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MC 235

Almy family. Papers, 1649-1967 (inclusive), 1835-1967 (bulk): A Finding Aid.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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Radcliffe College
November 1976

© 1976 Radcliffe College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 235
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: ALMY FAMILY
Title: Papers, 1649-1967 (inclusive), 1835-1967 (bulk)
Quantity: 1.46 linear ft. (3-1/2 file boxes, folio+ folder folio folder)
Abstract: Correspondence of the Almy, Cabot, and Jackson families from New England.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1976 By: Linda J. Henry

Acquisition Information:

Accession numbers: 69-2, 70-63, 72-60, 76-349
The papers of the Almy Family were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1976 by Helen Jackson Almy, Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall and Anna Cabot (Almy) Bidwell.
Processed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection centers on Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy (1856-1938), her parents and her children, and thus includes substantial material on the Cabot and Jackson families as well as the Almy family (see genealogies on pp. 4-6, folder 1 and oversize folder). The papers are mainly family correspondence between members of these three New England families and from other relatives and friends.
HJCA was the daughter of the physician, Samuel Cabot (1815-1885), and Hannah Lowell (Jackson) Cabot (1820-1879). Correspondence between them, and with their children, is included here, as well as Hannah's diaries and numerous letters (1835-1839, 1844) from Hannah to her sister, Sarah (Jackson) Russell. Dr. Samuel Cabot's letters are mainly about family matters, with some references to the Civil War. His other papers include a typed essay (quoting many letters to him) about admitting women to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Hannah's letters and diaries describe her daily activities and include references to Dr. William Ellery Channing and other well-known Bostonians of the 1830's and 1840's.
HJCA's papers include two diaries (1877-1878, 1880-1881) and correspondence. The papers of mother and daughter thus document the social network and activities of upper-class Boston families in two different time periods. The bulk of HJCA's correspondence consists of letters to her from family and friends; letters by her are mainly to her daughter, Mary. Her work for the establishment of playgrounds and vacation schools in Cambridge is documented in the Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy Papers in the Schlesinger Library (A-84). A few papers of HJCA's sister, Lilla, and brothers--Samuel, Arthur Tracy, James Jackson, Guy Chilton, and Godfrey Lowell--are included, most of them letters to HJCA.
HJCA's husband, Charles Almy (1851-1934), justice of the third district court of eastern Middlesex county for almost thirty years, is represented here by letters, most of them to his daughter, Mary, and by a few articles by him and many newsclippings about him.
Papers of HJCA's children include letters from them to her, but a larger part of their correspondence consists of letters from other Almy children to the eldest, Mary Almy (1883-1967), a Boston architect. Papers by Mary are mainly her travel diaries(1909 and 1924). Records of her architectural career are not included here, but are to be housed at the Historical Collections at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Helen Jackson Almy (1884-1976) was the first Chief of the Social Work Section of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Although that part of her career is not represented here, four folders of her letters (typescript carbon copies) to her family do provide substantial information on her service with the Harvard Medical Unit in France during World War I.
Papers of the other Almy children--Anna, Charles, Jr., Elizabeth and Samuel Cabot--include letters to Mary, a few to their parents and some about the death of their parents. Most of Samuel's letters were written from France during World War I..
The Almy family received letters from many well-known Bostonians of the later 19th century, among them: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, Charles W. Eliot, Ellen Tucker Emerson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (See index of correspondents, pp. 12-15, for a complete listing.)
The nine folders of photographs are mostly of Almy family members but also include photographs of Radcliffe classmates (1905) of Helen and Mary Almy and many photographs related to the Harvard Medical Unit in World War I.
There are additional Almy Family papers at the Schlesinger Library; see 86-M238--87-M16. Related manuscript collections in the library include: Helen Jackson Cabot Almy (A-84), Hugh Cabot Family (A-99), Ella Lyman Cabot (A-139), among others.

Additional catalogue entries:

(a card for each of the following appears in the card catalogue)
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot (Cary), 1822-1907
Almy, Charles, 1851-1934
Almy, Helen Jackson (Cabot), 1856-1938
Almy, Helen Jackson,, 1884-1976
Almy, Mary, 1883-1967
Cabot family
Cabot, Hannah Lowell (Jackson), 1820-1879
Cabot, Samuel, 1815-1885
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Emerson, Ellen Tucker, 1839-1909
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
Jackson family
Longfellow, Alice Mary, 1850-1928
Lowell, Josephine (Shaw), 1843-1905
Boston--Social life and customs
Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842
Diaries
European War, 1914-1918--Harvard Medical Unit
European War, 1914-1918--Nurses and nursing
Jackson, Patrick Tracy, 1780-1847
Physicians
Travel
Venezuela--Political activity--19th century

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