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COLLECTION Identifier: A-78

Papers of Minerva E. Leland, 1862-1926


Correspondence, articles, photographs, etc., of Minerva Leland, teacher.


  • 1862-1926

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Minerva E. Leland 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.


1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)

Over 1000 letters to Minerva E. Leland from her family, school and Colby College friends, and others, 1862-1901, describing home and family life, life at Colby, Wellesley and Smith Colleges, experiences in the teaching fields for both men and women, and the influence of a fine teacher on her students.


From 1900, Minerva E. Leland was a teacher of mathematics in the Newton High School, Newton, Massachusetts. Leland also taught at Scituate, Massachusetts, and Springfield, Vermont, and was an 1882 graduate of Colby College.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 30

Gift of Mr. Waldo Leland, 1862 Midwood Place, N.W. Apt.404, Washington 6, D.C. Received October 1959.


  1. Box 1: 1-13
  2. Box 2: 14-23
  3. Box 3: 24-31
  4. Box 4: 32-45

Correspondents: Family

  1. Luther E. Leland (father), m. Lucy E. Twitchell, 2 children Samuel Leland (m. Addie P. Tuttle, 1 child: Forrest Leland), Minerva E. Leland, 1859-1926; m. Ellen M. Gifford (Nellie) 1875, 1 child: Waldo E. 1879 (20 years younger than Minerva)
  2. Hannah A. Leland (aunt) Letters 1869 - 1886, 1890's, 1900
  3. Benjamin Leland (uncle)
  4. Harriett N. Twitchell (Hattie) (cousin). Letters, 1867-1881)
  5. Cephus Brigham (uncle) Letters, 1887-1890
  6. Samuel Montague
  7. Eliza Twitchell
  8. Lucy Twitchell

Correspondents: General

With whom there is any body of correspondence.

  1. Elinor M. Buckingham, 1878-1882
  2. Sue M. Curtis 1880-1884
  3. Georgia A. Wells, E. Mercer, Maine, 1879-1884
  4. Alice S. Hall - signs A S H. 1886-1890 -
  5. Grace Wheeler 1886-1890-
  6. Jennie Coburn - signs Jennie, 1886-1890-
  7. Florence Plimpton, Schoolmate
  8. Lucy Drown Schoolmate
  9. Lilian Norton Schoolmate
  10. Addie P. Tuttle Schoolmate 1875- married Samuel Leland, 1882
  11. Clara H. Books Schoolmate at Smith College, 1878
  12. Julia Helm Jayne married Anselm Jayne
  13. Addie V. Pond, schoolmate - at Wellesley College, 1878
  14. Mollie Hunt
  15. H. E. Curtis
  16. Edgar O. Silver. 1882 - at Brown University
  17. Sophia M. H Waterville, 1882 - at Brown University
  18. E.B.Foster. Waterville, 1882 - 1885
  19. Robie G. Frye. Waterville. 1883-Halifax, later Boston
  20. Orie Brown, schoolmate and lifelong friend
  21. Russell Porter. student 1886-
  22. Raymond A. Schwegler. 1899? Brown University
Leland, Minerva E., 1859-1926. Papers of Minerva E. Leland, 1862-1926: A Finding Aid
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