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Catharine May Edes papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00054

Scope and Contents

The Catharine C.M. Edes Papers consist of 2.5 linear inches including correspondence and 130 pages of journal entries written from August 1849 to August 1852. Letters to her family were written during her time in Europe, mostly from England. Edes wrote of the 1849 cholera epidemic in London and of hearing Sontag and Madame Alboni perform at the Birmingham Musical Festival. She and her sister heard Jenny Lind sing in Stockholm before her departure to tour America, and were in Upsala for the marriage of Prince Carl to the Princess of Holland. Many of the letters mention the war activities in Europe and the "armies moving in all directions." The collection also includes Edes' passport, a book of pressed flowers, her will, and an account book. There is one folder of letters written by Edes' sister, Sophie Tuckerman.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1822-1856
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1849-1852


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Catharine Cravath May Edes was born in 1782. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts with her extended family, the Mays. From 1849 to 1852, when Edes was in her late sixties, she travelled through Europe during wartime with her sister Sophie Tuckerman. Little else is known of Catharine Edes' life. She wrote her will in January 1844 and produced an account book of her estate in 1856.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Traveler. When Edes was in her late sixties, she traveled through Europe during wartime with her sister. Papers consist of correspondence and journals. Written during her time in Europe, mostly from England, letters include descriptions of art; landmarks; life and war in Europe; the 1849 cholera epidemic in London; Sontag and Madame Alboni performing at the Birmingham Musical Festival; the Congress of Princes in Berlin; Jenny Lind singing in Stockholm; and the marriage of Prince Carl to the Princess of Holland in Upsala.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Catharine C.M. Edes Papers were presented by Margaret Roys, through the introduction of Grace P. Fuller (Smith 1903).



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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063