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

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© 2002 President and Fellows of Harvard College


Call No.: A-70/M-59
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Title: Papers, 1826-1880
Quantity: 4 file boxes, incl. 3 vol.
Abstract: Correspondence, travel journals, and scrapbooks of the William H. Gardiner family of Boston, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information:

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. Unrestricted. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-59.

Scope and Content

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to her parents, William H. and Caroline Perkins Gardiner from 1853-1863; her travel journals and scrapbooks, also her unpublished writings, including a tale of New England life in the 19th century.

Catalog entries:

1. Boston - Social life and customs
2. Travel
3. Agassiz, Louis
4. Diaries
i. Agassiz, Elizabeth Cary
ii. Cary, Emma F
iii. Cary family
iv. Davis, Mary Gardiner
v. Davis, William Nye
vi. Gardiner, Caroline Perkins
vii. Gardiner, William H.
viii. Gardiner, John S
ix. Gardiner, Louisa
x. Gardiner, Sophie
xi. Perkins, Sallie (Mrs. Thomas H.)