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86-M238--90-M72; MP-18; Mf-4

Almy family. Almy family Additional papers, 1832-1990: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 86-M238--90-M72; MP-18; Mf-4
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Almy family
Title: Almy family Additional papers, 1832-1990
Date(s): 1832-1990
Quantity: 6.85 linear feet (10 file boxes, 2 folio+ boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 3 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder, 47 photograph folders, 3 folio photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 4 slides, 1 microfiche, 3 motion pictures)
Language of materials: Materials in English, French, or German.
Abstract: Addenda to the papers (MC 235) of the Almy family from New England, including correspondence, financial documents, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 86-M238, 86-M246, 87-M16. Accession number90-M72 was added to the collection in May 2015.
These addenda to the Almy family papers (MC 235) were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sidney Cobb in December 1986, January 1987, and May 1990. The Almy family tree was filmed on microfiche in December 1986 and the original returned to Sidney Cobb.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: May 1987
By: Anne Engelhart
Updated and new material added: May 2015
By: Mark Vassar

Access Restrictions:

Access. Most of the collection is open for research. Folder #116 is closed until January 1, 2038. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Almy family 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.

Preferred Citation:

Almy family Additional papers, 1832-1990; item description, dates.86-M238--90-M72, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

Related manuscript collections in the Schlesinger Library include: Helen Jackson Cabot Almy (A-84), Hugh Cabot Family (A-99), Ella Lyman Cabot (A-139).

Related Material:

These papers are addenda to the Almy Family Papers, 1649-1984 (MC 235).


For a history of the Almy family, see the inventory for MC 235. The fifth of six children of Charles Almy and Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy, Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall was born on August 28, 1892, in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts. In 1915 she married Stanley Cobb, a neuropsychiatrist who in 1934 founded the psychiatric service at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the 1930s Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall became interested in child psychiatry and from 1943 until 1955 worked as a psychotherapist at the James Jackson Putnam Children's Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Following Stanley Cobb's death in 1967, she married Francis Cooley Hall, a specialist in arthritis and related diseases; he died in 1973. Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall died in March 1984.


Additional material received in 1990 (accession number 90-M72) was added to the collection in May 2015. These materials are housed in #138-171+. Folders added in May 2015 are listed in intellectual, not sequential order.
These papers were in the possession of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall at the time of her death; they consist largely of correspondence, financial documents, and photographs. The early correspondence centers around the Cabot-Almy connection (see the family trees in MC 235), and features the letters of Samuel Cabot to his son Samuel Cabot, Jr., and the latter's letters to his wife, Hannah Lowell (Jackson) Cabot, and their children; also of interest are letters to Samuel Cabot, Jr. from Theodore Parker, written while traveling abroad the year before his death. The rest of the correspondence focuses on Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall, and includes four generations: Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall's parents, Charles and Helen Jackson (Cabot) Almy; two of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall's children, Sidney Cobb and Helen (Cobb) Solomon White; and Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall's grandchildren.
There is an extensive series of courtship letters to Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall from Stanley Cobb, a neuropsychiatrist whom she married in 1915. Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall practiced child psychotherapy, but her career is documented only by papers from a Radcliffe College conference (1963) in which she participated, and a few letters (including one note from Helene Deutsch) and bibliographies.
Photographs are primarily of the Cabot and Almy families and their relations; financial documents pertain for the most part to the estates and trusts of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall and Stanley Cobb.
The professional papers of Stanley Cobb are at the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.



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Additional Index Terms

Civil service--Massachusetts
Courtship--United States
Europe--Description and travel
Families--History--19th century
Families--History--20th century
Family records
Finance, Personal
Labor and laboring classes--Education
Motion pictures
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Voyages and travels
Women psychotherapists
Women--Societies and clubs
Working class
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bryn Mawr College--Students
Cabot, Eliza Perkins, 1791-1885
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Cobb, Sidney, 1916-
Cobb, Stanley, 1887-1968
Deutsch, Helene, 1884-1982
Evarts, Sarah Potter
Hall, Elizabeth Almy Cobb, 1892-1984
Hall, Francis Cooley
Monday Lunch Club
Mothers Discussion Club
Littledale, Clara Savage, 1891-1956
Parker, Lydia Dodge Cabot
Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860
Perkins, Thomas Handasyd, 1764-1854
Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859
Radcliffe College
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Stephens, John Lloyd, 1805-1852
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
White, Helen Cobb Solomon, 1918-1993