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MS Thr 471

Worsdell family. Worsdell family papers, 1905-1936: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 471
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Worsdell family.
Title: Worsdell family papers,
Date(s): 1905-1936,
Date(s): (bulk) 1920-1932.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from the Worsdell family of Blackheath (England) to Boston lawyer Henry M. Rogers and his wife Clara Kathleen Rogers, and photographs of the Worsdell family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Henry Munroe Rogers; received: 1932.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Worsdell Family Papers, 1905-1936 (MS Thr 471). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

This collection was found with the Rogers Memorial Collection, MS Thr 470, which contains literary, musical and historical material from Boston circa 1870-1930, and memorabilia of the English composer John Barnett (1802-1890). Henry Munroe Rogers left a note with a portion of the collection explaining his ultimate intention to give these letters to Florence Emily Stow Worsdell, but this was not done before his death in 1937. She and her three children are now deceased. The collection has been cataloged separately from the Rogers Memorial Collection, reflecting its separate provenance.

Biographical / Historical

Florence Emily Stow (b. 1882) was the daughter of Alfred F. and Marian (Waters) Stow of England. In 1905, she married Frederick Ernest Worsdell (1878-1930), an assistant sales manager for a construction company in Blackheath (London, England). They had three children: Gwendolyn Mary Worsdell (1907-1992), who married Harry Vander Jr. in 1929; Florence Joan Worsdell (1908-1999), who did not marry; and Edward Stow Willard Worsdell (1915-1998).
Florence Emily Stow's mother Marian (Waters) Stow was the sister of Emily Waters Willard (1857-), the wife of actor Edward Smith Willard (1853-1915). Willard was a close friend of Henry Munroe Rogers and Clara Kathleen Rogers of Boston, which led to a friendship between the Rogers family and Willard's niece.


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Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Florence Emily Stow Worsdell, her husband, and their three children to Henry Munroe Rogers. Some letters are addressed jointly to Henry Munroe Rogers and Clara Kathleen Rogers, and a few are addressed solely to Clara Kathleen Rogers. The letters contain mostly family news from a middle-class English family. Some letters discuss the family's famous uncle Edward Smith Willard, the General Strike of 1926, and a 1930 tour of William Shakespeare sites. The collection also includes family photographs.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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