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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 235

Papers of the Almy family, 1649-1967 (inclusive), 1835-1967 (bulk)

Overview

Correspondence of the Almy, Cabot, and Jackson families from New England.

Dates

  • 1649-1967
  • Majority of material found within 1835-1967

Language of Materials

Materials letter, signed in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the papers created by the Almy family is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.

Extent

1.46 linear feet ((3+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder)
This collection centers on Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy (1856-1938), her parents and her children, and thus includes substantial material on the Cabot and Jackson families as well as the Almy family (see genealogies in folder 1 and oversize folder). The papers are mainly family correspondence between members of these three New England families and from other relatives and friends.

Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy was the daughter of the physician, Samuel Cabot (1815-1885), and Hannah Lowell (Jackson) Cabot (1820-1879). Correspondence between them, and with their children, is included here, as well as Hannah's diaries and numerous letters (1835-1839, 1844) from Hannah to her sister, Sarah (Jackson) Russell. Dr. Samuel Cabot's letters are mainly about family matters, with some references to the Civil War. His other papers include a typed essay (quoting many letters to him) about admitting women to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Hannah's letters and diaries describe her daily activities and include references to Dr. William Ellery Channing and other well-known Bostonians of the 1830s and 1840s.

Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy's papers include two diaries (1877-1878, 1880-1881) and correspondence. The papers of mother and daughter thus document the social network and activities of upper-class Boston families in two different time periods. The bulk of Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy's correspondence consists of letters to her from family and friends; letters by her are mainly to her daughter, Mary. Her work for the establishment of playgrounds and vacation schools in Cambridge is documented in the Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy Papers in the Schlesinger Library (A-84). A few papers of Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy's sister, Lilla, and brothers--Samuel, Arthur Tracy, James Jackson, Guy Chilton, and Godfrey Lowell--are included, most of them letters to Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy.

Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy's husband, Charles Almy (1851-1934), justice of the third district court of eastern Middlesex county for almost thirty years, is represented here by letters, most of them to his daughter, Mary, and by a few articles by him and many newsclippings about him.

Papers of Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy's children include letters from them to her, but a larger part of their correspondence consists of letters from other Almy children to the eldest, Mary Almy (1883-1967), a Boston architect. Papers by Mary are mainly her travel diaries (1909 and 1924). Records of her architectural career are not included here, but are to be housed at the Historical Collections at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Helen Jackson Almy (1884-1976) was the first Chief of the Social Work Section of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Although that part of her career is not represented here, four folders of her letters (typescript carbon copies) to her family do provide substantial information on her service with the Harvard Medical Unit in France during World War I.

Papers of the other Almy children--Anna, Charles, Jr., Elizabeth and Samuel Cabot--include letters to Mary, a few to their parents and some about the death of their parents. Most of Samuel's letters were written from France during World War I..

The Almy family received letters from many well-known Bostonians of the later 19th century, among them: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Charles W. Eliot, Ellen Tucker Emerson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (See index of correspondents for a complete listing.)

The nine folders of photographs are mostly of Almy family members but autograph letter, signed o include photographs of Radcliffe College classmates (1905) of Helen and Mary Almy and many photographs related to the Harvard Medical Unit in World War I.

BIOGRAPHY

The fifth of six children of Charles Almy and Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy, Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall was born on August 28, 1892, in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts. In 1915 she married Stanley Cobb, a neuropsychiatrist who in 1934 founded the psychiatric service at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the 1930s Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall became interested in child psychiatry and from 1943 until 1955 worked as a psychotherapist at the James Jackson Putnam Children's Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Following Stanley Cobb's death in 1967, she married Francis Cooley Hall, a specialist in arthritis and related diseases; he died in 1973. Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall died in March 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 69-2, 70-63, 72-60, 76-349

The papers of the Almy Family were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1976 by Helen Jackson Almy,Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall and Anna Cabot (Almy) Bidwell.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Almy family Additional papers, 1832-1990 (86-M238--90-M72; MP-18; Mf-4), Helen Jackson Cabot Almy Papers, 1899-1920 (A-84), Hugh Cabot Family Papers, 1786-1945 (A-99), and Ella Lyman Cabot Papers, 1873-1934 (A-139).

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Box 1: Folders 1-23v
  2. Box 2: Folders 24-49
  3. Box 3: Folders 50-72
  4. Box 4: Folders 73-82
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS This index lists writers and recipients of letters. Information about these individuals is not indexed; nor are subjects. The numbers are folder numbers.
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
  1. Adams, William S. 53
  2. Agassiz, Elizabeth Cary 42, 44
  3. Allen, Mary N. 43
  4. Allen, T. Prentis 51
  5. Almy, Charles (1819-1886) 30, 63?
  6. Almy, Charles (1851-1934) 1, 21, 22, 30, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 69, 70, 71, 72, 76, 80
  7. Almy, Charles Jr. (1888-1954) 78
  8. Almy, Francis 30, 52
  9. Almy, Frederic 30, 52, 81
  10. Almy, Helen Jackson (Cabot) 6, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 50, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 76, 79, 80, 81
  11. Almy, Helen Jackson 27, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 79, 80, 81
  12. Almy, Helen Wayne 30
  13. Almy, Mary 24, 25, 26, 27, 50, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 77, 79, 80, 81
  14. Almy, Mary Ann (Cummings) 30?
  15. Almy, Samuel Cabot 80
  16. Angel, John 65
  17. Bell, Gordon Knox 54
  18. Bennett, J. 41
  19. Bidwell, Anna Cabot (Almy) 27, 62, 76, 77, 79, 81
  20. Bidwell, Percy Wells 42
  21. Bigelow, Mary A. 15
  22. Bowditch, Alfred 41
  23. Bowditch, Lillie 41
  24. Bowditch, Mary Rice 41, 42, 43
  25. Bradford, C. 3
  26. Bradley, Eleanor 20
  27. Brewster, William 42
  28. Briggs, L.B.R. 58
  29. Brooks, Helen L. 45
  30. Cabot, Arthur Tracy 6, 13, 14, 20
  31. Cabot, Edward Clarke 31
  32. Cabot, Elizabeth (Mason) 7, 31
  33. Cabot, Elizabeth (Perkins) 31
  34. Cabot, Godfrey Lowell 21
  35. Cabot, Guy Chilton 21
  36. Cabot, Hannah Lowell (Jackson) 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
  37. Cabot, Helen (Nichols) 19, 32
  38. Cabot, Hugh 75
  39. Cabot, James Elliot 31
  40. Cabot, James Jackson 13, 14, 21
  41. Cabot, Richard Clarke 31, 63
  42. Cabot, Samuel (1784-1863) 3
  43. Cabot, Samuel (1815-1885) 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 20
  44. Cabot, Samuel (1850-1906) 19
  45. Cabot, Samuel (1884-?) 78
  46. Clarke, James Freeman 41, 43
  47. Cleveland, Sarah P. 7
  48. Cobb, Elizabeth (Almy) 27, 62, 79, 80
  49. Cobb, Stanley 63
  50. Comstock, A. Barr 78
  51. Coughlan, Jeremiah J. 45
  52. Cox, Channing H. 53
  53. Crothers, Louise 42, 45, 64
  54. Crothers, Samuel McChord 42, 64, (photograph, 89)
  55. Cummings, Cynthia S. 30?, 52
  56. [Davidson?], Edith 33
  57. Davis, Charles Thornton 78
  58. Dixwell, Eliza B. 43
  59. Doane, Ralph Harrington 78
  60. Doane, Mrs. Ralph Harrington 78
  61. Drinkwater, Arthur 78
  62. Dunbar, Chris L. 46
  63. [Edsale?], David L. 63
  64. Eisenhower, Hon. Dwight D. 21
  65. Eliot, Charles W. 28, 44, 53
  66. Emerson, Ellen Tucker 15, 43
  67. Emerson, Ralph Waldo 52, 53
  68. Fiske, John 44
  69. [Fitz, R.N.?] 41
  70. Forbes, Edith (Emerson) 34
  71. Forbes, Sarah 20
  72. Frankel, Morris B. 78
  73. French, Daniel C. 43, 44, 53
  74. Gilder, R.W. 44
  75. Gray, Russell 54
  76. Hale, Ellen 45
  77. Hall, Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb see: Cobb, Elizabeth (Almy)
  78. Harris, Jonathan N. 78
  79. Harrison, Constance Cary 44
  80. Hathaway, Alvan B. 78
  81. Higginson, George 43
  82. Holmes, Edward Jackson 41
  83. Holt, Robert 58
  84. Howe, Mark Antony De Wolfe 28, 45
  85. Howe, Nancy Cunningham 35
  86. Howells, William Dean 44
  87. Jackson, Anna 37
  88. Jackson, Charles L. 36
  89. Jackson, Edward 36
  90. Jackson, Ellen 36
  91. Jackson, Ernest 36
  92. Jackson, Lydia (Cabot) 9
  93. Jackson, Patrick Tracy (1818-?) 10, 11
  94. Jenks, Charles W. 54
  95. Lee, Elizabeth Perkins (Cabot) 31
  96. Lee, Elliot 41
  97. Livingston, Elizabeth 58
  98. Long, Hattie P. 41
  99. Longfellow, Alice 44
  100. Lowell, A. Lawrence 45
  101. Lowell, Josephine Shaw 41, 43
  102. Macveagh, Franklin 44
  103. Marsh, John B. 45
  104. Merrill, John D. 54
  105. Morse, Frances 42, 43
  106. Morse, Mary Lee 43
  107. Newcomb, Caroline R. 42
  108. Norton, Charles Eliot 44
  109. Nutter, George Read 78
  110. Palmer, Ruth 63
  111. Park, Charles E. 78
  112. Payson, Donald M. 78
  113. Peabody, Francis G. 45
  114. Pear, William H. 45
  115. Pearson, J.C. 1
  116. Perkins, Palfrey 78
  117. Perry, Arthur B. 53, 78
  118. Perry, Lilla (Cabot) 18
  119. [Perry?], Margaret 66
  120. Perry, [Thomas Sargent?] 42
  121. Piper, Elizabeth B. 45
  122. Putnam, Augustus L. 78
  123. Putnam, James J. and Marian C. 38
  124. Russell, Helen M. 45
  125. Russell, Richard M. 78
  126. Russell, Sarah (Jackson) 10, 11, 12
  127. Sanborn, Philip N. 63
  128. Shattuck, Emily G. 43
  129. Shattuck, George O. 41
  130. Sherrill, Henry Knox 45
  131. Sohier, William D. 45, 78
  132. Stone, Arthur P. 53
  133. Stone, Katharine (Jackson) 10, 11
  134. Storey, Moorfield 51
  135. Taylor, Katharine 45
  136. Twitchell, Roger Thayer 78
  137. Walcott, Hon. Robert 58
  138. Ware, C.E., Jr. 41
  139. Ware, L.K. 41
  140. Warren, W. Bentley 45
  141. Webster, [K.G.L.?] 45
  142. [Wendell?], Lillie P. 41
  143. Whitney, Winnifred 45
  144. Wigglesworth, [Mary?] and George 43
  145. Willard, Joseph 53
  146. [Winson?], Justin 81
  147. Wright, Mary 39
  148. Wyman, Morrill 42
  149. Ybarra, Nell R. de 40

Processing Information

Processed: November 1976

By: Linda J. Henry
Link to catalog
Title
Almy family. Papers of the Almy family, 1649-1967 (inclusive), 1835-1967 (bulk): A Finding Aid.
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
Processed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987.
EAD ID
sch00089

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