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Catalog Number S1515
Title Mary A Harris Letters
Object Name Correspondence
Scope & Content Collection of 19 letters dating from 1881 to 1889 to and from Mary A. Harris. Letters appear to be primarily from former classmates of Mary's as well as between Mary and her mother and sister while she was staying with friends in Durham, NH and while traveling with her father.

Mary A. Harris was the daughter of Robert L. Harris and Lucy M. Kimball, born December 18, 1864 and died February 15, 1952. The family home in Portsmouth was located at 43 Austin Street however they were frequently traveling sometimes with their father who was engaged in construction of railroads and bridges throughout the United States. Mary was an artist and the Athenaeum has a collection of her artwork as well as other collections of her letters. See also MS065 Mary A. Harris Collection, MS078 Harris Family Papers, S0980 Mary Harris Address Book and PS2514-2551 Harris Family Photographs.

Folder Listing:

1881 July 15 Mae E. Coe (Durham, NH) to Mary A. Harris (San Antonio, TX) greetings and inquiring about life in Texas.
1881 Nov 13Mae E. Coe to Mary A. Harris (San Antonio, TX) greetings and asking about school.
1883 Apr 22Mae E. Coe (Lowell Seminary) to Mary A. Harris (Brooklyn, NY) inquires about her school work and requests Mary send her a photograph.
1884 Sept 6Mary A. Harris (Portland, OR) to Lucy Harris (Portsmouth, NH) Mary is traveling out west with her father, Robert L. Harris and hopes to go to San Francisco with him but the trip has been delayed.
1886 Oct 12M Hougan [?] (Bald Mountain, CO) to Mary A. Harris (Brooklyn, NY) discusses plants and Christmas.
1886 Dec 4M. Hougan (Bald Mountain, CO) to Mary A. Harris (Brooklyn, NY) provides instruction regarding Columbine seeds he had sent to Mary previously, references the "10x1=10" Society.
1887 Dec 24Sadie G. Tarbell (Marietta, GA) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) a former Portsmouth woman describes life in Georgia, including a house next to hers that is the "'before the war' style house with tall columns in front…", she also discusses flowers and gardening in Georgia.
1888 Jan 15 unknown to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) general greetings
1888 Feb 16Marie (Brooklyn, NY) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) mentions going on a carriage ride, ice skating and socializing.
1888 Mar 1Marie (Brooklyn, NY) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) mentions skating, playing tennis, attending an opera (and acting inappropriate at it) and socializing.
1888 Mar 10Sadie G. Tarbell (St. Augustine, FL) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) descriptions of travel in Florida and Georgia.
1888 Apr 26Sadie G. Tarbell (Marietta, GA) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) general greetings, parents are thinking of relocating from New York to New Jersey.
1888 May 5M. A. Scott (New York, NY) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) discusses relationship trouble.
1888 Sept 6H. A. Dickinson (Boston, MA) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) discusses social calls, travel around Boston and up to Kennebunk, Maine.
1888 Sept 16Brent (San Antonio, TX) to Mary A. Harris (Portsmouth, NH) description of horsebacking riding in Texas.
1889 Mar 31Jeanie to Lucy Harris [Mrs. R. L. Harris] (Brooklyn, NY) relationship trouble, she states "I shall feel grateful for any advice or consolation you can offer me as I believe that at one time Uncle Robert was just the same sort of caller…"
Undated Mary A. Harris (Durham, NH) to Edith Harris and Lucy Harris (mother) Mary is in Durham and mentions a day trip to Dover, missing her family and Edith's trip to New Castle where she had firecrackers.
Undated Mary A. Harris (Durham, NH) to Lucy Harris (mother) Mary is staying at the Coe Farm in Durham, NH, mentions the Treadwell family, socializing with boys and illness.
Undated Lillian A. Sillcocks to Marie Harris (Brooklyn, NY)
Undated Misc. notes and notecards

Collection Mary A. Harris Letters
People Harris, Edith Kimball, b. 1868
Harris, Mary Aubin, 1864-1952
Harris, Lucy Woodward Kimball, b. 1832
Sillcocks, Lillian A.
Coe, Mae E., dfl. 1881
Tarbell, Sadie G., dfl. 1887
Subjects Portsmouth (N.H.)
Durham (N.H.)
School children
Date 1881-1889