COLLECTION GUIDES

1879-1902

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Christine Rice Hoar correspondence is stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

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


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of the correspondence of Christine Rice Hoar of Worcester and Boston from her childhood through her twenties. Also included are letters to Christine's parents and her husband, Rockwood Hoar.

Biographical Sketch

Christine Rice Hoar (1872-1960) was the daughter of Worcester industrialist William Ellis Rice (1833-1919) and Frances Helen Randlett Rice (1846-1879). After her mother's death, Christine's father married Lucy Draper White in 1881. Christine married lawyer Rockwood Hoar (1855-1906), son of U.S. senator George Frisbie Hoar, in 1893 and the couple had two daughters: Frances Helen Hoar Foster (1895-1962); and Louisa Ruth Hoar LaFarge (1898-1945). Her husband served as district attorney of Worcester County from 1899 to 1904 and was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1904. After Rockwood Hoar's death in 1906, Christine maintained her home in Washington, D.C. and divided her time between Washington and Worcester. In 1915, she married Frederick Gillett (1851-1935), politician and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Collection Description

The collection consists primarily of letters to Christine Rice Hoar from her childhood through her twenties. The letters provide details of her life in Worcester and Boston, as well as her trips to Holyoke, Magnolia, and Manchester, Mass.; New York City; and Washington, D.C. Letters also discuss Christine's three-year trip to Europe from 1885 to 1888, where she lived primarily in Cassel, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland, traveling to London and Rome. Topics include daily domestic life, news of family and friends, descriptions of social engagements, and her marriage to Rockwood Hoar in 1893. Main correspondents include Hannah B. Randlett; Robert M. Washburn; Florence H. Bradford; Beatrice Grace Barker; "Bunty;" her step-mother, Lucy Draper White Rice; and her sister-in-law, Mary ("Mollie") Hoar.

Also included within the collection are letters to Christine's parents, William Ellis Rice and Lucy Draper White Rice, from persons replying to an invitation to Christine's engagement party in February 1893; letters to Rockwood Hoar from various correspondents including his father, George Frisbie Hoar, Henry White, Robert Lincoln, and Frances N. Lincoln, and miscellaneous correspondence of persons including Mildren Compton and Louisa Ruth Hoar.

Restrictions on Access

The Christine Rice Hoar correspondence is stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

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

Restrictions on Use

The Massachusetts Historical Society does not claim ownership to the literary rights (copyright) to letters and writings by individuals other than Christine Rice Hoar Gillett in this collection. Correspondence from other individuals may not yet be in the public domain. The Massachusetts Historical Society cannot give permission to publish or quote from documents by individuals for whom it does not hold copyright or are not in the public domain. Use of these materials does not imply permission to publish. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to obtain formal permission from the 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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Reginald Foster, March 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Carton 1SH 1A13
Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, 1879-1888
Carton 2SH 1A14
Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, 1889-1890
Carton 3SH 1A15
Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, 1891-1893
Carton 4SH 1A16
Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, 1894-1899
Carton 5SH 1A17Folders 1-19
Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, 1900-1902
Carton 5SH 1A17Folders 20-30
Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, undated
Carton 5SH 1A17Folders 31-36
William and Lucy Rice correspondence, 1893
Carton 5SH 1A17Folders 37-41
Rockwood Hoar correspondence, 1888-1902
Carton 5SH 1A17Folders 42-43
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1888-1902

Preferred Citation

Christine Rice Hoar correspondence, 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:

Hoar family.
Hoar, Geroge Frisbie, 1826-1904
Hoar, Rockwood, 1855-1906.
Rice family.
Rice, Lucy Draper White, d. 1937.
Rice, William Ellis, 1833-1919.

Subjects:

Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs.
Family history--1850-1899
Family history--1900-1949.
Voyages and travels.
Women travelers.
Worcester (Mass.)--Social life and customs.