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Guide to the Townsend Family Papers, 1829-1972

Summary

Consists of genealogical information, correspondence, photographs, diaries, notebooks, and a manuscript autobiography relating to the large Townsend family of Felchville, Vermont.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10990
Title
Townsend Family papers
Date
1829-1972
Extent
2.4 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of genealogical information, correspondence, photographs, diaries, notebooks, and a manuscript autobiography relating to the Townsend family of Felchville, Vermont. The bulk of the correspondence between a large group of family members falls between 1830 and 1939; topics include family matters and spiritualism. One group of letters and a diary were written by a Union soldier, Francis Torrey Townsend, and relate to his experiences in Mississippi and Tennessee as a soldier with Company K, 13th Iowa Infantry. Other materials concern Bessie Meachum's teaching experiences with African-American children at the Beach Institute, Savannah, Ga., at the Lincoln Normal School, Marion, Ala., and at the Rio Grande Industrial School in Albuquerque, N.M.; some of this work was done through the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Church. Some photographs also depict Tougaloo College in Miss., and Le Moyne College in Tenn. Other volumes include the early 20th century diaries of Torrey Townsend and his autobiography; an 1870 diary of Elisa Townsend; a 1892 diary of Mary Meachum; and several diaries and notebooks of Bessie Meachum.

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

Genealogical information
Box 1
Correspondence, 1829-1862
Box 1
Correspondence, 1863-1904
Box 2
Correspondence, 1905-1940
Box 3
Diaries and journals, 1865-1947
Box 4
Diaries and journals, 1948-1972
Box 5
Financial papers
Box 5
Miscellaneous
Box 5
Photographs, 1880-1920
Box 5
Photographs, 1910-1940
Box 6
 

Historical Note

Residents of Felchville, Windsor County, Vt.


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Provenance

The Townsend Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by: Paula Mangiafico, 1995