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Lyons Family Papers, 1859-1895
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 133

Abstract:
The Lyons family correspondence consists mostly ofletters addressed to Mary Lyons or her brother Frederick D. Lyons regarding their friends and family in Greenfield and Colrain, Massachusetts, and in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. Among the topics they discuss are sickness, death, accidents, allegations of spousal abuse, recipes, scandals in Greenfield, clothing, quilting, bickering between Methodists and Universalists, and Aunt Mary's investments.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lyons family correspondence consists mostly ofletters addressed to Mary Lyons or her brother Frederick D. Lyons regarding their friends and family in Greenfield and Colrain, Massachusetts, and in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. Among the topics they discuss are sickness, death, accidents, allegations of spousal abuse (see Elkhart, 1883), recipes, scandals in Greenfield, clothing, quilting, bickering between Methodists and Universalists, and Aunt Mary's investments.

Mary's cousin J.L. Lyons of Greenfield, a frequent correspondent, was an undertaker and owned a furniture store formerly known as Miles and Lyons.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Lyons Family Papers (MS 133). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Scott Peterson of Kenilworth, Illinois in 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, October 1986.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abused wives--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Clothing and dress--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Colrain (Mass.)--Biography.
  • Colrain (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • Cookery--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Biography.
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • Lyons family--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, Frederick D.--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, J. L.--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, Mary--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, Mary--Finance, Personal.
  • Methodist Church--Relations--Universalist Churches.
  • Methodist Church--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History.
  • Quilting--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Scandals--Massachusetts--Greenfield--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Universalist churches--Relations--Methodist Church.
  • Universalist churches--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Wife abuse--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Women--Massachusetts--Colrain--Correspondence.

Contributors
  • Lyons, Frederick D.
  • Lyons, J. L.
  • Lyons, Mary.

Genre terms
  • Personal correspondence.


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