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COLLECTION Identifier: 92-M59

Papers of the James family, 1833-1909


Correspondence of women in the Batchelder, James, and deGozzaldi families of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  • 1833-1909

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the James 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.


1 linear feet (1 carton)
This collection contains the correspondence of three generations of women in the Batchelder, James, and de Gozzaldi families, as well as letters to and from other family members and friends. The correspondence is, in large part, personal, with few references to professional or civic activities or current events.

Three series of letters make up the bulk of the collection: from Mrs. Samuel Batchelder to her daughter, Mary Isabella (Batchelder) James; from Mary Isabella (Batchelder) James to her daughter, Mary Isabella de Gozzaldi; and from Frances (James) Troup to her sister, Mary Isabella de Gozzaldi.

The collection also contains de Gozzaldi family correspondence, and letters from minor correspondents.


Mary Isabella (Batchelder) James was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Batchelder of Cambridge, Mass. She had six brothers: Samuel Jr. (married Minnie?), William (married Augusta?), John (married E. Constantia?), Frank (married Susan?), Eugene, and Horace.

Mary Isabella (Batchelder) James, called Isabella or Bella by her family, married Thomas Potts James and moved with him to Philadelphia in the 1840s or early 1850s. They had four children, of whom Mary Isabella (married de Gozzaldi) was the eldest. The others were Montgomery, Francesca (married Troup), and Clarence Gray. Mary Isabella (Batchelder) James worked with the Freedmen's Aid Society after the Civil War.

Mary Isabella de Gozzaldi, known as Ella, was born in Burlington, New Jersey, on September 9, 1852. She spent much of her childhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the home of her maternal grandparents. In 1885 she married Silvio Mario (or Maria) Alfredo de Gozzaldi, an Austrian military attache whom she met in Rome. The couple had three children: Amy (married Richard W. Hall), Richard, and Alfred James. A genealogist and expert on Massachusetts history, Mary Isabella de Gozzaldi was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as a vice president of the Cambridge Historical Society. She died in Cambridge in 1935.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 92-M59

The papers of the James family were given to the Schlesinger Library in April 1992 by J. Devereux de Gozzaldi, via Joseph Merriam.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Isabella Batchelder James Correspondence (A/J27).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: July 1992

By: Jessica Dorman
Link to catalog
James family. Papers of the James family, 1833-1909: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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