Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Emma Clark Greene Correspondence, 1845-1856

Finding aid created by
Christa Lemelin, September 2006, and Meg Hixon, March 2013

Summary Information
Title: Emma Clark Greene correspondence
Creator: Clark family
Inclusive dates: 1845-1856
Extent: 7 items
This collection is made up of letters that Emma A. Clark and her husband, Daniel G. Greene, wrote to her family in the 1840s and 1850s. Clark discussed her life in New Haven, Vermont, in the mid-1840s and later described her family life with Greene in North Bridgewater, Massachusetts (now Brockton).
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:

2003. M-4286.2.

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:

Emma Clark Greene Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Emma A. Clark was born around 1827, the daughter of Orrin Clark of West Stockholm, New York. Her siblings included Augustus and Delia. Around 1844 she moved to New Haven, Vermont, where she taught school. Clark and her husband, Daniel G. Greene, lived in North Bridgewater, Massachusetts (now Brockton), and Plymouth, Massachusetts, with their children, who included Edwin, Clarence, and Frank.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 7 letters that Emma A. Clark and her husband, Daniel G. Greene, wrote to her parents in the 1840s and 1850s. Clark wrote the first 4 letters to her parents and sister from New Haven, Vermont, where she kept house for her uncle and taught school. She related news about her older brother Augustus, who was a carriage maker in Buffalo, New York, and requested her parents' advice about the possibility of joining him there. She advised her sister Delia about the rewards of single life. Daniel G. Greene wrote one letter to Emma's parents in 1849 and the couple collaborated on letters in 1854 and 1856, in which they discussed news of their small children and shared their desire to see members of the Clark family. See the Detailed Box and Folder Listing for more information.

Subject Terms

    • Brockton (Mass.)
    • New Haven (Vt.)
    • Women teachers--United States.
    • Greene, Daniel G.
    • Greene, Emma A. Clark.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   8, Small Collections  
    Emma Clark Greene correspondence [series]
    Folder   21  
      1845 August 17 . Emma Clark ALS to Orrin Clark; New Haven, Vermont. (4 pages)
    Updates about Augustus Clark, Emma's brother, a successful blacksmith and carriage maker in Buffalo, New York. Request for parents' advice about joining Augustus in Buffalo, where she heard of better prospects for a school.
      1845 September 28 . E[mma] A. Clark ALS to Orrin Clark; New Haven. (4 pages)
    Discussion of Augustus's offer for Emma to join him in Buffalo. News of Francis's recent visit and his decision not to move to Buffalo.
      1846 September 13 . Emma A. Clark ALS to Orrin Clark; New Haven. (4 pages)
    Francis's recent work on uncle's farm and as an axe grinder. Local "select school" and teachers' need to continue their education. Distaste for housework and preference for teaching. Desire of widower from Monkton to make Clark's acquaintance.
      1847 July 22 . Emma [A. Clark] ALS to Delia M. Clark; N. H. (3 pages)
    Advice for her sister, whom she suspects will not be single much longer. Recent activities include doing housework, sewing, and knitting. Frank's ill health. Anticipation of return home after several years away.
      1849 July 8 . D. G. Green ALS to Orrin Clark; Camden, Me. (3 pages)
    Reflections and sympathy after hearing of Augustus Clark's death. Separation from "E," who remained in Vermont while he was in Maine. Possibility of moving to Maine or to Boston, Massachusetts.
      1854 December 17 . D[aniel] G. G[reene] and Emma [Clark Greene] ALS to "Brother & Sister." (4 pages)
    News of their children and desire to visit or be visited by family members.
      1856 April [23] . D[aniel] G. G[reene] and E[mma] A. Greene ALS to [Orrin] Clark; North Bridgewater. (4 pages)
    Children's recent bad health and news of Daniel's brother in California. Desire to visit or be visited by family members. Inquiry about Clark's summer plans and inquiries about family members.