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Margaret Hitchcock Emerson (1899-1985) Papers, circa 1898-1960
2 archives boxes, 1 oversize file (1.1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Primarily family correspondence saved by Margaret Randolph Hitchcock Emerson from the year 1934, in which her mother (Mary Waters Bryan Hitchcock) died. There is a small amount of correspondence from other years, as well as a random collection of writings, ephemera, and publications.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Margaret Hitchcock Emerson Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Margaret Hitchcock Emerson Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Margaret Randolph Hitchcock Emerson (1899-1985) was the daughter of John Sawyer Hitchcock (AC 1889) and Mary Waters Bryan of Virginia, and the granddaughter of Dr. Edward ("Doc") Hitchcock (AC 1849) and Mary Judson on her father's side, and John Randolph Bryan ("Balloon Bryan") and Margaret Randolph Minor on her mother's side. She married Henry Seelye Emerson (AC 1929), son of Professor Benjamin Kendall Emerson (AC 1865).

Margaret (Peggy) Hitchcock Emerson followed in the footsteps of her archivally-minded grandfather Doc Hitchcock and worked in the Hitchcock Memorabilia Room for many years, doing much of the early work for the archives. She earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College (1922) and a master's degree from Columbia University (1925)

For Margaret Emerson's father's side, see the Edward and Mary Judson Hitchcock Papers, which contains some correspondence to and from Emerson, as well as the "Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers," which covers Emerson's great-grandparents.

Margaret Hitchcock Emerson's maternal grandfather, Capt. John Randolph Bryan, was the first Confederate soldier to use a balloon in order to ascertain the location and strength of Union forces. A photocopy of "Balloon Used for Scout Duty" (Southern Historical Society Papers) is in Margaret Emerson's bio files.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Hitchcock Emerson (1899-1985) Papers consist primarily of correspondence among family members. There is a small selection of writings, memorabilia, booklets, and ephemera. The collection is contained in 2 archives boxes (1.0 linear foot) and 1 oversize file.

The collection is organized into three series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Margaret Hitchcock Emerson Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Margaret Hitchcock Emerson Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Margaret Hitchcock Emerson (1899-1985) Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

The Margaret Hitchcock Emerson Papers were added to the collection in the 1980s (a gift of Margaret Emerson) but remained in the unprocessed backlog until 2012.

Margaret Hitchcock Emerson Papers: general note

Papers (primarily correspondence) saved by Margaret Randolph Hitchcock Emerson. Margaret Emerson was the daughter of John S. Hitchcock (AC 1889) and the granddaughter of Dr. Edward Hitchcock (Doc) (AC 1849). She married Henry Seelye Emerson (AC 1929), son of Professor Benjamin Kendall Emerson (AC 1865). Margaret (Peggy) Hitchcock worked in the Hitchcock Memorabilia Room for many years, doing much of the early work for the archives.

Most of the correspondence in this collection is from the spring of 1934, when Peggy's mother, Mary Waters (Bryan) Hitchcock, died.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
Related Materials at Amherst College and other institutions

Amherst College Non-alumni biographical file: Margaret Randolph (Hitchcock) Emerson: includes a photograph of Emerson

Amherst College Biographical files: Henry Seelye Emerson (AC 1929) (son of Benjamin Kendall Emerson, AC 1865); John Sawyer Hitchcock (AC 1889); John Hitchcock (AC 1926)

Amherst College: Edward (AC 1849) and Mary Judson Hitchcock Papers

Amherst College alumni and non-alumni files for many members of the Hitchcock and Williston families

University of Virginia, Charlottesville: Margaret H. Emerson materials (small collection)

University of Virginia, Charlottesville: oral history interview of Margaret H. Emerson by Charles E. Moran, March 21, 1977 (primarily reminscences about the history of UVA)

Smith College alumnae files -- Class of 1922

Library of Virginia: Bryan Family Papers, 1679-1943

University of Virginia, Charlottesville: Papers of Kate (Flanagan) Coles, 1913-1940

Oral history interview of Margaret H. Emerson by Charles E. Moran, March 21, 1977.

CD of interview with Margaret H. Emerson, [another woman, Gertrude Knevels?], and Charles E. Moran. The point of the interview is to discuss the history of the University of Virginia. During Emerson's section of the interview, she talks about her southern family -- the Bryans especially -- and their involvement with UVA. At about 28 minutes in (?), she talks about how her father landed at the University of Virginia, where he was recruited from Amherst to start a physical education program such as that of his father (Doc Hitchcock; UVA asked Doc to go first, but he declined). Emerson joked that her father "spent most of his time courting mother."

Contents List
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE



Genealogical notes used in processing correspondence, including photocopies from online information
undated

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence - A
1930

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence - A - List of correspondents

"Amanda," on notepaper with initials "ASB"

Correspondence - B
circa 1934

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence - B - List of correspondents

Bandy, Mark

[Bryan?], Henrietta [Buck's daughter?]

[Bryan?], Hilah [Buck's daughter?]

Bryan, "Buck" (Indian Run, 1934), wife is Etta; he is Peggy's uncle, her mother's brother. Buck Bryan forwarded 3 letters to Peggy regarding her mother's death, from: "Joan," "Louise" (Lexington, KY), and "Lydia C. [Lake?]" (Proffit, VA)

Bryan, Etta

Bryan, [Mary] [a cousin?] (Indian Run, 1934]

Bullitt, James (Mrs.) [Evelyn] (Chapel Hill, NC, 1934), Peggy's aunt, her mother's sister. Evelyn Bullitt forwarded several letters to Peggy regarding her (Peggy's) mother's death: from "Cousin Minor," (the Minors are related to the Bryans through Evelyn's mother); from Mrs. William M. Dey (Alice Dey), and from Elizabeth D. Hanscom (Northampton, MA).

See also: "Recollections of Home" (catalogued) by Delia Bryan Page

Biographical note:

JB Randolph was Margaret Emerson's maternal grandfather. He is known as the "first Confederate Army officer to attempt balloon reconnaisance" (see LOC record). A photocopy of his report about the mission is in Margaret's non-alumni bio file.

Search Terms
Page, Delia (Bryan), 1833-1902

Correspondence - C - D
1928

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence - C - D - List of correspondents

Draper, Warren [T.?], Bureau of Public Health Service, Treasury Department

Correspondence - E - F - G
undated

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence -E - F - G - List of correspondents

"Frank" (postcard; a child c. 1930)

Correspondence - H
1922-1942

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence - H - List of correspondents

Hague, [Hilda?]

Hanscom, Elizabeth D.: see "B" for a letter sent to Evelyn Bullitt and forwarded to Peggy.

Hitchcock, A. [W.?] [Albert W.?]

H[itchcock?], L.C. (Writes from Meriden, CT.)

Hitchcock, Caroline [J.?], Peggy's aunt on her father's side

Hitchcock, Charlotte (Mrs. Albert Hitchcock)

Hitchcock, Charles [N., an uncle, 1859-1938?]

[Hitchcock, John?], 1904-1949, (AC 1926)] A note from someone calling himself Peggy's "big brother." Details otherwise don't seem to match (marries "Marion" in 1925," for example, vs. the bio record's marriage to Rose Tarver in 1934).

Hitchcock, John, writing to his Uncle Buck [Bryan], Aunt Etta,and Hilah and Henrietta (cousins, presumably)

Hitchcock, Jane Elizabeth (1863-1939; an aunt -- "Aunt Bess")

Hitchcock, Mary Waters Bryan (Peggy's mother; several letters from her to Peggy)

Correspondence - I - J
1922; 1934

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence - I - J - List of correspondents

"Jim," sending telegram from Flint, MI

"Joanna," writing from Hartslog Farms, Alexandria, PA

Coles, Kate (Flanagan), circa 1856-1943King, Stanley, 1883-1951, (AC 1903), Correspondence - K
1921; 1934-1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence - K - List of correspondents

"Katy"

"E.K." (uncle; Kendall?]

King, Stanley (President of Amherst College)

Search Terms
Hitchcock Memorial Room

Correspondence - L
1931; 1934

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence - L - List of correspondents

Lake, Lydia C.: see "B" for letter forwarded to Peggy by Buck Bryan

"Lauren" (wife Eleanor?)

"Lillie"

"Lois"

"Lulu" (Meriden, CT), 1934

"Lyla"

Correspondence - M
1927-1935

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence - M - List of correspondents

"Mae" (Maebelle?) (1928)

"Marge"

Mathews, Edward B. (Geological Dept, Johns Hopkins University, 1927)

Miller, A.F. (Mrs.) (Lyla?)

Minor, R.T. (Jr.) (Charlottesville, VA, 1934) (a cousin or uncle?)

Minor ("cousin," writing Evelyn Bullitt and sent by her to Peggy; see "B")

Correspondence - N
1934

Box 1: folder 11
Correspondence - N - List of correspondents

[Nichols, Herbert (Mrs.)?] "Aunt [Pats?]" Mrs. Herbert Nichols is MRHE's aunt, her mother's sister.

Correspondence - O - P
1922; 1934

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence - O - P - List of correspondents

[Overton?], Frances

Platsch, Bianca (1934)

Pond, Adela (1922)

Correspondence - Q - R
circa 1927-1931

Box 1: folder 13
Correspondence - Q - R - List of correspondents

Radcliffe, George L. (Baltimore, MD) (1927)

Rasch, A. L. (1931)

Richmond, Isabel Bryan (Peggy's aunt, her mother's sister, "Aunt Belle," of Providence, R.I.). Includes letters sent to her from "Mary" and "Delia" [Johnston?] and forwarded to Peggy.

Correspondence - S
[1934]

Box 1: folder 14
Correspondence - S - List of correspondents

"Susan," sends telegram from Baltimore, MD

Correspondence - T
1934

Box 1: folder 15
Correspondence - T - List of correspondents

Tomkins, Cary: letter is to Buck and Etta [last name?] regarding death of MRHE's mother Mary Waters Bryan Hitchcock ("Maisie")

Tyler, Aurelia: letter is to Elizabeth Bryan, sister of MRHE's mother, Mary ("Maisie"), about Maisie's death (1934)

Correspondence - U - V
1923

Box 1: folder 16
Correspondence - U - V - List of correspondents

"Virginia" (1923),writes from a trip abroad

Correspondence - W
circa 1926-1934

Box 1: folder 17
Correspondence - W - List of correspondents

Wade, Edith

White, Alice

Williston, Robert L., Jr., enclosed with letter from brother Bill (William Wardlaw) Williston (AC 1926)

Williston, Elizabeth C. Bryan (Mrs. Robert L. Williston, "Lib," mother of RLW '34 and WWW '26): some letters are from "Lib" to her sister Mary (Peggy's mother), and others are directly to Peggy. Note that Robert Lyman Williston (AC 1892) married first (1901) Margaret Randolph Bryan, who d. 1917; he then married her sister Elizabeth (Lib). Both Williston boys (Bill and Bob) are Margaret's sons.

Woods, F.A. (Dr.)

Search Terms
Williston, Robert Lyman, 1869-1934, (AC 1892)

Williston, William Wardlaw, 1904-1983, (AC 1926)

Correspondence - X - Y - Z
undated

Box 1: folder 18
Series 2: MISCELLANEOUS
undated


General note

nersts

Cards, Poems, Postcards
undated
0.05 linear foot
Box 2: folder 1
Miscellaneous: Ephemera, receipts, etc.
undated
Box 2: folder 2
Pamphlets
1923
Box 2: folder 3
Pamphlets

"Summary of Collections of Rocks and Minerals," Wards Natural Science Establishment, Rochester, N.Y., September 1, 1923.

"Heredity and Sex," by Frank E. Lutz. Reprint of the American Museum Journal, Vol. XVI, pp. 228-242, April, 1916.

Brochure for "Indian House, Old Deerfield, Massachusetts," circa 1930, and program for Old Deerfield

Photographs (1 of 3)
circa 1911
Box 2: folder 4
Photographs (1 of 3)

Snapshots (4x4), mostly of a trip to Scotland.

Photographs (2 of 3)
circa 1911
Box 2: folder 5
Photographs (2 of 3)

Snapshots, many from Scotland (August, 1911).

Photographs (3 of 3)
undated
Box 2: folder 6
Photographs (3 of 3)

Photographs, mostly of a woman (or women?). Possibly Margaret Hitchcock Emerson, but unrecorded.

Programs
circa 1922-1931
Box 2: folder 7
General note

1922 Class Supper (Smith?)

Rivanna Garden Club Year Book (Charlottesville, VA) for 1928-29, 1929-30 and 1930-31 (2 copies)

An Old Virginian May Day at Stuart Hall, May 15, 1923

Victor record lists (typescript)

Lyric sheet for unnknown club gathering (lyrics to Thou Comest Here to the land; Mammy's Lullaby; The Piper o' Dundee).

School Exams
circa 1920-1922
Box 2: folder 8
School Exams

"A Floral Wedding"

Geology 207

[Geology] 207

Geology 266 (Geology 266 is indicated as a Smith College course, and the others may be Smith courses as well)

School Notes (mostly geology)
undated
Box 2: folder 9
Emerson, Margaret Randolph Hitchcock (1899-1985), Typescript: "The Mastodon of Thomas Jefferson"
1930-31

Box 2: folder 10
General note

File contains Peggy Hitchcock's article "The Mastodon of Thomas Jefferson," written at or for the School of Geology, University of Virginia, c. 1930. Typescript folder includes a letter from Joseph K. Roberts from the School of Geology regading publication of the article. Also included are three copies of the published article as reprints from "The Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences," Vol. 21, No. 5, March 4, 1931.

Diplomas
1922, 1925
Map case 6, drawer 12
Diplomas

Smith College (1922)

Columbia University (1925)

Location of originals:

MC6, DR 12

Series 3: WRITINGS
circa 1938-1945


Article typescript: "The Mastodon of Thomas Jefferson"
circa 1930

Box 2: folder 10

File contains Peggy Hitchcock's article "The Mastodon of Thomas Jefferson," written at or for the School of Geology, University of Virginia, c. 1930. Typescript folder includes a letter from Joseph K. Roberts from the School of Geology regarding publication of the article. Also included are three copies of the published article as reprints from "The Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences," Vol. 21, No. 5, March 4, 1931.

Search Terms
Emerson, Margaret Randolph Hitchcock

Writings about Amherst College subjects (1 of 2)circa 1940s


Box 2: folder 11
General note

"High Upon Her Living Throne" (about Johnson Chapel)

"The Sea of Life" (about President Edward Hitchcock) (photocopy)

"The Biographical Record as an Entertainment for Leisure Hours"

Writings about Amherst College subjects (2 of 2)
circa 1938-1945

Box 2: folder 12
General note

Untitled essay about Hope Church in Amherst

Notes about buildings and grounds of Amherst College

"The 'Fred Allis' of the 40s" -- article about Joseph Vaill, one of the first trustees and benefactors of Amherst College

Search Terms
Amherst College -- History -- Sources

Vaill, Joseph, 1790-1869

Hitchcock family traits
circa 1938-1945

Box 2: folder 13
General note

[Article on science and music traits in four generations of Hitchcocks] -- multiple drafts


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Bryan, John Randolph
  • Emerson, Henry Seelye, 1907-1946, (AC 1929)
  • Emerson, Margaret Randolph Hitchcock (1899-1985)
  • Hitchcock, Edward, 1828-1911, (AC 1878)
  • Hitchcock, John Sawyer, 1869-1928, (AC 1889)
  • Hitchcock, Mary Waters (Bryan), 1870-1934


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