Curtis family. Papers, 1797-1991: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
© 1995 Radcliffe College
Call No.: 103--95-M17
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Title: Papers, 1797(1824-1978)1991
11 cartons, 2 folio, 2 folio+, 2 oversize, 1 supersize, and 23 photograph folders
Abstract: Photographs, correspondence, and clippings of the Curtis family from Boston,
Processed: June 1995
By: Jane S. Knowles,
Barbara Kravitz, and Adelaide Kennedy
Accession numbers: 103, 859, 90-M19, 91-M184, 94-M150, 95-M6,
The papers of the Curtis family were given to the Schlesinger Library by Margaret Curtis from 1960 to 1965, by Isabella Halsted and Joan Shurcliff, from 1990 to 1995, and
the Shelving Rock Trust in 1994.
Copyright. Copyright is held by Radcliffe College for the Schlesinger Library.
Greely Stevenson Curtis, a Civil War
veteran, married Harriot Appleton, daughter of industrialist Nathan Appleton in 1863. GSC had
contracted malaria during the war, and for most of his married life was a semi-invalid. The
Curtises divided their time between Beacon Hill and their country estate in Manchester-by-the-Sea where they lived in the Stone House designed by Henry
Van Brunt, and maintained a farm. Family life at Manchester included riding, and other sports,
especially tennis and golf at the Essex Country Club. After the death
of her husband in 1897, HAC delegated management of the household to her eldest daughter
Frances. Until her death in 1923, HAC was a close observer and chronicler of the family's
activities in the almost daily letters and postcards she wrote to absent relatives. The Curtises had
ten children, five boys and five girls.
William (1865-1899) was handicapped and spent some time with relatives on a farm in Boise, Idaho. He drowned at Manchester. "Billy has slipped away
from us...," wrote his mother.
Frances Greely (1867-1957), public servant, attended Miss Shaw and Miss
Hersey's school in Boston. She passed the Harvard Examiniations for
Women and received certificates in 1885 and 1886. She took a course in Philosophy
at Radcliffe, and one in Sanitary Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and studied for two years at the school of the Museum of
Fine Arts. As a young woman she also pursued the fashionable life - her days filled
by social engagements, Sewing and Lunch Club meetings, and travels abroad and visits with
friends in New Hampshire and the Putnam Camp in the Adirondacks. She refused proposals of marriage
from Ted Cabot (1893 and 1894) and Henry Warner (1899). She was an avid skater.
FGC was well-known for her civic and charity work. She organized a library and reading
classes for African Americans who lived on Beacon Hill, and investigated and proposed
plumbing improvements for the Italian immigrants who lived on the north side of Beacon Hill.
She was appointed to the board of the Associated Charities of Boston
(1898), appointed secretary of the State Board of Charities (1903), and
from 1898 regularly attended the National Conference on Charities and Corrections. She was elected a member of the School Committee of Boston (1913- 24) and was the first woman to run, though unsuccessfully, for mayor of Boston, 1925. She and her sisters were charter
members of the Women's City Club of Boston. She was director and
secretary of the Boston Cooperative Building Society, served on the
Board of the Boston Center for Adult Education, and supported the American Schools in Albania and Athens. She was director of the Massachusetts Civic League, chair of the National Playground Association, and a
supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Foreign Policy Association, and the United Nations Association. She became interested in farming cooperatives in the 1920s
and visited China in 1936, where she met Mao Tse-tung. Summing up her service to the city of Boston, Mark A.
DeWolfe Howe wrote "Who deserves more the title of 'First Woman Citizen?'"
Elinor (1869-1947) married the painter Charles Hopkinson in 1903. They lived most of the
year in the house in Manchester built for them as a wedding present by her mother, and, during
the winter months, stayed in various houses in and around Boston. They had five daughters:
Harriot, Mary, Isabella, Elinor, and Joan.
Greely Stevenson (1871-1947) an aviation pioneer, graduated from Harvard in 1892. He
contiued to study science at Cornell and Zurich, and earned an M.E. from Cornell in 1896. At first his parents dissuaded him from
going into aviation; he became a fire commissioner in Boston in 1899, and then a consulting engineer on fire protection. He was treasurer of the Burgess and Curtis Co. in Newburyport,
which was contracted to the U.S. Navy to produce sea planes during
World War I. In 1918 the plant and the company records burned. He married Fanny
Hooper in 1904; they had four children. In later life GSC was a trustee for his
mother and warden of King's Chapel.
Isabella (1873-1966) was a semi-invalid who suffered from persistent severe headaches.
From her mid twenties, she spent much time away from home, visiting friends, traveling abroad
(Europe in 1893, 1897, and 1901, Egypt in 1904), and in search of cures: at a sanitarium in Bethel,
Maine (1908) and a clinic in Stockbridge run by Dr. Austin Riggs. In 1912 she had brain surgery
performed by Dr. Cushing but no tumor was found. When she was away from home, she wrote
faithfully to the family and her mother wrote daily. When at home and well enough, IC worked
in the Boston Dispensary. Her chief occupation was raising money for
the Penn School, a school for African Americans on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. In 1904
she bought Moon Island in Squam Lake and made it her summer
home. She was an avid gardener, and kept dogs and goldfish.
Harry Appleton (1875-1943) attended Miss Isobel Briggs's school
and then, like his brothers, the Hopkinson School in Boston. He
graduated from Harvard (1896), studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but left to join the Rough Riders in the Spanish American War. He attended the University of Colorado in Denver and worked as an engineering assayer at the Cripple Creek Mine, Colorado. He then was an electrical service
broker in New York City. During World War I he was assistant
censor in New York and in 1918 received a commission as captain in the Army
Intelligence Division. He married Grace Fargo Chauncey
in 1913. They had no children, and she died in 1931.
Frazier (1877-1940) graduated from Harvard in 1898 and was involved in a number of
ventures as a cattle broker in the West. He married Gladys Raper, an
English woman, in 1909 and settled in La Jolla, California. During
World War I he served in the airborne Lafayette Escadrilles and
suffered from shell-shock. After fighting depression for many years, he committed suicide in
James Freeman (1879-1952) graduated from Harvard in 1899 and Harvard Law School in
1903. He was assistant attorney general of Massachusetts and assistant secretary to the U.S. Treasury, and later practiced law in New York. He married Laura Merriam (1912), divorced her (1924), then remarried her and was
redivorced (1938). He then married Eleanor Monroe Green. His two
sons were killed during World War II; his daughter Frances survived. He was known as a witty
Harriot Sumner (1881-1974), social worker and civic volunteer, was co-founder with her
sister Margaret, of the Maverick Dispensary, East Boston, a health
clinic for Italian Americans. She was appointed a director of the Associated
Charities (Boston) during World War I and worked at the Center for
French Wounded and the Home Service Division of Civilian Relief. A good athlete, she skated, played baseball and tennis, and with Margaret played
tournament golf. She won the National Women's Golf Championship in 1906. While staying with friends in Richmond, Virginia in 1903, she
visited Hampton Institute, and began a lifelong commitment to the school: she raised funds for
it, and in 1927 was invited to be Dean of Women, a position that she held for four years. She
was the sponsor of the singer Dorothy Maynor whom she discovered at
Hampton. She made frequent trips abroad with one or other sibling.
Margaret (1883-1965), social worker, administrator, athlete, was dedicated throughout her
life to social welfare in the United States and abroad. After graduating from the Simmons College School of Social Work in 1904, she worked for the Associated Charities of Boston (later the Family Welfare Society), and with her sister Harriot, founded the Maverick Dispensary in 1909. In February 1916 she went to Paris to organize relief for French refugees
as head of the investigation department of the Student Atelier Association. In July 1917 she
joined the American Red Cross in Paris and served as chief of the Bureau of
Refugees; from January through June 1919 she continued her relief work under the
auspices of the American Friends Service Committee. She was awarded the the Medaille de Guerre by the French Red Cross (1919) and the Medaille de la
Reconnaissance Francaise by the French government (1920) for her relief work. In
January 1921 she returned to Europe to tour child health clinics in Poland,
Czechoslovakia, and Austria for the ARC. She was offered positions as head of ARC
social work in Latvia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Serbia, but declined. From November 1922
through February 1923 MC was again involved in relief work in Greece as Adviser in General
Relief for the ARC. She served on the International Migration Service and during World War II,
ran the Boston office of the War Production Board and helped place European children in
MC was proficient in many sports but excelled in golf, winning the Massachusetts
State Championship 1901, 1907, 1908, 1914, and the Women's National
Golf Championship 1907, 1911, 1912. In 1930 she started the Massachusetts Junior Championship for girls and with her sister Harriot was the
founder of the Curtis Cup. MC never married, but worked in Europe and
traveled frequently with her lifelong companion, Mabel Sturgis.
For further information see Isabella Hopkinson Halsted,
Aunts (1992). Other Curtis family papers are at the Massachusetts Historical
Society. The papers and correspondence of Charles Hopkinson and Elinor Curtis Hopkinson are at the Institute of American Art.
The collection covers principally
two generations of the Curtis family and is divided into four series:
Series I, Photographs (#1-24), includes some tintypes, group photographs of the Curtis
children taken at regular intervals, and cartes-de-visite and other prints of the Curtises and their
friends. Photographs of Harry Curtis document mining at the Cripple Creek Mine, Colorado and
those of Margaret Curtis depict war-ravaged France and MC's work with refugees during and
after World War I.
Series II, Miscellaneous Curtis and Stevenson family (#25-38), includes scattered 18th
century and early 19th century correspondence, notes on genealogy and family history.
Series III, Greely Stevenson and Harriot Appleton Curtis (#39v-139), includes courtship
letters from GSC to HAC (ts. transcripts), other letters from GSC to family and friends, and
letters from HAC to her mother, aunts, children, and friends. There is information about the
Curtis family homes, her estate, and a few recipes. HAC reports on the family's social activities,
the careers of her children and their athletic prowess. Her letters to her children are arranged
according to their birth order; their letters to her are in Series IV.
Series IV, Children of Greely Stevenson and Harriot Appleton Curtis (#140-520) is arranged
by birth order.
William, 1865-1899 (#140). Letters to his family written while living away from home in
Boise, Idaho, and other places.
Frances Greely, 1867-1957 (#141-213). Personal correspondence with family and friends
describes her European and U.S. trips, charity work, conference activity, service on the Boston
School Committee, and campaign for election as mayor of Boston. The lively social life of an
upper class Bostonian is documented in her social notes and invitations. There are also
clippings, verse, obituaries, and tributes to her civic activism.
Elinor Curtis Hopkinson, 1869-1947 (#214-241). Correspondence, largely with mother and
sisters, documents travel abroad, childbirth, child rearing, and family life. There are also
scattered letters from Charles Hopkinson and their children.
Greely Stevenson, 1871-1947 (#242-257). Letters written while a student at Cornell and
Zurich; description of the Burgess Curtis Co., manufacturer of sea planes during World War I;
and letters from his wife Fanny Hooper.
Isabella, 1873-1966 (#258-328). Personal correspondence with family and friends describes
European trips, her attempt to find cures for headaches, her treatment at Peter Bent
Brigham Hospital, and life on Moon Island (Squam Lake); also letters describing
fundraising for, and visits to Penn School.
Harry Appleton, 1875-1943 (#329-336). Letters and clippings describe his life in Denver,
mining in Colorado, and business life in New York City; also scattered letters from his wife
Grace Fargo Chauncey.
Frazier, 1877-1940 (#337-354). Clippings and personal correspondence include descriptions
of Harvard, his Western ventures as a cattle broker, life in La Jolla, and marriage to Gladys
Raper. Includes letters from his wife describing family life, his depression and eventual suicide.
James Freeman, 1879-1952 (#355-366). Correspondence with family includes references to
his career as assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary of the U. S.
Treasury, marriage to and divorce from Laura Merriam, and marriage to Eleanor Monroe Green.
Harriot Sumner, 1881-1974 (#367-396). Personal correspondence with family and friends
includes references to travel, social news, family life, charity work, her position as dean of
women at Hampton Institute, 1927-31, fundraising for the school, and sponsorship of the
African American singer Dorothy Maynor. Includes family verse.
Margaret, 1883-1965 (#397-525). Personal correspondence with family, colleagues, and
friends. (Some correspondence with Mabel Russell Sturgis (#420, 429-432) is closed until 2001.)
Includes professional papers concerning the guardianship of Mary Chandler and Eleanor Chandler, and papers relating to MC's work
with French refugees for the Student Atelier Association and American Red Cross during World
War I, for the ARC in eastern Europe and Greece in the 1920s, for the International Migration
Service, and for the United States War Production Board. Includes clippings and letters about
her victories in the National Women's Golf Championships.
Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Appleton, William Sumner, 1874-1947
Cabot, Ella (Lyman), 1866-1934
Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke), 1868-1939
Clark, Hilda d. 1955
Curtis, Frances Greely, 1867-1957
Curtis, Frazier, 1877-1940
Curtis, Greely Stevenson, 1830-1897
Greely Stevenson, 1871-1947
Curtis, Harriot (Appleton), 1841-1923
Curtis, Harriot Sumner, 1881-1974
Harry Appleton, 1875-1943
Curtis, Isabella, 1873-1966
Curtis, James Freeman
Curtis, Margaret, 1883-1965
Curtis, William, 1865-1899
Hopkinson, Elinor (Curtis)
Howells, W.D. (William Dean), 1837-1920
James, William, 1842-1910
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
Masefield, John, 1878-1961
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
Sturgis, Mabel Russell
Whitman, Sarah (Wyman),
Afro-Americans--Education Aircraft industry
American Friends Service Committee
American Red Cross
Boston (Mass.). School
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Cornell University--Alumni and alumnae
Family Welfare Society
Harvard University--Alumni and alumnae
Immigration Service. American branch
Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925
(Mass.)--Social life and customs
Penn School (Saint Helena Island,
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Social workers--United States
Society of Friends
Student Atelier Association
United States Committee for
the Care of European Children. Boston Branch
United States. War
Washington, Booker T. (Booker Taliaferro),
Women in aeronautics
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American
|GSC||Greely Stevenson Curtis Sr.
|HAC||Harriot Appleton Curtis (Mrs. Greely
Stevenson Curtis )
|HAC Nickname||Ma, Madam, Smoth, Mrs. Smoth
|FGC||Frances Greely Curtis
|FGC Nickname||Frangle, Francie, Fan, Dangle,
|ECH||Elinor Curtis Hopkinson
|ECH Nickname||Beri, Berry, Nell, Elly, Nello
|GSC|| Greely Stevenson Curtis Jr.
|GSC Nickname||Steen, Stivetts, Steeny
|IC Nickname||Bella, Bog, Boggy, Beast, Isab, Isabol,
|HAC||Harry Appleton Curtis
|HAC Nickname||Harrison, Chinny
|FC Nickname||Frere, Teddy, Ted
|JFC||James Freeman Curtis
|JFC Nickname||Jim, Jum, Jumbo, Jib, Jibby
|HSC||Harriot Sumner Curtis
|HSC Nickname||Hat, Hattay, Pud (pronounced Pood)
|MC Nickname||Peg, Peggy, Pedge
|[Also:]||William Summer Appleton (cousin)
|[WSA] Nickname||Sumner, Apple, Cousin Sum,
- Carton 1: Folders 17, 25-72
- Carton 2: Folders 73-108
- Carton 3: Folders 109-159
- Carton 4: Folders 160-204
- Carton 5: Folders 205-253
- Carton 6: Folders 254-305
- Carton 7: Folders 306-343
- Carton 8: Folders 344-393
- Carton 9: Folders 394-439
- Carton 10: Folders 440-490
- Carton 11: Folders 491-531
Series II: CURTIS STEVENSON FAMILIES
Miscellaneous family history
Notes, genealogies, etc.
HSC's recollection, etc. of Nathan Appleton's house at
39 Beacon St. (Boston).
Isabella Hopkinson Halsted: notes, correspondence
re: family history
Joan Hopkinson Shurcliff re: Frances Greely Curtis
and Curtis family
Re: Curtis sisters' membership of Women's City Club,
Re: family papers in Massachusetts
Historical Society, etc.
Notes re: Richard Derby and
Stevenson and Curtis
Helen Pelham Curtis,
1819, James Freeman Curtis, 1851, Greely S. Curtis,
Jonathan Greely Stevenson
to Isabella and Mary Ann (sisters), 1825, 1830
Hannah Stevenson to family,
1861-1865 (ts. transcripts); and re: HS
Hannah Stevenson to HAC
and nephews, 1882-1883
Civil War: clippings; pamphlet, "Three Weeks at
Gettysburg" re: women and nurses.
Series III: GREELY STEVENSON AND HARRIOT APPLETON CURTIS
Greely Stevenson Curtis
To fiancee Harriot Appleton and mother et al., 1861-1863 (ts. transcripts)
To family and friends, 1879-1896
To GSC, 1874-1901, n.d.
Clippings, 1896, and obituary 1897, also fragment [by GSC?] re: Civil War, n.d.
Harriot Appleton Curtis
"Cooking school," 1875; recipes
Appointment book, 1891
To Harriot Coffin Sumner Appleton (mother), 1851,
To "girls" (letters often include notes from other
To William Curtis, 1886
To Frances Greely Curtis
To Elinor Curtis Hopkinson
1912-1915, n.d.: GSC Jr.'s
trouble with Orville Wright (1/31/1914)
To Greely Stevenson Curtis, Jr.
Aug 1893 - May 1894, advice re: Cornell; and closing of Miss Isobel Briggs' school
1895-1898 to GSC in Zurich
To Isabella Curtis
1893, re: cricket at Isobel Briggs' school
1894: IC in Washington, D.C., and Jamaica
Jan-Feb 1897 re: illness and
death of father, GSC, Sr.; includes condolences from family and friends.
Mar-Oct 1897; includes letter
from GSC, Sr. to IC, 1884.
1901-1902: "arsenic in wallpaper giving IC headaches?"
1903, re: ECH's wedding
preparations and presents
Jan-Mar 1907: politics, State
Apr-Dec 1907: re: visit from
Booker T. Washington (12/16)
Merry Widow party (12/19)
Jan: Parkman sale, (1/8); sale of General Washington's seal (1/12); HSC
raising money for Hampton Institute (1/28).
Jan-Jul 1910: report of caesarian birth (2/22)
polio in the Sturgis family (8/9); GSC needs a "good man for
flying machines" (8/29)
Jan-May 1911: government
orders a Burgess plane; MC working on playgrounds with Joseph Lee (2/11); re: Titanic (4/20)
Jun-Dec 1911: GSC working
on hydroplanes (10/27)
suffrage parade (5/12)
Jul-Nov 1912: JFC marries
Feb-Apr: Mr. Fish speaks at anti-suffrage party (3/6); birth of Joan Hopkinson (4/2); HSC and MC at
Aug-Oct: troubles with Wright Co. (8/13); TLS (verso) from Jane Addams refusing invitation to speak at State Conference of Charities, but "would like very much to talk about girls"
(8/24); IC in Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (9/18- 10/5).
To Harry Appleton Curtis, 1892-1894
To Frazier Curtis (also wife Gladys
1894-Aug 1899: advice to FC while at Harvard: (12/11/1895); drowning of William Curtis (8/22/1899).
Sept 1899-1906, n.d.
To James Freeman Curtis, 1893, 1911
To Harriot Stevenson Curtis
1896-1899; includes MC
To Margaret Curtis
Jan-Jun 1917: wants MC to
stay in France, FGC on school board, IC working at the Dispensary;
HSC in East Boston.
1918-1921, n.d.: Karl Muck's arrest (3/29/1918); death of Helen Homans
includes obituary (12/20/1918).
From family et al., to HAC
Fanny Appleton Longfellow? (fragment) n.d., and re:
FAL, 1843 (ts. copy)
Alice and Edith Longfellow et al., also Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow (photocopy), 1863-1909, n.d.
Edward Hooper (tenant
farmer), 1901-1918, n.d.
Mabel Russell Sturgis, 1917
Appletons, includes William Sumner Appleton and copy of condolence letter from Charles
Francis Adams (2/28/1897)
1906-1908: description of
FGC at Richmond conference (5/8/1908)
1909-1915; includes Richard
Condolence letters regarding death of HAC, 1923
Trust and estate papers, 1908-1923
Copies of will, probated 1923
HAC's 80th birthday skit, 1921
Calling cards, place cards, menus: Thomas Carlyle
(ANS), John Masefield, John Galsworthy
Valuation of contents of Curtis house, 1911, compiled by William Sumner Appleton
Series IV: CHILDREN OF GSC and HAC
William Curtis to family, 1886-1897
Frances Greely Curtis
Letters to family
1895-Mar 1896: includes trip
to Cairo and Europe
1899: social news; receives
proposal from Henry Warner and declines (3/6); re: death of Billy
1902: at Tuesday
Club with Agnes Irwin (3/13)
1906: European trip Feb-Mar
1907-1908: FGC appointed
Director of the State Board of Charities; conference at Richmond
1910: dismaying election
news from Boston; Fitzgerald wins(1/12-1/13).
1911: trip to England and
1912: at a Playground
1916-1917: clipping on the Maverick Dispensary (4/18/1916)
1923: observer at the League of Nations,
FGC's passport, 1926
Joseph Lee, 1895-1930
Others to FGC
1885 includes Ella Lyman (5/27, 7/21, 9/28)
May-Aug; includes Richard Cabot (5/25).
Sep-Dec, Hester Cunningham: books more suitable
than politics for a women's debate club (10/3)
1887-1888; includes Ernest
Apr: Ella Lyman, Hester Cunningham (4/14),
Joseph Lee (4/26).
Dec: W.D. Howells to ?FGC
1890; includes Sarah Wyman
Whitman, Joseph Lee (1/7); Hester Cunningham with enclosure re: woman's suffrage from Lucy
1891-1893; includes Richard
C. Cabot; proposal from Ted Cabot; Sarah Wyman Whitman.
1894-1899: second proposal
from Ted Cabot (5/7/1894)
1900-1939, 1956; includes
William James (12/6/03) and John Masefield (10/1923).
n.d.; includes Lutie Pleasants.
Harvard Examinations for Women certificate, 1886,
Re: family theatricals and misc., 1889, n.d.
Appointment calendar, 1905
Birthday and other verse
1957, n.d.; also tributes.
"From FGC's autograph collection," includes letters
from Ponsonby, 1824-1826
Clippings re: FGC, includes Boston School
Committee, 1911-1967, n.d.
Tributes, including memoir by HSC, and condolence
Elinor Curtis Hopkinson
Letters to family
Jan-Apr 1897; includes death
1903: wedding invitation of
EC to Charles Hopkinson, marriage, honeymoon, housekeeping
Aug-Dec 1904: plans for new
1909-1910: party for Frazier
Others to ECH, includes Alice M. Longfellow, 1886-1907, n.d.
Correspondence etc. of Hopkinson family
Hopkinson, 1903-1924, n.d.
Exhibition catalogue of CH's paintings, 1991
Harriot (Happy) Hopkinson,
Mary (Maly) Hopkinson,
Isabella (Ibby) Hopkinson Halsted, and daughter Bella, 1914-1947, n.d.
Elinor (Elly) Hopkinson,
Joan (Joanie) Hopkinson Shurcliff,
1914, 1948, 1956, n.d.
Greely Stevenson Curtis Jr. and Fanny (Hooper) Curtis et al.
Letters to family
1886-1895: advice to Harry at Harvard (10/29/1892); GSC at Cornell
(1893/1894); in Zurich (1894-1895)
1896: studying in Zurich
Feb-Mar 1897, re: death and
burial of father (2/16); includes Fanny Hooper.
1898-1899: appointed Fire Commissioner in Boston (3/16/1899)
1900-1903: advice to Isabella
re: Moon Island (9/03/1902)
1904: marriage to Fanny
Hooper, living in New York City
1910-1911: move to Rye, Conn., treasurer of Burgess Curtis Co.,
manufacturer of seaplanes
1913-1920 n.d.: new factory
in Marblehead, contract with Navy Dept. for manufacture of training seaplanes (4/13/18)
To and re: GSC, Jr., 1885-1890
Verse, re: GSC's birthday, etc., 1941, n.d.
GSC's children, 1926, 1941,
Letters to family
1897, in Paris when GSC died
Aug-Oct, on Moon Island
Dec 1908, in Bethel, Maine
1913, mostly from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
1915-1916; includes postcard from Hampton Institute.
1918, re: Penn Normal
Industrial and Agricultural School (2/11 verso, 2/17)
1922-1925: Penn School
1926-1931: FGC director of
the League of Nations Massachusetts branch (10/19/1931 ts. verso), and member (1930) of Committee against Repeal of the State Enforcement Law (i.e., against
repeal of prohibition) (11/23/1931 ts. verso).
Club costume party (1/31); prospectus and appeals for Penn School (3/6, 3/13,
1933: MC member of Women's Division of Boston Emergency Relief Campaign (2/8 verso);
Hampton Institute appeal (2/12 verso); effect of Depression on IC's income (3/33).
1936-1939, 1953, n.d: MC
and JFC members of International Migration Service Inc. American branch (1/13/1939 ts. verso);
Hampton fundraising (1/22/1939 ts. verso).
Letters to newspapers
Millicent Raper to IC and re: Raper family, n.d.
Sumner Robinson to IC,
1894-1895, with Alice Smith
Mary F. Snelling,
1882-1892; includes Warren Sturgis.
1897; includes condolences re:
Harry Appleton Curtis
Letters to family
1898-May 1899, studying at University of Colorado-Denver, accident while working at Cripple Creek Mine (6/29).
Jul-Nov 1899: "please send
me $2000.... vite, vite, madam" (11/4)
Dec 1899 - 1903: in New
York working as electrical service broker; includes list of daily expenses (8/18/1901); trip to
1904-1906: trip to Panama
1908-1912, 1915-1917, 1942,
n.d., working as tobacco broker; account of Frazier flying in France (6/8/1915).
Re and to: HAC, 1882-1911
Telegram re: death of HAC, 1943, and obituary
Frazier Curtis and wife, Gladys
family, especially HAC
1884-1897: life at Harvard
1898-1899: life at Harvard
1900-1901: cattle ranching
and investment opportunities, need for cash
1909: marriage to GRC;
includes GRC and her mother.
1912-1953, n.d., death of
Clippings from home, 1899
1900-1924, n.d.; includes
clipping re: FC.
Clippings re: Alaska,
James Freeman Curtis
Letters to family
1892-1894; includes one letter to JFC.
1912-1917; includes clippings
re: wedding of JFC and Laura Merriam
Re: Amy Lowell's suit for
damages because of car accident against JFC, 1909
Tavern Club Memorial re: JFC,
Harriot Sumner Curtis
Letters to family
1897-1899: in Europe
1903: "Hampton was the most
exciting thing I ever saw or heard....I can't think of a greater privilege than to be allowed to teach
there....Booker Washington spoke...his advice to them was so wise and applicable to all
graduating classes of educated Negroes" (5/1)
1906-1907: Carnegie's offer
to build a circulating library in Richmond, town's negative reaction for fear of sharing books with
Blacks (3/29/1906); Grace at dinner with Kipling and Mark Twain at Dr. Osler's in Oxford (9/1/1907)
Titanic disaster (4/21); suffrage parade in New York (5/31)
1913-1916: John Masefield in
Boston reading poems for French wounded (2/18/1916); pro-Wilson politics (11/24/1916).
Jan-Apr: to MC "don't think about coming
home...you are more useful there" (2/9)
May-Aug: HSC and IC working at Maverick
Dispensary and at East Boston Civilian Relief for Red Cross
Jan-Jul 1918: arrest of Karl Muck (3/27/1918)
Jan-Mar 1919: working at
1920-1921: HSC in France to visit war zones and battlefields with MC, Mabel and
Gertrude Sturgis; tour of France and Italy (Mar-Jul 1921); MC invited
to be Chief of Social Workers for Red Cross to work in Poland,
Serbia, or Czechoslovakia (8/19/1921).
1922-1924: with JFC and his
children in Florence during divorce proceedings
of JFC and Laura Merriam (Apr-May 1924)
1925-1929: tour with FGC of Italy and Greece (3/8/1926); President
Gregg invites HSC to "come for a year...as Dean of Women" [at Hampton Institute] (3/10/1927);
scattered information about her work at Hampton, 1927-1931: "you ask about my job: I feel in
everlasting confusion so many darn little details...if you've never been a Dean and don't know
beans about it what can you expect?" (12/8/1927); Carnegie Hall booked for the choir
(2/15/1928); at meeting of deans of women at Howard..."how to arouse initiative in girls to do
anything besides sew and dance" (3/3/1929).
1930-1938: program of
Hampton Institute Dance Group led by Dorothy Maynor (1938)
HSC to others: with Dorothy Maynor re: her
marriage to Rev. Shelby Rooks (2/19/1942); with Harry
Cabot re: copy of portrait of Henry Higginson for Boston Symphony Orchestra (9/15/1953).
To and re: HSC
1907-1978; includes letters
from Dorothy Maynor and clipping re: Harlem School of the Arts,
founded by Maynor in 1963;
Ned Archer to Joan Shurcliff re: HSC and family friendship with his aunt Lutie Pleasants.
Birthday poems, 1941, 1971
Pottery notes, etc., 1914-1915
School paper, 1900;
appointment book, 1914; expenses and addresses [summer 1918].
Trips to Italy,
diary, receipts, etc., 1912;
diary, receipts, 1921.
Golf clippings, etc., 1914-1915, 1964, n.d.
History of Manchester by MC, ms. and ts. copies,
Power of Attorney for HSC, n.d.
Memorial service, 1965
Notes and memorabilia, n.d.
MC to Mabel R. Sturgis, 1916,
MC to others, 1900, 1922-1923, 1953, n.d.
Others to MC
Cornelia R. Barnes
1902-1903: re: friends,
visits, social events, and golf
1904: social events, friends,
1905-1907: golf at Cromer
(6/13/1905), championship (10/22/1919), other tournaments
Helen Homans to MC
1900-1910, and prior: school
events and trips
1916-1919, n.d.; includes
pamphlet and letters from L'Hôpital de L'Alliance where HH worked;
also obituary of HH.
Helen Keller: TLS and ALS, 1891,
Esther Sayles Root (Rootie)
MRS to MC.
Jan-Feb 1918 (in France)
Mar-Dec 1918 (in France)
MRS to others, 1900, 1915-1918
1903: friendships, lunch
clubs, dances, social events
1904: golf, social events
1905: golf championship in
1907: letters of
congratulations on golf championship
1907-1911: golf; social
1912-1914, re: MC's trip to
Europe with MRS (2/18/1912); news about charities (5/2/1912).
1916: social news, relief
1917: contributions for relief
work in Paris
1918-1919: Helen Homans's
illness, 1918, Griette's illness and death (3/7/1919)
1920-1934: social work;
description of embassy life in Rome from wife of U.S. ambassador,
Sydney Fairbanks (8/24/1920).
Easter customs in Prague (4/4/1940)
449-511: Professional papers
Correspondence re: Associated Charities (later Family Welfare Society),
writings on charity, 1913, n.d..
1908: lists of burned streets, relief stations, donations,
and offers of food and shelter
Committees of Boston Female Asylum,
National Conference of Charities and Corrections, and
other charity work, 1912, 1914, n.d.
Other charities, 1919, n.d.
Handbook re: charities, other printed materials, 1911-1926
Re: legal guardianship of Mary
case, letter and notes, 1921, n.d.
Correspondence with Westborough
State Hospital and State Board of Insanity re: Chandler
as public charge at Westborough, transfer to family care, 1914-1919
Appointment of MC as guardian; custody of Eleanor Chandler, Mary's daughter; insurance claims; assets held in
Receipts, bills, 1914-1922
Expenses, insurance claims, guardian's fees, 1920-1922
Chandler property in Athol, Mass., and in Florida,
Correspondence with and re: Mary
Mary Chandler to MC: her wish to be released, concern about daughter
With Lawtons et al.;
enclosures from Mary Chandler and Fred Chubb,
Mrs. C.E. Tomlin to MC and HSC, 1915-1916
Carrie Kurtz with MC, 1918-1922
HSC et al., 1918-1922
With Henry Hubert re:
circumstances regarding his marriage to Mary Chandler, difficulties,
Re: guardianship of Eleanor
Chandler (Mary Chandler's daughter)
Margaret Taylor to
MC: letters and financial receipts
1921-1922, n.d.; includes
others to MC and letter from Eleanor Chandler.
ARC and allied printed material, including Instructions and Information for Red Cross Workers in France,
Maps: France, Greece, Russia, ca.1914-1922
Circular, "Taisez-vous, mefiez-vous...," other
printed, 1915, 1918, n.d.
Other French printed, 1915-1918
"Documents de la Section Photographique de
l'Armée Française," #10, 14, 19, 1917, n.d.
Posters: 10 French re:
child health and TB, 5 black and white political bulletins, 3 colored Czech re: child health, 1
Polish, 1917, n.d.
Posters and french
newspapers re: Woodrow Wilson, 1918, n.d.
Other printed, 1918-1939
Other French printed, 1919
Other printed, 1919-1926, n.d.
Wooden signpost: "Premiere ligne/Section de
Society of Friends
Reconstruction magazine, 1917-1920
Reports and bulletins re: relief in Europe, 1917-1920
Bulletins, etc., 1921-1926, n.d.
Curtis family: miscellaneous
Others to Curtis family
Others to others, 1901-1908,
n.d.; includes copy of W.S. Bigelow's letter re: women's suffrage.
Sketches by FGC et al., n.d.
Hair of HAC and young children
Lists, rules, notes, fragments
- Adams, Charles Francis 125
- Addams, Jane 95
- Afro-Americans--Education 81, 370, 372, 387, 392, 394. See also
Hampton Institute and Penn School (Saint Helena Island S.C.)
- Aircraft industry 60, 88-90, 95, 253-254
- American Friends Service Committee 413-414, 488-493
- American National Red Cross 384, 412, 415-416, 472, 483- 500, 512
- Appleton, Harriot Coffin (Sumner) 47
- Appleton, Nathan 26, 32
- Appleton, William Sumner 125, 139
- Boston (Mass), School Committee 212
- Briggs, Isobel 62, 67, 334
- Cabot, Ella (Lyman) 184-186, 193
- Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke) 189, 198, 486
- Carlyle, Thomas 138
- Childbirth 87, 93
- Clark, Hilda 415
- Cookery 44
- Cornell University--Alumni and Alumnae 61, 62
- Courtship--United States 39
- Cunningham, Hester 190, 193, 196
- Curtis, Greely Stevenson, 1830-97 39-43, 70-71, 220, 244, 263, 322
- Curtis, Greely Stevenson, 1871-1947 61-64, 242-257
- Curtis, Frances Greely 7, 55, 127, 141-231, 292, 528
- Curtis, Frazier 109-110, 230, 337-354
- Curtis, Harriot (Appleton) 44-139
- Curtis, Harriot Sumner 112-113, 212, 367-396, 401, 461, 463, 465
- Curtis, Harry Appleton 9-11, 108, 242, 329-336
- Curtis, Isabella 8, 65-107, 258-328,
- Curtis, James Freeman 92, 111, 295, 355-366, 385
- Curtis, Margaret 12-18, 114-129, 294-295, 377, 384, 386, 397-525
- Curtis, William 54, 109, 140
- Dana, Richard 128
- Dewson, Mary Williams 489
- Family Welfare Society 449
- Folks, Homer 495
- Galsworthy, John 138
- Golf 399, 404-406, 417-419, 422-424, 434, 435-437, 439- 440, 509
- Halsted, Isabella (Hopkinson) 27, 239
- Hampton Institute 84, 93, 286, 294-295, 370, 386-387
- Harvard University--Alumni and Alumnae 3, 109, 242, 337- 338
- Homans, Helen 119, 413, 425-426, 444
- Hopkinson, Charles 226, 235
- Hopkinson, Elinor (Curtis) 58-60, 214-234
- Howells, W.D. (William Dean) 195
- International Migration Service 295, 417, 502
- Irwin, Agnes 152
- James, William 200
- Keller, Helen 427
- Lee, Joseph 89, 174, 196
- Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary) 121, 233
- Longfellow, Edith 121
- Longfellow, Ernest Wadsworth 191
- Longfellow, Fanny (Appleton) 120
- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth 121
- Lowell, Amy 83, 365
- Masefield, John 138, 200, 376
- Maynor, Dorothy 387, 392, 394
- Muck, Karl 119, 380
- Penn School (Saint Helena Island, S.C.) 288, 291, 293
- Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae 2, 190, 193, 196, 202
- Shaw, Robert Gould 21
- Shurcliff, Joan (Hopkinson) 28, 93, 241, 394
- Shurtleff, Helen (Mrs. Ernest W.) 408, 478, 481
- Social work--United States 89, 117, 157, 161, 163, 378
- Society of Friends 523-525
- Stevenson, Hannah 36, 37
- Stone, Lucy 196
- Student Atelier Association 477-481
- Sturgis family 88, 319, 384, 410-411
- Sturgis, Mabel Russell 123, 384, 409-411, 420, 429-432, 488
- Suffrage--Anti-suffrage 93
- United States Committee for the Care of European Children--Boston
- United States. War Production Board 511
- Washington, Booker T. 81, 370
- Whitman, Sarah (Wyman) 196, 198
- Women golfers see Golf
- Women in aeronautics 447
- Women--Suffrage 91, 196, 375, 527
- World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American 408- 413, 421,
423-424, 428, 472-491
- World War, 1914-1918--Posters 514f, 517+, 518o