MABEL THOMAS PAPERS, 1890-1946 (BULK 1890-1916)
Vault A45, Thomas, Unit 1
EXTENT: 2.2 linear feet (5 containers)
ORGANIZATION: Organized into four series: I. Correspondence (Extended; Family; School employment; Miscellaneous correspondents); II. Manuscripts and notes; III. Financial; IV. Miscellaneous non-manuscript materials.
BIOGRAPHY: Educator; founder of Thomas School, Rowayton, Conn. Born Mar. 8, 1871 in New York, N.Y., a daughter of Rev. William H. Thomas and Sarah Place Thomas; died Apr. 28, 1964, in Rowayton. Graduate of Boston Latin School and Boston University (Class of 1893). Taught science at Concord High School (Concord, Mass.), 1893/4-1900/1; later taught at
SCOPE AND CONTENT: Papers, 1890-1946 (bulk 1890-1916), consist primarily of correspondence (1890-1916), with some manuscripts and notes (1895-1905), financial material (1901-1946), and miscellaneous non-manuscript materials (1896-1902). Correspondence includes major sequences from Alicia M. Keyes (Concord resident, artist, and art teacher), and from Loren B. Macdonald (minister of the First Parish in Concord from 1895-1924 and unsuccessful suitor of Mabel Thomas). Other correspondents include Olive Gage of Concord, Lillian M Tarbox, and Mary T. Wright (Mrs. John H.). Included in the papers are some family correspondence from several members of the Thomas family and from Eleanor Thomas Doughty (Mabel’s sister) and some correspondence relating to Mabel Thomas’s employment as a teacher. Manuscripts and notes include two pieces written by Mabel Thomas for the Concord High School Voice. Financial materials reflect personal finances and accounts of the Thomas School. Non-manuscript materials include a 1902 printed catalog of
SOURCE OF ACQUISITION: Purchased of Robert F. Lucas, Dec., 1994.
NOTES/COMMENTS: Accessioned Mar. 7, 1995; AMC 003.
PROCESSED BY: LPW; finding aid prepared 1/21/1996. Prepared for the Internet by Peter K. Steinberg, 12/20/2005.
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE, 1890-1916:
BOX FOLDER CONTENTS
1 1 Borglum, Solon H., and others, concerning care and
schooling of Dorothy Millar (material kept together
by Mabel Thomas), 1913-1916, plus undated items.
2 Child, Susan/Scoffrei, Susan Child, one letter dated
1906; largely undated.
3 Child, Susan/Scoffrei, Susan Child, -1909;
4 Clark, Josephine (Mrs. B. Preston Clark), one letter
dated 1908; largely undated.
5 D------, Alice (“Allus”), 1911, plus a few undated
6 Davis: Ellen; William, 1907-1909; largely undated.
7 Discussion Club; 1911.
8 Gage, Olive, 1901-1904, plus a few undated items.
9 [Gardiner], Anne T., 1906-1911; largely undated.
Gardiner, Elizabeth D., 1902.
10 Gray, Howard, 1900-1903; plus a few undated
11 Hopkinson, Leslie, 1908; largely undated.
Hopkinson; Mary E.
12 “Jo,” 1907; largely undated.
2 1 Keyes, Alicia M., 1901-1908.
2 Keyes, Alicia M., undated (sequence not
3 Keyes, Alicia M., undated (sequence not
4 Keyes, Alicia M., incomplete letters, undated;
(sequence not established).
5 Macdonald, Loren B., 1902.
6 Macdonald, Loren B., 1903-1904, plus a few
7 Reuter, Emma, 1904, plus a few undated letters.
8 S-----, E-----, G----- (“Elisabetsey”), 1907-1908;
3 1 Tarbox, Lillian M., 1899-1908.
2 Tarbox, Lillian M., undated; (sequence not
3 Warren: William M.; Winifred; Anna, 1896-1907.
4 Winsor, Mary P. 1908; most letters undated.
5 Wright, Mary T. (Mrs. John H.), 1899-1902.
6 Wright, Mary T. (Mrs. John H.), 1903-1908.
7 Wright, Mary T. (Mrs. John H.), undated; some
letters incomplete; two 1901 letteres from Mary
Wright to Alicia M. Keyes.
8 Wright: John H.; younger John (John K.T.); Miss
Wright, 1899-1906, plus undated items.
FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE (THOMAS AND DOUGHTY FAMILIES):
4 1 Thomas family: various members, 1901-1911.
2 Doughty, Eleanor Thomas, undated.
3 Doughty, Felicia, 1911 (no letters from F.D.; only
to or about).
SCHOOL EMPLOYMENT CORRESPONDENCE:
4 Lynn (Mass.), concerning M.T.’s appointment to
Lynn’s English High School, 1898, and her
declining the appointment to remain at Concord.
5 Concord (Mass.) School Committee (B. Farnham
Smith, Secretary), 1901 acceptance of M.T.’s
MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENTS, 1890-1911:
10 P-W, plus some unidentified
SERIES II. MANUSCRIPTS AND NOTES, 1895-1905:
5 1 Manuscripts for Concord High School Voice, 1895:
“The First Hot Day of Spring”; “Do You Know
Her” (both printed in May 2, 1895 issue of Voice).
2 Miscellaneous manuscripts and notes, undated;
some incomplete. (Includes notebook on Sanskrit
by Eleanor Thomas).
3 Engagement books, 1900, 1905.
SERIES III. FINANCIAL, 1901-1946:
4 “Petty Cash,” undated.
5 Checkbooks and bank accounts; 1901-1902, 1906,
6 Delinquent accounts, Thomas School, 1932-1946.
SERIES IV. MISCELLANEOUS NON-MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS, 1896-1902:
7 Contents include 1902 printed catalog of St. Agnes
School, photographs, clippings, and a religious
medal. (Notes: Medal in small box following
Folder 7; photographs of Mabel Thomas can be
found as enclosures in letters housed in Box 4, Folder 6)
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