Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Mary Avery Correspondence, 1879-1881

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Mary Avery correspondence
Creator: Avery, Susan
Inclusive dates: 1879-1881
Extent: 28 items
Abstract:
The Mary Avery correspondence consists of 28 letters written by Mary Avery, primarily to her mother, Susan C. Avery, from 1879-1881. In her letters, Mary described her academic and social life while attending Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, 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-3492.4.

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:

Mary Avery Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Mary Angelyn Champion Avery was born in Connecticut on November 15, 1861. Her father, John Avery, was a Congregational minister for several congregations in Connecticut. Mary attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts, during the early 1880s, and graduated in 1884. She later became a teacher.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 28 letters written by Mary Avery, primarily to her mother, Susan C. Avery, from 1879-1881. Mary described her daily life at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, mainly regarding her social engagements. However, in her letter of November 15, 1880, she discussed her charitable efforts for a school for African Americans in South Carolina, and mentioned her donation toward a scholarship for a potential student. She also mentioned aspects of her recovery from an outbreak of measles that had spread throughout the school, and told of her need for a pair of dark colored glasses (February 22, 1881). Her letters revealed much about her family's life, as well; for example, her father, a clergyman, was temporarily unemployed and her mother suffered from a medical ailment that was causing her vision to decline.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.
    • Women--Education--United States--History--19th century.
    Contributors:
    • Avery, Mary, b. 1861.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   9, Small Collections  
    Mary Avery correspondence [series]
    Folder   28-30  
     1879-1881
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Avery, Elroy M. The Groton Avery Clan. Higginson Book Company, 1998.