Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Ella Benedict Collection, 1865-1869

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2011

Summary Information
Title: Ella Benedict collection
Creator: Benedict, Ella
Inclusive dates: 1865-1869
Extent: 27 items
The Ella Benedict collection contains 27 letters addressed to Benedict from several female friends during the late 1860s. The content concerns the daily activities of the women, including cooking, courtship, and social events, such as picnics, fairs, sporting activities, and dances.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2007. M-4583.1.

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:

Ella Benedict Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Ella Benedict lived in West Nottingham, Maryland; Glen's Falls, New York; and New York, New York, during the late 1860s. Little is known of her life, but correspondence from her acquaintances suggests she was a wealthy woman.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Ella Benedict collection contains 27 letters addressed to Benedict from several female friends, who described their daily activities. Two women, Rhoda Golibart and Addie T. Moore of Port Deposit, Maryland, wrote the majority of the correspondence, and others wrote from various locations in New York and Maryland. In their friendly letters, full of local news, Ella's correspondents discussed a variety of topics, including cooking, courtship, and social events. Occasionally, the women alluded to sporting activities, including horse racing (September 21, 1865), ice skating (November 22, 1866), and "Base Ball" (June 2, 1867). Several of the letters pertain to fairs, picnics, and dances, which provided the women an opportunity to discuss various gentlemen.

Subject Terms

    • Female friendship.
    • Leisure--United States.
    • New York (State)--Social life and customs--19th century.
    • Port Deposit (Md.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
    • Sports--United States.
    • Women-- Maryland--History--19th century.
    • Golibart, Rhoda.
    • Moore, Addie T.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   42, Small Collections Folders   33-37
    Ella Benedict collection,  May 11, 1865-October 4, 1869 [series]