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Guide to the Sallie Bingham Collection of Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague Family Papers, 1866-1959 and undated

Summary

Family papers documenting the Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague familes, representing the families in Sallie Bingham's matrilineal line. These materials belonged to Sallie Bingham's mother, Mary Caperton Bingham, until her death, when they went to Sallie; her sister, Eleanor Bingham Miller; and their niece, Emily Bingham. Two figures documented in these papers, Helena Lefroy Caperton and Sallie Montague Lefroy, are the focus, along with her mother, of Sallie Bingham’s 2014 book, The Blue Box. Includes genealogies, letters, wills, a bill of sale, short stories and other writing, speeches, a prayer book, list, a few clippings, and Irish and English postcards.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11104
Title
Sallie Bingham collection of Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague family papers
Date
1866-1959 and undated
Extent
0.8 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Family papers documenting the Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague familes, representing the families in Sallie Bingham's matrilineal line. These materials belonged to Sallie Bingham's mother, Mary Caperton Bingham, until her death, when they went to Sallie; her sister, Eleanor Bingham Miller; and their niece, Emily Bingham. Two figures documented in these papers, Helena Lefroy Caperton and Sallie Montague Lefroy, are the focus, along with her mother, of Sallie Bingham’s 2014 book, The Blue Box. Includes genealogies, letters, wills, a bill of sale, short stories and other writing, speeches, a prayer book, list, a few clippings, and Irish and English postcards. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by family.

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[Identification of item], Sallie Bingham Collection of Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague Family Papers, 1866-1959 and undated, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Lefroy papers

Series includes a few Lefroy family letters, a will for Dean Lefroy, and a list of Lefroys serving in World War I. However, primarily contains essays, speeches, and other writings by Sallie Montague Lefroy. Also includes her prayer book.

Aunt Mary Lefroy letters to Helena Lefroy Caperton, undated
Box 1
Folder 1
Dean Lefroy will, 1903
Box 1
Folder 2
Jeffry Arthur Lefroy letter, 1881
Box 1
Folder 3
Lefroys in World War I, undated
Box 1
Folder 4
Sallie Montague Lefroy essay on Irish monasticism, undated
Box 1
Folder 5
Sallie Montague Lefroy essays, undated
Box 1
Folder 6
Sallie Montague Lefroy introductions made at the Richmond Women's Club, undated
Box 1
Folder 7
Sallie Montague Lefroy prayerbook, 1912
Box 1
Folder 8
Sallie Montague Lefroy speech on Adlai Stevenson, around 1952
Box 1
Folder 9
Sallie Montague Lefroy speech on Pocahontas, undated
Box 1
Folder 10
Sallie Watson Montague Lefroy's AUTUMN GARNER, undated
Box 1
Folder 11

2. Caperton papers

Series contains material related to Helena Lafroy Caperton, including writings, letters, a will, a mortgage check, as well as poems she collected. There is also genealogical information, and letters for Clifford Caperton.

Clifford Caperton school letters, 1888-1889
Box 2
Folder 1
Gignilliat connection letter on Caperton-Stiles link, 1945
Box 2
Folder 2
Helena Lefroy Caperton's CAPTAIN MARY GREEN, undated
Box 2
Folder 3
Helena Lefroy Caperton letters, 1943-1950
Box 2
Folder 4
Helena Lefroy Caperton mortgage check, 1936
Box 2
Folder 5
Helena Lefroy Caperton will, 1958
Box 2
Folder 6
Helena Lefroy Caperton writings, 1955 and undated
Box 2
Folder 7
Mrs. W. Gaston Caperton letters, 1929-1930 and undated
Box 2
Folder 8
Pelot-Nephew-Stiles genealogy, undated
Box 2
Folder 9
Poems Helena Lefroy Caperton saved, 1941 and undated
Box 2
Folder 10
Sallie Bingham letters to Helena Lefroy Caperton, 1949-1959
Box 2
Folder 11

3. Montague papers

Series primarily features Montague family genealogical information. There is also material related to Melinda Fox Montague, including letters and a will. Also present is John Montague's 1866 bill of sale for cotton.

Hanson letter re: Earl of Egremont, 1905 June 12
Box 2
Folder 12
Helen Montague biography and genealogy, undated
Box 2
Folder 13
Howland/Montague genealogy, 1898
Box 2
Folder 14
John Montague bill of sale, 1866 April 5
Box 2
Folder 15
Lord Percival letter to Melinda Fox Montague, 1892
Box 2
Folder 16
Melinda Fox Montague correspondence with daughter Sallie Montague Lefroy, 1877-1878
Box 2
Folder 17
Melinda Fox Montague/ Fox family, 1893
Box 2
Folder 18
Melinda Fox Montague will, 1899
Box 2
Folder 19

4. Miscellaneous papers

Includes undated English and Irish postcards.

English and Irish postcards, undated
Box 2
Folder 20
 

Historical Note

Sallie Bingham (born January 22, 1937) is an American author, playwright, poet, teacher, feminist activist, and philanthropist.

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Provenance

The Sallie Bingham Collection of Lefroy, Caperton, and Montague Family Papers, 1866-1959 and undated, were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice L. Poffinberger, December, 2015

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0059.