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COLLECTION Identifier: A/K552

Family collection of Eve Grantham Kingsland, 1870-1947 (inclusive), 1891-1905 (bulk)


Memoir and travel letters of Eve Grantham Kingsland's great great grandmother and great aunt.


  • 1870-1947
  • Majority of material found within 1891-1905

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the collection created by Eve Grantham Kingsland as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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The collection contains a pamphlet, "A Few Recollections of Early Life Written by Mary Seymour Welles In Her Seventy-Sixth Year Giving History of Her Childhood, Girlhood and Courtship, Meeting With and Marriage To Alfred Kelley, and Their Early Married Life," 1905, describing Mary Seymour Welles's childhood in Massachusetts and New York State; her father's professional and financial difficulties; her marriage to Alfred Kelley and their moves to Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; the births of their children, and the deaths of some of the children in infancy or early childhood. She also reflects on changes in society she has seen over her lifetime. (The text of the pamphlet was written approximately thirty years before it was printed.)

The collection also includes also typed transcripts of letters by Mary Seymour Bates describing her 1891 trip abroad with her aunt Helen. Early letters refer to a serious illness Helen experienced, attributed to taking too much bromide, which apparently affected both her mind and her body. Bates describes Helen's slow recovery and the difficulties of caring for her. The letters also describe visits paid to acquaintances during the trip, shopping and cultural excursions, fashion, a cholera outbreak and its impact on her travel, and her impressions of the various countries she visited. In a letter written in Castellamare, Italy, she notes, "The people in Italy, or Southern Italy, seem to naturally arrange themselves in artistic groups, and in riding or walking through the narrow streets, one cannot look into an archway or through a door without seeing a picture....Their domestic life is carried on in the narrow streets, such as sewing, knitting, combing the hair, etc.!!" The letters were transcribed by Bates's niece Alene S. Little in 1947; Little apparently shared the transcribed letters with family members and she included an introductory note giving some context and background to Bates's trip. Two photographs of Bates (circa 1870 and 1882) are also included.


Eve Grantham Kingsland was born in 1922 or 1923 in Evanston, Illinois. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1943 and worked as an editor and art critic. She died in 2016. Kingsland was the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Seymour Welles Kelley. Kelley (1799-1882) was born in Albany, New York, and in 1816 or 1817 married Alfred Kelley, an Ohio politician. They had eleven children, only six of whom lived to adulthood. Mary Seymour Bates was Kingsland's great aunt. In 1891, at the age of 46, she traveled to Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, and England, writing frequent letters home to her siblings describing her experiences on board ship and in the various countries she visited.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 94-M16

The family collection of Eve Grantham Kingsland was given to the Schlesinger Library by Eve Grantham Kingsland in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed: February 1994

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated and additional description added: September 2020

By: Susan Earle.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund

Repository Details

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