Guide to the Hawley Family Papers, 1794-1953 (bulk 1857-1953)

Collection Overview

Includes correspondence (original and photocopied), writings, genealogy, pictures, and miscellaneous. Letters written by Thomas Swearington Hawley between 1861 and 1865 document his experiences as a surgeon with the 11th Missouri Infantry. Among his letters are many written shortly after the end of the Civil War from Demopolis, Alabama. Hawley's wife joined him in Alabama, and their letters to family members describe the attitudes and living conditions of the people of Alabama. In letters to each other in the early 1860's , the Hawley women wrote about domestic matters, occasionally referring to current events. Writings include a typed copy of Gideon Hawley's journal of his missionary service to Indians in Massachusetts and New York in 1794; 14-year-old Elizabeth Hawley's diary of her summer trip to visit her aunt in Delaware, Ohio in 1882; and Nelson J. Hawley's record of his experiences as a surgeon during World War I.

Miscellaneous volumes include two autograph books containing poetry and scraps; a scrapbook containing advertising trade cards; and a scrapbook containing printed and manuscript lyrics, most of them minstrel songs. Genealogical material on the Hawley and related families and a few family photographs are included.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Hawley family.
Hawley Family papers 1794-1953 (bulk 1857-1953)
Language of Material
1.5 Linear Feet, 515 Items
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Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1860-1867
Box 1
Correspondence, 1868-1889
Box 1
Correspondence, 1890-1917
Box 1
Correspondence, 1918-1937
Box 1
Correspondence, 1938-1941
Box 1
Correspondence, 1942-1947
Box 1
Correspondence, 1948-1953, undated
Box 1
Correspondence (copies), 1857-1862
Box 2
Correspondence (copies), 1863-1890
Box 2
Correspondence (copies), 1863-1917
Box 2
Writings, 1794-1935
Box 2
Writings, 1882
Box 2
Writings, 1918, undated
Box 2
Box 2
Genealogy (2 folders)
Box 2
Box 2
Scrapbook, circa 1880s
Box 3
Scrapbook, circa 19th century
Box 3
Autograph Album, 1878-1883
Box 3
Autograph Album, undated
Box 3

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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


The Hawley Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, May 2011

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2011

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.