Papers of the Hamilton family, 1818-1974


Papers of the Hamilton family, 1818-1974

Papers of the Hamilton family, 1818-1974


The Hamilton family papers are divided into four series: Series I First Two Generations centers around Allen Hamilton, the first member of the family to settle in America. Subseries A contains letters from Allen Hamilton's parents, Andrew Hamilton and Elizabeth (Allen) Hamilton, in Ireland. Subseries B includes the letters of Allen Hamilton and his wife Emerine Jane (Holman) Hamilton, the bulk of which are to their son, Andrew Holman Hamilton. Also included are school receipts for Allen Hamilton's ward and a copy of his will. Subseries C provides information on the family of Phoebe Ann Taber, Allen Hamilton's ward and later his daughter-in-law. This subseries contains letters between her grandparents, parents and other relatives. Series II Children and Grandchildren of Allen and Emerine Hamilton is the major portion of the collection. The series is divided into five subseries, each representing a child of Allen and Emerine and his/her family. Subseries A consists of the correspondence of Andrew Holman Hamilton ("Holman"), a United States Congressman and businessman in Fort Wayne; his wife Phoebe Ann (Taber) Hamilton; their three daughters: Katherine, Jessie, and Agnes; and their sons: Allen, a physician, his wife Helen, and their son Andrew Holman; Taber, a businessman, his wife Abigail, and their children: William Rush Gillan, Taber, Jr., and Phoebe Taber. Much of the correspondence to Jessie and Agnes is from friends. Subseries B includes the correspondence of Montgomery Hamilton, his wife Gertrude Corinne (Pond) Hamilton; their four daughters: Edith, Alice, Margaret, a teacher and headmistress at Bryn Mawr School, and Norah, an artist; their son Arthur ("Quint") Hamilton, an educator, and his wife Mary (Neal). Subseries C, D, and E contain letters of the three remaining Hamilton daughters: Mary (Hamilton) Williams and her sons Allen Hamilton and Creighton; Margaret V. Hamilton; and Ellen (Hamilton) Wagenhals and her children. Series III Other Correspondence and Miscellaneous Writings includes correspondence, writings, and a few drawings. Subseries A contains correspondence and fragments of letters to and from unidentified Hamilton family members; manuscript writings (a family story game, poetry, recipes, etc.); and drawings (mostly in pencil, undated and unsigned). Subseries B groups together other correspondence which is neither to nor from Hamilton family members. Series IV Photographs brings together pictures of many members of the Hamilton family. Some photographs, mostly snapshots, are enclosed in letters; these have been noted in the Inventory. Other persons represented are more distant relatives, in-laws, and friends. Many of the photographs are identified; only some are dated. There are loose photographs, three photograph albums, and several daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. This material is shelved separately from the rest of MC 278 and is to be microfilmed with the photograph collection. The Schlesinger Library has a collection of Alice Hamilton's professional papers (A-22), which also contains some family correspondence, as well as copies of many of her speeches, reports and writings. A microfilm copy (M-56) of the first three boxes is available for research use. Two letters of Edith Hamilton to Buckner Hollingsworth concerning her years at Bryn Mawr (A/H217) are also part of the Library's holdings. Alice and Edith Hamilton are also represented in other collections, both processed and unprocessed, to be found in the Library. Other Hamilton family papers that were originally part of this collection but that pertain to the business activities of its members have been deposited in the Indiana State Archives by William Rush Gillan Hamilton. Twenty-one letters and postcards of Jane Addams and Clara Landsberg have been placed at Hull-House (University of Illinois at Chicago Center). In August 1987 Barbara Sicherman provided more precise dates for several of the Alice Hamilton letters. As a result, dates were recorded on letters in the following folders: #616, 621, 626, 629, 632, 648, and 656, and the following four items were moved to different folders: from #630 to 629: letter originally marked Oct.? 1893, now dated July 16, 1883; from #646 to 647: letter originally marked 11-4-31, now dated February 1933; from #660 to 634: fragment beginning "and this long trip..." now identified as pages 6 and 7 of letter dated August 10, 1897; and from #661 to 653: fragment beginning "had it. Miss Broadway and..." now identified as part of letter dated November 7, 1898.

12.51 linear feet ((30 file boxes) plus 3 photograph albums + 14 folders of photographs, 1 folio+ folder, 34 reels of microfilm)

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