Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Pamelia Keith Wright Papers, 1876-1903

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Pamelia Keith Wright papers
Creator: Keith family
Inclusive dates: 1876-1903
Bulk dates: 1887-1893, 1897-1903
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
The Pamelia Keith Wright papers contain correspondence addressed by Wright to her brother, Sumner Keith, and his family in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. In addition to providing updates on her personal and social life, she frequently wrote of trips taken with her husband to locales in Egypt and England.
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:

1996. M-3293.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Pamelia Keith Wright Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Ephemera

The correspondence series is arranged chronologically.


Pamelia Keith, the daughter of Edwin and Saba Keith of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, was born in 1838. On December 4, 1879, she married Theodore Francis Wright, a pastor who led the congregation at the New Jerusalem Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and, later served as dean of the New-Church Theological School. The childless couple enjoyed traveling and journeyed to Egypt, the Middle East, and Europe. Her brother Sumner, a coal dealer, remained in Bridgewater, where he lived with his wife Sarah and their three sons, Edwin, Charles, and Joseph.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Pamelia Keith Wright papers contain correspondence addressed by Wright to her brother, Sumner Keith, and his family in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Though she wrote most of her letters to Sumner, she also sent news to her sister-in-law Sarah and her nephews, Edwin and Charles. Throughout her letters, she provided frequent updates on her social life in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. Though she most often discussed visits to friends and news of their families, she occasionally mentioned contemporary political issues and provided detailed descriptions of late-19th century Cambridge. In one letter, for example, she blamed former Secretary of War Russell A. Alger for the "embalmed beef" scandal during the Spanish-American War (January 24, 1899). Childless themselves, the Wrights often entertained students from the nearby seminary at their home, and maintained a variety of other social acquaintances. Several series of letters and postcards within the collection chronicle the couple's international travels, including a lengthy voyage through Egypt and the Middle East in 1887, an 1892 journey to Scotland and England, and a 1903 trip to England; the Wrights also visited Jacksonville, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana, which Pamelia also described in detail.

The Ephemera series includes a dinner invitation for Charles Keith and a printed advertising card for Sunday services at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Cambridge.

Subject Terms

    • Boston (Mass.)--History.
    • Cambridge (Mass.)
    • Egypt--Description and travel.
    • Great Britain--Description and travel.
    • Massachusetts--Social life and customs--19th century.
    • Middle East--Description and travel.
    • United States--History--1865-1921.
    • Wright, Pamelia Keith, b. 1838.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Postcards.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1  
    Box   2  
    Ephemera [series]
    Box   2  
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts. Vol. 1. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1912.