Foster, Cynthia Anthonsen, 1907-2007. Papers of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1825-2007
(inclusive), 1915-2007 (bulk): 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
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 653
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1907-2007
Title: Papers of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1825-2007 (inclusive), 1915-2007 (bulk)
Quantity: 28.36 linear feet (68 file boxes) plus 2 folio folders, 2 oversize folders, 11 photograph folders,
1 folio+ photograph folder, 1 object)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of civil rights, peace, and social justice activist, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster.
Accession numbers: 86-M21, 99-M97, 2003-M82, 2006-M139, 2007-M153, 2009-M73
The papers of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cynthia Anthonsen Foster between February 1986 and August 2006. Additional papers were given by Foster's stepdaughter,
Carol Hebb, in August 2007 and by Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives in April 2009.
Processed: March 2011
By: Johanna Carll, with assistance from Su Ciampa.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Cynthia Anthonsen Foster 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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Cynthia Anthonsen Foster Papers, 1825-2007; item description, dates. MC 653, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Donors: Cynthia Anthonsen Foster
Accession number: 2003-M82
Processed by: Johanna Carll
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed
materials collection (pending review by curator):
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Newsletter, later titled Highlights. Massachusetts Branch. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1952-1977
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Boston Branch. Newsletter, later titled Boston WILPF News. Boston, Massachusetts, 1980-2001.
The following item has been transferred to the Women's Newsletter and Periodical Collection
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Special Edition. Women's Budget. February 1996
Civil rights, peace, and social justice activist, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, daughter
of Albert M. and Adeline (Tyler) Wilder, was born August 11, 1907, in Ashby, Massachusetts.
She had three older sisters, Dorothy Wilder (1899-1992), Virginia (Wilder) Anderson
(1901-2003), and Alice Wilder (1902-1982). She studied art at Boston University, but
left the university to protest their refusal to allow an African-American student,
Francis E. Syphax, to attend a school dance. She then enrolled at the School at the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
In 1924, Foster joined the Community Church of Boston, "a free community united for
the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual
life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all forms of social and economic
life." In 1932, she met Carl Anthonsen at church; they were married in 1938. Carl
Anthonsen, son of Olaf and Paula Anthonsen, was born September 11, 1900, in Norway.
He worked as a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor and as an office clerk at a variety of institutions, including the United States
War Department in Washington, D.C. He died of a heart attack on July 14, 1966. While
living in Washington, D.C., Cynthia and Carl joined All Souls Church (Unitarian-Universalist),
where they met Emery Foster, who worked for the United States Department of Education.
In 1974, Cynthia and Emery were married; Emery died 1979.
Foster worked at the Bachrach factory in Watertown, Massachusetts, retouching photographs
in the late-1920s, and in the 1940s, she worked at the Niepold Borghese Ware shop
in Washington, D.C., doing decorative painting. Following Carl's retirement in 1951
due to poor health, Cynthia worked in clerical positions at a variety of institutions
before retiring in 1971. A member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Women's
International League for Peace and Freedom, Foster was also part of the New England
War Tax Resistance, donating her possessions to peace-promoting, community, and human
Cynthia Anthonsen Foster died on February 1, 2007, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center following a massive stroke.
The collection is arranged in six series:
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1916-2006 (#1.1-5.2, FD.1-FD.2, OD.1, Mem.1)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1915-2007 (#5.3-33.1)
- Series III. Social activism, 1927-2001 (#33.2-42.3)
- Series IV. Carl Anthonsen, 1916-1966 (#42.4-52.7)
- Series V. Family papers, 1825-2003 (#53.1-68.7)
- Series VI. Photographs and oversized, ca.1860-ca.1990 (#PD.1-PD.12, FD.1-FD.2, OD.1-OD.2)
The collection contains correspondence, diaries, artwork, writings, photographs, printed
material, etc., documenting the lives of Cynthia (Wilder) Anthonsen Foster, her first
husband, Carl Anthonsen, and other members of the Wilder family. Most materials arrived
at the library unfoldered and in no discernable order; the archivist created folder
titles for those files. A small number of files were foldered and those titles have
been preserved and appear in quotation marks. Files were arranged by the archivist.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1916-2006 (#1.1-5.2, FD.1-FD.2, OD.1, Mem.1),
includes artwork, notes, writings, diplomas, awards, etc. Notes often record Foster's
memories of childhood and of her involvement in various protest movements, including
her involvement in the war tax protest movement. Notes also contain Foster's opinions
on current events and reflect her liberal views. Her writings include speeches and
introductions for speakers, mainly for Community Church of Boston events, and unpublished
short stories. Artwork includes pencil, charcoal, and pastel drawings, as well as
a small number of paintings, most of which appear to be studies. Files are arranged
with biographical materials first, followed by an alphabetical arrangement of files.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1915-2007 (#5.3-33.1), contains correspondence between
Foster and Carl Anthonsen and their family and friends. Also included are letters
written to newspaper editors and politicians objecting to current social and political
conditions and supporting or objecting to proposed legislation. Most of the correspondence
between Foster and her parents revolves around family news and life in Ashby, Massachusetts,
including gardening, domestic chores, local gossip, religious beliefs, and activities
involving the First Parish Church. In 1947, Dorothy Wilder suffered a mental breakdown
and drove to the White Mountains, abandoned her car, and disappeared for several days.
News of her disappearance and the ensuing search for her was carried in national newspapers.
Dorothy eventually returned home and while there are a few letters expressing concern
for Dorothy's well-being, the event was not discussed in depth by the family. Other
letters among family members indicate discord between Adeline and Dorothy Wilder and,
beginning in the 1980s, Dorothy's letters contain frequent psychological analyses
of the Wilder family dynamic, focusing on her relationship with her parents. Like
Cynthia, Dorothy was very active in liberal causes and the two sisters frequently
exchanged information on protests they had participated in and causes they had joined.
Letters from Cynthia's other sisters, Alice and Virginia, are generally more focused
on family news and accounts of everyday life. Despite Cynthia and Carl's liberal activism,
their letters to each other rarely mention politics or current events. Instead, their
letters contain accounts of their daily lives, books they read, movies they saw, and
their current moods. Before their marriage, Cynthia lived in Ashby while Carl lived
in Jamaica Plain but they saw each other frequently, and their letters detail their
plans to see each other and reminiscences of their last visit with each other. During
her teen-aged and young adult years, Cynthia dated Kenneth R. Miller, a classmate
at Ashby High School. Letters from Miller include ardent love letters to Cynthia and
the letters document the shift of their relationship from romantic to friendship.
Files are arranged alphabetically with family correspondence first, followed by a
Series III, SOCIAL ACTIVISM, 1927-2001 (#33.2-42.3), contains correspondence, flyers,
programs, etc., documenting Foster's involvement in the civil rights, anti-war, immigrant
rights, and other social justice movements. Much of Foster's energy focused on activities
organized by the Community Church of Boston, "a free community united for the study
and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual
life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all forms of social and economic
life." Among the actions Foster was involved in were the church's efforts to posthumously
gain justice for Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and to honor individuals who
work to right injustices through the Sacco-Vanzetti Memorial Award. She was also very
active in the church's efforts to provide sanctuary to "Manuel Hernandez," a Guatemalan
refugee who was seeking asylum in the United States in the 1980s. Foster was also
an ardent supporter of racial equality and from the 1940s through the 1970s, she collected
published materials, pamphlets, flyers, etc., documenting the civil rights movement
and her participation in it, particularly in Washington, D.C. and in Boston, Massachusetts.
In the 1970s, Foster joined the war tax resistance movement and began withholding
money from her taxes in protest of the government's use of tax money to fund wars.
In 1973, she was sued by the government for failure to pay the full amount of her
income tax. The case went to court and a lien was put on Foster's bank account, which
Foster publicly protested. Materials relating to Foster's war tax resistance activities
include court documents, flyers, clippings, and correspondence, most of which document
her legal battle with the Internal Revenue Service. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, CARL ANTHONSEN, 1916-1966 (#42.4-52.7), includes writings, diaries, notes,
etc., documenting the life of Carl Anthonsen. Writings include short commentaries
on life in Boston, including several theater reviews, which may have been written
by Anthonsen during his tenure as a low-level staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor in the early-1920s. Other writings include short stories and plays that do not appear
to have been published, but were copyrighted by Anthonsen. Anthonsen's diaries contain
detailed descriptions of life in Boston from 1917 to 1937. These diaries document
Anthonsen's exposure to and growing belief in liberal, socialist ideals through accounts
of literature he read and his involvement in socialist gatherings and protests, including
those against the Sacco and Vanzetti verdict. Diaries from the 1930s document his
relationship with Cynthia; entries during this period include accounts of their dates
and analyses of Carl's jealousy of other men in Cynthia's life. There are no diaries
from 1938 to 1953 and it is unclear if Anthonsen kept a diary during those years.
Later diaries document Carl's dissatisfaction with his work as an office clerk; his
inability to find an audience for his writings; his failing health; and his disappointment
in current social and political attitudes, particularly race relations in the United
States. All of Anthonsen's diaries contain accounts of the weather; entertainment,
including books he read, movies and plays he saw, and radio shows he listened to;
and current events. Diaries also document Anthonsen's love of baseball and his lifelong
support of the Boston Red Sox. Anthonsen spent from March 29 to June 25, 1955, in
the tuberculosis sanitarium in Mattapan, Massachusetts. His diary from that time (see
#47.3) contains detailed accounts of his treatment, the food, and fellow patients.
Anthonsen's final diary contains entries by him until his death on July 14, 1966,
at which point the diary, including an account of his death, was continued by Cynthia.
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, FAMILY PAPERS, 1825-2003 (#53.1-68.7), includes correspondence, writings,
certificates, clippings, notes, etc., documenting the lives of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's
sisters, parents, and other family members. A majority of the files belong to Foster's
sisters, Alice and Dorothy Wilder; parents, Adeline and Arthur Wilder; and paternal
grandparents, Sarah (Carr) and Henry C. Wilder. Papers belonging to Foster's sisters
and parents generally document daily life in Ashby, Massachusetts, particularly activities
related to the First Parish Church. Among Sarah and Henry Wilder's papers are letters
from Henry's brother, Albert A. Wilder, written during his service in the Civil War
from Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. The letters include accounts of
battles he fought in, living conditions, health problems, and news he heard on the
progress of the Union Army. Also included are two letters informing his family of
Albert's illness and death from dysentery. Sarah's brother, Alonzo Carr, also served
in the Civil War and his letters from Beaufort, South Carolina, contain accounts of
camp life, thoughts on the role of former slaves in society, commentary on Army life,
and his desire to hear news from home. Alonzo's Civil War service is also documented
in his diary (#53.5) and his letters to his brother, John Carr (#53.7). Files are
Series VI, PHOTOGRAPHS AND OVERSIZED, ca.1850-ca.1990 (#PD.1-PD.12, FD.1-FD.2, OD.1-OD.2),
includes photographs, certificates, drawings, diplomas, protest signs, etc. A selection
of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's
Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs,
are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated
as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk
in square brackets [*]. The arrangement of the photographs mirrors the arrangement
of the paper documents. Oversized folders are arranged alphabetically.
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1916-2006 (#1.1-5.2, FD.1-FD.2, OD.1, Mem.1)
- 1.2. Clippings, 1948-1999
- 1.3. Interview: "wisdom sharing interview by Vivienne Brown," 1991
- 1.4. Account book, 1932-1940
- 1.6. Appointments, 1992-1997
- 1.7. Art: artwork, 1919-1931, n.d.; includes uncataloged photographs
- FD.1. Art: artwork, 1919-1931, n.d.
- OD.1. Art: artwork, 1919-1931, n.d.
- Mem.1. Art: ashtray made by Foster, n.d.
FILED WITH MEMORABILIA.
- 1.8. Art: "painting catalogue: lists of paintings sold, given away, and retained," n.d.
- 1.9. Astrological character analyses for Cynthia Anthonsen Foster and Carl Anthonsen, 1935
- FD.2. Awards: Community Church of Boston Sacco-Vanzetti Memorial Award certificate, 1984
- 1.11. Diary, 1923; contains account of life to date
- 1.13. Diary, September 26, 1966 - April 17, 1967; continued from Carl Anthonsen diary (#48.10)
- 1.14. Diary, April 18 - September 7, 1967
- 1.15. Diary, September 8, 1967 - February 2, 1968
- 1.17. Education: Ashby High School, Boston University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
report cards, transcripts, 1923-1934; includes Massachusetts Division of University
Extension certificate, 1929.
See OD.2 for Ashby High School diploma, 1924 and School of the Museum of Fine Arts
diploma, Department of Drawing and Painting, n.d.
- 1.18. Education: Boston University School of Education Yearbook, The SED, 1926
- 2.1. Education: School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Mrs. Hale's artistic anatomy class notebook,
- 2.2. Employment history, 1948-1957, n.d.
- 2.3. Employment: Lahey Clinic: correspondence re: difficulties in workplace, 1956
- 2.4. Emery Foster memorial service, April 1, 1977
- 2.5. Genealogy notes: Carr, Lawrence, Adams families, 1980-1981; includes uncataloged photographs
- 2.6. Genealogy notes: Wilder family, ca.1992-1996; includes uncataloged photographs
- 2.7. Membership cards, 1933-1938
- 2.8. 90th birthday party guestbook, guest list, memoir, etc., 1997
- 2.9-3.3. Notes, 1962-2006, n.d.; includes biographical information, thoughts on family, friends,
and world events (5 folders)
- 3.4. Notes re: Alice Wilder stroke, ca.1977
- 3.5. Notes re: Carl Anthonsen life and death, ca.1966
- 3.6-3.7. Notes re: Ruth Hamilton, 1997, n.d.
- 4.1. "Notes re: UUA-GA, 1969"
- 4.2. Recipes, 1938-1941, n.d.
- 4.3. Sunday School diplomas, 1917-1921
- 4.4. Travel: "England, Norway, Germany, Greece": financial, addresses, etc., 1989
- 4.5. Travel: "England, Norway, Stockholm, Greece": itinerary, financial, airline menus,
- 4.6-4.7. Travel: "Norway": menus, lists of purchases, itineraries, passenger list, etc., 1957
- 4.8. Travel: "Oregon, California": mainly financial, 1984
- 4.9. Travel: "Paris, Norway, Brussels, Greece, Germany": financial, notes, airline menu,
- 4.10. Travel: passports, 1957-1993
- 4.11. "Valuable papers," 1927-1977; mainly financial
- 4.12. Wedding: Cynthia Anthonsen Foster and Carl Anthonsen wedding announcement and honeymoon
- 4.13. Wedding: Cynthia Anthonsen Foster and Emery Foster, 1974; includes uncataloged photographs
- 4.14. Writings, 1929-1933
- 4.15. Writings: "A Remarkable Letter" re: letter to Foster from mother, Adeline Wilder,
inspiring Foster to fund reprinting of Stephen H. Fritchman's Heretic, 1981-1983; includes original letter to Foster from mother, 1947
- 4.16-5.1. Writings and statements, 1949-2001, n.d. (2 folders)
- 5.2. Writings: "ideas for writing," 1970-1971, n.d.
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE, 1915-2007 (#5.3-33.1)
- 5.3-6.2. Virginia Wilder Anderson, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's sister, 1917-2001, n.d.; includes
account of Dorothy Wilder mental breakdown (#5.4) (9 folders)
- 6.3-8.2. Carl Anthonsen, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's first husband, 1933-1951 (15 folders)
- 8.3. Paula W. Anthonsen, Carl Anthonsen's mother, 1940-1957
- 8.4-8.5. Emery Foster, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's second husband, 1954, 1970-1974, n.d.
- 8.6-10.3. Adeline and Albert Wilder, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's parents, 1917-1975, n.d.; includes
re: Dorothy Wilder breakdown (#9.7), uncataloged photograph (#9.7) (8 folders)
- 10.4-10.6. Alice Wilder, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's sister, 1920-1979, n.d.
- 10.7-15.6. Dorothy Wilder, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's sister, 1917-1992, n.d.; includes re: Dorothy
Wilder breakdown (#11.2), uncataloged photographs (#10.9) (39 folders)
- 16.1. "Emily Barker," 2003-2004; includes uncataloged photograph
- 16.2-16.4. Marion "Elizabeth Carter," 1944-2005
- 16.5. Charles T. Howell, 1974-1976
- 16.6-17.7. "Letters to the editor," carbons and published, 1950-1999; includes letters to members
of Congress (8 folders)
- 17.8. "Mary Loehr," 2004-2005; includes uncataloged photographs
- 17.9. "Donald Lothrop," 1955-2000
- 19.10. "Medical" correspondence re: Carl Anthonsen, 1955-1967
- 18.1-19.6. "Kenneth R. Miller," 1920-1980; includes love letters (#18.1-18.10), uncataloged photographs
(#18.5, 19.2, 19.5) (16 folders)
- 19.7-20.6. "Norway," correspondence between Carl Anthonsen and Cynthia Anthonsen Foster and Carl
Anthonsen's relatives in Norway, 1952-2004 (10 folders)
- 20.7-22.2. "Outgoing correspondence," 1966-1992 (10 folders)
- 22.3. "Police Boys' Club letters, correspondence with A. Powell Davies, All Souls Church,"
- 22.4. "Bernard Reines," 1929-1933; includes poems by Cynthia Anthonsen Foster
- 22.5. "Sons of Norway," 1972-1978
- 22.6. "Anne Stein," 1957-1972
- 22.7-22.8. Francis E. Syphax, African-American friend of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster at Boston University,
- 22.9. Francis E. Syphax: "The Letters of Francis E. Syphax and Cynthia B. Wilder, December
1924 - December 1934," transcribed and edited by Andrea Bird, n.d.
- 22.10. "U.S. Civil Service" re: Carl Anthonsen disability and retirement, 1951-1966
- 23.1. Correspondence, 1915-1925; includes letters re: Carl Anthonsen confrontation with
- 23.2. Correspondence, 1926-1928; includes correspondence between Carl Anthonsen and Boston
theater group Our Theater re: Our Theater productions, programs and playbill for Our
Theater 1928-1929 season
- 23.3. Correspondence, 1929-1930; includes exchange between Carl Anthonsen and the Boston
Elevated Railway re: five-cent rides
- 23.4. Correspondence, 1931; includes September letter describing homeless people in Boston
- 23.5. Correspondence, 1932; includes letter re: social and political atmosphere in Spain,
accounts of difficulties finding employment
- 23.6. Correspondence, 1933; includes letters re: social and political atmosphere in Spain,
- 23.7. Correspondence, 1934; includes re: politics in Spain, uncataloged photograph
- 23.8. Correspondence, 1935-1939; includes John Haynes Holmes, congratulations on marriage
- 23.9. Correspondence, 1940-1941; includes re: German invasion of Norway, uncataloged photograph
- 24.1. Correspondence, 1942-1943; includes re: World War II, race relations
- 24.2. Correspondence, 1944-1945; includes re: World War II, race relations, anti-Semitism,
- 24.3. Correspondence, 1946; includes descriptions of post-war Japan, San Francisco, Hawaii;
criticisms of Russia
- 24.4. Correspondence, 1947; includes re: Dorothy Wilder disappearance, discussion of religion
with missionary; letters re: steamer trip to England, rations in post-war England
- 24.5. Correspondence, 1948; includes re: race relations, rationing and politics in England
- 24.6. Correspondence, 1949
- 24.7. Correspondence, 1950; includes uncataloged photograph
- 24.8. Correspondence, 1951; includes get well wishes to Carl Anthonsen following heart attack
- 25.1. Correspondence, 1952; includes letters from friend in Hawaii married to missionary
detailing dislike of wife's religious work, sexual problems, nervous breakdown
- 25.2. Correspondence, 1953
- 25.3. Correspondence, 1954; includes re: McCarthyism
- 25.4. Correspondence, 1955; includes re: Carl Anthonsen's tenure in sanitarium for tuberculosis
- 25.5. Correspondence, 1956
- 25.6. Correspondence, 1957
- 25.7. Correspondence, 1958-1959; includes uncataloged photographs
- 25.8. Correspondence, 1960-1961; includes re: race relations
- 26.1. Correspondence, 1962
- 26.2. Correspondence, 1963-1964
- 26.3. Correspondence, 1965; includes re: race relations, Vietnam War
- 26.4. Correspondence, 1966; includes letters of sympathy re: Carl Anthonsen's death
- 26.5. Correspondence, 1967-1968; includes re: civil rights and peace movements
- 26.6. Correspondence, 1969
- 26.7. Correspondence, 1970
- 27.1. Correspondence, 1971
- 27.2. Correspondence, 1972
- 27.3. Correspondence, 1973
- 27.4. Correspondence, 1974; includes congratulations re: marriage to Emery Foster, uncataloged
- 27.5. Correspondence, 1975; includes uncataloged photographs
- 27.6-27.7. Correspondence, 1976
- 27.8-27.9. Correspondence, 1977; includes condolences re: Adeline Wilder's death, Emery Foster's
- 28.1. Correspondence, 1978
- 28.2-28.3. Correspondence, 1979; includes letters of sympathy re: Emery Foster's death
- 28.4. Correspondence, 1980; includes uncataloged photographs
- 28.5. Correspondence, 1981; includes uncataloged photographs
- 28.6. Correspondence, 1982
- 29.1. Correspondence, 1983
- 29.2. Correspondence, 1984; includes responses to Boston Globe "Centerpiece" article re: Foster, congratulations re: receiving the Community Church
of Boston's Sacco-Vanzetti Memorial Award
- 29.3. Correspondence, 1985
- 29.4. Correspondence, 1986
- 29.5. Correspondence, 1987
- 29.6. Correspondence, 1988
- 29.7-29.8. Correspondence, 1989
- 30.1. Correspondence, 1990
- 30.2. Correspondence, 1991
- 30.3. Correspondence, 1992; includes condolences re: Dorothy Wilder's death
- 30.4. Correspondence, 1993
- 30.5. Correspondence, 1994
- 30.6. Correspondence, 1995; includes uncataloged photographs
- 31.1. Correspondence, 1996
- 31.2-31.3. Correspondence, 1997
- 31.4. Correspondence, 1998; includes uncataloged photograph
- 31.5. Correspondence, 1999; includes uncataloged photographs
- 31.6. Correspondence, 2000; includes uncataloged photograph
- 32.1. Correspondence, 2001
- 32.2. Correspondence, 2002
- 32.3. Correspondence, 2003
- 32.4. Correspondence, 2004; includes uncataloged photographs
- 32.5-32.6. Correspondence, 2005; includes uncataloged photographs (#32.5)
- 32.7. Correspondence, 2006-2007
- 32.8-33.1. Correspondence, n.d. (2 folders)
- Series III. SOCIAL ACTIVISM, 1927-2001 (#33.2-42.3)
- 33.2. "All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington, D.C.: material from bulletin board," 1947-1948
- 33.3. "Civil disobedience at John F. Kennedy Building": notes, legal documents, etc., re:
Cynthia Anthonsen Foster participation in protest of Reagan embargo of Nicaragua,
- 33.4. Community Church of Boston: "minutes to be typed," 1979-1980
- 33.5. Community Church of Boston: programs, flyers, etc., 1932-1995
- 33.6. Community Church of Boston: Sacco and Vanzetti Award programs, 1959-1996
- 33.7. "Community Church of Boston": Sacco and Vanzetti background materials, 1927-1998
- 33.8. Community Church of Boston: Sacco and Vanzetti bas relief by Gutzon Borglum, 1979,
- 33.9. Community Church of Boston: Sacco and Vanzetti: Governor Michael S. Dukakis proclamation,
- 34.1. Community Church of Boston: Sacco and Vanzetti packet, ca.1997
- 34.2. Community Church of Boston: Sacco and Vanzetti: David Rothauser correspondence, 1989-1999
- 34.3. Community Church of Boston: Sacco and Vanzetti: Susan Tejada correspondence, 2001
- 34.4. Community Church of Boston: Sanctuary: "contact people," 1983-1987
- 34.5. Community Church of Boston: Sanctuary: "Manuel Hernandez": correspondence, programs,
clippings about, etc., 1983-1998; includes uncataloged photographs
- 34.6. Community Church of Boston: Sanctuary: "Manuel Hernandez": greeting cards made from
Hernandez's paintings, ca.1984
- 34.7-36.3. Community Church of Boston: "Sanctuary": notes, Sanctuary Committee minutes, correspondence,
mailings, flyers, clippings, printed material, etc., 1982-1994 (11 folders)
- 36.4. Community Church of Boston: "Sanctuary Planning Committee and Guatemala Solidarity
- 36.5. Community Church of Boston: Sanctuary: "A Teach-in on the Central American Refugee,"
First Presbyterian Church, Albany, New York, November 17, 1984
- 36.6. Community Church of Boston: "Carl Seaburg tribute to Clarence R. Skinner," Community
Church of Boston 75th anniversary, 1993-1999
- 36.7. Community Church of Boston: statements by Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1982-1994
- 36.8-37.2. "Interchurch Fellowship/Washington Fellowship": budgets, mailings, newsletters, service
programs, etc., 1945-1961 (3 folders)
- 37.3. June 12 Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons, 1982
- 37.4. Mobilization for Justice & Peace in Central America & Southern Africa, 1987
- 37.5. National Nuclear Freeze Countdown Party guest book, September 20, 1986
- 37.6-38.5. "Race," 1942-1976, n.d.: includes pamphlets, flyers, notes, letters, articles, etc.
- 38.6. Race: "Association for the Study of Negro Life and History" printed material, 1946-1964
- 38.7. Race: "Committee for Racial Democracy in the Nation's Capital and National Theatre
- 38.8. Race: "Coordinating Committee for the Enforcement of the D.C. Anti-discrimination
- 38.9. "Race: March on Washington, August 28, 1963"
- 39.1. Race: "National Committee on Segregation in the Nation's Capital: interviews with
ministers and others connected with Washington churches," 1947
- 39.2. Race: "negro history": letters, notes, printed material, 1948-1950
- 39.3. Race: "rough chronology in sequence of events relating to my involvement in breaking
color bar in Washington, D.C.," n.d.
- 39.4. Race: "Mary Church Terrell": letter, clippings, printed material, etc., 1949-1953
- 39.5-39.6. Race: "Jackie Vaughn [Cynthia Anthonsen Foster coworker] racial discrimination case
against A.E. Borden Company," 1968-1970
- 39.7-39.8. Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice, 1944-1951
- 40.1. "Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice corresponding secretary," 1946-1949
- 40.2. Vietnam War protest, 1966-1971
- 40.3-40.4. War tax resistance, 1989-1994.
See OD.2 for hand-written protest signs on poster board: "War Is the Quintessence
of Evil! It is the Greatest of All Evils because It Contains All Other Evils within
Itself. John Haynes Holmes," "Pay taxes for Human Needs Not for Human Destruction"
(side 1), "It is Wrong to Seize Income Payment to Force People to Pay for War" (side
- 40.5. War tax resistance: "phone bill tax protest messages," 1981-1996
- 40.6. War tax resistance: "tax 1979 re: tax protest," 1979-1981
- 40.7. War tax resistance: "tax refusal court case 1973," 1973-1977
- 41.1. War tax resistance: "tax returns 1967-1973 re: tax protest," 1967-1976
- 41.2. War tax resistance: "war tax protest, October 16, 1981"
- 41.3. War tax resistance: "war tax protest, February 16, 1984"
- 41.4-42.2. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF): correspondence, notes,
printed material, etc., 1949-2000 (7 folders)
- 42.3. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF): Emily Greene Balch: notes,
clippings, etc., 1996
- Series IV. CARL ANTHONSEN, 1916-1966 (#42.4-52.7)
- 47.2. Diary, January 1 - March 28, 1955, June 24, 1955 - May 18, 1956
- 47.3-47.5. Diary: tuberculosis sanitarium: accounts of books read, television shows watched,
roommates, treatments, crafts, 1955; contains original typescript (#47.3), notes (#47.4),
1977 transcription by Andrea Bird and Ralph Hebb (#47.5)
- 47.6. Diary, May 20, 1956 - April 28, 1957
- 47.7. Diary: "log book, trip to Norway and England, May-June 1957"
- 48.1. Diary, August 25, 1957 - August 19, 1958
- 48.2. Diary, August 25, 1958 - June 3, 1959
- 48.3. Diary, June 4, 1959 - February 22, 1960
- 48.4. Diary, February 23, 1960 - January 31, 1961
- 48.5. Diary, February 1, 1961 - January 31, 1962
- 48.6. Diary, February 1, 1962 - March 24, 1963
- 48.7. Diary, March 25, 1963- April 30, 1964
- 48.8. Diary, May 1 - December 31, 1964
- 48.9. Diary, January 1 - November 26, 1964
- 48.10. Diary, November 27, 1965 - September 26, 1966; continued by Cynthia Anthonsen Foster
after Carl Anthonsen's death July 14, 1966
- 49.1. Education: report cards, etc., 1916-1920.
See #OD.2 for Jefferson Elementary School diploma, 1916.
- 49.2. Employment, 1945-1957
- 49.3. Medical bills, 1951-1953
- 49.4. Memorial service, 1966
- 49.5. Notes, 1951-1965, n.d.
- 49.6. "Notes on race relations, Boston schools boycott, desegregation of St. Augustine,
Mrs. Malcolm Peabody," 1964
- 49.7. Writing: "Boggs Institute for Creative Living play," ca.1956
- 49.8. Writing: "Caput," 1952
- 49.9. Writing: "Come Tomorrow," 1950
- 49.10. Writing: "Give Me Heaven," 1961
- 50.1. Writing: "Man of the Year," 1961
- 50.2. Writing: "The Moon is Smiling," 1954
- 50.3. Writing: "Quiet Ecstasy," 1952
- 50.4. Writing: "race play," ca.1960
- 50.5. Writing: "The Sinner and the Saints," 1955
- 50.6. Writing: "The Spider Web," 1950
- 50.7. Writing: "Table for Three?," 1953
- 50.8. Writing: theater reviews, 1920s?
- 50.9. Writing: "Triptych," 1953
- 51.1. Writing: "unfinished novel," 1950s
- 51.2. Writing: "Walter," 1950s
- 51.3. Writing: "The Wheels Go Round," 1954
- 51.4-52.1. Writing: "The World Went Round and Round," 1964 (2 folders)
- 52.2. Writings, 1923-1931
- 52.3. Writings, 1932-1952
- 52.4-52.6. Writings, n.d.
- 52.7. "Writings," correspondence with publishers re: writing, 1952-1965
- Series V. FAMILY PAPERS, 1825-2003 (#53.1-68.7)
- 53.1. Virginia Wilder Anderson: correspondence, family, 1918-1923
- 53.2. Virginia Wilder Anderson: correspondence, general, 1917-1924, 1982, 1992
- 53.3. Virginia Wilder Anderson funeral program and eulogy, 2003
- 53.4. Virginia Wilder Anderson writing re: Thetford Academy, 1942, "Pentagon Ribbon" nuclear
armament protest, 1985
- 53.5. Alonzo A. Carr Civil War journal, 1862
- 53.6. Alonzo A. Carr: letters to, mainly from sister Sarah Carr Wilder, 1857-1870
- 53.7. John T. Carr: letters from brother Alonzo A. Carr, 1861-1866; includes letters addressed
to "brother" and "sister," possibly to Sarah Carr and Henry Wilder
- 53.8. John and Sephronia Carr: letters from daughter, Sarah Carr Wilder, 1858-1866
- 53.9. John and Sephronia Carr: letters from son, Alonzo A. Carr, 1860-1869
- 53.10. John and Sephronia Carr: letters to, mainly from Amos Lawrence and Susan Stanwood,
- 53.11. Carr, Tyler family clippings, 1915, n.d.
- 53.12 . Alice Tyler Cutts autograph book, 1885-1898
- 54.1. Addie Lawrence Tyler: letters from Adeline Tyler Wilder, n.d.; death certificate,
- 54.2. Adeline Wilder address cards, 1974
- 54.3. Adeline Wilder clippings re: turning 100, 1976
- 54.4. Adeline Wilder Home Kindergarten School teaching materials, 1905
- 54.5. Adeline Wilder memorial service, 1977
- 54.6. Adeline Wilder writings, 1963, n.d.
- 54.7. Albert and Adeline Wilder legal documents: insurance policy, tax form, etc., 1943-1945
- 54.8. Albert and Adeline Wilder: letters from Albert's mother, Sarah Carr Wilder, 1889-1890
- 54.9-54.11. Albert and Adeline Wilder: letters from daughter, Virginia Wilder Anderson, 1915-1973,
- 54.12-55.7. Albert and Adeline Wilder: letters from daughter, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1915-1974,
n.d. (9 folders)
- 55.8-55.9. Albert and Adeline Wilder: letters from daughter, Alice Wilder, 1915-1946, n.d.
- 56.1. Albert and Adeline Wilder: letters from daughter, Dorothy Wilder, 1915-1950, n.d.
- 56.2-56.7. Albert and Adeline Wilder: letters to, 1888-1976, n.d.
- 56.8. Albert and Adeline Wilder wedding invitation, February 14, 1899
- 56.9. Albert Wilder: business card, n.d.; Ashby High School graduation program listing Albert
as financial secretary of the School Committee, 1926
- 56.10. Albert Wilder: letters to Adeline Wilder, 1918, 1927-1931, n.d.
- 56.11. Alice Wilder education: Ashby High School graduation program and essay, 1920.
See #OD.2 for Ashby High School diploma, 1920.
- 57.1. Alice Wilder education: Boston University report cards and graduation program, 1922-1924
- 57.2. Alice Wilder eulogy by Dr. William Alberts, April 17, 1982
- 57.3. Alice Wilder financial: cash book, union dues booklet, tax form, etc., 1920-1927,
- 57.4-57.6. Alice Wilder: letters from parents, Albert and Adeline Wilder, 1920-1949, n.d.; includes
uncataloged photograph (#57.6)
- 57.7. Alice Wilder: letters from sister, Virginia Wilder Anderson, 1922-1976, n.d.
- 57.8. Alice Wilder: letters from sister, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1920-1978, n.d.
- 57.9. Alice Wilder: letters from sister, Dorothy Wilder, 1919-1958, 1980-1981, n.d.
- 57.10. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1918-1923
- 58.1. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1924
- 58.2-58.3. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1925
- 58.4-58.5. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1926
- 58.6. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1927
- 58.7. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1928
- 58.8. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1929
- 58.9. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1930
- 59.1. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1931-1938
- 59.2. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1940-1949
- 59.3. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1950-1959
- 59.4. Alice Wilder: letters to, 1960-1977
- 59.5. Alice Wilder: letters to, n.d.
- 59.6. Alice Wilder notebook: schoolwork assignments, 1917; expenses for feeding chickens,
accounting of eggs production, 1918-1920
- 59.7. Alice Wilder notes, 1948-1952, n.d.
- 59.8. Alice Wilder Sunday school diploma, 1919; Audubon Society certificate, 1924
- 59.9. Alice Wilder teaching: certificate, notes, teaching position announcements, etc.,
- 59.10-59.11. Dorothy Wilder account books, 1952-1987
- 59.12. Dorothy Wilder address book, n.d.
- 60.1. Dorothy Wilder: Ashby First Parish Church newsletters, reports, correspondence, notes,
- 60.2. Dorothy Wilder: "business addresses, teaching notes, superintendants' names, etc.,"
- 60.3. Dorothy Wilder: certificates and awards, 1907, 1983, 1988, n.d.
- 60.4. Dorothy Wilder clippings, 1962, 1988, 1990
- 60.5-60.6. Dorothy Wilder diaries, 1982-1991
- 60.7. Dorothy Wilder education: Ashby High School schoolwork and graduation program, 1917,
- 60.8. Dorothy Wilder education: Boston University class notes re: education classes, 1920,
n.d.; transcript, 1925
- 60.9. Dorothy Wilder education: Boston University yearbook, The Hub, 1922; also includes Virginia Wilder Anderson
- 60.10. Dorothy Wilder hair clipping, n.d.
- 60.11. Dorothy Wilder? handwriting exercise book, n.d.
- 60.12-61.2. Dorothy Wilder: letters from parents, Albert and Adeline Wilder, 1918-1930, n.d. (3
- 61.3-61.4. Dorothy Wilder: letters from sister, Virginia Wilder Anderson, 1921-1991, n.d.
- 61.5-62.4. Dorothy Wilder: letters from sister, Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1918-1992, n.d. (8
- 62.5. Dorothy Wilder: letters from sister, Alice Wilder, 1921-1929
- 62.6. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1915-1919
- 62.7. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1920-1921
- 63.1. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1922
- 63.2. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1923
- 63.3. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1924
- 63.4-63.5. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1925
- 63.6-63.8. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1926
- 64.1-64.2. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1927; includes uncataloged photographs (#64.1)
- 64.3-64.4. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1928
- 64.5. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1929-1943
- 64.6. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1946-1960
- 64.7. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1961
- 65.1. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1962
- 65.2. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1965-1981
- 65.3. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1982
- 65.4. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1983
- 65.5. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1984-1989
- 65.6. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, 1990-1992
- 65.7. Dorothy Wilder: letters to, n.d.
- 65.8. Dorothy Wilder memorial service programs, obituaries, etc., 1992
- 66.1. Dorothy Wilder: "Montachusetts Rainbow Coalition": minutes, mailings, agendas, etc.,
re: Jesse Jackson Presidential campaign, 1984
- 66.2. Dorothy Wilder "notes and stories," 1940-1991, n.d.
- 66.3. Dorothy Wilder notes re: "old Ashby homes," 1967, n.d.
- 66.4. Gertrude Wilder: letters from mother, Sarah Carr Wilder, 1876-1881
- 66.5. Gertrude Wilder: letters to, 1877-1881; mainly from Amos Lawrence
- 66.6. Harry A. Wilder bills, 1884-1891
- 66.7. Harry A. Wilder: letters to, 1877-1902
- 66.8. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder? calling cards, n.d.
- 66.9. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder household bills, 1863-1867; household account book,
- 66.10. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder?: letters from Carrie Adams, 1883-1887
- 66.11. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Addison P. Brown, 1879-1896
- 67.1. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Alonzo A. Carr, Sarah's brother, 1861-1865;
includes Civil War letters
- 67.2. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Alice Tyler Cutts, 1895-1906
- 67.3. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Hannah Kinsmans, 1879-1884
- 67.4. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Sallie Lamb, 1879-1881
- 67.5. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Amos Lawrence, 1866-1878
- 67.6. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Addie Lawrence Tyler, 1868-1876
- 67.7. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Albert A. Wilder, Henry's brother, re:
Civil War service, 1862-1864; includes letters from other soldiers re: Albert's dysentery
and death in Marietta, Georgia; Civil War generals carte de visites
- 67.8. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Gertrude Wilder, Henry and Sarah's daughter,
- 67.9-67.10. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Herbert Wilder, Henry and Sarah's son,
- 67.11. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from May Willard, 1884-1885
- 67.12. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from Abigail L. Woody, 1884-1885
- 67.13. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters from S.M. Wyman, 1877-1882
- 67.14-68.3. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: letters to, 1853-1919, n.d. (5 folders)
- 68.4. Henry C. and Sarah Carr Wilder: marriage certificate, 1858; letters from Henry to
- 68.5. John B. and Susan Wilder: letters from Henry C. Wilder, John and Susan's son, 1858,
- 68.6. Unknown and other family: letters to, 1825-1916, n.d.
- 68.7. Writings by various, mainly unidentified family, 1851-1918, n.d.
- Series V. PHOTOGRAPHS AND OVERSIZED, ca.1860-ca.1990 (#PD.1-PD.12, FD.1-FD.2, OD.1-OD.2)
#PD.1-PD.12 FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.1. Photographs of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1911-1929 (13 photographs)
- PD.2. Photographs of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, 1931-ca.1990 (13 photographs)
- PD.3. Photographs painted by Cynthia Anthonsen Foster, possibly for Bachrach Studio, 1920s?;
includes 3 photographs on milk glass (11 photographs)
- PD.4. Photographs of Cynthia Anthonsen Foster's friends, n.d.; includes Kenneth R. Miller,
Francis E. Syphax (5 photographs)
- PD.5. Photographs of Virginia Wilder Anderson and children, 1931, n.d. (6 photographs)
- PD.6. Photograph of Carl Anthonsen, n.d.
- PD.7. Photographs of Carr, Lawrence, Tyler, Wilder families, ca.1860-1879, n.d. (20 photographs)
- PD.8. Photographs of Albert and Adeline Wilder, ca.1890-1930s (5 photographs)
- PD.9. Photographs of Alice Wilder, n.d. (2 photographs)
- PD.10f+. Photograph of Dorothy Wilder: Ashby High School class of 1947 trip to Washington,
D.C. (Wilder was chaperon), April 23, 1947
- PD.11. Photographs of Dorothy Wilder, 1921-1969, n.d. (12 photographs)
- PD.12. Photographs: Dorothy Wilder: Appalachian Mountain Club, August Camp, Weld, Maine,
1932-1936 (16 photographs)
- FD.1. Art: artwork, 1919-1931, n.d.
- OD.1. Art: artwork, 1919-1931, n.d.
- FD.2. Awards: Community Church of Boston Sacco-Vanzetti Memorial Award certificate, 1984
- OD.2. Cynthia Anthonsen Foster: Ashby High School diploma, 1924; School of the Museum of
Fine Arts diploma, Department of Drawing and Painting, n.d.; hand-written protest
signs on poster board: "War Is the Quintessence of Evil! It Is the Greatest of All
Evils because It Contains All Other Evils within Itself. John Haynes Holmes," "Pay
Taxes for Human Needs Not for Human Destruction" (side 1), "It is Wrong to Seize Income
Payment to Force People to Pay for War" (side 2), n.d.; Carl Anthonsen Jefferson Elementary
School diploma, 1916; Alice Wilder Ashby High School diploma, 1920
Ashby (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Civil disobedience--United States
Civil rights--United States
Manuscripts for publication
Mothers and daughters--United States
Parent and child--United States
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Voyages and travels
War tax resistance--United States
Women and peace
Anderson, Virginia, 1901-2003
Anthonsen, Carl, 1900-1966
Boston. Community Church
Carr, Alonzo A., 1837-1922
Foster, Cynthia Anthonsen, 1907-2007
Foster, Emery M. (Emery Milton), 1891-1979
Greater Boston Fellowship of Reconciliation
Miller, Kenneth R.
Syphax, Francis E.
Wilder, Adeline, 1876-1977
Wilder, Albert M., 1870-1951
Wilder, Alice L., 1902-1982
Wilder, Dorothy, 1899-1992
Wilder, Henry C.
Wilder, Sarah Carr
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom