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COLLECTION Identifier: A-70: M-59

Papers of the Gardner family, 1826-1880


Correspondence, travel journals, and scrapbooks of the William H. Gardiner family of Boston, Massachusetts.


  • Creation: 1826-1880

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Folder #62 closed; use digital object or microfilm M-59.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Gardner family as well as 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.


2.29 linear feet (5+1/2 file boxes)

The inter-relations and activities of a large and prominent Boston family are well illustrated in the letters of the William H. Gardiner family. Included are letters from the Perkins, Cary, Agassiz and Cushing branches of the family. Most of the letters written between 1850-1870 are full of family gossip and travel news. There is a large body of letters from Mary Gardiner Davis to her parents, William H. and Caroline Perkins Gardiner from 1853-1863; her travel journals and scrapbooks, also her unpublished writings, including a tale of New England life in the 19th century.


The Gardiners were a prominent Boston family.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 58-57, 59-59

Gift of Sister Geraldine Mary, O.S.A., Denver, Colorado. Received Sept. 1958, May 1959

Notes: This gift was received from Sister Geraldine Mary [Cabot]. Mrs. William N. Davis was her great aunt. Mrs. Davis was also a cousin of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz. Sister Geraldine is the daughter of Mrs. William Cabot, nee Mary Caroline Gardiner. Mr. William Nye Davis, a graduate of Harvard College, came from Salem.

Container list

  1. Box 1: 1-49
  2. Box 2: 50-61
  3. Box 3: 63-73
  4. Box 4: volumes 1 and 3
  5. Box 5: volume 2
  6. Box 6: 62
Gardner family. Papers of the Gardner family, 1826-1880: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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