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Guide to the Farrar Family Papers, 1740-1984 and undated (bulk 1878-1940)

Collection Overview

Chiefly family and professional correspondence, but also printed material, writings and speeches, scrapbooks, diaries, clippings, and photographs. The collection primarily pertains to the Farrar family and to Preston C. Farrar. Much of the Correspondence Series (1801-1976, undated) consists of personal letters among family members, especially written to Preston C. Farrar; his wife Edna P. Farrar; brother Samuel Clark Farrar, Jr.; sister Josephine; father Samuel Clark Farrar; and mother Ettie Farrar. However, the series also documents the careers in education of Samuel Farrar, Sr., and Preston Farrar. Business letters from Samuel Farrar concern real estate investments in Pennsylvania and New York that father and son owned jointly.

The Diaries Series (1887-1927, undated) includes diaries Preston C. Farrar kept while attending Washington and Jefferson College (1887-1891). The Writings and Speeches Series (1890-1925, undated) includes writings by Preston C. Farrar on teaching literature, English, and education. The Printed Material Series (1878-1957) includes drama and opera programs for New York City theaters, collected by Edith P. Farrar (1899-1957). The Photographs Series contains pictures and photograph albums primarily of family and friends (1888-1938, undated). The Scrapbooks and Clippings Series (1879-1945, undated) contains items that pertain to educational law and school operation; family events; local Allegheny elections; and world news, especially World War I. The Genealogy Series (1740-1984, undated) contains primarily correspondence, notes, and transcripts of wills relating to the Cooke/Cook family.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00382
Title
Farrar Family papers
Date
1740-1984 and undated (bulk 1878-1940)
Extent
9 Linear Feet, 5000 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Diaries Series, 1887-1927 and undated

Includes the diaries Preston C. Farrar kept while attending Washington and Jefferson College from 1887-1891.

1887-1894
Box 1
1896-1918
Box 1
1922-1927, undated
Box 1
undated
Box 1

2. Correspondence Series, 1801-1976 and undated

Primarily consists of family letters, especially written to Preston C. Farrar; his wife Edna P. Farrar; brother Samuel Clark Farrar, Jr.; sister Josephine; father Samuel Clark Farrar; and mother Ettie Farrar. Series also documents the careers in education of Samuel Farrar, Sr., and Preston Farrar. Business letters from Samuel Farrar concern real estate investments in Pennsylvania and New York that father and son held in joint ownership.

1801-1886
Box 1
1887
Box 1
1888
Box 1
1890
Box 2
1889
Box 2
1891
January-April
Box 2
May-August
Box 2
September-December
Box 2
1892
Box 2
1893
January-July
Box 2
August-December
Box 2
1894
Box 3
1895-1896
Box 3
1897
January-August
Box 3
September-December
Box 3
1898
January-March
Box 3
April-June
Box 3
July-December
Box 3
1899
Box 4
[1800s] undated
Box 4
1900
Box 4
1901
January-February
Box 4
March-April
Box 4
May-June
Box 4
July-October
Box 4
November-December
Box 5
1902
January-April
Box 5
May-June
Box 5
July-December
Box 5
1903
Box 5
1904
Box 5
1905
Box 5
1906
Box 5
1907-1908
Box 6
1910-1911
Box 6
1912-1913
Box 6
1914-1915
Box 6
1916
January-August
Box 6
September-December
Box 6
1917-1923
Box 6
1924
Box 6
1925
Box 7
1925
Box 7
1926
Box 7
1927
January-June
Box 7
July
Box 7
August-September
Box 7
October-December
Box 7
1928
January-February
Box 7
March-April
Box 7
May-June
Box 8
July-October
Box 8
November-December
Box 8
1929
January-February
Box 8
March-May
Box 8
June-July
Box 8
August
Box 8
September-October
Box 9
November-December
Box 9
1930
January-February
Box 9
March-November
Box 9
December
Box 9
1931
Box 9
1932
January-August
Box 9
September-December
Box 9
1933
Box 10
January-March
Box 10
April-December
Box 10
1934
Box 10
1935
January-March
Box 10
April-May
Box 10
June-October
Box 10
November-December
Box 10
1936
Box 10
1937
January-November
Box 10
December
Box 11
1938
January-August
Box 11
December
Box 11
1939
January-August
Box 11
September-December
Box 11
1940
January-November
Box 11
December
Box 11
1941
Box 12
January-August
Box 12
September-December
Box 12
1942
January-October
Box 12
November-December
Box 12
1943
Box 12
1944
January-June
Box 12
July-December
Box 12
1945
Box 12
1946-1949
Box 13
1950
Box 13
1951-1953
Box 13
1954-1976
Box 13
undated
(5 folders)
Box 13

3. Writings and Speeches, 1890-1925 and undated

Includes writings by Preston C. Farrar on teaching literature, English, and education.

1890-1925, undated
Box 14
Untitled Manuscripts, undated
Chapters I-IX
Box 14
Chapters X-XV
Box 14
Chapters XVI-XXI
Box 14
Notes
(2 folders)
Box 15

4. Printed Material, 1878-1957 and undated

Includes drama and opera programs for New York City theaters, collected by Edith P. Farrar, 1899-1957.

1878-1896
Box 15
1897-1919
Box 15
1923-1929
Box 15
undated
Box 15
1899-1929
Box 16
1929
November-December
Box 16
1930
Box 16
1931
January-November 2
Box 16
November 9-December
Box 16
1932
January-May
Box 16
June-December
Box 16
1933
January-March
Box 16
April-June
Box 17
1934-1957
Box 17
undated
(2 folders)
Box 17

5. Photographs Series, 1888-1938 and undated

Contains pictures and photograph albums primarily of family and friends.

[Five photograph albums and all large photographs removed to oversized boxes 22 and 23 and oversize folder 1.]

1888-1931
Box 17
undated
(2 folders)
Box 17-18

6. Scrapbooks, and Clippings Series, 1879-1945 and undated

Contains items that pertain to educational law and school operation; family events; local Allegheny elections; and world news, especially World War I.

Photocopies from Album 1, 1879-1897

[Original album is located in box 21.]

[Oversize photocopies removed to oversize box 24.]

Box 18
Photocopies from Album 2, 1914

[Original album is located in box 21.]

[Oversize photocopies removed to oversize box 24.]

Box 18
Photocopies from Album 3, 1914
(2 folders)

[Original album is located in box 21.]

Box 18
Album 4, 1900-1930

[Photocopies interspersed with original pages.]

Box 18

Clippings Subseries, 1886-1945 and undated

[Large clippings removed to oversized box 24 and oversize folder 2.]

1886-1905
Box 18
1907-1924
Box 18
1928-1945, undated
Box 18

7. Genealogy Series, 1740-1984 and undated

Primarily correspondence, notes, and transcriptions of wills relating to the Cooke/Cook family.

1740-1943
Box 19
1952-1984, undated
Box 19
Construction of CCC Camp SES-1, 1935

[Other items in oversize folder 3.]

Box 19
Houseplans, 1928 July-1935 August and undated, Rocky Ridge Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
(3 folders)
Box 19
Legal Papers, 1893-1948, undated
Box 19
Playreaders Group, [Dramatic Club of Chapel Hill High School], 1935
Box 19
1887-1911
Box 20
1912-1968

[Other items in oversize box 24.]

Box 20
undated
Box 20
Scrapbooks Subseries
Album 1, 1879-1897

[Photocopies of many of the pages can be found in box 18 and in oversize box 24.]

Box 21
Album 2, 1914

[Photocopies of many of the pages can be found in box 18 and in oversize box 24.]

Box 21
Album 3, 1914

[Photocopies of many of the pages can be found in box 18 and in oversize box 24.]

Box 21
Photograph albums, undated ([ca. 1880s]-[ca. 1920s])
(3 albums)
Box 22
Loose photographs, undated
Box 23
Photograph albums, undated ([ca. 1880s]-[ca. 1920s])
(2 albums)
Box 23
Loose photographs, 1928; 1938; and undated

Includes the Wellesley College senior class picture for 1928 and the 30th reunion picture of the class of 1898.

Box 24
Clippings Subseries
Clippings, 1896-1929

Includes clippings about Elizabeth Dean Farrar.

Box 24
Scrapbooks Subseries
Photocopies of pages from Album 1

[Original of Album 1 can be found in box 21 and other photocopies in box 18.]

Box 24
Photocopies of pages from Album 2

[Original of Album 2 can be found in box 21 and other photocopies in box 18.]

Box 24
1912-1968

[Removed from box 19.]

Box 24
Co. I, Plattsburg, first Provisional Regiment at Military Instruction Camp
(2 photographs)

Photographs include a group shot of the men and a location shot of the camp.

Oversize-folder 1
Clippings
Oversize-folder 1
CCC Camp SES-1, 1935
Oversize-folder 1

Historical Note

Preston C. Farrar was an English teacher at Allegheny High School, PA, and in New York City. He was also a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Farrar Family Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1975-1976.

Processing Information

Processed by John Gribble

Completed 1995

Current finding aid by Rubenstein Library staff, 2002

Last updated May 14, 2002

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan