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Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Thackara to her parents, 1892-1897

 File — Box: 7, Folder: 3

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The collection contains family papers and correspondences and covers the period from 1854 to 1897. The correspondence contains many letters from Eleanor to her father, General Sherman, and makes frequent references to public events and personalities. Another feature of the correspondence that calls for special attention is the local color and references to many individuals, events and institutions of Philadelphia and the Main Line in the 1880’s and 1890’s. A unique part of the collection is A. M. Thackara’s correspondence, photographs and memorabilia relating to his years at Annapolis up until his marriage. Here can be found an unusual first-hand picture of Navy life in the post-Civil War period.

Also included is an in-depth sketch of life in the United States Navy after the Civil War based on Mont's diary from 1872-1873, correspondences, and memorabilia from his time at Annapolis and at sea; an intimate look at Victorian courtship practices through Ellie and Mont's relationship; and a portrait of the social customs and manners of a middle class Victorian family. Specific highlights of the Sherman Thackara collection are Ellie's love letters to Mont, Thomas Ewing Sherman's notebook from St. Louis University, first-hand accounts of Lincoln's funeral procession in Chicago and Philadelphia, and a large collection of Japanese and Javanese photographs acquired during Mont's time spent stationed in the Pacific.

Dates

  • Creation: 1892-1897

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Extent

From the Collection: 4 Linear Feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 trench coat)

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Falvey Library
800 E Lancaster Ave
Villanova PA