William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Pierre F. Boname Letters, 1864-1882
Ellen Poteet, Erin Platte, and Meg Hixon, November 2011
Pierre F. Boname letters
This collection consists primarily of correspondence written by transatlantic merchant Pierre Boname; his father, C. A. Boname; and his niece Catherine, about their lives in New York City and about contemporary French politics.
The material is in French
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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1992. M-2891.28 .
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
Pierre F. Boname Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Pierre F. Boname was born in 1833 in France, where he inherited a love of the arts from his father, C. A. Boname. He emigrated to New York City, and found work as a clerk for a merchant firm. In 1872, he started his own retail business, and eventually established himself in the hardware industry, often using the name "Peter." In 1877, he moved to Newark, New Jersey, and, a year later, married a woman named Victorine (b. 1843). His sister Louise emigrated to the United States in 1865, and, after living with her brother in New York City, she moved to Philadelphia, where she worked as a governess and teacher.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection consists primarily of correspondence written by transatlantic merchant Pierre Boname; his father, C. A. Boname; and his niece Catherine, about their lives in New York City and about contemporary French politics. Pierre wrote the majority of the letters in the collection to his sister Louise, and they reveal the siblings' close relationship. They frequently mentioned their separation, and on several occasions, they planned to take trips together. Pierre, a lover of the arts, often mentioned lectures he had attended and books he had read. Between 1874 and 1882, their father, who signed himself "C. A.," sent his daughter updates from France, including information about domestic and international politics. Though discouraged about the state of his country, he professed a lasting devotion, despite the pessimism engendered by the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). In addition to correspondence, the collection also includes a printed advertisement for a boarding school located in Annonay, France.
- Brothers and sisters.
- France--Politics and government--19th century.
- France--Social conditions--19th century.
- New York (N.Y.)--History--1865-1898.
- Paris (France)
- Boname, C. A.
- Boname, Pierre F., b. 1833.
- Boname, Catherine.