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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1013

Papers of Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham, 1890-1923


Cookbook of Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham and correspondence between Wigham and her husband, John Cuthbert Wigham.


  • 1890-1923


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham 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.


.83 linear feet ((2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder)

The papers of Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham (known as Kathleen or Katie) contain an 1890 printed cookbook with some handwritten additions; documents relating to her marriage to John Cuthbert Wigham (known as Cuthbert) in 1899; correspondence between Cuthbert and Kathleen; and genealogical information. Correspondence between Kathleen and Cuthbert is mainly from 1899 before their marriage, when Kathleen lived in Gloucester and Cuthbert lived in Surrey. Letters contain statements of affection; descriptions of places in England and Italy where Cuthbert or Kathleen visited; descriptions of social outings; news of family and friends; commentary on their Quaker faith; plans for their life after their marriage; and descriptions of wedding gifts. Folders were created by the archivist. Files are arranged alphabetically.


Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham, daughter of Charles and Lucy Anna Pim Brown, was born December 15, 1874. She was a Quaker who lived in Gloucester, England. In 1899 she married John Cuthbert Wigham (1869-1950), an electrical engineer, on September 27, 1899; they had three children, John, Charles, and Hazel. Wigham died on June 14, 1928.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2010-M210, 2013-M31

The papers of Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham were given to the Schlesinger Library by her granddaughter, Kathleen H. Bond, between 2010 and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2019

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Two folders of letters from Lucy Kathleen Brown Wigham to John Cuthbert Wigham in 1923 arrived at the library seriously damaged by mouse urine and were discarded.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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