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COLLECTION Identifier: A-85

Papers of the Dana family, 1822-1956

Diaries, correspondence, and other papers of the Richard Henry Dana, Jr. family of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dates

  • 1822-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Dana 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

7.92 linear feet ((19 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder)

This collection of diaries, correspondence, and other papers centers primarily on four women of the Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882) family: Sarah Watson Dana (1814-1907), his wife; Ruth Charlotte Dana (1814-1901), his sister; Elizabeth Ellery Dana (1846-1939), one of his daughters; and Rosamond Dana Wild (1879-1959), his granddaughter.

Spanning three generations, the writings and correspondence of these women provide a day to day, year to year account of one family's existence for over a century (1822-1956). Descriptions of social activities, school days, trips to Europe, as well as news of childbirth, family illnesses, and deaths fill the pages of diaries and letters. Letters from other family members and relatives reveal a closeness of family ties. Life-long friendships can be found among the numerous non-family correspondents. Very few of the letters venture outside the areas of family, health, religion, or weather. Other papers in the collection include family wills and property transactions as well as a small amount of correspondence, etc. for legal cases in which Richard Henry Dana, Jr., or his son, Richard Henry Dana, III (1851-1931), were the attorneys. For other legal papers as well as family papers see: Dana Collection, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Also Longfellow House Archives, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The collection is divided into two series: Series I consists of diaries, correspondence books, account books, and miscellaneous notebooks; series II of correspondence and other papers.

BIOGRAPHY

The Dana family has been a prominent part of Cambridge, Massachusetts history since the first Richard Dana settled there around 1640.

For family history and genealogy see: Elizabeth Ellery Dana, The Dana Family in America, Cambridge, Mass.: 1956; and Charles Francis Adams, Richard Henry Dana, A Biography, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890.

SUMMARY OF INVENTORY

  1. Series I: Diaries, correspondence books, account books, miscellaneous notebooks
  2. Series II: Correspondence and other papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 113, 1408, 1676, 69-10

The papers of the Dana family were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1960, 1968, and 1969 by the Dana family.

Series II processed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987.

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Box 1: Volumes 1-35
  2. Box 2: Volumes 36-88
  3. Box 3: Volumes 89-110, 252-260
  4. Box 4: Volumes 111-139
  5. Box 5: Volumes 140-149
  6. Box 6: Volumes 150-157
  7. Box 7: Volumes 158-169
  8. Box 8: Volumes 170-189
  9. Box 9: Volumes 190-197
  10. Box 10: Volumes 198-204
  11. Box 11:Volumes 205-219
  12. Box 12: Volumes 220-231
  13. Box 13: Volumes 232-251
  14. Box 14: Volumes 261-271
  15. Box 15: Folders 1-30
  16. Box 16: Folders 31-55
  17. Box 17: Folders 56-68
  18. Box 18: Folders 69-80
  19. Box 19: Folders 81-108
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. Abbott, Katharine K. 66
  2. Adams, B. F. 29
  3. Adams, Charles Francis 27, 28, 90
  4. Ailman, J. H. 65
  5. Albert, Julia D. 64
  6. Albertson, Mary 66
  7. Aldrich, Charles 28
  8. Allen, Elizabeth H. 64
  9. Allen, Elizabeth K. 63
  10. Allen, Elizabeth L. 63
  11. Allen, Mary Gardiner 66
  12. Allman, Helen A. 67
  13. Allston, Martha R. 105
  14. Allyn, Alice A. 69, 72
  15. Allyn, Anna W. Page 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 107
  16. Allyn, Dorothea 71
  17. Allyn, R. P. 64
  18. Amee, Jennie Teele 71
  19. Anderson, J. 63
  20. Andersen, Sarah (Sally) Dana 29, 54
  21. Andrews, E. W. (Mrs.) 67
  22. Andrews, R. R. 66
  23. Andrews, V. M. (Mrs.) 66
  24. Andrews, W. W. 25
  25. Archibald, Eliza 65, 67, 70, 71
  26. Argyll, Elizabeth 4
  27. Armstrong, M. A. 68
  28. Arnold, Abby P. 64, 65
  29. Ashburner, Anne 28, 63
  30. Ashburner, Grace 30
  31. Atkinson, C. F. 30, 67
  32. Atwood, J. W. 68
  33. Aubin, Helen W. 67
  34. Aubin, Margaret H. 67, 71
  35. Augur, Margaret A. 67
  36. August, Albert 66
  37. Austin, Alice 66
  38. Austin, J. O. 67, 90
  39. Avery, Clara A. 67
  40. Avery, Mary 63
  41. Ayer, Clarence W. 67
  42. Ayres, F. L. 66
  43. Babbitt, H. Bradford 65
  44. Bacon, Alfred T. 63
  45. Bacon, Catharine E. 63
  46. Bacon, Katharine W. 63
  47. Bailey, Hollis R. 65
  48. Balch, Agnes G. 67
  49. Baldwin, Austin 25
  50. Baldwin, Henry C. 67
  51. Baldwin, R. D. 70
  52. Ballentine, James A. 64
  53. Bancroft, George 26
  54. Barnwell, Elizabeth S. 67
  55. Barry, Phillips 66
  56. Bartlett, Elizabeth French 68, 69
  57. Bartlett, H. S. W. 30
  58. Bartlett, John 64
  59. Bartlett, Mary E. 69
  60. Batchelder, Samuel F. 108
  61. Beal, Francis L. 67, 68
  62. Beale, Arthur M. 69
  63. Beale, Joseph H. 67, 69
  64. Beard, Amy S. 64
  65. Beard, B. W. 68
  66. Beard, Mabel 66
  67. Beard, Stella A. 64, 66, 67
  68. Beattie, Louisa 67, 68, 69, 72
  69. Beattie, Martha 65, 66, 67
  70. Beattie, Mary E. 68, 69, 71
  71. Beckley, G. G. 29
  72. Bedell, Harriet M. 68
  73. Beecher, Catharine E. 14
  74. Belden, Mary H. 22
  75. Bell, Gibson 65
  76. Bell, Helen C. 64
  77. Bell, Mabel A. 70
  78. Bell, Sara C. 64
  79. Bellamy, Anna M. J. 65, 66
  80. Belton, Elizabeth L. 68
  81. Bemis, George H. 67
  82. Bemis, Mary F. 67
  83. Bemis, Mary Young 65, 67
  84. Benedict, Clara Woolson 64
  85. Benjamin, Marian 68
  86. Bennett, Nannie Whitney 69
  87. Berntsen, Olivia 65
  88. Berry, Lena P. 108
  89. Bidwell, Mary L. 22
  90. Bigelow, Adeline A. 65
  91. Bill, Alexander H. 67
  92. Bissell, Julia W. 63, 64
  93. Blackall, C. H. 67
  94. Blackey, John W. 66
  95. Blake, Elizabeth Vernon 65
  96. Blake, Sara Lowell 64
  97. Blanchard, Bertha B. 68
  98. Blatchford, Mary E. 64, 66, 67
  99. Blevins, Albert H. 67
  100. Blight, (Mrs.) 30
  101. Blossom, Alice S. 67
  102. Bonholzer, Elsie 69
  103. Bonner, Margaret W. 67
  104. Booth, F. 28
  105. Borgstrom, Beatrice B. (Bessie) 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 108
  106. Bowditch, Edith 64
  107. Bowditch, Selma 64
  108. Bowditch, Sylvia C. 70
  109. Bowditch, Vincent Y. 64
  110. Bowen, Mary 69
  111. Bowla, John T. 64
  112. Bowler, George P. 68
  113. Boyle, P. H. 65
  114. Bradbury, William F. 63, 65
  115. Braddick, F. (Mrs.) 68
  116. Bray, M. H. 63
  117. Bray, William 68
  118. Brennan, Julia G. 67
  119. Brewster, A. M. 64
  120. Brewster, C. F. 65, 66
  121. Brewster, Carrie 68
  122. Brigga, Pauline Watson 108
  123. Briggs, Edward C. 64, 66
  124. Brooks, Helen L. 70
  125. Brosnahan, T. 72
  126. Brown, E. 4
  127. Brown, Elizabeth 65
  128. Bryant, Lewis L. 64
  129. Buckston, Ada L. 27
  130. Buff, Louis F. 64
  131. Bullard, Louisa D. 64, 65
  132. Bumstead, Josephine F. 66
  133. Burbeck, W. H. 65
  134. Burgess, S. K. 64
  135. Burke, Martha P. 68
  136. Burnet, Mabel L. 64
  137. Burtchall, Grace B. S. 70
  138. Burton, Minnie G. B. 67
  139. Butler, Isabel J. 106
  140. Byerly, A. 65
  141. Cable, Julius C. 29, 65
  142. Cabot, Carolyn S. (Carrie) 63, 64, 65
  143. Cabot, Follen 63, 72
  144. Cabot, Godfrey L. 70
  145. Cabot, John Higginson 66, 67
  146. Cabot, Sady 63
  147. Cabot, Jessica White 68
  148. Cahill, Patrick J. 65
  149. Cairns, Lavinia C. 70, 71, 108
  150. Calkins, Raymond 70
  151. Campbell, Mary B. 24, 72
  152. Campbell, Thomas C. 67
  153. Capelle, Annie L. 66
  154. Carpenter, Anna 103
  155. Carrington, Edwin T. 49, 55
  156. Carrington, Katherine 49, 55
  157. Carrington, Sarah 22, 29, 49, 55
  158. Carrington, Sarah T. 26, 55
  159. Carson, Caroline 27
  160. Carter, Margaret 53a, 65
  161. Carter, Susan N. 28
  162. Cary, Ethel Grant 68
  163. Caryl, Harriet E. 63
  164. Chambre, A. 64
  165. Channing, Alice 56
  166. Channing, Anna K. 56
  167. Channing, Barbara Higginson (Bee) 30, 56
  168. Channing, Eugene 57, 107, photograph
  169. Channing, Henrietta M. 24, 56, 90
  170. Channing, Walter, Jr. 49, 56, 90
  171. Chapin, Minnie B. W. 29
  172. Chapman, Emily D. 70
  173. Chase, W. H. 29
  174. Chauncey, Emily H. 27
  175. Cheney, E. P. 68
  176. Chesley, Annie L. 69
  177. Chick, Alice Grace 69
  178. Chick, G. H. 67
  179. Chick, William A. (Mrs.) 65, 66
  180. Child, Elizabeth E. S. 28, 30, 63, 64, 65, 66, 72
  181. Child, F. J. 30
  182. Child, Helen M. C. 64, 65
  183. Child, J. F. 72
  184. Child, J. R. 72
  185. Christiansen, (Miss) 65
  186. Churchill, F. H. (Mrs.) 29
  187. Churchill, H. B. 69
  188. Churchill, Mabel H. 65
  189. Clarke, Leverett 99
  190. Claus, Sylvia 70
  191. Clement, E. H. 67
  192. Cloyes, L. J. 66
  193. Clune, Annie G. 68
  194. Coale, Elizabeth 68
  195. Cobb, Mary Fuller 65, 66
  196. Cogswell, Alice 22
  197. Coit, Henry A. 63, 66
  198. Collier, Thurlow Field 108
  199. Collingwood, Eleanor W. 26
  200. Comer, Louisa R. 43
  201. Comins, A. L. 69
  202. Conant, Kate 64, 87
  203. Conant, Lucy S. 64, 65
  204. Cone, Louise P. 68
  205. Conly, J. A. 64
  206. Connelly, Pierce 27
  207. Conners, (Mrs.) 65
  208. Constable, C. 25
  209. Conway, Rose 66
  210. Cooke, Mary A. 26
  211. Cooke, Mary H. 65
  212. Coolidge, Mary R. C. 25, 65, 66, 72
  213. Copeland, Julia H. 66
  214. Cordeiro, M. C. B. (Mrs.) 99
  215. Corlyn, W. B. 103
  216. Corsen, Grace E. 66
  217. Courtis, Mary Agnes 63, 72
  218. Crawford, J. G. 71
  219. Creelman, George W. 64
  220. Crook, Harriet B. 67
  221. Cross, Minnie E. 69
  222. Crownfield, David 69, 70, 71
  223. Crownfield, Kate 67, 72
  224. Cunningham, Frederic 42, 64
  225. Curtis, E. A. 26
  226. Cushing, Fanny E. 70
  227. Daggett, Eleanor C. 60
  228. Daggett, Elizabeth (Watson) 7, 8, 14, 15, 17
  229. Daggett, Ellsworth 25, 57
  230. Daggett, June S. 57 87
  231. Daggett, Leonard M. 64
  232. Daggett, Mary 57
  233. Daggett, Susan E. (Suzy) 42, 57
  234. Dana, Edith (Longfellow) 106
  235. Dana, Edmund T. (1779-1859) 107
  236. Dana, Elizabeth Ellery (Betsey) (1789-1874) 10, 24, 30, 104
  237. Dana, Elizabeth Ellery (1846-1939) 2, 9, 40, 42, 47, 48, 51-84, 86, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 98, 102, 105, 106
  238. Dana, Francis (1777-1840) 62, 105
  239. Dana, Isabella Hazen 53a, 62, 107
  240. Dana, James J. 62
  241. Dana, M. H. (?) 62
  242. Dana, Matilda Adele 29, 58
  243. Dana, Richard (1787-1879) 103
  244. Dana, Richard Henry, Jr. (1815-1882) 1-6, 36, 45
  245. Dana, Richard Henry, III (1851-1931) 9, 41, 42, 52, 88-101
  246. Dana, Ruth Charlotte (1814-1901) 42, 53, 98, 102
  247. Dana, Ruth Dana 30
  248. Dana, Sarah Watson (1814-1907) 1, 7-35, 37, 38, 42, 51, 85, 88, 91, 93, 94, 95, 101, 102
  249. Dana, Sue 62
  250. Dana, Theresa 62
  251. Davie, H. E. 30
  252. Davis, James C. 65, 66
  253. Dore, Lillian M. 65
  254. Dowd, Hannah 99
  255. Dwight, Theodore F. 63, 64
  256. Eliot, Amory 67
  257. Eliot, G. H. 68
  258. Emerson, M. R. 23
  259. Eustis, Ella P. 63
  260. Fields, Annie 30
  261. Fiske, F. L. 30
  262. Francis, Julia F. 6
  263. Freeman, Grace 108
  264. Fulton, Robert 102
  265. Galvez y Fatio, Sofia 63
  266. Gardel, J. S. H. (Mrs.) 4, 11
  267. Goodrich, Mary B. (H?) 25, 28
  268. Gown, Nellie 64, 69
  269. Gray, Andrew 66
  270. Hanilere, Grace H. 63
  271. Hedrick, T. B. (Mrs.) 67
  272. Higginson, Susan Cabot 24
  273. Hill, S. O. (Mrs.) 66
  274. Holmes, O[liver] W[endell] 64
  275. Hopkins, Katie F. C. 99
  276. Hoppin, E. M. 72
  277. Horsford, Lilian 30
  278. Howard, Fred S. 71
  279. Hoyte, Maude Beckles 67, 68, 108
  280. Hubbard, Gardiner G. 95
  281. Humphrey, Marie 22
  282. Huntington, William R. 25
  283. Ireland, Catharine Innes 68
  284. Jewett, Sarah O. 28
  285. Johnson, Francis 108
  286. Kelliher, Kate 64
  287. Kernahan, Rachel Mary 100
  288. Leffingwell, June E. 28
  289. Levering, Joseph 4
  290. Little, Abby W. 5, 30, 63, 72
  291. Little, George C. 5, 25
  292. Logan, E. G. 72
  293. Lyman, Richard Dana 106
  294. Lyman, Ruth Charlotte (Dana) 9, 37, 39, 42, 45-50, 52, 86, 94
  295. Lynch, Louise Adele 23
  296. Magee, Louise C. 67
  297. Marsh, Ann 12, 23, 24, 104
  298. Marsh, Carolyn C. 26, 27, 28
  299. Marsh, Fanny A. 26, 49, 59, 104
  300. Marsh, F. J. 23
  301. Marsh, Laura L. 26
  302. Marsh, Lydia 3, 4, 10, 23, 23, 25, 30, 53a, 108
  303. Marsh, Mary B. 49, 59
  304. Matheson, Bessie 67
  305. Melcher, Sarah 30
  306. Morris, F. 64
  307. Morris, J. H. 28
  308. Mulvey, Mary Ann 100
  309. McCurdy, Michael A. 5
  310. McDonald, 6
  311. MacDonald, (Mrs.) 68
  312. Palmer, Billy 71
  313. Palmer, Mary 71
  314. Park, A. Edwards 23
  315. Pitman, S. C. 1
  316. Porter, Sarah 22, 25, 27, 30, 49
  317. Pumpelly, A. L. 23
  318. Reilly, William Arthur 71
  319. Remington, Elizabeth 6
  320. Remis, Mary 72
  321. Robertson, James G. 71
  322. Rouzand-Willson, (Mrs.) 6
  323. Ruhmau, Louise 27
  324. Russell, Ida 23, 24
  325. Ryan, E. 99
  326. Salter, Christina H. 69
  327. Saltmarsh, Mary H. 100
  328. Sanger, William Cary 99
  329. Sault, Lillian 67
  330. Schaff, Alice 44
  331. Severance, S. A. 25
  332. Skinner, Angela Henrietta Channing (Dana) 42, 91-95, 98, 101
  333. Skinner, R. Dana 29
  334. Smith, J. C. 53a
  335. Smith, Mary Avery 107
  336. Smith, William H., Jr. 68
  337. Stone, Kate F. 66
  338. Stone, Rosalie B. 29, 60
  339. Swayne, Sarah Watson (Dana) 2, 9, 36-44, 46, 52, 91, 94, 96
  340. Swayne, Walter S. 28, 29, 53, 61
  341. Tallman, Beatrice B. 68
  342. Thayer, Adele G. 25
  343. Townes, Mary 23
  344. Trancaccio, Tessie 27
  345. Tureinie, L. di 4
  346. Ulaeder-Bray, Louise 29, 66
  347. Underhill, Sue D. 62
  348. Updike, Elizabeth B. 64
  349. Upham, F. Baxter 103
  350. Vernon, Anne 30
  351. Walsh, Marie 68, 69, 70, 71
  352. Ware, Mary 25
  353. Warner, J. M. S. 72
  354. Warner, N. Lee 4
  355. Watson, Edmund 13
  356. Watson, Fanny P. 22
  357. Watson, Henry 26
  358. Watson, John M. 16, 108
  359. Watson, Mary 7, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20
  360. Watson, Mary A. 20, 22, 23
  361. Watson, R. W. 5
  362. Watson, William, Jr. 19, 20, 21
  363. Wells, M. G. 22
  364. Wells, Samuel 28
  365. Wheaton, Martha B. 5, 24, 25, 26, 30
  366. Wild, Desire Thatcher (Nye) (Mrs. Alfred) 26
  367. Wild, Mary Rosamond (Dana) 9, 42, 47, 48, 85-87, 91, 92, 93, 94, 97, 98
  368. Wild, Rosamond Dana 62
  369. Willard, Joseph 108
  370. Willard, Sidney 108
  371. Willard, Susanna 63, 72, 105
  372. Willson, Mary (Watson) 12, 14, 17, 18
  373. Winthrop, E. W. 25
  374. Wisgand, Thomas S. 63
  375. Wood, Mary C. 108
  376. Wrieth, Elizabeth Stumpf 100

Processing Information

Processed: Series I, 1960, 1968

Series II processed: July 1977

Series II processed by: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
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Title
Dana family. Papers of the Dana family, 1822-1956: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00134

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