COLLECTION GUIDES

1839-2009

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

Series II of the Frank Irving Howe, Jr. family papers (the Senechal family papers) are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Users must sign an agreement stating that they understand these restrictions before they will be given access to the collection.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the papers of the interrelated Hill, Howe, and Senechal families, primarily Civil War sharpshooter Moses Hill, his wife Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill, their great-granddaughter Marion Elberta (Howe) Senechal, and her husband Robert Alphonse Senechal. Included are letters written by Moses Hill during his service with the First Company of Massachusetts Sharpshooters in Maryland and Virginia, 1860-1862.

Biographical Sketches

Moses Hill (1823-1862) was born on 22 Mar. 1823 in Bellingham, Mass., the son of Moses and Persis (Phipps) Hill. He worked as a stone mason. In 1846, he married Eliza Ann Arnold (1825-1888), and the couple had two children: Lucina Maria Hill (b. 1848), who married Frank Irving Howe (1841-1893) in 1866; and George Russell Hill (b. 1858), who married Carrie Frances Clark in 1882. During the Civil War, Moses Hill served in the First Company of Massachusetts Sharpshooters, otherwise known as the "Andrew Sharpshooters" after Gov. John A. Andrew. Hill saw action in Maryland and Virginia during the Peninsula Campaign. On 13 Oct. 1862, he was discharged from service due to illness and sent home, where he died of consumption on 29 Oct. 1862.

Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill (1825-1888) was the daughter of Nathan and Rosina (Ballou) Arnold and the foster daughter of George Harding of Medway, Mass. Her brother was Nathan Arnold, Jr. (1817-1881), who married Maria Green (Harding) Bright in 1839, and her twin sister was Rosina Arnold, who married William Bartlett in 1845.

Frank Irving Howe, Jr. (1875-1946) was the son of Frank and Lucina Maria (Hill) Howe and the grandson of Moses and Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill. He married Clara Louise Amazeen in 1902, and the couple had five children: Dorothy Howe; Frank Irving Howe III, a.k.a. "Bud"; Evan Carleton Howe, a.k.a. "Pie"; Marion Elberta Howe; and Robert Marshall Howe.

Marion Elberta (Howe) Senechal (1916-2000) was the daughter of Frank Irving Howe, Jr. and Clara Louise (Amazeen) Howe. In 1936, she married stage actor and set designer Joseph Gardner Hill, and they had one son, David Gardner Hill (b. 1937). Marion and Joe Hill divorced in 1941, and Marion re-married in 1948 to Robert Alphonse Senechal. The Senechals had two daughters, Roberta Howe Senechal (b. 1950) and Marianne Senechal (b. 1957). During World War II, Marion worked building Liberty ships at the New England Shipbuilding Corporation's shipyard in South Portland, Me. She got a B.A. in education from the Massachusetts School of Art in 1948 and an M.A. in Education from Gorham State College in 1968. She worked for many years as an art teacher and administrator, first in Rumford, Me. and then in Scotia, N.Y., retiring in 1972.

Robert Alphonse Senechal (1919-2005) was the son of Wilbur Louis Senechal and Aurore (Plante) Senechal. He worked as a boilermaker and was very active in his labor union, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local #29.

Sources

Collection Description

This collection consists of the papers of the interrelated Hill, Howe, and Senechal families, primarily Civil War sharpshooter Moses Hill, his wife Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill, their great-granddaughter Marion Elberta (Howe) Senechal, and her husband Robert Alphonse Senechal. Series I (the Hill-Howe family papers) contains the papers of Moses and Eliza Hill, their children, and other Hill and Howe family members. Series II (the Senechal family papers) contains the papers of Marion and Robert Senechal, their children, and other Senechal family members.

Included are letters written by Moses Hill during his service with the First Company of Massachusetts Sharpshooters in Maryland and Virginia, 1860-1862, describing life at camp, battles, his health, etc.; Hill and Howe legal, genealogical, and printed material; Senechal family correspondence; personal correspondence of Marion Senechal and papers related to her career as an art educator and her travels; papers of Robert Senechal related to his membership in the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local #29, and his workers' compensation claim for asbestosis; and diaries of Marion and Robert Senechal.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Roberta Howe Senechal, Aug. 2008-Feb. 2012.

Restrictions on Access

Series II of the Frank Irving Howe, Jr. family papers (the Senechal family papers) are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Users must sign an agreement stating that they understand these restrictions before they will be given access to the collection.

Restrictions on Use

The Frank Irving Howe, Jr. family papers contain correspondence and other materials created by individuals other than the donor, Roberta Senechal. Although the Massachusetts Historical Society has physical ownership of papers written by and to other individuals, some material may still be under copyright. The Massachusetts Historical Society does not claim ownership to the literary rights (copyright) to materials created by individuals other than Roberta Senechal. The Massachusetts Historical Society cannot give permission to publish or cite documents or other materials by individuals for whom it does not hold copyright. Use of the collection does not imply permission to publish or cite materials in the collection. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to obtain formal permission from owners of the literary rights (copyright) to publish or quote from documents in this collection.

All reproductions, including photocopies and digital photographs are for personal use only. Personal use copies may not be donated or deposited in other libraries or archives, or made available to other researchers without the written permission of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Hill-Howe family papers, 1839-2000

This series contains papers of the related Hill and Howe families, primarily Civil War sharpshooter Moses Hill, his wife Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill, their daughter Lucina Maria (Hill) Howe, and other family members. Included are letters, postcards, legal and financial papers, genealogical papers, and printed matter.

A. Correspondence, 1844-1926

This subseries consists primarily of the correspondence of Moses Hill and Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill, 1844-1862, but also includes letters to Eliza from other family members and friends. Among the correspondents are Eliza's uncle Adin Ballou, sister Rosina (Arnold) Bartlett, brother Nathan Arnold, Jr. (1817-1881), niece Myra (probably Nathan's stepdaughter Mary Elizabeth Bright), daughter Lucina Maria (Hill) Howe, son George Russell Hill, mother-in-law Persis (Phipps) Hill, Maria A. Harding, and Casper Lavater Russell.

Detailed and frequent letters from Moses to Eliza while he was serving in the Civil War, 1861-1862, include letters from Camp Benton, Md. about life at camp; provisions; correspondence and items sent from home; men in the company, including Egbert Oswald Hixon (1824-1864) of Medway, Mass.; deaths and illnesses at camp; drinking and gambling by the soldiers; drills and troop movements; engagements with the enemy; news of battles; the weather; Moses's health and homesickness; the activities of his children Lucina ("Sis") and George ("Bub") and other family members; Gen. Frederick W. Lander; Capt. John Saunders; African Americans; Confederate prisoners; and the reconnaissance hot-air balloon Intrepid. Moses participated in and describes the battles at Ball's Bluff and Edward's Ferry and contrasts his experiences with newspaper reports. Also included are a few letters from Moses to his children, often with sketches, and to his parents Moses and Persis (Phipps) Hill. One letter to Lucina, 24 Dec. 1861, details the life of slaves in Maryland. At the beginning of 1862, Moses's regiment left Camp Benton, and his letters of that year are addressed from Patterson's Creek, Paw Paw Tunnel, Winchester, Yorktown, New Kent, Richmond, Harrison's Landing, and Newport News, Va. Subjects include a skirmish at Bloomery Gap (W.Va.) in mid-February; the death of Gen. Lander; Gen. James Shields; Virginians' fear of the Northern troops; Moses's hopes for peace; his respect for Gen. George B. McClellan; and the Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Fair Oaks, and Seven Days Battles. Included is correspondence between Moses, Eliza, and Lucina while Moses was at Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C., Sep.-Oct. 1862.

After Moses's death in 1862, the correspondence consists of letters about his pension and Eliza Hill's work with the Soldiers' Aid Society; letters to Eliza from her daughter Lucina, son George, sister Rosina, brother Nathan, niece Myra, uncle Adin Ballou, and others, primarily on family matters; and later letters to Lucina from her husband Frank Irving Howe, daughter Eva Frances Howe, and son Frank Irving Howe, Jr. Letters from Frank, Jr. describe his service in South Carolina in the Fifth Regiment, Mass. Infantry, 1898-1899.

This subseries also contains postcards sent to Caroline Frances Howe and her mother Lucina Maria (Hill) Howe by various family members and friends, as well as miscellaneous undated calling cards and envelopes.

Box 1Folder 1-15
Letters, 1844-1907

NOTE: Most of the correspondence between Moses Hill and Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill, 1844-1862, was transcribed by Roberta Senechal. These transcripts are included with the original letters.

Box 1Folder 16-17
Postcards, 1905-1926
Box 1Folder 18
Miscellaneous calling cards and envelopes

B. Legal and financial papers, 1839-1956

This subseries contains the appointment of George Harding as guardian of Eliza Ann Arnold, 7 Dec. 1839; papers related to the pension of Moses Hill, 1862-1911; Frank Irving Howe, Jr.'s discharge from the army, 31 Mar. 1899; a letter confirming Charles Davis Bent's appointment as special justice of the District Court of Leominster, Mass., 27 Dec. 1956; and other papers.

Box 1Folder 19-20

C. Genealogical papers, 1902-2012

This subseries consists of genealogies of the Amazeen, Bent, Davis, Death/Dearth, Howe, and Richardson families; notes on Priscilla George Howe; papers related to the annual Howe family reunion beginning in 1977, including family trees, a guest book, invitations, correspondence, etc.; a description of Frank Irving Howe, Jr.'s mental illness and other writings about him by family members; obituaries and printed matter; a notebook of handwritten poems, 1977-1979, and other writings by Evan Carleton Howe; and genealogical notes by Roberta Senechal, as well as her correspondence with Barbara Worthley and others on family history, 1980-2012.

Box 2Folder 1-37

D. Printed matter, 1861-1947

Included is a copy of The Christian Banner for the Soldier and the Sailor, 15 Nov. 1861, owned by Moses Hill; programs for plays and commencements; Frank Irving Howe, Jr.'s certificate of membership in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 19 Feb. 1902; a pamphlet entitled A Pocket Guide to France, ca. 1944, published by the War and Navy Departments and owned by Merchant Marine Robert Marshall Howe; a booklet of World Green Stamps, ca. 1947; and a few other printed items.

Box 2Folder 38-39

II. Senechal family papers, 1924-2009

This series contains papers of the Senechal family, including correspondence between family members and the personal and professional papers of Marion (Howe) Senechal and Robert A. Senechal.

A. Family correspondence, 1926-2008

This subseries consists primarily of letters to Marion (Howe) Senechal on family matters. Correspondents include her mother Clara (Amazeen) Howe; her first and second husbands, Joe Hill (beginning in 1987) and Robert "Red" Senechal; her sister Dorothy (Howe) Bent and husband Charles D. Bent; her brothers Evan "Pie" Carleton Howe and Robert Marshall Howe; her sisters-in-law Mildred (Wood) Howe and Lucille (Goodwin) Howe; her children David Gardner Hill, Roberta Senechal, and Marianne Senechal; her daughters-in-law Kay (Izumi) Hill and Taiko (Katane) Hill; her nieces and nephews; her aunt Fay (Amazeen) Bailey and Bailey family members; and many others. Included are letters from Robert M. Howe to his mother Clara (Amazeen) Howe and family during his service with the Merchant Marines, 1942-1945, as well as letters from Marion to Robert Senechal before their marriage, 1946-1948, and when Marion took a trip around the U.S., 1954-1955, to Europe with Roberta and Marianne, 1970, and to Africa with Roberta, 1970-1971. Marion's letters from Africa contain detailed descriptions of her experiences and the unrest following Idi Amin's military coup in Uganda in early 1971. Letters from David G. Hill to Marion discuss his work as a pilot for the Navy, 1955-1968, and later for Northwest Airlines, including the pilots' strike in 1978 and other labor issues. Among the political subjects discussed in this subseries are elections, the Reagan administration, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the First Gulf War. Also included are letters about the estate of Clara Howe, family history, and the annual Howe family reunion, as well as some letters to Roberta Senechal, beginning ca. 1980, and correspondence of members of the Senechal family.

Carton 1SH 1897 R
1926-May 1980
Carton 2SH 1898 SFolder 1-25
Aug. 1980-2008

B. Marion Elberta (Howe) Senechal papers, 1924-2007

This subseries consists of the personal papers of Marion Senechal, including correspondence with non-family members, diaries, material related to her education and professional career, writings, and other papers.

Personal correspondence, 1936-2007

Arranged chronologically.

Included is correspondence of Marion Senechal with friends, colleagues, and students on personal and professional matters. Letters relate to her education; her work as an art teacher; her fellowship from the Fund for the Advancement of Education and her trip around the U.S., 1954-1955; health and financial matters; and many other subjects. Letters to Marion and her daughter Roberta from friends in Africa, 1971-1973, include a few from Philip D'Cunha about the political situation in Uganda, persecution of Asians in the country, and his efforts to emigrate to the U.S. Also among the correspondents are Charles Breckheimer, Dorothy Carmichael, Norma and Bob Cottrell, Ryland W. Crary of the National Education Association, Gwendolyn E. Flanagan, Lucille F. Gillmore, Richard Harrison in London, Sue and Donald Lizzul, Patti (Simonian) Mahabub, William and Dorothy Milliken, Charles F. Rickert, and Katie B. Thomas. Marion also corresponded with public officials on political issues.

Carton 2SH 1898 SFolder 26-46

Volumes, 1928-1946

Volumes consist primarily of the diaries of Marion Howe covering the years before her marriage to Robert A. Senechal. Entries describe her daily activities, school, and social life. Friends and boyfriends mentioned include Jim Bailey, Ethel "Ginger" Calthorpe, Charlie Farrar, Johnny Field, Joe Hill, Bob Nagel, and Mary "Shrimp" Peckham. Marion also wrote about her father Frank Irving Howe, Jr.'s deteriorating mental health, her marriage to Joe Hill, her son David G. Hill, and her work as a housekeeper. Entries are often out of order. The first diary, 1932-1946, is also a memoranda book containing French vocabulary, notes on music, poetry, quotations, sketches, and printed matter, as well as Marion's thoughts on marriage and other subjects. The 1934-1935 and 1934-1937 diaries cover many of the same days, but entries for those days are slightly different.

Also included is an autograph book with signatures and poems by Howe family members and Walpole High School friends, as well as a small memo book containing addresses, notes, quotations, and sketches by Marion Howe.

NOTE: Included are select diary transcripts by Roberta Senechal. For Marion (Howe) Senechal's later journal describing a trip to Africa, 1970-1971, see her travel papers.

Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 1
Autograph book, 1928-1931
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 2
Diary and memoranda book, 1932-1946
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 3
Diary, 1 Jan. 1934-19 July 1935 [with gaps]
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 3
Diary, 1 Jan. 1934-8 June 1937 [with gaps]
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 4
Diary, 14 June 1935-29 July 1944 [with gaps]
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 5
Select transcripts of diaries
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 6
Memo book, 1943

Educational papers, 1924-1999

Arranged chronologically.

Included are sketchbooks, scrapbooks, course materials, writings, correspondence, transcripts, printed matter, and other papers related to Marion (Howe) Senechal's high school, college, and post-graduate education.

Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 7
The Artgum of the Massachusetts Normal Art School, Vol. II and III, 1924 [printed]
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 8
Scrapbook, 1929-1944
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 9
Notes, Civics I, Walpole High School, 1930
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 10
Scrapbook, 1930-1939
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 11
Certificate for participation in field hockey, Walpole High School, 1932
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 12
Course materials for "The Family," Walpole High School, ca. 1934-1935
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 13
School notebook, Walpole High School, 1934-1935
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 14
Graduation exercises, Walpole High School, 1934
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 15-16
W.H.S. Hill Quill, 1935 [2 issues, printed]
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 17
Sketchbook, 1945-1946
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 18
Sketchbook, 1946-1948
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 19
Massachusetts School of Art yearbook, 1947
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 20
The Way Through Art, senior thesis, Massachusetts School of Art, 1948
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 21
Commencement program, Massachusetts School of Art, 1948
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 22
Sarah Lawrence College correspondence, 1954-1955
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 23
Correspondence with colleges, 1958-1984
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 24
Newsletter, Walpole High School Class of 1934, 1959
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 25
College transcripts and grade sheets, 1962-1983
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 26
30th reunion, Walpole High School Class of 1934, 1964
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 27
Certificate of in-service art workshop, 1966
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 28
Diploma, Master of Science in Education, Gorham State College, 1968
Carton 3SH 1899 TFolder 29-30
Commencement program, Gorham State College, 1968
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 1
Correspondence with University of Southern Maine, 1978-1979
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 2
News bulletins and addresses, Walpole High School Class of 1934, 1979-1984
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 3
Notebook for "The History of Art,"1983
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 4
"A Short History of the Art and Manufacture of Athenian Vases," by Marion Senechal, 1983
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 5
50th reunion, Walpole High School Class of 1934, 1984
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 6
"Putting on an Art Exhibit," by Marion Senechal, 1985
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 7
Course materials for "Aging in America," University of Southern Maine, 1988
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 8
Notes for course on English writing, University of Southern Maine, 1990
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 9
65th reunion, Walpole High School Class of 1934, 1999

Professional papers, 1931-1985

Arranged chronologically.

Marion (Howe) Senechal's professional papers consist of correspondence, lesson plans, notes, printed matter, meeting minutes, reports, certificates, artwork, and other papers documenting her career as an art teacher and administrator. Included is material related to her Ford Foundation fellowship, the John Hay Fellows Program, and the New York State Art Teachers Association.

Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 10
Letter of recommendation for Marion Senechal, by Donald Whittredge, undated
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 11
"Creating a Plaster Relief," by Marion Senechal, undated
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 12
The Teaching of Art Related to the Home, 1931 [printed]
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 13-18
Lesson plans, 1946-1972
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 19
Drawings and prints, 1946-1980s
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 20
Elementary grade drawing, kindergarten through grade 6, 1948
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 21
Talks and articles on art, 1948-1968
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 22
Stephens High School (Rumford, Me.) yearbook, 1949
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 23
Teacher's certificates, State of Maine, 1949, 1955
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 24
Syllabus, undated, 1949-1969
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 25-26
Clippings, 1949-1980
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 27
Unit activities and team teaching, lesson plans, 1950-1964
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 28
Miscellaneous teaching materials, 1951-1956
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 29-30
Material related to Ford Foundation fellowship, 1952-1954
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 31
Research file: R. C. Hoiles, 1952-1955
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 32
Teachers' continuing contract, Town of Rumford, Me., 1953
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 33-36
Ford Foundation grant proposal, draft and final, 1953-1954
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 37
Questions about public school education, 1954
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 38
Miscellaneous notes on education, 1954-1955
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 39
Art associations, 1954-1955
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 40
Teachers' salaries, Rumford, Me., 1954-1955
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 41
NEA Journal, 1955 [printed]
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 42
Certificate of membership and prior service, New York State Teachers Retirement System, 1956
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 43
Teaching materials: high school crafts, 1956-1960s
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 44-45
Art workshops, 1957
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 46
Report on combined art workshops, 1957
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 47
New York State Art Teachers Association newsletter, 1957
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 48
Teaching materials: 7th-9th grade, 1957-1964
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 49
Teacher's certificates, University of the State of New York, 1957, 1965
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 50
Miscellaneous work papers, 1957-1977
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 51
Regents High School examination, 1958
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 52
High school, general, 1958-1961
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 53
Notes for grant proposals, 1958-1964
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 54-55
Publicity, 1959-1970
Carton 4SH 189A UFolder 56
Art supervisor, 1960-1969
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 1-3
John Hay Fellows Program, 1961-1965
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 4
Art in Action, 1962-1963 [printed]
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 5
Supervisor file: reviews of teachers, 1963-1969
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 6
The Scotia-Glenville Journal, 1964 [printed]
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 7
New York State Art Teachers Association, 1965-1967
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 8
Conference vouchers, approvals, and notices, 1966-1970
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 9-10
Art Department meeting minutes, 1966-1970
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 11
Report of discussion forum, 1967?
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 12
New York State Art Teachers Association membership directory, 1967
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 13
Syllabus for high school, 1967-1968
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 14
Council of Administrators in Art Education of New York State, 1967-1969
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 15-21
New York State Art Teachers Association, Capital District, 1967-1970
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 22
Scotia-Glenville pay stubs, 1968?
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 23
Notes on transfer, Scotia-Glenville High School, 1968
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 24-25
Scotia-Glenville Festival of the Arts, 1968
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 26
Correspondence, 1969-1970
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 27
13th Annual Art Exhibit, Scotia-Glenville Central Schools, 1970
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 28
"Letter to Editor," by Norma W. Cottrell, 1971
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 29-30
Retirement correspondence, 1971-1972
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 31
Certificate of appreciation, Scotia-Glenville Central Schools, 1972
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 32-33
Senemah Fine Arts Originals, 1973
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 34
Blake Realty, 1973
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 35
Self-portraits, 1980s
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 36
Certificate of appreciation, University of Southern Maine, 1980
Box 3SH 189B VFolder 37
"The Production of Art Exhibits by USM Art Students," by Marion Senechal, 1985

Writings, 1940s-2000

Arranged chronologically.

Included are miscellaneous short stories, essays, poems, and notes written by Marion (Howe) Senechal, as well as biographical writings and a few sketches.

NOTE: See Marion (Howe) Senechal's educational papers for additional writings.

Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 1
"Life" undated
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 2
"Just Any Job," undated
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 3
Papers to be typed, ca. 1940s-1950s
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 4
Poetry, 1947?-1985
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 5
"Dilemma or, Elegy to an Fashioned Doughnut," ca. 1954-1955
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 6
"Intellectual Biography," 1957?
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 7
Miscellaneous notes for short stories, 1960-1989
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 8
"A State of Fusion," 1962
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 9
Nominee's intellectual autobiography, 1964
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 10
"Sebago," 1966
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 11
"Marsden Hartley," 1967
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 12
"Jerry: A Short Story," 1970
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 13
"On Survival," 1971
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 14
"Freedom and Responsibility: A Viewpoint on Welfare," 1977
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 15
"Home is Where...," 1977
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 16
"Joe Salesman," 1979?
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 17
"The Other Side of Lonely," 1979?
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 18
"Set 'Em Up, Joe, or a Workingman's Soliloquy," 1979
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 19
"T.M.," 1979
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 20
"Sometimes It's Better to Leave Well Enough Alone...," 1979
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 21
"South Africa," 1979-2000
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 22
"What Is a Rosa?" 1980
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 23
"To Room Nineteen," 1980
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 24
"New Mexico Landscape," 1983
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 25
Creative writing notebook, 1985
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 26
"Out-Tide," 1985
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 27
"Chair," 1986
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 28
"Livia: A Short Story," 1986
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 29
"Etceteras That May Be of Interest," ca. 1990s?
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 30
"The Life Story of Marion Howe Senechal," interview by Sylvia Kaye, 1994

Travel papers, 1954-1984

Marion (Howe) Senechal's travel papers relate primarily to her sabbatical to Europe and Africa in 1970-1971. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence about arrangements and financial aid; bills and receipts; Senechal's African journal describing her activities, people and sights, and the effects of Idi Amin's military coup in Uganda; notes and printed matter from Africa enclosed with the journal; and miscellaneous printed matter from other trips.

Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 31
Agreement, Board of Education, 1970
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 32
Correspondence, 1969-1970
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 33-35
Bills and receipts, 1969-1971
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 36
Europe By Car trip log, 1970
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 37
Notes on African travel, 1966-1971
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 38
African journal, 1970-1971
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 39
Miscellaneous printed matter, 1954-1984

Legal and financial papers, 1948-2007

Arranged chronologically.

Included are real estate documents, deeds, wills, powers of attorney, certificates, and other legal and financial papers of Marion and Robert Senechal.

Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 40
Certificate of marriage, Robert Senechal and Marion Hill, 1948
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 41
Miscellaneous financial papers, 1953-1974
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 42
Deed for property in Raymond, Me., 1957
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 43-44
Real estate documents, 39 Union Street, Norfolk, Mass., 1961-1973
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 45
Miscellaneous real estate documents, 1963-1981
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 46-48
Passports, vaccination certificates, 1970-1987
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 49
Release of all claims, 1972
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 50
Powers of attorney from David G. Hill, 1973, 1976
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 51-52
Last will and testament, 1974, 1998-2000
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 53
Notes on travel award fraud, 1980s?
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 54
Receipt for loan to David G. Hill, 1982
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 55-56
Deeds of gift to Spring Point Museum, South Portland, Me., 1988, 1991
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 57-58
Powers of attorney for Marion and Robert Senechal, 1995-1996
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 59
Record of marriage, Robert Senechal and Marion Hill, 2000
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 60
Affidavit for collection of personal property, 2006
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 61
Letters of authority of personal representative, 2007

Printed materials, 1930-2006

Arranged chronologically.

Included is a booklet entitled Souvenir of the Charles River containing historic photographs of the river; certificates and a program from the Camp Fire Girls; clippings and other printed matter related to Marion (Howe) Hill's work on liberty ships during World War II; six issues of The Franklin Focus, the newsletter of the Franklin Square House for which she was a staff artist; clippings and programs documenting the theatrical career of her first husband Joe Hill and his second wife Marianna (Peterson) Hill; and miscellaneous clippings, certificates, cards, and other printed items.

NOTE: See Marion (Howe) Senechal's educational, professional, and travel papers for additional printed materials.

Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 62
Souvenir of the Charles River, undated
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 63-64
Camp Fire Girls, 1930-1937
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 65-71
Clippings and printed matter related to war work, 1943-1998
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 72-75
The Franklin Focus, 1945-1947
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 76-79
Joe Hill clippings and programs, 1953-2006
Carton 5SH 189C WFolder 80-86
Miscellaneous printed matter, 1943-2000

C. Robert Alphonse Senechal papers, 1933-2009

This subseries consists of the personal papers of Robert A. Senechal, including correspondence with non-family members, material related to his union work, and diaries and annotated calendars describing his daily activities.

Personal papers, 1933-2001

Robert Senechal's personal papers include diplomas; his order to report for induction, notices of classification for selective service, and World War II ration books; correspondence with Lt. Edward Bronski, Abe and Edith Alpert, Joseph McElroy, and others; political poems and cartoons by Senechal; material related to a complaint against the town of Raymond, Me. on a zoning issue, notes on land use ordinances, and a petition to the Board of Selectmen; Senechal's will, a copy of his birth certificate, and other legal papers; letters about the death of Marion Senechal in 2000; and annotated newspaper clippings, 1983-1998.

Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 1-5

Union papers, 1953-2009

Included are papers documenting Robert Senechal's participation in the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local #29. The papers consist of letters, notes, employment records, jobsite lists, contracts, dues receipts, statements, memos, and printed matter, including material related to union elections; employee benefits; complaints to the National Labor Relations Board; another union member's accusation that Senechal was a Communist, 1966-1969; and a worker' compensation claim brought by Senechal after he contracted asbestosis, 1982-2009. Among the individuals represented are the union's business manager Edward H. F. Hancock and Boston attorney Michael P. Thornton.

Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 6-23
1953-2009
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 24
Steward's notebook, 1954-1955
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 25
Local #29 contracts, 1956-1976
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 26
Articles of Agreement Between the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers and the Northeastern States Boilermaker Employers, 1961-1964 [printed]
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 27
Referral complaint, 1963-1965
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 28-29
NLRB case for wrongful discharge, 1965-1980
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 30
Handbook for Riggers, revised edition, 1967 [printed]
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 31-32
Boilermakers Blacksmiths Reporter, 1975, 1981 [printed, 3 issues]
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Tool shed record book, 1981
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Retirement plaque, 1982

Diaries, 1975-2002

Included are annotated monthly wall calendars and pocket diaries recording Robert Senechal's daily activities, work and union matters, health and finances, weather, and news of family members.

NOTE: The annotated wall calendars are stored on-site at Ms. N-2371 (OS).

Box OS
Annotated wall calendars, 1975-2002
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Pocket diaries, 1980-1990

D. David Gardner Hill papers, 1953-1957

This subseries contains school essays and non-family correspondence of David G. Hill, the son of Marion (Howe) Hill and her first husband Joe Hill.

NOTE: See Series II.A. for correspondence of David G. Hill with family members.

Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 37-38

E. Roberta Howe Senechal papers, 1950-1971

This subseries consists of the papers of Roberta Senechal, the daughter of Marion (Howe) Senechal and her second husband Robert A. Senechal. Included is a baby scrapbook, compiled by Marion, containing clippings, drawings, cards, etc.; two report cards and a letter from Roberta to her parents; and bulletins and other handouts from a course Roberta took at the Cambridge (Mass.) chapter of the Boston Church of Scientology in 1971.

NOTE: See Series II.A. for correspondence of Roberta Senechal with family members. See Series I.C. for correspondence and notes by Roberta on genealogical subjects.

Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 39
Baby scrapbook, 1950-1955
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Report cards, 1955-1961, with enclosed letter, 3 Feb. 1960
Carton 6SH 189D XFolder 42
Scientology papers, 1960-1971

Preferred Citation

Frank Irving Howe, Jr. family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

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:

Hill family.
Hill, Eliza Ann Arnold, 1825-1888.
Hill, Moses, 1823-1862.
Howe family.
Senechal family.
Senechal, Marion Elberta Howe, 1916-2000.
Senechal, Robert Alphonse, 1919-2005.

Organizations:

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers.
United States. Army. Massachusetts Sharpshooters Company, 1st (1861-1865).

Subjects:

Africa--Description and travel.
Art--Study and teaching.
Drawings.
Europe--Description and travel.
Family history--1800-1849.
Family history--1850-1899.
Family history--1900-1949.
Family history--1950-1999.
Family history--2000-
Labor movement.
Labor unions.
Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Scrapbooks.
Sharpshooters.
Sketchbooks.
Soldiers--Massachusetts.
Teachers.
United States--Description and travel.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Health aspects.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories--Massachusetts Sharpshooters.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Voyages and travels--20th century.
Women teachers.
Women travelers.

Materials Removed from the Collection

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the MHS Photo Archives. The following items have also been removed from the collection: a daguerreotype of Eliza Ann (Arnold) Hill and Lucina Maria Hill, ca. 1855; Robert Senechal's Massachusetts weightlifting championship medal, 26 Mar. 1939; a painting of Frank Irving Howe, Jr. by Marion (Howe) Hill, 1946; and a DVD of the film On the Job: Women Launching a New Tradition, 1997.