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Guide to the Parsons Family Papers
1824-1956 (Bulk 1889-1939)
  MS 481

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Collection processed by Maurita Baldock

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1824-1956

Scope and Contents note

The correspondence in this collection mainly consists of personal letters by the eldest daughter Mary Parsons (often referred to as Mamie or M.P.) to members of her immediate family, particularly her sisters. Almost every letter in the collection is followed by a typed copy that was presumably completed by a later relative. Although some of the typewritten copies are not completely accurate, they often include helpful notes explaining the context of the letters. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Many of the letters are from Mary while she is traveling abroad and include observations on the customs and manners of the people she encounters. She comments and often makes judgments on the nationality, religion, appearance, and clothing styles of natives of the countries she is visiting ,as well as of her fellow travelers. She also reports gossip and hearsay surrounding the European royalty and upper class. Her other letters from her home in New York City or Stoneover in Lenox, Massachusetts speak of everyday events and family news such as trouble with servants and the health of various family members. Many of the letters to Mary and the letters among the members of the Parsons family were also sent from abroad.

The last folder in this series contains correspondence from 1824 from Bowes Reed McIlvaine in Louisville, Kentucky to Catherine Dumesnil (the parents of Mary Dumesnil McIlvaine). In the letters, Bowes Reed discusses their impending marriage and urges his wife-to-be to write him more often.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 From Mary Parsons
1889
Box: 1 Folder : 2 From Mary Parsons
1893
Box: 1 Folder : 3 From Mary Parsons
1894 Nov.- 1895 Feb.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 From Mary Parsons
1895 Mar.-1895 May
Box: 1 Folder : 5 From Mary Parsons to her Parents Abroad
1896
Box: 1 Folder : 6 From Mary Parsons
1901
Box: 1 Folder : 7 From Mary Parsons
1906-1910
Box: 2 Folder : 1 From Mary Parsons
1923-1928
Box: 2 Folder : 2 From Mary Parsons
1929-1933
Box: 2 Folder : 3 From Mary Parsons
1934-1935
Box: 2 Folder : 4 From Mary Parsons
1936
Box: 2 Folder : 5 From Mary Parsons
1937
Box: 2 Folder : 6 From Mary Parsons
1938
Box: 2 Folder : 7 From Mary Parsons
1939 Jan.-1939 June
Box: 2 Folder : 8 From Mary Parsons
1939 Aug.-1939 Dec.
Box: 3 Folder : 1 From Mary Parsons at home in Lenox, Massachusetts or in New York City
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 From Mary Parsons at home in Lenox, Massachusetts or in New York City
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3 From Mary Parsons in France
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 4 From Mary Parsons in Holland and Italy
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 From Mary Parsons in Great Britain
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 To Mary Parsons from Various Correspondents
1893-1939
Box: 3 Folder : 7 To Mary Parsons from Various Correspondents
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Correspondence to Constance Parsons Hare from Various Correspondents
1937, 1956
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Correspondence Among Parsons Family
1889-1932
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Correspondents Unidentified
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 11 From Bowes Reed McIlvaine to Catherine Dumesnil
1824

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