Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Clara Ballou Papers, 1900-1903, bulk 1902-1903

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Clara Ballou papers
Creator: Nichols, Clara Ballou, 1869-1916 and Miller, Carrie
Inclusive dates: 1900-1903
Bulk dates: 1902-1903
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
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.
Language: The material is in English
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:

1998. M-3454.1.

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:

Clara Ballou papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with photographs, newspaper clippings, and a cloth clutch placed at the end.


Biography

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Courtship--United States.
    • Great Britain--Description and travel.
    • Hathorne (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
    • Jamaica--Description and travel.
    • Voyages and travels.
    • Women travelers.
    Contributors:
    • Nichols, Joshua W.
    Genre Terms:
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-10
     January 14, 1900-May 3, 1903
     
    Photograph, newspaper clipping, and bag [series]
    Box   1 Folder   11
     Undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Danvers Historical Society. Committee on Publication. Historical Collections of the Danvers Historical Society. Vol. 5. Danvers, Massachusetts: Danvers Historical Society, 1917.