William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Clara Ballou Papers, 1900-1903, bulk 1902-1903
Meg Hixon, November 2011
Clara Ballou papers
Nichols, Clara Ballou, 1869-1916 and Miller, Carrie
0.25 linear feet
The Clara Ballou papers contain correspondence Clara and her traveling companion, Florence, wrote to their aunt, Carrie Miller, while traveling throughout Europe. The collection also includes love letters Clara received from her future husband, Joshua W. Nichols of Hathorne, Massachusetts.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
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.
Clara Ballou papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically, with photographs, newspaper clippings, and a cloth clutch placed at the end.
Clara Louisa Ballou was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 30, 1869. During her early 30s, she traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, and when she returned in 1903, she married Joshua W. Nichols of Hathorne, Massachusetts, with whom she had two children, John and Florence. She died in Danvers, Massachusetts, on June 1, 1916. Her Aunt Carrie lived in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband, George W. Miller.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Clara Ballou papers contain correspondence Clara and her traveling companion, Florence, wrote to their aunt, Carrie Miller, while traveling throughout Europe. The collection also includes love letters Clara received from her future husband, Joshua W. Nichols of Hathorne, Massachusetts. The first 3 letters in the collection, from December 1900 and January 1901, describe their travels in Jamaica, and provide detailed descriptions of scenery, local fashion, and social life around the island. The rest of the letters relate to their extended tour of Europe, which occupied most of 1902, and includes correspondence from the travelers and from Clara's beau, whose letters often reveal details of her adventures. Throughout much of their trip, Clara and Florence toured England, though they also visited Ireland and Norway. Some of their destinations were Oxford's Bodleian Library, the city of London, and Blarney Castle; they also intended to view the coronation of Edward VII in June, but it was delayed when the future king became ill. Though Clara and Florence are well represented, Joshua Nichols wrote most of the letters, and filled them with proclamations of love and daily news; he frequently attached newspaper clippings. A photograph of Clara in Venice, a newspaper clipping, and a small woven bag are also included.
- Courtship--United States.
- Great Britain--Description and travel.
- Hathorne (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
- Jamaica--Description and travel.
- Voyages and travels.
- Women travelers.
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Letters (correspondence)
Additional Descriptive Data
Danvers Historical Society. Committee on Publication. Historical Collections of the Danvers Historical Society. Vol. 5. Danvers, Massachusetts: Danvers Historical Society, 1917.