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Guide to the Seaman Family Papers
1761-1983 (bulk 1830-1923)
  MS 552

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Collection processed by Jan Hilley and Megan Hahn Fraser

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

Container List

Series VII. Personal Papers and Miscellany, 1805-1983, undated

Scope and Contents note

Personal papers and ephemera are included in this series. Of particular note is the wedding book of George Williams Seaman and Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman in which many of the family members are mentioned (Box 6, Folder 6). The folder also contains wedding invitations and several associated photographs. A portion of the estate inventory of George and Irmingarde (Box 6, Folder 7) is annotated to indicate from whom items were inherited or purchased.

In Folder 8 are a number of items that are not clearly associated with a specific member of the Van Horn, Freeman, DeWindt or Seaman families. Items include letters; receipts; notes on scraps of paper; an advertisement for "Dr. Wistar's Balsom of Wild Cherry" (1844); extracts from a memorial for John Dubois (1869); pages from a notebook concerning medical expenses (1880-1881); a copy of a document promising freedom to two slaves if they obey their master for ten years (1805); and an undated sermon discussing Acts II Verse 23.

Three volumes are included in the series - a notebook that appears to have belonged to Ida Van Horn Freeman and two scrapbooks belonging to Caroline Elizabeth DeWindt Monell. One scrapbook contains miscellaneous clippings and personal writings and the other includes, primarily, clippings describing Newburgh's Centennial (1882) celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of the American Revolution. Caroline Monell's second husband, Judge John J. Monell, was on the Centennial's Executive Committee and made a speech during the festivities. The scrapbook also contains a drawing and other items unrelated to the Centennial. The smaller two volumes are housed in boxes (*).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Nameplate Henry V. Freeman
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Diary Pages [Ida L. Van Horn Freeman]
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Calendars, Calling Cards Irmingarge Van Horne Freeman Seaman
1902-1903, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Essays and Poetry Gertrude Van Horn
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Poem [Emma L. Freeman]
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Wedding Book George Williams and Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Estate Inventory George Williams and Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Miscellaneous Van Horn, Freeman, DeWindt, Seaman
1805-1907, 1959
Volume: Notebook [Ida Van Horn Freeman] *
Volume: Scrapbook Caroline Elizabeth DeWindt Monell *
1860-1893, undated
Volume: Scrapbook C.E. DeWindt Monell
1876 - 1883, 1933, 1983

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