Abbot family papers (1887-1905)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Catalina Oyler
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Abbot family papers
Creator: Abbot, Charles W.
Inclusive dates: 1887-1905
Extent: 2 linear feet
The Abbot family papers consist of letters written to Charles Abbot from his wife and family members in Warren, Rhode Island, describing their lives and the development of Abbot's daughter, Grace.
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
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

2001. M-4180.3.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation

Abbot Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Charles W. Abbot, his wife Marcia, and daughter Grace (b. 1895) lived in Warren, Rhode Island. Charles served with the 12th United States Infantry at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Duchesne, Utah; and elsewhere. During the Spanish American War, he served as colonel with the 1st Rhode Island Volunteers, before returning to regular service, and his deployment to Manila. By 1903, the Abbot family was living in Washington, DC.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Abbot family papers consist of letters written to Charles Abbot from his family in Warren, Rhode Island. The majority of the letters are from his wife Marcia, but letters from his parents and friends are also part of the collection.

The letters primarily describe the lives of Marcia and others living in Warren, including news and events, parties and entertainments, and social gatherings with friends and the local elite. What is best documented in this collection is the development and education of the Abbots' daughter Grace. Marcia writes about her involvement as a parent (such as what to read to Grace), and Grace's activities, and sends her daughter's drawings or short notes with many of the letters. Abbot's service and the news about the United States Army are occasionally mentioned.

Included with the correspondence in this collection are numerous drawings by Grace, a few newspaper clippings of local interest, and 6 cyanotypes. The theme of most of the photographs is a Fourth of July parade, two of which include Grace (with letters of Apr. 11, 1903 and July 10, 1898). Also included are two faded images of Grace with a violin (with letter of May 29, 1903).

Subject Terms

  • Child development--United States--History--20th century.
  • Girls--United States--History--20th century.
  • Spanish-American War, 1898.
  • United States. Army. Infantry, 12th.
  • Warren (R.I. : Town)
Genre Terms:
  • Children's art.
  • Cyanotypes.
  • Letters (correspondence)

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Container / Location Title
Box   1  
 1887 April 10-1898 July 31
Box   2  
 1898 August 1-1902 December 21
Box   3  
 1903 February 22-1903 September 5
Box   4  
 1903 September 14-1903 July 27;  undated