Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Mary J. Simpson Autograph Album, 1856-1866

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Mary J. Simpson autograph album
Creator: Simpson, Mary Jane
Inclusive dates: 1856-1866
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Mary J. Simpson autograph album contains signatures and other contributions by Simpson's friends, compiled primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1856-1866. Most entries are poems about morality and friendship, ranging in length from four lines to an entire page.
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:

M-4969.

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 J. Simpson autograph album, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Mary Jane Simpson lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from at least 1856-1866 and had a wide circle of male and female acquaintances.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Mary J. Simpson autograph album contains signatures and other contributions by Simpson's friends, compiled primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1856-1866. Most entries are poems about morality and friendship, ranging in length from four lines to an entire page.

Simpson received this "Album of Affection" from a friend on January 1, 1856, and invited both male and female friends to write in her book. Many contributors lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though some pages only contain signatures, most of her friends transcribed poems, often dedicated to Simpson. The poems concern many topics, such as friendship and morality, and some are copied from previously published works, including William Cowper's "The Task," C.D. Stuart’s "Three Angel-Spirits," and the anonymous "Good Wishes."

The album has 5 black-and-white engravings of locations in the United States and 4 colored illustrations of Biblical scenes:

  • United States scenery
    • Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia)
    • Mouth of the St. Croix River
    • Kaaterskill Falls (New York)
    • New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Brown's Fall, Minnesota
  • Biblical Scenes
    • Jerusalem
    • Mountains of Moab
    • Land of Uz
    • "Moses Found"
Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Autograph albums.
    • Friendship--Poetry.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Bible. O.T.
    • Kaaterskill Falls (N.Y.)
    • New Orleans (La.)
    • Saint Croix River (Wis. and Minn.)
    • Wheeling (W. Va.)
    Genre Terms:
    • Autograph albums.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Mary J. Simpson autograph album,  1856-1866 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Stuart, C.D. "The Angel-Spirits." The Odd-Fellows' Offering for 1850. Paschal Donaldson and James Lot Ridgely, eds. New York: Edward Walker, 1850.

    "Good Wishes." The Language of Gems and Their Poetic Sentiments. H. J. Woodman, ed. Boston: A. Tompkins and B. B. Mussey, 1847.