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Sanford family papers, 1788-1900.
52 Volumes.
Collection number: MS 0027

Sanford family papers, 1788-1900. Papers consist of inventories, account books, and a book of charades of the family of William, William A., Edward and Edward C. A. Sanford of Nynehead Court, Somerset, England. Inventories includes household goods, including silverplate and picture, and the library.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

English family living at Nynehead Court, Somerset, England. Individual family members include William (d. 1833), Edward (1794-1871), William A. (1818-1902) and Edward C. A. Sanford (1859-1923).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Manuscript volumes describing the property, in particular a large library collection, accounts and activities of the Sanford family.

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Sanford family Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

History of the Collection

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Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
11 vols.


Arranged chronologically.

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Scope and content:

The account books recording day-to-day expenditures at both a city and country property held by the Sanford family. Among the subjects are amounts spent on food, for care of the horses, grounds maintenance, travel costs (including turnpike tolls), postage, housekeeping supplies and laborer's wages.

7 vols.


Arranged by subject.

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Scope and content:

Inventory of the contents of Nynehead Court, arranged by type of material (paintings, silverplate, etc.), with notes on where each item was located. Some items indicate whether the item was a gift or a purchase.

1 vol.

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The journal entries date from Feb. 1840 to May 1841, the whole in a ready-bound volume entitled "The literary diary; or, improved common-place-book: on the plan recommended by Mr. Locke. To which are prefixed, An explanatory treatise; and an Abridgement of the Aurifodina of Drexelius, by Bishop Horne". Two pages have been provided for an index, but these have not been used. The first entry suggests that this volume was not only for W. A. Sanford's personal use, but that much of the same information was also recorded in the account books of the estate (as cross-indexed in the margins). An additional 20 leaves of undated entries follow the dated entries, including one which indicates that entries were made as late as 1871. At least two of these later entries concern sightings of ghosts.

1 vol.



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Scope and content:

Undated volume containing 340 riddles or "charades", ranging from very short riddles such as "I am ever, and yet am never" to complicated rhymes of 12 lines and more. A separate section at the back, written upside-down, provides the answers to fewer than 10% of the riddles. The compiler of the volume is unknown, though it may have been made by or for Mary Sanford Lynton, whose name appears as an acrostic on the page with the "Answer to nos. 274, 275, 276, 277."

[19th cent.]
32 v.


Arranged by subject.

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Scope and content:

The catalogues document the library of the Sanford family at Nynehead Court in Somerset England sometime in the 19th century prior to 1892. Most volumes in W. A. Sanford's hand, some titles have E. C. A. Sanford's initials against them. Vol. 44, Catalogue of Latin authors, has a note suggesting that it was compiled as part of the inventory of the estate of one of the Sanfords. The volumes are bound in one-quarter leather with red marbled paper, the pages are ruled.

Contents List
Account books,
11 vols.

Holles Street accounts

Vol. 1
William A. Sanford,
Nov. 1814-July 1819

Vol. 2
William A. Sanford,
Sept. 1816-Nov. 1819

Vol. 3
Loose sheets with accounts 1816-1824

Vol. 3su
William A. Sanford,
food, May 1817-Dec. 1817

Vol. 4
To Chas. Bailey for the keep of the horses (undated)

Vol. 4su
E. A. Sanford,
Jan. 1818-Jan. 1819; Jan. 1820-Sept. 1824

Vol. 5
E. A. Sanford,
food, June 1820-Feb. 1824

Vol. 6
1827 statement from J. Schweppe & Co. (London) to A. Sandford on an overdue account

Vol. 6su
Labourers account,
1823-1824; Garden accompt, Jan. 1825-July 1826

Vol. 7
E. A. Sanford,
food, Feb. 1824-Nov. 1828

Vol. 8
Loose bills from carpenter,
painter, thatcher, sawyer and for feed for the pheasants (1829

Vol. 8su
Housekeepers book for sundries,

Vol. 9
Edward Ayshford Sanford,
food, Nov. 1828-Nov. 1831

Vol. 10
Day book (food and services),
Nov. 1835-Nov. 1846

Vol. 11
7 vols.

List of pictures,
engravings in frames, &c.

Vol. 13
Two folded sheets of letterhead (14,
Cavendish Square, W.) with add'l pictures

Vol. 13s
Plate book,
June 1882

Vol. 14
Ornamental plate & orther articles of value (including china)

Vol. 15
Catalogue of books in the Nynehead library,
vol. 1, copied 1892

Vol. 16
Catalogue of books,
vol. 2

Vol. 17
List of books belonging to Col. Edward Charles Ayshford Sanford,
vol. 1, 1900

Vol. 18
List of Col. Sanford's books,
vol. 2

Vol. 19
1 vol.

Book of riddles,
1 vol.

Library catalogues,
[19th cent.]
32 v.

Voyages and travel; Art,

Box 6: folder 21
Dictionaries; Catalogues; Sports; Peerages

Box 6: folder 22
Poetry & drama (modern),

Box 6: folder 23
Three loose leaves of slightly erotic etchings

Box 6: folder 23s
Poetry & drama (modern),

Box 6: folder 24
Poetry & drama (modern),

Box 6: folder 25
Poetry & drama (modern),
Swift-Z; Plays; Special catalogues

Box 6: folder 26
Greek authors,
A to Omeros

Box 6: folder 27
[Philosophy and] science,
A to Dav

Box 6: folder 28
[Philosophy and] science,
Davy to Maine

Box 6: folder 29
[Philosophy and] science,
Masters to V

Box 6: folder 30
W to Z

Box 6: folder 31
[History]; Biography

Box 7: folder 32
Bible; Prayer books; Books of devotion

Box 7: folder 33
Two partial printed leaves in Latin related to sex and marriage,
with owner's signature E.C.A. Sanford

Box 7: folder 33s
History: France,
Spain and Portugal, Italy, Northern Europe, Extra European (including Turkey but excluding British Empire

Box 7: folder 34
History: British Empire

Box 7: folder 35
History: ecclesiastical

Box 7: folder 36
History: general history and principles,
Greece and Roman

Box 7: folder 37
Latin authors,
A to Tacitus

Box 7: folder 38
Latin authors,
Tacitus to Ussu

Box 7: folder 39
[out of sequence] Greek authors,
Omeros to Photios

Box 7: folder 40
Comparative religion

Box 7: folder 41
Prose fiction

Box 7: folder 42
Catalogue of Greek authors {earlier list}

Box 7: folder 43
Seven loose sheets with Latin authors

Box 7: folder 43s
Catalogue of Latin Authors {earlier list}

Box 8: folder 44
[out of sequence] Art,
Rocchigiani to Y

Box 8: folder 45
Prose literature [other than ...]

Box 8: folder 46

Box 8: folder 47
Geography; Topography

Box 8: folder 48
Grammar and educational books

Box 8: folder 49
[unlabeled but also Grammar and educational books]

Box 8: folder 50
One folded leaf suggesting shelf arrangement of part of the library; 26 loose leaves of Spanish authors

Box 8: folder 50s
Military treatises and regulations; Regulations other than military

Box 8: folder 51

Box 8: folder 52

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.

  • Sanford, W. A. (William Ayshford), 1818-1902.
  • Great Britain - Economic conditions - 19th century - Sources.
  • Great Britain - Social conditions - 19th century - Sources.
  • Great Britain - Social life and customs - 19th century - Sources.
  • Nynehead Court (Somerset, England)
  • Private libraries - England - Somerset - Catalogs.
  • Riddles.

  • Sanford, E. A. (Edward Ayshford), 1794-1871.
  • Sanford, E. C. A. (Edward Charles Ayshford), 1859-1923.
  • Sanford, W. A. (William Ayshford), 1818-1902.
  • Sanford, W. A. (William Ayshford), d. 1833.

Genre terms
  • Account books
  • Diaries
  • Inventories

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