COLLECTION GUIDES

1863-1982

Guide to the Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the personal and family papers of Muriel Gurdon (Saltonstall) Lewis, including correspondence, travel notes, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, scrapbooks, diaries, and other records. There are some scattered items of family members Peter C. and Sarah L. Brooks, George Lewis, Eleanor (Brooks) Saltonstall, and Leverett Saltonstall.

Biographical Sketches

Peter Chardon Brooks (1831-1920)

The son of Gorham Brooks (1795-1855) and Ellen (Shepherd) (1809-1884), born at Watertown (now Belmont), Mass., 8 May 1831. He prepared for college under Samuel Eliot and was admitted to Harvard in Aug. 1848, graduating in 1852. He devoted himself largely to agriculture, forestry, and art, and he was a trustee for valuable estates. He also traveled extensively. He lived for many years on Arlington Street in Boston, then on Bay State Road. The family had a large summer estate, "Point of Rocks," at West Medford. Peter Chardon Brooks married Sarah Lawrence (1845-1915), daughter of Amos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886) and Sarah Elizabeth (Appleton) (1822-1891). Sarah (Lawrence) Brooks was an amateur and prolific photographer. She had six siblings, among whom was William Lawrence (1850-1941), who was elected a Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Massachusetts in 1893. Sarah Lawrence and Peter Chardon Brooks had two children: Eleanor (b. 1867) and Lawrence (b. 1868).

Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961)

The daughter of Sarah Lawrence (1845-1915) and Peter Chardon Brooks. She married in 1891 Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922), a descendant of Sir Richard Saltonstall (1586-1661). The couple had four children: Leverett (1892-1979), Eleanor "Nora" (1894-1919), Muriel Gurdon (1896-1990), and Richard (1897-1979). Leverett Saltonstall grew up to become a senator and governor of Massachusetts. Nora Saltonstall served overseas for about a year during World War I. Upon her return, she went to the western U.S. on a camping trip and contracted typhoid fever, dying in late July 1919.

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis (1896-1990)

The third child of Eleanor (Brooks) and Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922), she was an avid horsewoman and yachtswoman. She married in 1926 George Lewis (1887-1952), a graduate of Harvard and also an avid horseman. They made their home in Sherborn, Mass. The couple had two children: Eleanor Saltonstall (b. 1928) and George (b. 1931). Eleanor Saltonstall Lewis married Levin H. Campbell (b. 1927).

Collection Description

The collection consists of miscellaneous personal and family papers (1863-1978), newspaper clippings and printed ephemera (1907-1982), scrapbooks, and diaries and records (1866-1945) of Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis and other family members, including her mother Eleanor (Brooks) Saltonstall and her grandparents Peter Chardon Brooks and Sarah (Lawrence) Brooks. The collection is housed in five manuscript boxes, one oversize box, and three oversize volumes in cases.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Eleanor Campbell in Feb. 1993; gift of Eleanor Campbell in Sep. 2000. Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall diary (1921) given by Eleanor Campbell, Nov. 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Miscellaneous personal and family papers, 1863-1978

Contains items of correspondence, notes, invitations, materials connected with family events, memorabilia, and travel materials of Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, her mother Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, and a few early items related to her grandparents Peter Chardon Brooks and Sarah L. Brooks, George Lewis's father, and an 1863 land transfer in Sherborn.

Box 1Folder 1
Notes, poetry, greeting card, prayer, travel itinerary, undated
Box 1Folder 2
Deed, Horatio Mason to Mary Ann Adams, land in Sherborn, 1863
Box 1Folder 3
Papers, 1870-1912

Sarah Lawrence Brooks, dinner guest lists, 1870; Mrs. Gorham Brooks, memorial service, 1884; George Lewis I wedding invitation, 1884; West Medford annual work list, 1908; Sarah Lawrence Brooks to Mr. and Mrs. Cobb, 1912.

Box 1Folder 4
Papers, 1913-1914

Notes on Arboretum, 1913; Sewing Circle pamphlet, 1913; Sarah Lawrence Brooks will, 1914.

Box 1Folder 5
Papers, 1915-1919

Letters to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, 1915; George Lewis II diploma from military instruction camp, Plattsburg, 1916; correspondence of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis with sundry persons, 1919.

Box 1Folder 6
Papers, 1921-1922

Richard Saltonstall wedding invitation, 1921; Julie Z. Brunnen to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, 1922; Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis journal entry, 1922.

Box 1Folder 7
Papers, 1923

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis travel notes, 1923; "Class Distinction" essay by Katharine Sherwood, 1923; Joseph McKim to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, 1923.

Box 1Folder 8
Papers, 1924-1925

Lord North to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, 1924; James R. Woods Detective Agency reports to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall re: Miss Holman, 1924; "Adventures of a Nora Saltonstall Scholarship Girl in France," essay by Frances B. Allen, 1925; 2 letters in French to unknown.

Box 1Folder 9
Papers, 1923-1926

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis wedding lists, 1923; Lord North to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, 1926.

Box 1Folder 10
Papers, 1927-1928

Dedication of memorial to Arthur T. Bradlee, 1927; letters to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall 1928.

Box 1Folder 11
Papers, 1929

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis notes and correspondence re: building house in Sherborn, 1929.

Box 1Folder 12
Papers, 1930-1931

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis notes and correspondence re: building house in Sherborn, 1930; horse pamphlets, 1931; correspondence of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall re: paintings, 1931.

Box 1Folder 13
Papers, 1933-1934

Christmas poem, 1933; Mary B. Forbes poem, "America," 1934.

Box 1Folder 14
Papers, 1941

Correspondence re: family silver at Chestnut Hill house, 1940; Eleanor Lewis recital program, 1941; William Lawrence Memorial Fund brochure, 1941; Windsor School assembly program, 1941; Alice W. Saltonstall photomechanical, 1941.

Box 1Folder 15
Papers, 1942-1943

Polly Saltonstall wedding invitation, 1942; Tufts commencement, 1943; Charles River School graduation play, 1943; First Church in Chestnut Hill items, 1943.

Box 1Folder 16
Papers, 1944-1945

Jean Bemis to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, 1944; First Church items, 1944; Leverett Saltonstall to Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, 1944; "Three Great Waterfalls," essay by George Lewis III, 1945; Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis Red Cross certificate, 1945.

Box 1Folder 17
Papers, 1946-1948

Winsor School play, 1946; Leverett Saltonstall to Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, 1946; Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall will, 1946; Bill Hunter to Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, 1946; Mass. Horticultural Society awards to Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, 1947; Leverett Saltonstall gift to Harvard, 1948; Joseph D. Leland to George Lewis, 1948.

Box 1Folder 18
Papers, 1950-1952

Susan Saltonstall dance, 1950; First Church program, 1951; Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis medical correspondence, 1951; George Lewis memorial bookplate, 1952.

Box 1Folder 19
Papers, 1952

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, trip to France and Portugal: itineraries, travel notes, bills and receipts, ephemera, 1952.

Box 1Folder 20
Papers, 1953-1955

Point-to-point meeting, 1953; Henry E. Bothfeld death, 1953; information re: paintings, 1955.

Box 1Folder 21
Papers, 1961-1968

First Church, 1961; Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis class notes, 1961; Winsor School ephemera, 1961; Union Boat Club, 1963; Katherine Noonan letter, 1963; death of Lord Cranworth, 1964; Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis medical correspondence, 1965-1968.

Box 1Folder 22
Papers, 1970-1971

Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis medical correspondence, 1970; Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis reminiscences, 1971; Elizabeth Saltonstall exhibit, 1971.

Box 1Folder 23
Papers, 1978

John Walsh to Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis re: Monet painting, 1978.

II. Eleanor (Brooks) Saltonstall travel papers, 1896-1930

Travel notes, itineraries, calling cards, bills, correspondence, and ephemera of Eleanor (Brooks) Saltonstall from trips to Europe (1896), Italy (1906), South America (1925), Ireland (1928 and 1929), and Italy and France (1930).

Box 1Folder 24
1896-1926

Itineraries and travel notes from trips to Europe (1896), Italy (1906), South America (1925), and Italy and France (1930).

Box 1Folder 25
1928-1929

Itineraries, calling cards, bills, correspondence, notes, greeting cards, and ephemera concerning trips to Ireland in 1928 and 1929.

III. Papers related to the death of Eleanor (Brooks) Saltonstall, 1961

Materials on the death of Eleanor (Brooks) Saltonstall in 1961, including newspaper announcements and a typescript of her memorial service.

Box 1Folder 26

IV. Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous printed matter, 1907-1982

The newspaper clippings (1907-1982) are arranged chronologically and contain many clippings related to the political career of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), brother of Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis. There are also clippings concerning other family members, friends, and society events. Other printed matter includes a folder of items related to Leverett Saltonstall, 1930s-1960s, and a folder of campaign literature for Levin H. Campbell, 1966.

Box 2Folder 1-18
Newspaper clippings, chronological order, 1907-1982
Box 2Folder 19
Levin H. Campbell printed campaign literature, 1966
Box 2Folder 20
Leverett Saltonstall printed matter, 1930s-1960s
Box 2Folder 21-23
Miscellaneous printed matter

V. Volumes, 1866-1945

The volumes (1866-1945) were kept primarily by Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, and include address books, scrapbooks, Christmas lists, wedding lists, and diaries. The scrapbooks date from 1914 and 1915, and both contain mementos of social activities, including invitations, notes, guest lists, and calling cards. Her diaries include a travel diary for a voyage in 1913 to Italy; a three-year line-a-day diary for 1913-1915, which also includes the voyage to Italy; a diary kept during a trip in France to the places her sister Nora had worked during World War I (1921); a cruise diary (1922) for a three-day cruise off the Maine coast; a volume of travel notes for voyages to Great Britain in 1923 and 1924; and line-a-day diaries for 1943-1945. The series also contains a bound passport (1866) and a bound manuscript genealogy of Peter Chardon Brooks; a commonplace book of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1874-1879); a shared book of writings, "Rainy Day Magazine" (ca. 1908), of Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall and Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis; a "logbook" travel diary of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall on a voyage to South America (1925); and a history notebook (1920) of Richard Saltonstall. Three oversize scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and other printed matter about Leverett Saltonstall, 1934-1939.

Box 3Vol. 1
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, address book, undated
Box 3Vol. 2
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, address book, undated
Box 3Vol. 3
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, address book, undated
Box 3Vol. 4
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, address book, undated
Box 3Vol. 5
Peter Chardon Brooks, passport, 1866
Box 3Vol. 6
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, commonplace book, 1874-1879
Box 3Vol. 7
Peter Chardon Brooks, "Brooks Genealogies," [1885]

Bound manuscript genealogy of the Brooks family.

Box 3Vol. 7a
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, "Wedding List," Sep. 1891.

Name/address book for wedding invitations.

Box 3Vol. 8
Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall and Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, "Rainy Day Magazine," ca. 1908

Writings by the girls with clipped illustrations glued in.

Box 3Vol. 9
George Lewis II, address book, 1913?
Box 3Vol. 10
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, school notebook, 1913
Box 3Vol. 11
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, travel diary, 28 Oct.-11 Nov. 1913

Travel from N.Y. in the S.S. Cincinnati for Naples, with photographs and postcards glued in. Arrival at Madeira on Nov. 5, Gibraltar on Nov. 7, and Naples on Nov. 10. Ends on Nov. 11 while still in Naples.

Box 4Vol. 12
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, diary, 1 Jan. 1913-31 May 1915

Some gaps. Entries 28 Oct. 1913-9 June 1914 describe a voyage to Italy (see also vol. 11) and include travel in Italy, France, the Hague, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, and return in S.S. Caronia, arrival in Boston on June 9.

Box 4Vol. 13
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, scrapbook, 1914

Mementos from social activities, including invitations, notes, guest lists, and calling cards.

Box 4Vol. 14
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, scrapbook, 1915

Mementos from social activities, including invitations, notes, guest lists, and calling cards.

Box 4Vol. 15
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, Christmas lists, 1919-1924

Lists of gifts given and received.

Box 4Vol. 16
Richard Saltonstall, history notebook, [1920]

Looseleaf notebook with notes on history lessons.

Box 4Vol. 17
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, address book, 1920
Box 4Vol. 17a
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, diary, 6 Jan.-Apr. 1921

Diary of an automobile trip in France to the places Nora Saltonstall had worked during World War I, lists of expenses, itinerary, and other memoranda.

Box 4Vol. 18
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, diary, 6-9 July 1922

Record of a cruise from North Haven to Buck's Harbor, Maine, in yawl Fish Hawk. Includes photographs (not part of Photo. Coll. 33).

Box 5Vol. 19
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, travel notes, 1923, 1924

Notes on voyage 12 May-17 Aug. 1923 in S.S. Majestic to England and Scotland, and return in S.S. Aquitania, with lists of people met and places visited, but no diary entries. Notes on voyage 21 June-28 July 1924 in S.S. Homeric to Wales and England. Diary entries for July 7, 8, 10, 12, 16-28. Date of return not noted.

Box 5Vol. 20
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, Log Book, 24 Jan.-29 Mar. 1925

Printed logbook completed in manuscript, "Cruise Round South America." Includes printed geography information on South America. She traveled from N.Y. to Havana, Columbia, Panama Canal, Peru, Chile, Straits of Magellan, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Trinidad, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and return to N.Y.

Box 5Vol. 21
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, travel diary, 23 Jan.-29 Mar. 1925

Daily entries covering the same voyage as above (vol. 20), in a smaller diary format.

Box 5Vol. 22
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, Christmas lists, 1925-1931

Lists of gifts given and received.

Box 5Vol. 23
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, wedding list, 1926

Address book for wedding invitations.

Box 5Vol. 24
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, wedding lists, 1926

Two-volume index of wedding guest list.

Box 5Vol. 25
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, diary, 1943

Line-a-day diary. Weather, daily activities, charitable work, news of children and relatives.

Box 5Vol. 26
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, diary, 1944

Line-a-day diary. Weather, daily activities, charitable work, news of children and relatives.

Box 5Vol. 27
Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis, diary, 1945

Line-a-day diary. Weather, daily activities, charitable work, news of children and relatives.

OS Vol. 1
Leverett Saltonstall, newspaper clippings and other printed matter, 1934-1938
OS Vol. 2
Leverett Saltonstall, newspaper clippings and other printed matter, Oct. 1938-Jan. 1939
OS Vol. 3
Leverett Saltonstall, newspaper clippings and other printed matter, Jan.-Feb. 1939

Oversize materials

Town of Sherborn, Plan of Town Forest Land, 1950; blueprints; drawings of cars; certificates to Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, for crossing the Arctic Circle (1968) and the equator (1925); printed proclamations of Leverett Saltonstall; fragment of 1866 map of Sherborn; map of Dover riding and walking trails, 1965; watercolor of St. Peters in Rome.

Box OS

Preferred Citation

Saltonstall-Brooks-Lewis family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Photographs Removed from the Collection

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the Saltonstall-Brooks-Lewis family photographs, ca. 1840-1946. Photo. Coll. 33.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Campbell, Eleanor Lewis, 1928- .
Campbell, Levin H., 1927- .
Brooks family--Genealogy.
Brooks, Peter Chardon, 1831-1920.
Brooks, Sarah Lawrence, 1845-1915.
Lewis, Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall, 1896-1990.
Lewis, George, 1931- .
Saltonstall, Eleanor, 1894-1919.
Saltonstall, Eleanor Brooks, 1867-1961.
Saltonstall, Richard, 1897-1979.

Subjects:

Family history--1900-1949.
Politicians--Massachusetts.
Scrapbooks--1934-1939.
Women travelers.