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Catharine May Edes Papers, 1822-1856 (Bulk: 1849-1852)
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 54

Abstract:
Traveler. When Edes was in her late sixties, she traveled through Europe during wartime with her sister. Papers consist of correspondence and journals. Written during her time in Europe, mostly from England, letters include descriptions of art; landmarks; life and war in Europe; the 1849 cholera epidemic in London; Sontag and Madame Alboni performing at the Birmingham Musical Festival; the Congress of Princes in Berlin; Jenny Lind singing in Stockholm; and the marriage of Prince Carl to the Princess of Holland in Upsala.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of unpublished works in this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Page from journal of Catharine Edes, 1850

Page from journal of Catharine Edes, 1850

Catharine Cravath May Edes was born in 1782. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts with her extended family, the Mays. From 1849 to 1852, when Edes was in her late sixties, she travelled through Europe during wartime with her sister Sophie Tuckerman. Little else is known of Catharine Edes' life. She wrote her will in January 1844 and produced an account book of her estate in 1856.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Catharine C.M. Edes Papers consist of 2.5 linear inches including correspondence and 130 pages of journal entries written from August 1849 to August 1852. Letters to her family were written during her time in Europe, mostly from England. Edes wrote of the 1849 cholera epidemic in London and of hearing Sontag and Madame Alboni perform at the Birmingham Musical Festival. She and her sister heard Jenny Lind sing in Stockholm before her departure to tour America, and were in Upsala for the marriage of Prince Carl to the Princess of Holland. Many of the letters mention the war activities in Europe and the "armies moving in all directions." The collection also includes Edes' passport, a book of pressed flowers, her will, and an account book. There is one folder of letters written by Edes' sister, Sophie Tuckerman.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of unpublished works in this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Catherine C.M. Edes Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Catharine C.M. Edes Papers were presented by Margaret Roys, through the introduction of Grace P. Fuller (Smith 1903).


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Journal entries,
May 1849-March 1852

Box 1: folder 2-5
Correspondence



To family,
August 1849-51

Box 1: folder 6-9
From Sophie Tuckerman to family,
1850-1852

Box 1: folder 10
Biographical material


Box 1: folder 11
Passport,
March 13, 1852

Box 1
Book of pressed flowers,
1882

Box 1
Account book of estate,
1856

Box 1: folder 12
Will,
January 1844

Box 1

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Subjects
  • Edes, Catharine May, 1782-
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Europe--Social life and customs--19th century--Sources
  • May family
  • Tuckerman, Sophie


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