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Jewett family papers

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Jewett family papers
The Jewett family papers (MS014) reflect the personal, social, and professional life and work of noted author, (Theodora) Sarah Orne Jewett, and the Jewett family of South Berwick, Maine. Included in the papers are biographical and genealogical material; clippings; correspondence (includes letters, postcards, telegrams, and invitations) and related envelopes with cancelled postage stamps; dried leaves; financial statements; framed and unframed photographs; printed material; and a tintype photograph album. The Houghton Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also acquired a portion of the correspondence belonging to the Jewett family of South Berwick, Maine. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence, which includes letters to and from noted author, (Theodora) Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909); a substantial collection of letters belonging to her elder sister Mary Rice Jewett (1847-1930); letters to Annie (Adams) Fields (1834-1915), the author's companion and friend; and letters to and from other members of the Jewett family of South Berwick, Maine, and their friends. There are also five boxes containing a collection of discarded envelopes with cancelled stamps; presumably, the envelopes belong to the correspondence within the collection and were separated out during the original processing of the collection in 1982. Background: In 1931, Historic New England acquired the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, Maine, through the bequest of Theodore Jewett Eastman. The papers contained within the house at the time of purchase formed the bases of the collection: Jewett family papers (now MS014). In 1982, Nancy Rooza, an intern and semester exchange student in the American and New England Studies Program, Department of American Studies, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, processed the collection (consisting only of correspondence) and created the original finding aid. She divided the correspondence by personal name of the recipients, resulting in ten subdivisions (i.e., Annie Fields, Caroline Perry Jewett, Mary Rice Jewett, Sarah Orne Jewett, etc.). The subdivisions were then arranged by quantity of material, (i.e., subdivision with the largest quantity of items, Papers of Mary Rice Jewett, was first; followed by the subdivision with the second largest quantity of items, Papers of Sarah Orne Jewett, was second; the subdivision with the smallest quantity of items, Papers of Annie Fields, was last). Within the subdivisions, folders were arranged according to the correspondent (author) of the letters, and again were arranged by largest quantity of items followed by smallest quantity of items. Original Subdivisions: 1. Papers of Mary Rice Jewett (1847-1930) 2. Papers of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) 3. Papers of Mary Rice Jewett (1847-1930) and Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) 4. Papers of Mary Rice Jewett (1847-1930) and Caroline Augusta (Jewett) Eastman (1855-1897) 5. Papers of Mary Rice Jewett (1847-1930) and Theodore Jewett Eastman (1879-1931) 6. Papers of Mary Rice Jewett (1847-1930), Caroline Augusta (Jewett) Eastman (1855-1897), and Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) 7. Papers of Caroline (Perry) Jewett (1820-1891) 8. Papers of Caroline Augusta (Jewett) Eastman (1855-1897) 9. Papers of Theodore Herman Jewett (1815-1878) 10. Papers of Annie Fields (1834-1913) When fully processed, the collection comprised twelve file boxes (approx. 5 linear ft.). One continuous numbering system was applied to all of the folders, which started with Box 1 and continued through Box 12 (i.e., #1-325); numbers 313-325, were inadvertently duplicated in Box 11 and Box 12. As of April 1982, the collection consisted of approximately 2,406 items; 1,137 of those items were letters written by (Theodora) Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) to other family members from 1878 through 1907. Since 1982, additional material was added to the collection. Update: 2013-2014 In 2013-2014, through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13: "Family Manuscript Collections: Expanding Online Access to New England Heritage Project"), twenty-six Historic New England manuscript collections of family papers were re-evaluated and processed/reprocessed to meet current archival standards and "best practices;" corresponding finding aids were created/updated to be DACS-compliant and converted into electronic Microsoft Word document form; and the finding aids were made accessible/searchable online through the use of the Minisis M2A archival database of the Minisis Collections Management System. The Jewett family papers (MS014) were part of the grant project. Since1982, following the initial processing of the original twelve boxes containing the correspondence and creation of the original finding aid, subsequent acquisitions/accessions had been added to the collection bringing the total number of boxes to sixteen (approx. 6.67 linear ft.). Unprocessed material housed in Boxes 13 through 16 included biographical and genealogical material; additional oversize correspondence; photographic material (cabinet portraits and framed photographs); a tintype album; printed material; and a collection of discarded envelopes with cancelled postage stamps (which may have belonged to the initial correspondence processed in 1982). Prior to the 2013-2014 NHPRC grant project (#RH-50051), additional material consisting of advertising materials, chromolithograph trade cards, holiday greeting cards, and oversize prints, had been separated from the collection and placed into other Historic New England collections. During the 2013-2014 collection reprocessing/updating, the 1982 arrangement scheme was updated; most of the original subdivision headings and folder titles were maintained (folder titles were added, as applicable); discrepancies between actual folder titles and the original 1982 finding aid were corrected; folders were rearranged, as applicable; the accumulated unprocessed material was incorporated into the collection; scope and content notes were updated to reflect the changes; and additional research was added to the biographical/historical sketch and genealogy. Preservation issues were identified and basic preservation methods were applied, as applicable. Papers throughout the collection were removed from envelopes (if applicable), unfolded, flattened, and related pages were noted with corresponding information in brackets ([x-1/3], [x-2/3], [x-3/3] and the unprocessed, discarded envelopes with cancelled postage stamps were sorted and reincorporated into the collection. The collection was rehoused (in acid-free folders and boxes), numbered, labeled, barcoded, and stored accordingly; subsequent accessions were tracked and noted with their corresponding items; missing items were noted; and related collections held by Historic New England and other repositories were researched and noted. The original 1982 paper document finding aid was updated to be DACS-compliant, as applicable; converted into an electronic 2010-2013 Microsoft Word document finding aid (with corresponding paper finding aid); and entered into the collection record in the Minisis M2A online database. 2013 extent of collection (prior to updating): ·14 file boxes (legal-size)= 5.84 linear feet ·1 half file box (legal-size)= 0.21 linear feet ·1 multi-purpose box NOTE: Processing/updating the collection and making the finding aid accessible online were made possible through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
family papers
Historic New England
Collection (local):
MS014: Jewett family papers
football (sports)
Georgian Revival
Greek Revival
cabinet photographs
financial statements
genealogy (discipline)
letters (correspondence)
personal correspondence
photograph albums
prayer books
tintypes (prints)
social functions
family papers
American literature--Women authors--19th century
Biographical sources
Children's books
Croton oil
Finance, Personal
Rheumatoid arthritis
Second International Congress on the institution of feminism
Berwick Academy (South Berwick, Me.)
Blodgett, Merrit and Company
Bowdoin College
Brinkehoff Faris and Savings Company
Charles E. Lauriat Co.
Citizens National Bank
Duluth Loan Deposit and Trust
Duluth Securities Company
Episcopal Church
Houghton, Mifflin and Company
James R. Osgood and Company
Minnesota Loan and Trust Company
New-Hampshire Savings Bank in Concord
Harvard College (1780- )
Appleton, William Sumner, 1874-1947
Bell, Mary Eliza (Woodruff), 1838-1911
Bursley, Margaret Deering Gilman
Cogswell, Edward E.
Collyer, Robert, 1823-1912
Eastman, Caroline Augusta (Jewett), 1855-1897
Eastman, Edwin Calvin, 1849-1892
Eastman, Theodore Jewett, 1879-1931
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924
Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908
Gilman, Helen Augusta Williams, 1817-
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Haven, George Wallis, 1808-1895
Jewett, Caroline Frances (Perry), 1820-1891
Jewett, Henry Moore, 1817-1842
Jewett, Mary (Rice), 1786-1854
Jewett, Mary Rice, 1847-1930
Jewett, Sarah (Orne), ca. 1791-1819
Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909
Jewett, Theodore Furber, 1787-1860
Jewett, Theodore H. (Theodore Herman), 1815-1878
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
Norton, Sara, 1864-
Perry, William G., 1787-1887
Raynes, Olive, 1833-1923
Very, Lydia L. A. (Lydia Louisa Anna), 1823-1901
Ward, Susan Hayes, 1838-1924
MaineYork (county)South Berwick
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
LouisianaOrleans (county)New Orleans
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia (county)Philadelphia
South CarolinaCharleston (county)Charleston
MissouriSaint Louis
MassachusettsMiddlesex (county)Cambridge
New HampshireMerrimack (county)Concord
MaineCumberland (county)Brunswick
MinnesotaHennepin (county)Minneapolis
IowaPolk (county)Des Moines
MinnesotaSaint Louis (county)Duluth
MaineCumberland (county)Portland
MassachusettsEssex (county)Lynn
Hamilton House (South Berwick, Me.)
John Haggens House (South Berwick, Me.)
Red Rock House (Lynn, Mass.)
Sarah Orne Jewett House (South Berwick, Me.)
Family papers: 7.51 linear ft. (18 file boxes)
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Bequest of Theodore Jewett Eastman, 1931
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