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Plimpton Family papers, 1607-1995, bulk 1892-1980

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Series I: Correspondence, 1848-1994, undated

This series consists of correspondence written to and by the creators for whom the subseries are named. The subseries are arranged in genealogical order; within each subseries, the correspondence is arranged alphabetically.


Subseries I.1: Pearsons, Frances Taylor and Family, 1848-1900

The letters here were written and/or received by the members of the Pearsons family: W.B.C. (William) Pearsons, his wife, Sarah Taylor Pearsons, and their daughter, Frances, the first wife of George Arthur Plimpton.

Included is a love letter written by William to Sarah during their courtship, as well as several letters he sent to her while serving with the Union Army during the Civil War. Also present are letters written by both Pearsons to Frances and her husband, George Arthur Plimpton.

Among Frances's correspondence are letters written to her cousin, and fellow Wellesley College student, Louise Pearsons, during and after her years at Wellesley. Also contained here is correspondence between Louise and other family members, including her parents, around the time of her marriage, in 1892, to George Arthur Plimpton.


Pearsons, Sarah Taylor and Pearsons, W.B.C.



Box 1 Folder 1 Pearsons, D.K. to Pearsons, Sarah, undated


Box 1 Folder 2 Pearsons, Sarah to Plimpton, Frances Taylor Pearsons and Plimpton, George Arthur,, 1892


Box 1 Folder 3 Pearsons, Sarah to Leonard, Katherine, 1905


Box 1 Folder 4 Pearsons, Sarah to Plimpton, Francis T.P., 1905


Box 1 Folder 5 Pearsons, W.B.C. to Putnam, Olive, 1848


Box 1 Folder 6 Pearsons, W.B.C. to Taylor [Pearsons], Sarah, 1855


Box 1 Folder 7 to 9 Pearsons, W.B.C. to Pearsons, Sarah, 1864, (3 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 10 Pearsons, W.B.C. to Plimpton, George Arthur and Plimpton, Frances Taylor Pearsons,, 1897


Plimpton, Frances Taylor Pearsons


Box 1 Folder 11 Macnaughton, Elizabeth and James, 1892


Box 1 Folder 12 Macnaughton, Elizabeth, 1893


Box 1 Folder 13 to 19 Pearsons, Louise, circa, 1880s-1900, (7 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 20 Pearsons, Sarah, 1892 October-1893 February



Box 2 Folder 1 to 2 Pearsons, W.B.C. and Pearsons, Sarah, 1892-1896, (2 Folders)


Subseries I.2: Plimpton, George Arthur,1892-1941

This subseries contains personal, professional and vocational correspondence of George Arthur Plimpton.

The bulk of the personal correspondence is with Francis T. P. Plimpton, George's son. The professional correspondence comprises letters to and from partners, employees, and aspiring employees of the educational publishing firm, Ginn and Company. Plimpton's interests in collecting portraits and rare books, as well as his engagement in educational institutions, scholarly organizations, foreign relations and philanthropy are represented in this correspondence.


Family and Personal


Box 2 Folder 3 to 4 General, 1892-1941, undated, 1892-1941, undated, (2 Folders)


Box 2 Folder 5 Adams Family 1904-1919 (Bessie M., Carrie Plimpton and Mrs. E.A.), 1904-1919


Box 2 Folder 6 Harper Family, 1915-1927, undated, 1915-1927, undated

(Annie Adams, Edwin A. and Robert A.)


Box 2 Folder 7 Pearsons, W.B.C. and Sarah, 1892


Box 2 Folder 8 Plimpton, Anne, Francis, Calvin and Emily, 1932


Box 2 Folder 9 Plimpton, Elizabeth, 1904-1915


Box 2 Folder 10 Plimpton, Frances Taylor Pearsons, Marriage and Death of, and Plimpton, Francis T. P., Birth and Infancy of,, 1892-1902


Box 2 Folder 11 to 15 Plimpton, Francis T. P., circa 1904-1908, undated, 1904-1908, undated, (5 Folders)


Box 2 Folder 16 to 17 Plimpton, Francis T. P.--Alaska Trip,1910, (2 Folders)



Box 3 Folder 1 Plimpton, Francis T. P.--Alaska Trip--Presentation Copy, 1910


Box 3 Folder 2 to 12 Plimpton, Francis T. P., 1915-1935, (11 Folders)



Box 4 Folder 1 Plimpton, Francis T. P. and Plimpton, Pauline Ames, 1930-1931


Box 4 Folder 2 to 5 Plimpton, John C. and John C., Jr., 1911-1937, (4 Folders)


Box 4 Folder 6 Plimpton, John C. and Plimpton, Carrie--"War letters,", 1914-1921


Box 4 Folder 7 "War letters,", 1915-1918


Professional


Box 4 Folder 8 A, 1911-1913


Box 4 Folder 9 Ayer, Flora H., 1912-1913


Box 4 Folder 10 B, 1912-1913


Box 4 Folder 11 C, 1905-1916


Box 4 Folder 12 D, 1911-1923


Box 4 Folder 13 DeWitt, E.A., 1915-1916


Box 4 Folder 14 E, 1912-1913


Box 4 Folder 15 F, 1912-1915


Box 4 Folder 16 G, 1912-1913


Box 4 Folder 17 to 19 Gosling, Arthur, 1924-1925, (3 Folders)



Box 5 Folder 1 H, 1912-1916


Box 5 Folder 2 Hall, Dana and O. J. Laylander, 1915-1916

(Chicago office)


Box 5 Folder 3 Hill, Charlotte F., 1912-1913


Box 5 Folder 4 to 5 Hilton, H.H., 1915-1916, (2 Folders)


Box 5 Folder 6 Hodgdon, F.C., 1915-1916


Box 5 Folder 7 Hughan, Evelyn West, 1920-1925


Box 5 Folder 8 I-J, 1912-1913


Box 5 Folder 9 K, 1912-1913


Box 5 Folder 10 to 11 Krekel, C. Harry and Edith, 1912-1913, (2 Folders)


Box 5 Folder 12 L, 1913-1916


Box 5 Folder 13 Lawler, Thomas B., 1913-1916


Box 5 Folder 14 M, 1912-1913


Box 5 Folder 15 N, 1912-1920


Box 5 Folder 16 O, 1912-1913


Box 5 Folder 17 P, 1912-1913



Box 6 Folder 1 to 4 Parkhurst, Lewis, 1915-1916, (4 Folders)


Box 6 Folder 5 Partners, 1915


Box 6 Folder 6 R, 1912-1913


Box 6 Folder 7 Robeson, L.B., 1915


Box 6 Folder 8 S, 1912-1915


Box 6 Folder 9 Smith, David Eugene, 1912-1913


Box 6 Folder 10 Smith, S.C., 1915-1916


Box 6 Folder 11 T, 1912-1913


Box 6 Folder 12 Thomas, Richard S., 1915-1916


Box 6 Folder 13 to 15 Thurber, Charles H., 1912-1916 (3 of 4 Folders), 1912-1916



Box 7 Folder 1 Thurber, Charles H., 1912-1916 (1of 4 Folders), 1912-1916


Box 7 Folder 2 U-W, 1912-1921


Ginn and Company


Box 7 Folder 3 to 9 1916-1929, (7 Folders)



Box 32 Folder 3 to 7 Financial Reports, 1914-1930, (5 Folders)



Box 7 Folder 10 Gift Account Finances, 1925-1926


Vocational


Book and Portrait Collection


Box 7 Folder 11 General, 1926-1929


Box 7 Folder 12 Book Collection, Cataloguing and Placement of, 1930-1936


Box 7 Folder 13 Education of Shakespeare, 1933


Box 7 Folder 14 to 15 Exhibits, 1903-1933, (2 Folders)


Box 7 Folder 16 to 17 Hospitality, 1902-1933, (2 Folders)



Box 8 Folder 1 to 3 Lectures, 1902-1934, (3 Folders)


Box 8 Folder 4 Martini, Giovanni, 1902-1907

(Joseph)


Box 8 Folder 5 to 6 Portrait Collection, 1905-1936, (2 Folders)


Box 8 Folder 7 Rara Arithmetica, 1921


Educational Institutions and Scholarly Organizations


Box 8 Folder 8 American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1914


Box 8 Folder 9 American Academy of Political Science, 1926


Box 8 Folder 10 American Philological Association, 1922


Box 8 Folder 11 American Political Science Association (Dictionary of American Biography),, 1919


Box 8 Folder 12 Amherst College, 1925


Box 8 Folder 13 Amherst College-- Delta Kappa Epsilon House Library, 1936


Box 8 Folder 14 Barnard College, 1916-1927


Box 8 Folder 15 Bibliographical Society of America, 1906-1921


Box 8 Folder 16 College Board of the Presbyterian Church in the USA, 1908-1913


Box 8 Folder 17 Doshisha University, 1904-1926


Box 8 Folder 18 to 19 Educational Institutions, General, 1912-1928, (2 Folders)


Box 8 Folder 20 Evangelical Seminary of Mexico--Howland, John, 1925-1926



Box 9 Folder 1 Friends of the Library of Columbia University, 1933


Box 9 Folder 2 Mediaeval [sic] Academy of America, 1924-1932


Box 9 Folder 3 to 5 Phillips Exeter Academy, 1903-1928, (3 Folders)


Box 9 Folder 6 Union Theological Seminary, 1915-1916


Foreign Relations


Box 9 Folder 7 to 9 American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, 1913-1934, (3 Folders)


Box 9 Folder 10 to 11 China, 1917-1928, (2 Folders)


Box 9 Folder 12 China--S.Y. Livingston Hu, 1921-1926


Box 9 Folder 13 Japan, 1918-1921


Box 9 Folder 14 Korea--YMCA, 1921-1926


Box 9 Folder 15 Liberia, 1903-1925


Box 9 Folder 16 Near East Relief, 1914-1933 (1 of 7 Folders), 1914-1933



Box 10 Folder 1 to 6 Near East Relief, 1914-1933 (6 of 7 Folders), 1914-1933


Box 10 Folder 7 Philippines--YMCA, 1926


Box 10 Folder 8 Turkey, 1928


Box 10 Folder 9 Wilson, Woodrow, 1913


"Peace"


Box 10 Folder 10 to 12 Church Peace Union, 1918-1922, (3 Folders)


Box 10 Folder 13 Citizens Committee of One Thousand, 1918


Box 10 Folder 14 League to Enforce Peace, 1916-1921


Box 10 Folder 15 World Peace Foundation, 1922-1929


Box 10 Folder 16 Other Peace Organizations, 1921-1929


Subseries I.3: Plimpton, Francis T.P. and Pauline Ames Plimpton, 1906-1994, undated, 1906-1994, undated

The bulk of this subseries includes the correspondence between Francis T.P. Plimpton and Pauline Ames Plimpton. When separated, due to professional or family obligations or the occasional solo trip, they corresponded frequently. Other correspondents include their children, parents and the extended Ames, Pearsons and Plimpton families.

Also included here is the correspondence they received regarding "Letters in Training" a privately published compilation of the letters George Plimpton wrote to his parents while he was stationed in Italy (1945-1946). Francis and Pauline distributed "Letters in Training" to their friends and family at Christmas 1946.

Francis's correspondence, somewhat more extensive here than Pauline's, includes correspondence with family, friends and teachers dating from his youth. Pauline's correspondence contains letters regarding her writings about Villa Balbianello, a property on Lake Como, Italy, purchased by her uncle, Butler Ames.


Francis and Pauline



Box 11 Folder 1 to 12 To and From Francis and Pauline, 1932-1971, (12 Folders)


Box 11 Folder 13 Ames Family--General, 1916-1950


Box 11 Folder 14 Ames, Blanche, 1932-1937, 1967, 1932-1937, 1967



Box 12 Folder 1 Davis, Evvie, 1933-1992

(Mrs. John Paschall Davis)


Box 12 Folder 2 Metropolitan Museum of Art


Box 12 Folder 3 Pearsons Family, 1939-1956, undated, 1939-1956, undated


Box 12 Folder 4 Plimpton, Calvin H., 1937-1978


Box 12 Folder 5 Plimpton, Fanny Hastings, 1930-1944


Box 12 Folder 6 Plimpton, Francis Taylor Pearsons, Jr., 1976-1981


Box 12 Folder 7 Plimpton, George Ames, 1942-1970


Box 12 Folder 8 Plimpton, George Ames--Letters in Training--Regarding, 1946-1947


Box 12 Folder 9 to 10 Plimpton, George Arthur, 1909-1935, (2 Folders)


Box 12 Folder 11 Plimpton, Oakes Ames, 1950-1981


Box 12 Folder 12 Plimpton, Sarah, 1958-1979


Box 12 Folder 13 Stevenson, Adlai, 1958-1960


Francis


Box 12 Folder 14 1906-1916 (1 of 2 Folders), 1906-1916



Box 13 Folder 1 1906-1916 (2 of 2 Folders), 1906-1916


Box 13 Folder 2 1921-1948


Box 13 Folder 3 1958-1978


Box 13 Folder 4 Family--General, 1939-1981


Box 13 Folder 5 "Fan Mail,", 1961-1979


Box 13 Folder 6 Reminiscences of, 1945


Box 13 Folder 7 to 9 United Nations Appointment, 1961, (3 Folders)


Pauline



Box 14 Folder 1 1949-1994


Box 14 Folder 2 to 3 Memorial Service for Francis, 1983, (2 Folders)


Box 14 Folder 4 to 5 Villa Balbianello, 1990-1992, (2 Folders)


Portrait Collection-- George Arthur Plimpton's


Box 14 Folder 6 to 7 Correspondence, 1940-1979, (2 Folders)


Box 14 Folder 8 Information Pages, undated


Box 14 Folder 9 Lists, 1926-1956, undated, 1926-1956, undated


Box 14 Folder 10 Purchases, 1929-1932, undated, 1929-1932, undated



Box 52 Folder 1 Photographs--Collection, undated


Box 52 Folder 2 Photographs--From dealers, undated