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A-70; M-59

Gardner family. Papers of the Gardner family, 1826-1880: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 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.: A-70; M-59
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Gardner family
Title: Papers of the Gardner family, 1826-1880
Date(s): 1826-1880
Quantity: 2.29 linear feet (5+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, travel journals, and scrapbooks of the William H. Gardiner family of Boston, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 58-57, 59-59
Gift of Sister Geraldine Mary, O.S.A., Denver, Colorado. Received Sept. 1958, May 1959
Notes: This gift was received from Sister Geraldine Mary [Cabot]. Mrs. William N. Davis was her great aunt. Mrs. Davis was also a cousin of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz. Sister Geraldine is the daughter of Mrs. William Cabot, nee Mary Caroline Gardiner. Mr. William Nye Davis, a graduate of Harvard College, came from Salem.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Folder #62 closed; use digital object or microfilm M-59.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Gardner family as well as 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:

Gardner family Papers, 1826-1880; item description, dates. A-70, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The Gardiners were a prominent Boston family.


The inter-relations and activities of a large and prominent Boston family are well illustrated in the letters of the William H. Gardiner family. Included are letters from the Perkins, Cary, Agassiz and Cushing branches of the family. Most of the letters written between 1850-1870 are full of family gossip and travel news. There is a large body of letters from Mary Gardiner Davis to her parents, William H. and Caroline Perkins Gardiner from 1853-1863; her travel journals and scrapbooks, also her unpublished writings, including a tale of New England life in the 19th century.

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Account books
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Family records
New England--Social life and customs
New Englanders--Family relationships
Voyages and travels
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907
Agassiz family
Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
Cary, Emma F., 1833-1918
Carey family
Cushing family
Davis, Mary Gardiner, -1863
Davis, William Nye
Gardiner, Caroline Perkins
Gardiner, John S.
Gardiner, Louisa
Gardiner, Sophie
Gardiner, William H.
Perkins family
Perkins, Sallie