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.42 linear feet (1 file box)
The collection begins with William Shepard Gray, who wrote a letter to his wife in 1818. He may have been the father of Ann Augusta Gray. Ann was an artist and writer of children's books. She married Robert Carter (1819-1879), author and editor of several newspapers, including the Boston Commonwealth, Boston Telegraph, Daily Atlas, Democrat, Rochester, New York, and Appleton's Journal. They had three children, two of whom are represented in this collection: Alice (Carter) Vaughan and Charles Moreland Carter (1852-1922) director and treasurer of the St. Joseph Union Depot Company, St. Joseph, Missouri; his wife was Ada Fedora (Hunter) Carter and one of their daughters, Marjorie Carter, is represented in these papers. Robert Carter's second wife, Susan (Nichols) Carter, editor and author of art handbooks and articles for periodicals was for twenty years head of the Art Department of Cooper Union in New York City. A few papers derive from members of the Nichols family, the mother and siblings of Susan (Nichols) Carter. Her sister, Lucy Nichols, married John E. White, a captain in the 99th N.Y. Infantry. They had six children, two of whom are represented in this collection: Anna (White) [Mrs. Herbert A.] Sherman and George Nichols White, a lawyer. George married Marjorie G. Carter, an artist and the daughter of Charles Moreland Carter and Ada Fedora (Hunter) Carter. Their children were George Nichols White, Jr. and Marjorie (White) [Mrs. Charles F.] Swift, one donor of these papers.
Susan (Nichols) Carter's papers consist of incoming letters from various correspondents, including C. A. Dana, Helena (de Kay) Gilder, her husband, Richard Watson Gilder, editor of The Century, Julian Hawthorne, C. E. Norton, and Robert Dale Owen. Many of the letters concern Susan Carter's administration at Cooper Union or articles by her. The other Carter family correspondence deals primarily with family news as do the Nichols family papers, which focus mainly on illness, children, and the engagement of Marjorie G. Carter and George Nichols White. The White family correspondence discusses news of the family, household matters, travel, social events, and invitations.
There are also wills and correspondence relating to them, drawings, writings (most of them anonymous), news-clippings, and miscellaneous items.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Carter-White family papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Marjorie (White) Swift [Mrs. Charles F. Swift] and David H. Swift, in March 1976.
By: Gay Gibson McDonald
- Carter family. Papers of the Carter-White family, 1818-1944: A Finding Aid
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