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Guide to the Grace Avery Lillard Papers
(bulk, 1943-1945)
 MS 3069

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 10, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I. Personal papers, 1915-1990

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Birth certificate (1919) certified copies and affidavit of birth record
1919, 1942, 1961
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Obituaries

Scope and Contents

Contains undated newspaper obituaries for relatives Emma Caroline (Draughon) Lillard (1860-1931), Lester B. (or D.) Lillard (1901-1937), Reuben Malcolm Albin (1901-1966), and Valena (Lillard) Moffitt (1883-1972).

Box: 1 Folder : 3 High school report card

Scope and Contents

Lillard's grade 12a report card for the spring semester of the 1936-1937 school year, McComb City Schools, McComb, Mississippi.

Box: 1 Folder : 4 Ephemera & clippings

Scope and Contents

Contains undated clippings of poems (2), a list of six things to do each day, and a program autographed by singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald (1903-1965) from her appearance at the Muncipal Auditorium, Jackson, Mississippi, 29 March 1939.

1939, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Contains a letter on Mississippi State College for Women stationery, dated 5 August 1942, from President B.L. Parkinson, requesting Grace A. Lillard to occupy rooms in a campus dormitory, where she would provide an "adult point of view" to the students. With a draft of Lillard's refusal to abandon her quieter quarters elsewhere.

Also includes a postcard view of "Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shottery, Stratford-Upon-Avon," mailed 30 June 1961 by Grace Lillard and her sister, Louise (Lillard) Saffell, to their sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Parker, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

1942, 1961
Box: 1 Folder : 6 How Lasting Is Beauty? Poems by Grace Avery Lillard

Scope and Contents

Chapbook of poetry printed privately for friends. The poems range in composition date from 1943 to 1964. Most were published previously in Federal Poets Magazine.

circa 1964
Box: 1 Folder : 7 U.S. Passports

Scope and Contents

With visa stamps for Croatia, Greece, and other European and Middle Eastern locations.

1969-1974, 1978-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Last will and testament, with codicil
1976/78, 1990
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Photographs | World War I

Scope and Contents

Fourteen photographs of World War I soldiers and their camp, only three of which are dated (1915, 1916, and 1918) and identified. It is unclear how these men relate to Grace Lillard or her family.

1915-1918, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Photographs | People

Scope and Contents

Assorted photographs, presumably of family members, friends, and Grace A. Lillard herself. Just one is dated (24 March 1934). A number are identified as "Lena" or "Louise" for Lillard's sisters Valena (Lillard) Parker and Louise (Lillard) Saffell.

1934, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Photographs | Bush Hill School, Alexandria, Virginia

Scope and Contents

Photographs of an elementary school class outside the Bush Hill School, 5927 Westchester Street, Alexandria, Virginia. In one shot the class is posed with a female teacher or school official, who might possibly be Louise (Lillard) Saffel, sister of Grace Avery Lillard, who was an educator who lived with her husband in Alexandria.

[1960?] June
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Photographs | Cruise on SS Evangeline

Scope and Contents

The SS Evangeline was rechristened the  Yarmouth Castle in 1964. She caught fire and sank in 1965 en route from Miami to the Bahamas.

1960 August
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Photographs | Unidentified places
Box: 1 Folder : 14 [Research on Lillard]

Scope and Contents

Notes on Grace A. Lillard apparently compiled by David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC, who sold the collection to the New-York Historical Society in 2017. Includes several newspaper accounts of Lillard's life, painting, and military career, and her obituary from the Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 21 June 1990.


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