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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2104

Carter and White family papers


Correspondence and photographs of the Carter and White families of Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Creation: 1861-1924

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

These family papers contain correspondence of Carter and White family members, including letters from John Eaton White to his fiancee, Lucy Nichols, written while he was serving in the Civil War, as well as letters from Charles Morland Carter to the ornithologist, Ruthven Deane, describing a hunting trip in Nebraska. There is a sketch and photograph of John Eaton White, a tintype depicting William Brewster, Charles Morland Carter, and Daniel Chester French, and a pencil sketch of Charles Morland Carter done by Daniel Chester French. Finally, there are writings about the Nichols' family genealogy, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

The Carter and White families of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are related by marriage. In 1864, Robert Carter (1819-1879), author and editor, married his second wife Susan Nichols. Susan Nichols' sister, Lucy Nichols, married John Eaton White, a captain in the 99th New York Infantry. Charles Morland Carter is the son of Robert Carter and his first wife, Ann Augusta Gray.


Organized into three series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Visual materials
  3. III. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*89M-55. Manuscripts presented by George N. White, Jr.; received: 1990 February 1.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean

Carter family. Carter and White family papers: Guide.
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