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Guide to the Coleman family papers, 1895-1971

Abstract

Residents of Canada, Europe, and Asheville, N.C.

Collection consists largely of a two-volume diary, 1895-1919, of Isabel Fleury Coleman, a twenty-three volume set of diaries, 1904-1971, belonging to Mary Augusta Coleman, and photographs of Fleury-Coleman family members and some of their residences. There are also two volumes pertaining to Mary Coleman's personal accounts and the "French Broad River Garden Club, 1967-1969," a few items of correspondence and genealogy, and a number of clippings and printed materials. Topics covered by the materials include music instruction (violin and piano), women's society life in Asheville, N.C., and women's travel in European countries during the 20th century.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Coleman family.
Title
Coleman family papers 1895-1971
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 364 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection consists largely of a two-volume diary, 1895-1919, of Isabel Coleman, a twenty-three volume set of diaries, 1904-1971, belonging to Mary Augusta Coleman, and photographs of Fleury-Coleman family members and some of their residences. There are also two volumes pertaining to Mary Coleman's personal accounts, "French Broad River Garden Club, 1967-1969," a few items of correspondence and genealogy, and a number of clippings and printed materials. Topics covered by the materials include music clubs, instruction and performance (violin and piano) in Europe and the U.S., women's society life and fashions in Asheville, N.C., and women's travel in European countries during the 20th century. There are few comments about current events, even during the World Wars and the Depression, but there are extensive accounts of social life and customs in Europe and Asheville, N.C.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Diaries of Isabel Fleury Coleman, 1895-1919
Box 1
Diaries of Mary Augusta Coleman, 1904-1924
Box 1
Accounts, etc.
Box 1
Diaries of Mary Augusta Coleman, 1924-1971
Box 2
Correspondence, 1909-1960
Box 3
Addresses and Writings, 1905-1912
Box 3
Genealogy
Box 3
Clippings
Box 3
Pictures
Box 4

Historical Note

The two daughters whose materials are predominant in this collection, Isabel and Mary Augusta, were born to Rufus Adams Coleman and Clara Elma Fleury Coleman. It appears from a business card that Mr. Coleman was an attorney and conveyancer in Toronto. He disappeared from their lives and does not seem to be referred to much in the collection, not even in his wife's obituary. Mrs. Coleman's parents, the Fleurys, were from Aurora, Ontario. Mrs. Coleman and her daughters Isabel, Mary, and Helen lived for a time in Toronto, then Germany. Isabel and Mary studied music extensively in Leipzig; Mrs. Coleman was an accomplished pianist and her daughter Mary a violinist. The family then moved to Berlin, then to Switzerland, after which they moved to England during World War I. They also seem to have lived in France and Italy. Mrs. Coleman and Mary Augusta lived in Europe for over 25 years. Isabel returned to the U.S. to work as a governess and was living in Asheville when her mother and sisters moved there in 1923. Mary and Isabel both taught in Asheville and were very active in upper-class social circles to which they belonged. The other sister Helen appears to have remained in Canada and may have been in the Weston Sanatorium, from a reference in a letter written by Isabel.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Coleman Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Coleman family papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a Flowers Collection purchase in 1980 from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1981

Encoded by Willeke Sandler and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, March 2012

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 7-29-80

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.