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MS Am 2941

Peirce, Mary Frances, 1831-1914. Mary Frances Peirce papers for a History of the Cambridge High School, 1850-1910: 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 Am 2941
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Peirce, Mary Frances, 1831-1914.
Title: Mary Frances Peirce papers for a History of the Cambridge High School
Date(s): 1850-1910
Quantity: 3.2 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers concerning the Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, collected by teacher Mary Frances Peirce.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Harvard Graduate School of Education; received: 1923 June 4. Recataloged from Educ R 528.9.65*.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
This collection 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:

Mary Frances Peirce Papers for a History of the Cambridge High School, 1850-1910 (MS Am 2941). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Frances Peirce (1831-1914) was born in Weston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Benjamin Peirce (1794-1863) and Almira Harrington Peirce (1799-1880). She became a school teacher at the Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and lived in Cambridge while she taught school for 34 years (1852-1886). Later Peirce lived with her sister-in-law in Weston, Massachusetts and she classified, arranged, corrected and edited for publication, the Weston town records. She was also active in the work of the First Parish Unitarian Church in Weston. She remained single for her entire life; she died and was buried in Weston in 1914.


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Scope and Contents

Collection includes a wealth of material collected by teacher Mary Frances Peirce, documenting the history of the Cambridge High School. Includes: scrapbooks, Peirce's autograph manuscript notes, clippings, attendance forms, letters, programs, examinations, compositions, lists of names of students, bookplates, leaflets, fliers, order of exercises, diplomas, tickets, invoices and receipts, samples of school forms, ephemera, and other materials. Also includes: 29 volumes of her grade notebooks, 1860-1884; some examinations for the Cambridge grammar schools; printed newsletters and books about the Cambridge High School; and a stereograph photograph of the high school building.

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