Papers of the Bledsoe-Herrick family, 1750-1964 (inclusive), 1819-1954 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1819-1954
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
3.75 linear feet ((9 file boxes) plus 30 folders of photographs, 2 folio volumes, 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder)
A substantial amount of the correspondence and manuscripts in the collection center on Sophia Bledsoe Herrick, most prominent being a long series of letters to her daughter Louise Herrick Wall. The manuscripts include her unpublished memoirs, her Coxe family memoirs, and notes for her work on other family history and genealogy.
The material relating to Albert Taylor Bledsoe is from the 1830s and consists of letters to and from Harriet Coxe, who became his wife. Some biographical and genealogical material on Albert Taylor Bledsoe can be found in Series I.
The remainder of the collection contains the papers of later members of the family, primarily Sophia Bledsoe Herrick's daughters and their families: Virginia Herrick and her husband Hugh Francis Fox; Louise Herrick and her husband Francis Richardson Wall. A large quantity of photographs, including three daguerreotypes, one ambrotype, and a scrapbook of photographs of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake, complete this collection.
The papers are arranged in five series:
Series I, Coxe, Bledsoe, Herrick, and Fox Genealogies, contains histories of the families represented in this collection. Much of the material is manuscript or typescript though several genealogies are printed.
Series II, Coxe and Bledsoe Families: Correspondence, consists of letters among the members of the Coxe family and Harriet Coxe's correspondence with her fiance Albert Taylor Bledsoe (#14-18).
Series III, Sophia Bledsoe Herrick: Writings and Correspondence, contains the bulk of the papers in this collection, the major portion being Sophia Bledsoe Herrick's letters to her daughter Louise (#26-109). Also included are manuscript memoirs (#20-24), other correspondence, and manuscript cookbooks (#114v.-121).
Series IV, Children of Sophia Bledsoe Herrick, includes correspondence, writings, clippings, and other papers of Sophia Bledsoe Herrick's three children and their families. This series also contains biographical information not included in Series I.
Series V, Photographs, contains pictures of Sophia Bledsoe Herrick, her children, her ancestors, her descendant. Also included are photographs of Hugh Francis Fox's English relatives; the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake; three daguerreotypes and one ambrotype.
SUMMARY OF INVENTORY
- I. Coxe, Bledsoe, Herrick, and Fox Genealogies. 1-7
- II. Coxe and Bledsoe Families: Correspondence. 8-19
- III. Sophia Bledsoe Herrick: Writings and Correspondence. 20-121
- IV. Children of Sophia Bledsoe Herrick. 122-169vf.
- V. Photographs. 170-205
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of the Bledsoe-Herrick Family were given to the Schlesinger Library in January 1979 by Edward Eyre Hunt, Jr. and Virginia Hunt Wedgwood.
- Box 1: Folders 1-19
- Box 2: Folders 20-38
- Box 3: Folders 39-53
- Box 4: Folders 54-73
- Box 5: Folders 74-92
- Box 6: Folders 93-113
- Box 7: Folders 114v-127
- Box 8: Folders 128-147
- Box 9: Folders 148-169vf
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
- Bledsoe family. Papers of the Bledsoe-Herrick family, 1750-1964: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-0051-79-1260).
- EAD ID
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