Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Georgiana Hemingway Correspondence, 1858-1867

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray and Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Georgiana Hemingway correspondence
Creator: Cook, Georgiana Hemingway, b. 1842
Inclusive dates: 1858-1867
Bulk dates: 1858-1865
Extent: 32 items
Abstract:
This collection is comprised of 31 letters that Georgiana Hemingway of Fair Haven, Connecticut, received from female friends, her parents, and her siblings between 1858 and 1867. Her acquaintances discussed their social lives, courtship, and the Civil War, and her family members provided news from Fair Haven while Georgiana traveled. The correspondence includes one letter from Hemingway's brother Charles to their mother, Theresa.

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:

2000. M-4081.3.

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:

Georgiana Hemingway correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Georgiana Hemingway was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in March 1842, the daughter of Willis Hemingway, a dry goods merchant, and his wife Theresa. Georgiana had three younger brothers: Willis, Charles, and Frederick. During the Civil War, Hemingway lived in Fair Haven, Connecticut (now part of New Haven), and Suffield, Connecticut, though she occasionally traveled to Philadelphia and New York City. On June 30, 1877, she married Joseph Cook (1838-1901), an author and lecturer. They lived in Boston and in Ticonderoga, New York. Georgiana Hemingway Cook later became active in the temperance movement and other social causes.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of 31 letters that Georgiana Hemingway of Fair Haven, Connecticut, received from female friends, her parents, and her siblings between 1858 and 1867. Her acquaintances discussed their social lives, courtship, and the Civil War, and her family members provided news from Fair Haven while Georgiana traveled. The correspondence includes one letter from Hemingway's brother Charles to their mother, Theresa.

Between 1858 and 1865, Georgiana Hemingway primarily resided with her family at Fair Haven, Connecticut (in modern New Haven), though she spent time in Suffield, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New York City. Georgiana's friend Lizzie Cutts sent 4 letters from New Hampshire and Massachusetts between 1858 and 1861, commenting candidly on courtship and describing two incidents of unwanted advances made by male acquaintances. Hemingway also received 3 letters from a friend at the Sayre Female Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, who reported on her social life at the school and on mutual acquaintances (1863-1864). In one particularly descriptive letter, she told Georgiana about her travel from Lexington to Madison, Wisconsin, for Christmastime (January 8, 1863). Hemingway also received letters from her brothers Charles, Willis, and Frederick, who provided updates on marriages, deaths, and other local news from Fair Haven while Georgiana was away.

Though the letters focus primarily on the activities of friends and family members, some writers mentioned news and effects of the Civil War, such as optimism following the Union victory at Vicksburg (July 11, 1863) and the upcoming hanging of the Lincoln conspirators (July 6, 1865).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Courtship--United States.
    • Fair Haven (Conn.)--Social life and customs.
    • Female friendship.
    • Massachusetts--Social life and customs.
    • New Hampshire--Social life and customs.
    • Sayre Female Institute (Lexington, Ky.)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects.
    • Women--United States--Social life and customs.
    Contributors:
    • Cutts, Lizzie.
    • Hemingway, Charles.
    • Hemingway, Frederick.
    • Hemingway, Theresa.
    • Hemingway, Willis, b. ca. 1818.
    • Hemingway, Willis, b. ca. 1845.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   50, Small Collections  
    Georgiana Hemingway correspondence [series]:
    Folder   25-31  
     April 28, 1858-Febraury 7, 1867, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    The Twenty Years' Record of the Yale Class of 1862. Bangor, Maine: Press of John H. Bacon, 1884.

    Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915. John William Leonard, Editor. New York: The American Commonwealth Company, 1914.