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Demarest family. Papers of the Demarest family, 1921-1949: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 83-M248
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Demarest family
Title: Papers of the Demarest family, 1921-1949
Date(s): 1921-1949
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Frances Brown Demarest and her family from Washington, D.C.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 83-M248
This collection was found in the attic of a house in Springfield, Massachusetts, and brought to the Schlesinger Library by Patricia King, director of the library, in November 1983. It was subsequently given to the library by Virginia (Demarest) Singer and Frances (Demarest) Nichols.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: January 1986
By: Jane S. Knowles and Adelaide Kennedy

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Demarest 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:

Demarest family Papers, 1921-1949; item description, dates. 83-M248, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Frances (Brown) Demarest was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Stephen C. Brown, registrar of the Smithsonian Museum, and step-granddaughter of Amanda Brown, who worked in the Treasury Department, 1880-1910, and was the leading authority on mutilated money. Frances Brown Demarest had two siblings, Marjorie (Brown) Rush (died July 1982) and Harry J. Brown, a Washington journalist. Frances Brown Demarest married Reginald E. Demarest, who was of Huguenot descent, and they had four children: Frederick Demarest (died July 14, 1983), Robert Demarest (a pilot during World War II), Virginia (Demarest) Singer (Smith College, class of 1932), and Frances (Demarest) Nichols, who attended Wellesley College with the class of 1940. Frances Brown Demarest was a "gray lady" for the Red Cross during World War II. She died in September 1978; Reginald E. Demarest died in July 1971.


The collection consists of letters, most to Frances Brown Demarest from her parents, two siblings, and her four children. The letters are concerned with health issues, family news, financial problems, news of camp, school and college, and Robert's service as a World War II pilot. There is some material on the Red Cross.

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Additional Index Terms

Air pilots, Military
Family records
American Red Cross
Smith College
Wellesley College