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Mary Ann Lewis papers


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Mary Ann Lewis papers, 1811-1895 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Title: Mary Ann Lewis papers, 1811-1895Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Lewis, Mary Ann R. (1797-1884)

Other Creators: Phelps, Mary Lewis (1836-1911)

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet


This collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Invitations

Series 2: Miscellaneous

Subjects: Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs

Forms of Material: Invitations

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Luke Lewis family moved to Litchfield, Conn. in 1811 and lived in a house at #7 East Street in the center of town. Mr. Luke Lewis operated a store on the property and his four daughters all attended the Litchfield Female Academy at various times from 1812-1821. The majority of the collection consists of invitations and replies  from members of Litchfield families, Litchfield Female Academy students, and Litchfield Law School students.

Biographical Note

Mary Ann R. Lewis was born February 1, 1797, the daughter of Luke and Mary H. (Root) Lewis. She and her three sisters, Amelia, Jane, and Louisa, all attended the Litchfield Female Academy. She died unmarried on June 7, 1884 and is buried in Litchfield's East Cemetery.

Subject/Index Terms

Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Method: It is presumed that these papers were donated by Mary Lewis Phelps, niece of Mary Ann Lewis. Mary Lewis Phelps was Secretary and Curator of the Litchfield Historical Society from 1905-1909. She lived in the Lewis/Phelps house all her life.

Related Materials: In the Litchfield Female Academy Collection: Louisa (Lewis) Phelps' Autograph album (1817); Jane R. Lewis' Journal for the summer of 1820 and Autograph album circa 1820. For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Preferred Citation: Mary Ann Lewis papers, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Processing Information:

These papers were arranged in numbered folders in no particular order. A finding aid had been created by listing the folders in numerical order. A generic c1800 was given for all items that were not dated. For the most part, this did not correlate to the dates of  Lewis family  members.

  The current finding aid puts the folders in alphabetical order by correspondent. As the majority of the items are invitations sent to Lewis family members or replies received by the Lewises from invitees to their invitations, some dates may be established. For example, notes sent to "the Misses Lewis" are presumed to be before 1830 because Amelia Lewis died in 1820, Jane Lewis died in 1830, and Louisa Lewis married in 1829, leaving only Mary Ann as a remaining Miss Lewis.

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Invitations],
[Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1811-1895],

Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1811-1895Add to your cart.
This series includes miscellaneous correspondence, essays, newspaper clippings, and other items. Due to the dates after the death of Mary Ann Lewis in 1884, a few  would have belonged to Mary Lewis Phelps.
Folder 1: Barney, Mr. & Mrs. Newcomb Cushman, 1895 May 28Add to your cart.
Wedding invitation for their daughter Elizabeth Cynthia Barney to Dr. John Laidlaw Buel. Also newspaper clipping about the wedding.
Folder 2: Byron, LordAdd to your cart.
Handwritten copy of "Darkness" by Lord Byron. Dated 1819.
Folder 3: Cutler, George YoungloveAdd to your cart.

Handwritten poem to Litchfield Female Academy student. First line "Let's fill our cups to beauty bright" Mentions LFA students by last name.

George Younglove  Cutler was a Litchfiled Law School studetn in 1819.

Folder 4: Deming, Emma, 1851Add to your cart.
To Miss M.L.P. [Mary Lewis Phelps] a small piece of paper with an alphabetic code.
Folder 5: Goodwin, Henry WAdd to your cart.
Business card for Henry W. Goodwin, importer and dealer in china, glass and earthen war, etc. in Hartford, Conn.
Folder 6: "Hymn to the Virgin"Add to your cart.
Handwritten poem sent to Miss Mary Ann Lewis, Litchfield.
Folder 7: "The immortality of the soul"Add to your cart.
Handwritten essay.
Folder 8: Julia, CousinAdd to your cart.
Letter addressed to M.A.L. to "My dear cousins" with family news.
Folder 9: Letters received 1853Add to your cart.
Handwritten list of letters received [no name to whom they were sent] with initials of senders and dates received in 1853.
Folder 10: Letters sent 1853Add to your cart.
Handwritten list of letters sent [no name of sender] with initials of to whom they were sent and dates in 1853.
Folder 11: Litchfield, Dr.Add to your cart.
Newspaper article titled "Wedding tactics" from "Gazette" in 1838.
Folder 12: "Miscellaneous enigma"Add to your cart.
Newspaper clipping circa 1855.
Folder 13: Phelps, MaryAdd to your cart.
Calling cards for Mary D. Parsons; and Mr. & Mrs. James Hankey.
Folder 14: Root, Timothy N, 1811 Mar 28Add to your cart.
Notice from Timothy N. Root, Constable to the inhabitants of Farmington (Conn.) to attend Freemans Meeting on April 8th.
Folder 15: Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1836 May 13Add to your cart.

Small sketch "A view of Manlius Academy, drawn by Joseph Smith Jr. May 13, 1836"

Also includes a letter from the Onondaga Historical Assoceity of Syracuse, New York to Lockett Ford Ballard, Director of the Litchfield (Conn.) Historical Society, dated 5 Aug 1980 with information about Joseph Smith, Jr. and the Manlius Academy and requesting a film negative of the sketch.

Folder 16: Smith, Joseph, Jr.Add to your cart.
Photograph of the back of the Sketch of Manlius Academy, enlarged postmark from Manlius, NY.
Folder 17: Thompson's Lessons [extracts]Add to your cart.
Handwritten copy entitled "Extracts from Thompson's Lessons  page 169th"
Folder 18: "To be Forgotten"Add to your cart.
Handwritten copy of a poem or essay.
Folder 19: "The Twelve Months of the Year"Add to your cart.
A small booklet "The twelve months of the year; with a picture for each month. adapted to northern latitudes." Published by the American Tract Society.  Inscribed M.L.P. from D.G.H.
Folder 20: [Unknown]Add to your cart.
Empty envelope from Farmington, Conn. addressed to Miss Mary Ann Lewis, Litchfield, Conn.
Folder 21: "Uses of History"Add to your cart.
Handwritten essay "Uses of History - No.8"
Folder 22: "View of the literature of the United States"Add to your cart.
Handwritten essay.
Folder 23: Withers, GAdd to your cart.
Newspaper clipping of a poem "Song" by G. Withers. circa 1832.

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