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Guide to the Emma Thursby Papers
1706-1942 (Bulk 1860-1940)
  MS 2530

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 05, 2022
Description is in English.

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Series III: Legal Papers, 1788-1903

Scope and Contents note

Many papers in this series are copies of wills or affidavits of Emma Thursby's family and friends, including Sara Bull, Sarah Farmer, Erminia Rudersorff, and Hannah Thursby (Emma's grandmother). There are multiple copies of legal documents relating to the Thursby siblings' right to title to a piece of land in Brooklyn.

Singing contracts Emma Thursby made with managers or proprietors of a venue are separately foldered. These date from 1877 to 1891, the height of her singing career. Also included are contracts made between managers, such as Maurice Strakosch, and the proprietor of a venue. Documents that include the signature of Emma Thursby, the other party, or both, were considered to be contracts.

Legal documents from the Van Cott and Bennet families are included here. These include indentures, wills, deeds, and legal papers pertaining to guardianship. As with the financial papers of these families, they are records of family affairs in early Brooklyn. Some of these materials are oversized; most date from the Eighteenth century.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Thursby, Emma: Legal Documents
1828-1903
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Thursby, Emma: Singing Contracts
1877-1891
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Thursby family: Legal Documents
1859-1881
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Van Cott/Bennett Legal Documents
1788-1805

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