisle
Call Phrase: MS 277

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Biographical Summary For Montgomery Hare and Constance Parsons Hare:

1870 Montgomery Hare born in Orange, New Jersey to J. Montgomery Hare and Mary Meredith Hare. His siblings include Meredith, William, Morin, and Mary.
1873 Constance Parsons born to John E. Parsons and Mary McIlvaine Parsons, the youngest of six children including Mary (Mamie), Edith, Helen, Herbert, and Gertrude.
1884-1889 Montgomery Hare attends Groton School in Massachusetts.
1893 He receives his B.A. from Yale University.
1897 Montgomery Hare graduates from Columbia University Law School and is admitted to the bar.
1902-1906 He holds the office of Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City.
1905 Montgomery Hare runs unsuccessfully for Alderman of the 31st Aldermanic District.
1908 With Thomas E. Rush, Montgomery Hare forms law partnership Rush & Hare.
1908 Montgomery Hare and Constance Parsons are married.
1909 First son Michael Meredith Hare born.
1911 Second son Montgomery Hare born.
1919 Montgomery Hare ends law partnership with Thomas E. Rush and establishes the firm, Shearn & Hare with Clarence J. Shearn.
1932 Montgomery Hare dies on July 8, at the age of sixty-two.
1953 Constance Parsons Hare turns eighty years old. The date of her death is unclear.

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Scope and Content Note

The Hare Family Papers largely document the personal relationships within the Hare family and within the Parsons family, which was the family of Montgomery Hare's wife Constance. The bulk of the material is correspondence among family members. Neither Montgomery Hare's nor John E. Parsons's business affairs are represented within this collection.

The collection represents family relationships in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Parent/child relationships are represented through the letters to Montgomery Hare from his parents while he was away at school and later Hare's letters to his own children while they were away. Family relationships are also documented in the letters to Constance Parsons Hare from her children and her sisters.

The Library of Congress Name Authority File spells the family name "Hare" as "Hair."

Arrangement

The collection is arranged according to family member or type of material.

The papers are organized into the following seven series:

  1. Series 1: Montgomery Hare, 1884-1930, undated
  2. Series 2: Constance Parsons Hare, 1873-1962, undated
  3. Series 3: John Edward Parsons, 1910-1916, undated
  4. Series 4: Other Members of the Hare and Parsons Family, 1917-1929, undated
  5. Series 5: Clippings, 1908-1929, undated
  6. Series 6: Memorabilia, 1896-1951, undated
  7. Series 7: Photographs, 1915-1953, undated

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hare, Constance Parsons, b. 1873
  • Hare, J. Montgomery
  • Hare, Mary Meredith
  • Hare, Michael Meredith
  • Hare, Montgomery, 1870-1932
  • Hare, Montgomery
  • Parsons, John E. (John Edward), 1829-1915

Document Type

  • Agreements
  • Announcements
  • Certificates
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diplomas
  • Examinations
  • Insurance records
  • Invitations
  • Negatives
  • Passports
  • Photographic prints
  • Poems
  • Receipts
  • Report cards
  • Theater programs
  • Wills

Subject Topics

  • Decedents' estates
  • Family--New Jersey--Orange
  • Family--New York (State)--New York

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
  • New York (State)--Genealogy
  • Orange (N.J.)--Social life and customs

Family Name(s)

  • Parsons family

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Donation by Peter H. Hare, grandson of Montgomery and Constance Hare, 1999.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

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.) See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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

This collection should be cited as the Hare Family Papers, the New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Further material relating to Constance Parsons Hare and the Parsons family can be found within the Parsons Family Papers at the New-York Historical Society.

Separated Material

Oversize diplomas and photographs are stored in the small oversize case, drawer one.

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Container List

Series 1: Montgomery Hare, 1884-1930, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the personal materials of Montgomery Hare. It mainly includes incoming personal correspondence from family members and his wife-to-be, Constance Parsons. His correspondence also contains a 1930 form letter signed by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. The one folder of outgoing correspondence includes letters to his sons away at school and camp. The letters are arranged alphabetically by sender or recipient and then chronologically. The series also includes Hare's saved material such as writings, school records, policies, and certificates.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from A-Hare, Marian
1884-1930
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Hare, Mary Meredith
1884-1892
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Hare, Mary Meredith
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Hare, Mary Meredith
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Hare, Michael Meredith
1903-1925
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Parsons, Constance
1900 July- 1901 Mar.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Parsons, Constance
1901 Apr.-1901 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from Parsons, Constance
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Montgomery Hare: Letters received from R-S
1883-1930
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Montgomery Hare: Letters sent to Michael Meredith Hare and John E. Parsons
1920-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Academic Records from the Dearborn-Morgan School and the Groton School
1885-1889
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Academic Records from Yale University
1890-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Academic Records from Yale University
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Montgomery Hare's Campaign for Alderman/Affiliation with Tammany Hall
undated, 1904
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Writings by Montgomery Hare
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Insurance Policy and Property Information for Montgomery Hare
undated, 1916
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Certificates Admitting Montgomery Hare as an Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
1906, 1930
Box: OS Folder : 1 Oversize Diplomas from Yale and Columbia
1893, 1897

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Series 2: Constance Parsons Hare, 1873-1962, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains materials relating to the life of Constance Parsons Hare. Most of the correspondence is from family members, particularly her sons and her sisters. Specific letters include a thank you letter from poet Edith Sitwell and two letters from Gertrude Parsons describing conditions in Germany and Paris after the end of World War I. Personal documents such as her will, a family tree, and a list of the monetary value of her property are also included.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Constance Parsons: Letters received from A-O
1873-1952
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Constance Parsons: Letters received from P-T
1907-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Constance Parsons: Outgoing letters to various correspondents
undated, 1937
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Will of Constance Parsons Hare
1940, 1962
Box: 2 Folder : 12 List of auction and insurance values for property of Constance Parsons Hare
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Family Trees and Genealogical Information for Constance Parsons Hare
undated, 1945, 1948

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Series 3: John Edward Parsons, 1910-1916 undated

Scope and Contents note

This series includes the documents in the collection relating to John E. Parsons, the father of Constance Parsons Hare. Only one folder in this series contains correspondence, and it consists of letters written to John E. Parsons from his daughter, Gertrude Parsons. The other folders contain John E. Parsons's will and legal information regarding his estate.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 14 John E. Parsons: Letters received from Gertrude Parsons
undated, 1910
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Will of John E. Parsons
1916
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Documents relating to estate of John E. Parsons
1916

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Series 4: Other Members of the Hare and Parsons Families, 1917-1929, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of materials relating to other members of the Hare or Parsons families. It contains one folder of correspondence from Michael Meredith Hare and Montgomery Hare Jr. (the sons of Montgomery and Constance Parsons Hare), one folder of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Mary Parsons (Constance Parsons Hare's sister), and two passports for Gertrude Parsons (another sister of Constance Parsons Hare).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Michael Meredith Hare and Montgomery Hare, Jr.: Letters sent to various correspondents
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Mary Parsons: Letters sent and received
1923, 1929
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Passports for Gertrude Parsons
1917, 1920

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Series 5: Clippings, 1908-1929, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of one folder of newspaper or magazine clippings that mention members of the Hare or Parsons family. Many of the clippings are wedding announcements for Montgomery and Constance Parsons Hare. The one folder of clippings unrelated to either family contains mostly articles on local and national politics.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Clippings regarding Hare and/or Parsons Family Members
1908, 1926, 1927
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Clippings, unrelated to Hare and/or Parsons Family
undated, 1929

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Series 6: Memorabilia, 1896-1951, undated

Scope and Contents note

The memorabilia series includes saved ephemera such as invitations, receipts, programs, a brochure, and a menu. Although some of the theater programs attribute plays to Montgomery Hare, it is unclear if the playwright was Montgomery Hare, the elder, or his son of the same name.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Invitations and Announcements
undated, 1896-1910
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Receipts
1917, 1921, 1932
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Theater Programs
1891-1951
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Travel Brochures and Menu
1922-1923

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Series 7: Photographs, 1915-1953, undated

Scope and Contents note

The series includes snapshots and posed portraits. They are divided into the following categories: photographs of members of the Hare family, photographs of members of the Parsons family, and unidentified subjects. Although many of the subjects are identified on the backs of the photos, most of the images are undated.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Photographs, Members of Hare Family
1915-1953
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Photographs, Members of Parsons Family
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Photographs, Unidentified people
undated
Box: OS Folder : 1 Oversize Portrait Photographs of Montgomery Hare, Constance Parsons Hare, and John E. Parsons
undated, 1913

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