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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 I. Freeman/Van Horn Family Correspondence, 1836-1916

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of the correspondence in this series is that of Henry V. Freeman, his wife, Ida Van Horn Freeman, and their daughters, Genevieve and Irmingarde, and is related to personal matters. Other correspondence is from Ida Van Horn Freeman's sisters and other family members including Abner Van Horn, Ida Freeman's father.

Henry Freeman wrote to his wife and daughters at home in Greenpoint, Long Island, while he was on business trips to Central America and California. After Henry's death in 1888, Ida returned to her family's home at Artist's Lake in Fishkill-on-Hudson (later renamed Beacon). A number of her letters were written to her daughters while they were away at school. Ida's sisters, Gertrude, Gay, Sadie and Alice also wrote to Genevieve and Irmingarde reporting Ida's failing health.

Irmingarde's correspondence begins when she was quite young and continues into the early years of her marriage, signed using various forms of her name and nicknames. Of interest is a letter written on the last night of the nineteenth century (January 31, 1899) to her sister, enclosing a pressed four-leaf clover (Box 1, Folder 6).

Also of particular note are Genevieve's letters to her father describing her intentions to become a doctor (Box 1, Folder 4, October 14, 1884) and Ida's letter to Henry showing her support for Grover Cleveland and describing an appearance in Brooklyn of Cleveland and George B. McClellan (Box 1, Folder 3, October 11, 1884).

Of the more than 107 letters and fragments, most are in good condition. A few are difficult to read because the ink has faded and some of the fragments (Box 1, Folder 10) are in poor condition.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letters Received, Abner Van Horn
1836-1873, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence, Henry V. Freeman
1866-1886, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence, Ida L. Van Horn Freeman (Mrs. H.V.)
1861-1898, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters Sent, Genevieve Freeman
1884-1903, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Letters Received, Genevieve Freeman
1880-1903, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letters Sent, A. Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman (Mrs. George W. Seaman)
1892-1916, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Letters Received, A. Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman (Mrs. George W. Seaman)
1897-1916, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Letters Sent, Gay Van Horn
1885-1898, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence, Romietta Q. and May R. O'Dowd
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Letters and Fragments, Gidney Underhill
1879-1880, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Miscellaneous Freeman Family Correspondence

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