This collection (432 items) contains letters that Julia Ann Joy, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received in the 1840s and 1850s.
The Correspondence series (424 items) contains many letters that Joy received from acquaintances, cousins, and other family members, who reported on their lives in places such as New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and West Virginia. Correspondents provided personal and local news, such as an account of a 32-year-old man's marriage to a 12-year-old girl (April 13, 1845); at least 2 refer to strained relations between the North and South. Additional correspondence concerns Joy's work as a personal shopper: customers requested items, thanked her for her services, and discussed payment.
The Documents series (3 items) contains 2 invoices for goods that Charles C. Ingram purchased from L. J. Levy & Co. in 1847 and 1848 and a partially printed lease between the Moline Water Company and Andrew Anderson of Moline, Illinois (December 16, 1889).
The Poetry series contains 2 manuscript poems: one about martyrdom and one about a hunting trip.
The Ephemera series (3 items) includes a sticker with a picture of wheat and the caption "You deserve thrashing" (with a manuscript caption, "So does all good wheat!"), a printed advertisement for Julia Joy's personal shopping services, and an April 1891 issue of St. Jude's Parish News.