Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Holmes-Keyes Children's Letters, 1896

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, June 2006, and Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Holmes-Keyes children's letters
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1896
Extent: 6 items
Abstract:
Three young girls named Lillian Holmes Keyes, "Mildred," and "Edith" wrote these 6 letters to their grandparents in the summer of 1896. Edith's letters were penciled by her mother, Fannie. The girls wrote on illustrated children's stationery and commented on scenery, wildlife, health, and family news. Mildred addressed one of her letters from East Tilton, New Hampshire.

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:

2004. M-4350.1.

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:

Holmes-Keyes children's letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

Undated items are placed at the end of the collection.


Biography

Lillian Holmes Keyes wrote two letters to her grandparents in July 1896. Other members of her family included Mildred (b. ca. 1889), Edith, Edith's mother Fannie, and an older man named Frank. Edith had aunts named Lily and Grace, and she and Lillian shared an aunt named Alice. The Holmes family owned a store, which was sold to another family member in the summer of 1896.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Three young girls named Lillian Holmes Keyes, "Mildred," and "Edith" wrote these 6 letters to their grandparents in the summer of 1896. Edith's letters were penciled by her mother, Fannie. The girls wrote on illustrated children's stationery and commented on scenery, wildlife, health, and family news. Mildred addressed one of her letters from East Tilton, New Hampshire.

Lillian Holmes Keyes wrote 2 letters to her grandparents on July 19 and 22, 1896, about her ongoing recovery from scarlet fever. Though she could not interact with other children, she did enjoy a trip to a nearby lake with her Aunt Alice. "Mildred" sent 2 letters (July 9, 1896, and undated), describing a picnic and other outdoor activities such as swimming. She also thanked her grandmother for throwing her a 7th birthday party. The final 2 letters are attributed to a child named Edith, though they are written by her mother, Fannie. The first letter reports family news, such as the recent sale of their store and an anticipated August vacation. The second offers greetings to various family members and bears scribbled drawings by a young child (possibly Edith).

Each letter is written on illustrated children's stationery with images of children writing, accepting a letter from a dog, riding in a cart, and repairing a doll.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Children and animals.
    • Children--Correspondence.
    • Children--Health and hygiene.
    • New Hampshire--Description and travel.
    • Scarlatina.
    • Tilton (N.H.)
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Children.
    Contributors:
    • Holmes family.
    • Keyes family.
    • Keyes, Lillian Holmes.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   11, Small Collections  
    Holmes-Keyes children's letters [series]:
    Folder   21  
     July 1896, and  undated