Five College Archives and Manuscript
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Kendall papers, 1834-1959.
1 box (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0561 (LD 7096.6 1871 Plimpton)

Kendall, Clara Idella Plimpton, 1848-1941; Teacher and Housewife. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1871. Papers consist of correspondence, biographical material, and photographs primarily discussing her travels in England, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Also includes letters by Kendall and Plimpton family relatives and "The Kendall Book" by Priscilla Robertson.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Clara Idella Plimpton was born on December 30, 1848 in Walpole, Massachusetts. She graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1871 and married Henry L. Kendall in 1875. He was a clergyman and a graduate of Brown University. They had two children: Helen (Mount Holyoke College, Class of 1900) and Henry (Amherst College, Class of 1899). Idella Plimpton Kendall died on January 23, 1941 in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of correspondence; biographical material; and photographs. Most of the letters are by Kendall to family members describing her travels in England, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, from July 1869-May 1870. Also included are several letters by Kendall and Plimpton family relatives.

This collection is organized into two sub-groups. It is arranged into series within each sub-group, then chronologically.

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C. Idella P. Kendall Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Kendall, C. Idella P. (Clara Idella Plimpton), 1848-1941.
  • England.
  • Europe - Description and travel - 1800-1918 - Sources.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Italy - Description and travel - Sources.
  • Switzerland - Description and travel - Sources.
  • Transportation and travel.

  • Plimpton, Clara Idella, Class of 1871.

Genre terms
  • Letters- Collections

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