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Guide to the Hughes-Gray Family Papers, 1805-1926

Abstract

Family with publishing connections in Maryland. Ezekiel Hughes was editor of the HERALD in Frederick, Maryland. Jeremiah Hughes owned the NILES NATIONAL REGISTER, and other publishing concerns.

Principally correspondence of the Hughes and Gray familes of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick, Md. Pervasive topics include personal and family matters, Md. and national politics, and religion. Topics occurring less frequently include finances related to the publishing business and the marketing of volumes, the Civil War, city missions for the poor, dealings with Native Americans, and Communism. The collection also includes 31 volumes of notes and diaries compiled by Ellis Hughes, chief anatomist at the University of Md., over the period of roughly 1830-1865. His 1865 diary makes reference to Lincoln's assassination and the capture of Jefferson Davis. The remaining five volumes were compiled by Jeremiah's daughter Susanna Hughes, who herself entertained literary aspirations. These volumes are a mixture of diary, devotional, literary copybook, scrapbook, and original composition.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hughes-Gray family.
Title
Hughes-Gray Family papers 1805-1926
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.6 Linear Feet, 1,114 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Principally correspondence of the Hughes and Gray familes of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick, Md. Pervasive topics include personal and family matters, Md. and national politics, and religion. Topics occurring less frequently include finances related to the publishing business and the marketing of volumes, the Civil War, city missions for the poor, dealings with Native Americans, and Communism. The collection also includes 31 volumes of notes and diaries compiled by Ellis Hughes, chief anatomist at the University of Maryland, over the period of roughly 1830-1865. His 1865 diary makes reference to Lincoln's assassination and the capture of Jefferson Davis. The remaining five volumes were compiled by Jeremiah's daughter Susanna Hughes, who herself entertained literary aspirations. These volumes are a mixture of diary, devotional, literary copybook, scrapbook, and original composition.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Collections contains 31 journals of Ellis Hughes. In Box 6, journals cover President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral, the capture of Jefferson Davis, and other American Civil War events.

Correspondence, 1815-1843
Box 1
Correspondence, 1844-1857
Box 2
Correspondence, 1858-1879 Aug.
Box 3
Correspondence, 1879 Sept.-1887
Box 4
Correspondence, 1888
Box 5
Writings, 1805-1917
Box 6
Legal papers
Box 6
Financial papers
Box 6
Journals, 1845-1864
(7 volumes)
Box 6
Morality speeches
Box 6
Journals, 1839 and undated
(6 volumes)
Box 7
Journals, 1832-1852
(7 volumes)
Box 8
Notebook, 1846
Box 8
Journals, 1846-1852
(14 volumes)
Box 9

Historical Note

The Hughes and Gray families had publishing connections in Maryland. Ezekiel Hughes was editor of the HERALD in Frederick, Maryland. Jeremiah Hughes owned the NILES NATIONAL REGISTER, and other publishing concerns.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Hughes-Gray Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase from 1975-1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1978

Encoded by Carrie Mills, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 12-15-75, 2-9-76, 3-29-76, 12-12-77, 2-2-78, and 5-6-78.

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.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.