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Wead family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00171

Scope and Contents

The Wead Family papers consist primarily of correspondence to and from Mary Wead in the course of her work with the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. There are also bills received for materials she purchased for the Union Army. Correspondents with both Mary and Eunice Wead include Louisa Lee Schuyler, leader in 19th century welfare work; author Amy Lowell; and Letitia Campbell of the Freedman's Union Commission. There is a small amount of correspondence to other Wead family members (circa 1911-36).

Dates

  • 1860 - 1936

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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

Mary K. Wead (1812-1896) worked for the United States Sanitary Commission (Woman's Central Association of Relief) during the Civil War, and during the 1880s was an inspector for the New York State Charities Association for Franklin County. She married Samuel Wead. For additional biographical information, see pages 12-14 in "The Wead Family & Its Relations to Malone" in Box 1 Folder 1a.

Eunice Wead (1881-1969), (Mary's granddaughter?), graduated from Smith College in 1902, and received her Masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1927. She was a librarian at Smith College from 1906 to 1911; Curator of Rare Books from 1917 to 1924; and was Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of Michigan from 1926-1944.

Extent

.25 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Mary Wead was a U.S. Sanitary Commission volunteer during the Civil War and Eunice Wead was a Smith College librarian in the early 20th century. The Wead Family papers consist primarily of correspondence to and from Mary Wead in the course of her work with the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. Correspondents with both Mary and Eunice Wead include Louisa Lee Schuyler, leader in 19th century welfare work; author Amy Lowell; and Letitia Campbell of the Freedman's Union Commission. There is a small amount of correspondence to other Wead family members.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Eunice Wead donated her family papers to the Sophia Smith Collection circa 1944.

Related Material

Additional material related to Eunice Wead is located in the Smith College Archives.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Wead family papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss166 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:12-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-03-19: Added information from paper finding aid and updated.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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