Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Pierre F. Boname Letters, 1864-1882

Finding aid created by
Ellen Poteet, Erin Platte, and Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Pierre F. Boname letters
Creator: Boname, Louise
Inclusive dates: 1864-1882
Extent: 97 items
Abstract:
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.
Language: The material is in French
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1992. M-2891.28 .

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Pierre F. Boname Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Brothers and sisters.
    • France--Politics and government--19th century.
    • France--Social conditions--19th century.
    • New York (N.Y.)--History--1865-1898.
    • Paris (France)
    Contributors:
    • Boname, C. A.
    • Boname, Pierre F., b. 1833.
    • Boname, Catherine.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   19, Small Collections  
    Pierre F. Boname letters [series]
    Folders   7-15  
     December 9, 1864-February 12, 1882