Additional papers of the Somerville and Howorth family, 1850-1989
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14.01 linear feet ((28 file boxes, 1 folio box, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 oversize roll, 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 17 photograph folders, 2 folio+ photo folders, and 1 videotape)
Series I, Beauchamp family, 1850-1915 (#1-58), contains personal correspondence, accounts and other business records of Alexander Beauchamp (d. 1906), landowner, farmer, cotton trader in Mississippi, and his wife Permelia (Sultan) Beauchamp as well as the personal and professional correspondence of their son, Jesse Beauchamp, teacher, businessman, and medical doctor in Memphis, Tennesse, and of their children.
Series II, Nellie Nugent Somerville, 1885-1981 (#59-73) contains clippings about Nellie Nugent Somerville; reminiscence of Nellie Nugent Somerville by her daughter; suffrage and Woman's Christian Temperance Union material; and correspondence.
Series III, Lucy Somerville Howorth, 1908-1983 (#74-197f+) consists of writings and speeches by Lucy Somerville Howorth; clippings, photographs, personal correspondence; professional papers about Lucy Somerville Howorth's term as representative in the Mississippi Legislature, and service on U.S. Board of Veterans' Appeals; legal papers and records of her professional associations, especially with the American Association of University Women.
Series IV, Addenda, 1882-1989 (#198-355), consists of personal and professional correspondence; address books; biographical material; financial material; genealogical material; photographs; etc. There is considerable overlap between material in this series and series II and III. Much of the correspondence and financial material documents both Nellie Nugent Somerville's and Lucy Somerville Howorth's involvement with the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle, Tennessee. Monteagle was founded in 1882 as an ecumenical assembly dedicated to combining the training of Sunday school teachers with a broader range of educational and cultural pursuits. It had close ties with the Lake Chautauqua, New York, assembly. This material documents the evolution of the assembly and its religious and educational pursuits, management of finances, organizational hierarchy, care for its infrastructure, etc. Lucy Somerville Howorth's activities with a number of professional organizations are also documented here including the International Federation of University Women, National Association of Women Lawyers, and the Mississippi Historical Society, but she was most active in the American Association of University Women and held several positions within the organization. Material related to the American Association of University Women documents her work on various committees such as the constitution and by-laws revision committee, the building planning committee, the nominating committee, and the ad hoc legislative planning committee. She also served on their Education Foundation. While most material was found in labeled manilla envelopes and folders, much of the correspondence was found loose. Original order was retained for identified material and that material retains Howorth's original titles. Loose correspondence was arranged chronologically in folders. There is considerable overlap between the chronological correspondence and other materials in the collection. Personal correspondence arranged by individual, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, and the American Association of University Women can also be found in chronological correspondence. Most original folder titles were retained. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Lucy Somerville Howorth was born July 1, 1895, in Greenville, Mississippi, the youngest of the four children of Robert Somerville and Nellie Nugent Somerville. Educated at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Howorth did postgraduate work at Columbia University and received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1922; she was admitted to the Mississippi bar the same year. Howorth practiced law in Mississippi, 1922-1934, and was admitted to the bar before the United States Supreme Court in 1934. In 1928 she married Joseph Marion Howorth; they had no children. Howorth served as the chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Law Examiners, 1924-1928; the U.S. commissioner of the Southern Judicial District of Mississippi, 1927-1931; a member of the Mississippi state legislature, 1932-1936; associate member of the Board of Veterans' Appeals, 1934-1943; legislative attorney in Virginia, 1943-1949; general counsel to the War Claims Commission, 1949-1954; attorney, Commission on Government Security, 1956-1957; and a member of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1962-1963. She has maintained a private law practice in Mississippi since 1958. In 1977, Howorth co-edited Dear Nellie: The Civil War Letters of William L. Nugent, correspondence between her maternal grandparents. Howorth has been a member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mississippi Historical Society, and numerous other organizations.
- Series I. Beauchamp family, 1850-1915 (#1-58)
- Series II. Nellie Nugent Somerville, 1885-1991 (#59-73)
- Series III. Lucy Somerville Howorth, 1908-1983 (#74-197f+)
- Series IV. Addenda, 1882-1989 (#198-355)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These addenda were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lucy Somerville Howorth between July 1963 and June 1989, and by Martha Swain between May 2001 and March 2008.
Accession numbers: 82-M93, 82-M222, 83-M107, 84-M17, 84-M53, 84-M101, 84-M122, 84-M166, 84-M191, 85-M17, 85-M74, 85-M90, 85-M91, 86-M16, 86-M81, 86-M137, 87-M27, 87-M45, 87-M140, 88-M83, 89-M53, 89-M115, 2001-M77
Processed by: Mark Vassar
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library printed materials division:
- AAUW Legislative Lookout (American Association of University Women), 1967-1968
- [AAUW Newsletter] (American Association of University Women, Little Rock branch), 1984
- Cleveland: A Centennial History, 1886-1986 (American Association of University Women, Michigan State division), 1968
- Colorado Division Bulletin by Linton Weeks, 1985
- The Convention Daily (American Association of University Women), 1949, 1951
- Highlights & Alerts (American Association of University Women, Michigan State division), 1968
- International Federation of University Women Newsletter, 1953
- The Mississippi Business Woman (Mississippi Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs), 1932, 1941, 1943
- Mississippi Division Bulletin (American Association of University Women) 1973
- Missouri Division Bulletin (American Association of University Women), 1959
- [Newsletter] (Mississippi State division, American Association of University Women), 1961
- The Old Miss Magazine (Women's Centennial Issue) (Mississippi State University), 1983
- Phi Delta Delta Newsletter, 1953
- Tabs (Business and Professional Women's Club of the District of Columbia), 1939
- "Gala Dinner on board the S.S, 'United States' Commodore John W. Anderson, Captain, U.S.N.R." (menu), 1955
- "J'ai du bon tabac, Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, French Line" (menu), 1955
- Box 1: Folders 2-14
- Box 2: Folders 15-19
- Box 3: Folders 20-35
- Box 4: Folders 36-48
- Box 5: Folders 49-64
- Box 6: Folders 65, 67-73, 76-77, 79-84
- Box 7: Folders 85-103
- Box 8: Folders 104-124
- Box 9: Folders 125-136
- Box10: Folders 137-144
- Box 11: Folders 145-154
- Box 12: Folders 155-168
- Box 13: Folders 169-178
- Box 14: Folders 179-186
- Box 15: Folders 187-204
- Box 16: Folders 205-221
- Box 17: Folders 222-228
- Box 18: Folders 229-234
- Box 19: Folders 235-243
- Box 20: Folders 244-255
- Box 21: Folders 256-267
- Box 22: Folders 268-278
- Box 23: Folders 279-288
- Box 24: Folders 289-297
- Box 25: Folders 298-305
- Box 26: Folders 306-314
- Box 27: Folders 315-324
- Box 28: Folders 325-327, 330-338
- Box 29: Folders 328v
- Box 30: Folders 329v
Date: August 1983
Updated and additional material added by: Mark Vassar with the assistance of Meghan Pipp and Dan Bullman.
Date: September 2015
- Somerville, Nellie Nugent, 1863-1952. Additional papers of the Somerville and Howorth family, 1850-1989: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible in part by a gift from Elsie Rodd.
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