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document boxes, 4 volumes, and 1 oversize box.
|Call Number:||Ms. N-1058
|Repository:||Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
This collection consists of the papers of Edward
Cummings, his wife, Rebecca Clarke Cummings, and their families, including the
childhood correspondence and artwork of their son, Edward Estlin Cummings. It
contains family correspondence, personal papers, writings, sermons, diaries,
scrapbooks, artwork, and related printed material. Also included are the
sermons of Rev. Pitt Clarke of Norton, Mass., the papers of Boston architect
Richard Bond, and the papers of Cambridge engineer Philip W. Davis.
See also the
Clarke Family Tree below.
Richard Bond (1798-1861) was born in Boston to
Consider and Jane Tobey Bond. A Boston architect, he designed numerous churches
and public buildings throughout Massachusetts, notably First Congregational
Church in Plymouth (1830), Lewis Wharf in Boston (1835), North Parish Church in
North Andover (1836), Salem City Hall (1837), Salem Court House (1840), Bowdoin
Square Baptist Church in Boston (1840), St. John's Episcopal Church in
Charlestown (1841), and the Concord Town House (1851). Bond also designed Gore
Hall, which was the Harvard College library from 1838-1913, and which can still
be seen on the seal of the city of Cambridge. Richard married Mary Labaree of
New Hampshire and had six children, none of whom survived him.
J. Estlin Carpenter (1844-1927) was the son of
William B. and Louisa Powell Carpenter. His grandfather was William Benjamin
Carpenter (1813-1885), an English physician, zoologist, and physiologist who
apprenticed with eye surgeon John Bishop Estlin. After receiving his doctorate
from Oxford University, Carpenter served as Unitarian minister and principal of
Manchester College, Oxford from 1866 to 1875. He was a prolific author of
theological works including The First Three Gospels,
their Origin and Relations (1890) and Comparative Religion (1910). He was the godfather of
Edward Estlin Cummings, later known as the poet E. E. Cummings.
John Jones Clarke (1803-1887) was born in Norton,
Mass. to Rev. Pitt Clarke and Rebecca Jones Clarke. He studied for college at
Framingham Academy, at Norton Academy, at Phillips Academy in Andover, and
privately with his father, entering Harvard College in 1819. A member of the
class of "Rebellion," he did not officially receive his diploma from Harvard
until 1841. Clarke was admitted to the bar in 1826, practicing law in Roxbury
and Boston in partnership with his brother Manlius Stimson Clarke, and after
his brother's death in 1850, with Lemuel Shaw. He served as a member of the
Massachusetts General Court in 1836 and 1837, and a member of the Massachusetts
Senate in 1853. In 1846, he was elected Roxbury's first mayor, and served as
president of the Winthrop Bank of Roxbury, a founder of the Roxbury Gas
Company, and a director of the Metropolitan Railroad. Clarke married Rebecca
Cordis Haswell in 1830, and was the father of Mary Lemist Clarke (1831-1904)
and Haswell Cordis Clarke (1842-1901).
Mary Lemist Clarke (1831-1904) was the daughter
of John Jones Clarke and Rebecca Cordis Haswell Clarke. She married John Adams
Hanson in 1858, and the couple had three children: Rebecca Haswell Clarke
(1859-1947); George Lemist Clarke (1861-1917); and Ellen Clarke Tuckerman
(1869-1939). In 1873, the marriage was annulled by the Massachusetts Supreme
Court for Hanson's misconduct, and Mary and her children changed their last
names from Hanson to Mary's maiden name of Clarke. In her later years, Mary
shared a home with her daughter Rebecca Cummings and her family in
Pitt Clarke (1763-1835) was born
in Medfield, Mass. to Jacob and Meletiah Hammond Clarke. After studying with
Hannah Adams in Medfield, he was admitted to Harvard University in 1786 at the
age of 22, graduating in 1790 with distinguished honors. After graduation he
taught at the Cambridge town school while studying theology. He was ordained by
the First Congregational Parish of Norton, Mass. in 1793, where he remained
until his death in 1835 at age 72, in the 42nd year of his ministry. According
to a Nov. 1865 letter of his son John Jones Clarke, "it was his habit for many
years . . . to fit young men for college, and to instruct and discipline those
who were suspended from Harvard University, for misdemeanors, or for neglect of
study." Clarke's first wife was Rebecca Jones (1787-1811), daughter of Col.
John Jones of Hopkinton, with whom he fathered Abigail Morton Clarke (Stimson),
William Pitt Clarke, and John Jones Clarke. After Rebecca's death, he married
Maria Jones Stimson and their children were George Leonard Clarke, Harriet
Clarke, Manlius Stimson Clarke, and Edward Hammond Clarke.
Rebecca Cordis Haswell Clarke (1801-1883) was
born in Charlestown, Mass. to Capt. Robert Haswell and Mary Cordis Haswell.
After Rebecca's father left the U.S. Navy for the merchant marine service, he
was lost at sea in 1802, and her mother married John Lemist of Roxbury in 1810.
Rebecca married John Jones Clarke in May 1830, and their children were Mary
Lemist Clarke (1831-1904) and Haswell Cordis Clarke (1842-1901).
Edward Cummings (1861-1926) was born in
Colebrook, New Hampshire to Edward Norris Cummings and Lucretia Frances Merrill
Cummings. Edward studied both religion and sociology at Harvard, and in 1887
received a Harvard fellowship to study labor relations Europe. In 1891, he
became an instructor of sociology at Harvard, rising to assistant professor in
1893, and in Oct. 1900 he was installed as Edward Everett Hale's successor at
South Congregational Church (Unitarian). Cummings sat on the Mayor's Advisory
Committee on Penal Aspects of Drunkenness; served as a director of the
Massachusetts Prison Assoc., the Watch and Ward Society, the Industrial Aid
Society, Boston Associated Charities, Massachusetts Prison Assoc., and the Hale
House Social Settlement; as vice-president of the Benevolent Fraternity of
Churches; as president of the Massachusetts Assoc. for Promoting the Interests
of the Adult Blind and the Massachusetts Civic League; and as chairman of the
Theodore Parker Memorial and the Russian Famine Relief Committee of Boston.
Cummings became a trustee of the World Peace Foundation in 1910, and in 1916 he
became its General Secretary. Cummings married Rebecca Haswell Clarke in June
1891, and their children were Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962) and Elizabeth
Frances Cummings (Qualey) (1902-1980). The family lived in Cambridge, Mass. and
at Joy Farm in Silver Lake, New Hampshire. Cummings died in a car accident in
Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962) was the son of
Edward Cummings and Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings. He was christened by his
godfather, English Unitarian minister J. Estlin Carpenter. Cummings attended
Cambridge Latin High School, and received his B.A. from Harvard University in
1915 and his Master's Degree in 1916.. Cummings served as a volunteer in the
Ambulance Corps in France during World War I, where he was imprisoned in 1917
on suspicion of anti-war views and espionage. A poet, author, and artist, who
was better known as E. E. Cummings, he published The
Enormous Room (1922) about his French imprisonment, as well as
Tulips and Chimneys (1923) and numerous other
books of his collected poetry. Among his many honors were an Academy of
American Poets fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Charles Eliot Norton
Professorship at Harvard, and a Ford Foundation Grant. He married Elaine Orr in
1924, with whom he had a daughter, Nancy T. (Andrews) , and divorced her the
same year. He married second, Anne Minnerly Barton in 1929, and third, Marion
Morehouse, who survived him.
Jane (Jennie) Cummings (1862-1951) was the
daughter of Edward Norris Cummings and Lucretia Merrill Cummings. Although she
had planned to attend college and study medicine, she helped with her father's
business in Lynn, Mass. and took care of her mother, whose health was poor.
After her father's death, she and her mother lived with her brother Edward
Cummings and his family in Cambridge. She took an active part in her brother's
ministry at South Congregational Church in Boston. Jennie never married.
Lucretia F. Merrill Cummings (1839-1923) was born
in northern New Hampshire where her father was in the potato starch business.
The eldest of five daughters, Lucretia attended boarding school and was
proficient in piano, voice, and drawing. She married Edward Norris Cummings in
1859 at the age of 19, and the couple settled in Colebrook, New Hampshire with
their four children: Edward (1861-1926); Jane (1862-1951); a daughter who died
in early infancy; and John (1868-1931). The family later moved to Woburn, Mass.
and then to Lynn, Mass. After the death of her husband, Lucretia and her
daughter Jane lived with her son Edward and his family in Cambridge, Mass.
Rebecca (Retta) Clarke Cummings (1859-1947) was
the daughter of Mary Lemist Clarke and John A. Hanson. When her parents'
marriage was annulled in 1873, Rebecca, her siblings George and Ellen, and her
mother changed their last name from Hanson to Clarke, her mother's maiden name.
Rebecca took a trip to Europe with her mother and sister in 1889, where she met
Harvard graduate student Edward Cummings. She and Cummings married in 1891, and
the couple moved to Cambridge, Mass., where Edward taught sociology at Harvard
and later served as minister at the South Congregational Church in Boston. The
family summered at Joy Farm at Silver Lake, New Hampshire. She was the mother
of two children: Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), later known as the poet E.
E. Cummings, and Elizabeth Frances Cummings (Qualey) (1901-1980).
Philip W. Davis (1871-1939) was born in Boston to
William Whitney Davis and Julia Wilder Robinson Davis. For most of his
childhood, Philip lived in Rome with his family, returning to the United States
to attend Brown and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass. He graduated from
Harvard University with a B.A. in 1893 and a B S. in 1895. He was a member of
the Harvard University Cycling Association, one of the first college cycling
teams, as well as a founding member of the Harvard Engineering Society. Davis
worked as an electrical engineer for Electric Storage and Battery Co., Eastern
Metal and Refining Co., and Doble Engineering Co., all of Boston. He was the
inventor of the Davis Continuous Lead Refining Process, which allowed plants to
use smaller furnaces to smelt iron. Throughout his adult life, Davis,
unmarried, lived with the Edward Cummings family on Irving St. in Cambridge,
The Cummings and Clarke family papers consist of 63 boxes, 4 volumes, and an
oversize box. The collection includes the correspondence, personal papers,
writings, diaries, scrapbooks, and related printed material of Rev. Edward
Cummings, his wife, Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings, and their families,
including the early letters, writings, and artwork of their son Edward Estlin
Cummings, later known as the poet E. E. Cummings.
Family correspondence consists primarily of the correspondence of Edward
Cummings and his wife Rebecca Clarke Cummings, with each other and their
families. Included are letters between Edward and his mother, Lucretia
Cummings, when he studied in Europe; between Rebecca and her mother, Mary L.
Clarke, when she was at school and abroad; courtship letters between Edward and
Rebecca; and correspondence with their children, Edward Estlin Cummings and
Elizabeth Frances Cummings. Also included is correspondence with siblings,
cousins, and other relatives. Of particular interest is the childhood
correspondence of E.E. Cummings, including previously unknown letters,
sketches, and poems that he created for his parents.
Earlier family correspondence is primarily that of Rebecca Cordis Haswell
Clarke with her husband, John Jones Clarke; her daughter, Mary Lemist Clarke;
her son, Haswell Cordis Clarke; and other relatives. Clarke family papers
include the correspondence and personal papers of John J. Clarke, who practiced
law in Roxbury, served as a member of the Massachusetts legislature, and became
Roxbury's first mayor. Rev. Pitt Clarke, the pastor of the First Congregational
Parish of Norton, Mass., was the great-grandfather of Rebecca Clarke Cumming;
his sermons, correspondence and other papers are also in this series.
The papers of Edward Cummings form the bulk of this collection. As professor
of sociology at Harvard University, Unitarian minister at South Congregational
Church in Boston, member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Penal Aspects of
Drunkenness, director of the Mass. Prison Assoc. and the Watch and Ward
Society, president of the Mass. Association for Promoting the Interests of the
Adult Blind, chairman of the Theodore Parker Memorial, chairman of the Russian
Famine Relief Committee of Boston, and general secretary of the World Peace
Foundation, his correspondence, memos, meeting notes, writings, and printed
material richly reflect these activities. Notable correspondents include
Woodrow Wilson (1887), Jane Addams (1893), W.E.B. Dubois (1900), and Edward
Everett Hale (1900-1909). His papers also include a long stretch of
correspondence with J. Estlin Carpenter, British author and theologian, who was
E. E. Cummings's godfather and namesake. A large part of the collection
consists of Edward's sermons, including drafts, revisions, and published
Other Cummings family papers consist of the papers of Edward Cummings's
wife, Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings, including personal correspondence, legal
and financial papers, account books, and notebooks, as well as papers of
Edward's siblings, John Cummings and Jane Cummings, and those of his children
Edward Estlin Cummings and Elizabeth Cummings (Qualey). E. E. Cummings's papers
consist almost entirely of childhood drawings, paintings, writings, and
scrapbooks, mostly completed between the ages of six and twelve.
The collection also contains the personal and professional papers of Boston
architect Richard Bond, including correspondence; accounts and receipts; estate
settlement records; and architectural journals that were retained by Bond's
lawyer, John J. Clarke. The papers of Philips W. Davis, a Harvard University
cyclist and professional engineer who lived with the Cummings family in
Cambridge, include personal and professional papers, printed materials, a
cycling scrapbook, a gardening journal, and a sketchbook.
Gift of the estate of E. E. Cummings, Oct. 1969, and of Elizabeth Cummings
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The Massachusetts Historical Society does not claim
ownership to the literary rights (copyright) of writings, drawings, or other
materials created by Edward Estlin Cummings (E.E. Cummings) in the
Cummings-Clarke Family Papers. The Massachusetts Historical Society
cannot give permission to publish or quote from documents by individuals for
whom it does not hold copyright. Access to 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 all materials created by Cummings.
All permission requests should be directed to the
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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
The collection is organized into the following series:
|I. Family correspondence, 1826-1933
|II. Clarke family papers, 1793-1947
|A. Pitt Clarke papers, 1793-1834
|B. John Jones Clarke papers,
|C. Rebecca Haswell Clarke papers,
|D. Mary Lemist Clarke papers, 1843- ca.
|E. Eliot C. Clarke receipts,
|F. Clarke family genealogical papers,
|G. Miscellaneous family papers,
|III. Cummings family papers,
|A. Edward Cummings papers, ca.
|B. Rebecca Clarke Cummings papers,
|C. John Cummings papers, 1892-1900
|D. Jane Cummings papers, 1902-1949
|E. Edward Estlin Cummings papers, ca.
|F. Elizabeth F. Cummings (Qualey) papers,
|G. Miscellaneous family papers,
|IV. Richard Bond papers, 1824-1886
|A. Personal papers, 1824-1860
|B. Professional papers, 1830-1862
|C. Accounts and receipts, 1831-1861
|D. Estate settlement papers,
|E. Volumes, ca. 1850-1854
|V. Philip W. Davis papers, 1873-1939
|A. Personal papers, 1873-1939
|B. Professional papers, 1914-1938
|C. Printed material, ca. 1934
|D. Volumes, 1888-1939
|VI. Printed material, 1819-1941
|A. Harvard-related material,
|B. Ephemera, 1828-1938
|C. Genealogy, obituaries, and memorials,
|D. Engravings and prints, ca.
|E. Newspaper clippings, ca.
|F. Printed works of Edward Cummings,
|G. Miscellaneous, 1821-1936
|VII. Artwork, ca. 1828-1909
|A. Rebecca Haswell Clarke artwork, ca.
|B. Edward Cummings artwork,
|C. Edward Estlin Cummings artwork, ca.
|D. Works of other artists,
|I. Family correspondence,
Correspondence from 1826 to 1887 is that of the Clarke family, including
letters between John J. Clarke and Rebecca Cordis Haswell (Clarke), John's
letters to his sister Abigail Stimson, and Rebecca's letters to her
mother-in-law Mary J. Clarke (Mrs. Pitt Clarke) and to her daughter Mary Lemist
Clarke. Correspondence between Mary Clarke's daughter Rebecca (Retta) Clarke
and her cousin Maria (May) Stimson Dimon begins in 1870 when the girls are
children and continues until May's death at age 19 in 1881. Also here is a
small amount of correspondence from Mary Clarke's brother, Haswell Clarke, her
son, George Clarke, and other members of the Clarke and Haswell families. 1883
correspondence relates primarily to the death of Rebecca Cordis Clarke.
Cummings family correspondence begins in 1887 with letters from Edward
Cummings to his mother Lucretia while he is in London, and continues as he
returns to Europe in 1888 to complete his Harvard sociology fellowship.
Edward's letters chronicle his meetings and relationship with Rebecca Clarke in
1889, and mesh with Rebecca's letters to her mother chronicling the same
events. Correspondence between the two families converge in 1889 with the
couple's engagement, and continue as Rebecca returns to Massachusetts in 1890.
Edward's 218 daily letters to Rebecca from Germany and London in 1890 and 1891,
while largely courtship letters, also discuss his work activities and travel.
Also in this series are many letters written as journal entries from Edward to
Rebecca as he traveled to England in 1897. Letters between Edward and his
five-year-old son Edward Estlin begin in 1899, and include Edward Estlin's
drawings and childhood verse. In 1911, correspondence between Jane (Jennie)
Cummings to her mother Lucretia and other family members record Jane's trip to
Europe, and have been annotated by Edward Cummings's daughter, Elizabeth
Cummings Qualey. Edward's August-September 1921 correspondence details his
experiences in Europe as a representative of the World Peace Foundation.
Although there is very little family correspondence after 1921, a set of 1930
letters between siblings John and Jane Cummings and their sister-in-law Rebecca
Clarke Cummings discuss daily family life.
|Box 2||1881-June 1890
|Box 3||July 1890-March 1891
|Box 4||April 1891-September 1897
|Box 5||1898-August 1921
|Box 6||Folders 1-15||September 1921-1933
|II. Clarke family papers, 1793-1947
Clarke family papers consist of the sermons and writings of Rev. Pitt
Clarke; the correspondence and papers of his son, lawyer John Jones Clarke; the
correspondence, notebook, and recipe book of John Jones Clarke's wife, Rebecca
Cordis Haswell Clarke; the correspondence, diary, and scrapbook of John and
Rebecca's daughter, Mary Lemist Clarke; household receipts of cousin Eliot C.
Clarke; Clarke family genealogical papers; and miscellaneous family documents.
|A. Pitt Clarke papers,
The papers of Rev. Pitt Clarke (1763-1835) of Norton include his sermons,
notes on lectures about French literature, a series of 1824 manuscript
newsletters entitled "The Social Circle," and correspondence related to
Clarke's contributions to the newsletter.
|Box 7||Folders 1-38||i. Sermons,
This subseries consists of 38 manuscript sermons that Clarke wrote and
delivered between 1793 and 1834. Clarke added notations to his sermons to
indicate the date and place that he preached them, and the sermons have been
arranged chronologically by their earliest date, although he preached many of
them five or six times. He used an "N." to indicate his home parish of First
Congregational Parish of Norton, but also preached in surrounding communities
including Mendon, Taunton, East Bridgewater, Mansfield, and Dighton. The series
contains many gaps, and the last sermon is numbered #953, suggesting that this
is a small selection of his complete body of work.
|Box 7||Folders 39-45||ii. Lecture notes,
Lecture notes, written in a different hand than Clarke's sermons, include 48
manuscript leaves entitled "Lectures on the French language," "On French
literature, Second Epoch, 1515-1624," "Epoch Third," and "Fourth Epoch, 1778 to
|Box 7||Folders 46-53||iii. "The Social Circle,"
Clarke and his wife, Mary Jones Clarke, were contributors to the newsletter
"The Social Circle" written in Norton in 1824. Included here are nine issues of
the newsletter, from February to May 1824, written in an unidentified hand. The
newsletter contains essays, reflections, poetry, lists of marriages, and
original communications. It was "issued weekly for the editors, at this office
in Poplar Street [Norton]." Also included are letters that relate to his
|Box 8||Folders 1-3||B. John Jones Clarke papers,
The papers of lawyer John Jones Clarke (1803-1887) include an 1846 document
notifying Clarke that he has been elected the first mayor of the new city of
Roxbury, a deed for Clarke's house in West Roxbury to daughter Mary Clarke
(Hanson), legal correspondence, a copied excerpt of a letter from Gen. Benjamin
Butler about the military service of his son, Haswell Clarke, a May 1860 letter
from Oliver Wendell Holmes about Harvard's alumni committee, and an 1865
autobiographical and genealogical sketch. Also here is correspondence with
Roxbury minister George Putnam and sympathy letters upon the death of his wife
in Dec. 1882.
For correspondence between John Jones Clarke, his
wife, Rebecca Haswell Clarke, and his sister, Abigail Stimson, see
. See also the
Richard Bond papers for estate papers on which
|C. Rebecca Cordis Haswell Clarke papers,
Papers of Rebecca Cordis Haswell Clarke (1801-1883) include correspondence,
an academic certificate, penmanship exercises, a memo book, and a book of
|Box 8||Folders 4-7||i. Correspondence,
Correspondence includes silver wedding anniversary congratulations (1855)
and genealogical correspondence.
For correspondence between Rebecca Clarke and her
husband, John Jones Clarke; her mother-in-law, Mary J. Clarke; and her
daughter, Mary Lemist Clarke, see Family
|OS Box ||Folder 1||ii. Certificate, Mrs. Rowson's Academy,
This manuscript certificate was issued for Rebecca Cordis Haswell's
completion of a course of "Practical Arithmetic" at Mrs. Rowson's Academy in
Volumes include a book of penmanship exercises, which may have been
completed at Mrs. Rowson's Academy in Boston, and a memo or "Medley" book
containing lists of births, deaths, marriages, addresses, children's illnesses
and vaccinations, menus for Rebecca's silver wedding anniversary supper (1855)
and other parties, medical prescriptions and "recipes" for medications, and
lists of nurses. Her recipe book includes a few clippings, but primarily
contains handwritten recipes.
|OS Box||Folder 1||Penmanship exercise book,
|Box 8||Folder 8||"Medley" book,
|Box 8||Folder 9||Recipe book,
|D. Mary Lemist Clarke papers, 1843-ca. 1900
The papers of Mary Lemist Clarke (1831-1904) consist of correspondence
related to the death of her parents, a school composition book, a diary, and a
|Box 8||Folders 10-16||i. Correspondence,
This subseries consists of personal correspondence, mostly from the 1880s.
It includes correspondence and sympathy notes related to the death of her
mother in Dec. 1883 and her father in Nov. 1887.
For correspondence between Mary Clarke and her mother,
Rebecca Haswell Clarke; her daughter, Rebecca Clarke Cummings; and other family
Mary's composition book was written at Miss Williams' School in 1843 and
includes compositions, letters, and essays. Her diary, written in Roxbury
between 1864 and 1871, contains religious musings, reflections on family life,
a record of births and deaths of family and friends, children's illnesses, and
hints of her marital difficulties (she divorced in 1873). Her scrapbook,
compiled after 1873, contains handwritten poems and essays, a list of flowers,
newspaper clippings, and an 1865 "Chronology of the Rebellion." The scrapbook
also contains a silhouette of L. Eliza Randolph, wife of John Blake Cordis.
|Box 8||Folder 17||Composition notebook,
|Box 8||Folder 18||Diary,
|Box 8||Folders 19-20||Scrapbook,
|Box 9||Folders 1-4||E. Eliot C. Clarke receipts,
This series consists entirely of the household receipts of Eliot C. Clarke,
a great-grandson of Rev. Pitt Clarke. Largely dating from 1890, they include
receipts for clothing, household goods, and home repair. Clarke and his wife
lived at 15 Brimmer St. in Boston.
|F. Clarke family genealogical papers,
Arranged chronologically and by format.
Genealogical papers consist of research compiled by Rebecca Cordis Clarke in
1881, and later by her granddaughter, Rebecca Haswell Clarke (Cummings). They
include a 1910 copy of an 1802 letter from Anthony Haswell, many undated
histories and family trees, and numerous records related to the Haswell and
Cordis families. A genealogical record book kept by Rebecca Cordis Clarke from
about 1848 to 1883 contains birth, death, and marriage dates for the
descendants of Pitt Clarke and the Haswell and Cordis families, and includes
copies of genealogical documents, letters, and other records. Several entries
were added after Rebecca's death in 1883. A second genealogical record book,
compiled from about 1848 to 1947, is inscribed "R.C. Clarke and Rebecca Haswell
Clarke", and was most likely created by Rebecca for her granddaughter and
namesake. Although it contains much of the same early family information as the
first book, its entries are often more detailed.
|Box 9||Folders 5-8||Loose papers,
|Box 9||Folder 9||Genealogical record book,
|Box 9||Folder 10||Genealogical record book,
|Box 9||Folders 11-13||G. Miscellaneous family papers,
This series consists of the correspondence of other family members,
including Col. Haswell Cordis Clarke, poems, prayers, sermon excerpts, copies
of the will of Harriett Clarke (the widow of Haswell Clarke), and two letters
from Roxbury minister George Putnam.
|III. Cummings family papers,
This series primarily consists of the papers of Edward Cummings, but also
include those of his wife, Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings; his brother, John
Cummings; his sister, Jane Cummings, and his children Edward Estlin Cummings
and Elizabeth F. Cummings (Qualey).
|A. Edward Cummings papers,
The papers of Edward Cummings (1861-1926) contain his personal and
professional correspondence, including correspondence with his longtime friend
J. Estlin Carpenter and with his mentor, Edward Everett Hale. This series also
contains Edward's personal and professional papers, including records from the
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Penal Aspects of Drunkenness, the Theodore Parker
Memorial, and the Russian Famine Relief Committee of Boston. Edward's writings
include essays, reports, and lecture notes. The largest portion of his papers
consist of dated and undated sermons, addresses, and notes that span the period
of his ministry at South Congregational Church in Boston (1900-1926). Also
included are diaries, datebooks, notebooks, and scrapbooks that particularly
emphasize his European study and travel from 1888 to 1891.
For Edward Cummings's correspondence with his mother,
Lucretia Cummings, and with his wife, Rebecca Clarke Cummings, see
|a. Personal and professional correspondence,
This subseries contains Edward Cummings's social and professional
correspondence during the time he was a Harvard graduate student, an instructor
and professor at Harvard, and a Unitarian minister at Boston's South
Congregational Church. A large amount of correspondence dates from 1889 to 1891
when Edward was in Europe completing his sociology fellowship, including loose
letters and those pasted into his correspondence scrapbooks. From 1891 to 1900,
much correspondence relates to Edward's teaching positions at Harvard, where he
also served as student advisor, including correspondence with President Eliot,
parents, and other professors about student admission, performance, and
classwork. 1893 correspondence details Edward's trip to Chicago as a
representative for the Harvard University Dept. of Liberal Arts Pavilion at the
Chicago World's Fair, including a July 1893 letter from Jane Addams of Hull
Beginning in 1899, Edward's correspondence reflects his growing interest in
Boston social causes, including his work with the Mayor's Advisory Committee on
the Penal Aspects of Drunkenness and the Associated Charities of Boston. A
February 1900 letter from W.E.B. DuBois commends Edward on his "detailed social
study of the Negro in Georgia." After 1900, letters include those from his
parishioners at South Congregational Church, and other correspondence relates
to his work as president of the Mass. Association for Promoting the Interests
of the Adult Blind, chairman of the Theodore Parker Memorial, and other
benevolent causes. Several 1904 letters refer to Edward's February speech
defending African-Americans against the remarks of Georgia congressman T.W.
Much of Edward's 1921 correspondence relates to his role as secretary of
the World Peace Foundation and his travels to Europe as its representative.
1925 correspondence discusses the merger of First Parish Church and South
Congregational Church. In addition, correspondence with architects, builders,
and caretakers from the early 1890s to 1925 chronicle Edward's involvement with
building and managing his home in Cambridge and his property at Joy Farm in
Silver Lake, New Hampshire.
|Box 10||1880-Sept. 1889
|Box 11||Folders 1-6||Correspondence scrapbook,
|Box 11||Folders 7-31||1890-1893
|Box 12||Folders 1-6||1894-1895
|Box 12||Folders 7-10||Correspondence scrapbook,
Jan. 1895-Oct. 1898
|Box 12||Folders 11-21||1896-1899
|Box 15||Folders 1-11||1916-1926
|Box 15||Folders 12-20||undated
|b. Correspondence with J. Estlin Carpenter,
This subseries contains correspondence between Edward Cummings and J. Estlin
Carpenter, a British Unitarian minister, prolific author of theological works,
and the godfather of Cummings's son Edward Estlin. Ranging from shortly after
their first meeting in London in 1888 to the year before Cummings's death,
Carpenter's letters discuss war, the world peace movement, and politics, as
well as personal and family matters. He also writes of reading E. E. Cummings's
book The Enormous Room and his thoughts about
his godson's future.
|Box 15||Folders 21-31||1889-1897
|Box 16||Folders 1-12||1898-1925
|Box 16||Folder 13||J. Estlin Carpenter writings,
|Box 16||Folders 14-27||c. Correspondence with Edward E. Hale,
Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) was the pastor of the South Congregational
Church in Boston from 1856 to 1900. He chose Edward Cummings to succeed him,
and served as pastor emeritus with Cummings until 1903. Their correspondence
discusses church business, sermon topics, charitable events, parishioners,
politics, and family matters. Hale also wrote to Cummings about his experiences
in Washington D.C. when he became chaplain of the U.S. Senate in 1903.
|a. Personal and professional papers,
Edward Cummings's personal and professional papers contain numerous records
related to Harvard University, reflecting his time as both a student and a
teacher at the school. They include grades and class rankings; room
assignments; applications for honors classes, scholarships, fellowships, and
awards; his Bachelor's diploma (1883); Master's diploma (1885); applications
for his PhD.; his appointment as assistant instructor in English; and notes on
classes and students for whom he served as advisor.
Financial papers include receipts for household expenses, taxes, and rent;
investment records; insurance policies; and building contracts and construction
accounts for the Cummings's house in Cambridge. Numerous receipts and notes
date from his studies in Europe from 1889 to 1891. Later records include
membership certificates; several records of the Associated Charities of Boston;
papers related to his service as pastor of South Congregational Church;
Edward's letter of appointment as a representative of the World Peace
Foundation in 1921; his 1921 passport; and various itineraries and travel
|Box 16||Folders 28-33||1877-1884
|OS Box ||Folder 2||Certificate of Life Membership, American Unitarian Society,
|Box 18||Folders 1-17||b. Mayor's Advisory Committee on Penal Aspects of Drunkenness
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
Records include an 1898 report to Boston mayor Josiah Quincy that led to the
establishment of the committee, as well as statistics and correspondence
related to cases of drunkenness in Boston and its legal penalties. Also here
are the committee's meeting minutes from 13 January to 5 May 1899, Edward's
research notes, and a manuscript copy of his September 1899 report on the
committee's findings and recommendations.
|Box 18||Folders 18-19||c. Minister's Handbook with
The Minister's Handbook is a printed volume
of services including baptism, marriage, and burial, containing Edward's
handwritten notes and additions.
|Box 18||Folders 20-24||d. Theodore Parker Memorial records, ca.
Edward Cummings was chairman of the managing committee of the Theodore
Parker Memorial, a Unitarian mission that was part of the Benevolent Fraternity
of Churches in Boston. Records include a "Proposal for a Union of the Parker
Memorial and the Second Society of Brookline" (ca. 1902), and receipts for the
mission's expenses (1904-1905).
|Box 18||Folders 25-29||e. Russian famine records,
In 1907, Edward Cummings served as chairman of the Russian Famine Relief
Committee in Boston. Records include correspondence with the American Red
Cross, the Russian Famine Relief Committee in New York, Massachusetts governor
Curtis Guild, Jr., and individual donors to the charitable fund. Printed
material includes an appeal from Gov. Guild to the people of Massachusetts,
newspaper articles about the widespread famine in China and Russia, and
articles about the fundraising appeal. Material in this subseries was filed
together by Cummings and has been kept in its original order.
ca. 1878-ca. 1913
This subseries includes Edward Cummings's Harvard essays; notes; and drafts
of his report on labor organization and trade unions completed during his
fellowship in Europe from 1889 to 1891. Also included are lecture notes on
education, economics, the Industrial Revolution, and wages, presumably written
while teaching at Harvard; a letter composed for the Peace Society requesting
all Unitarian ministers to preach about peace for one particular Sunday; and
notes for book drafts, outlines and ideas.
|Box 19||Folders 1-2||Essays,
|Box 19||Folder 3||Report for Robert Treat Paine fellowship,
|Box 19||Folders 4-9||Trade unionism reports,
|Box 19||Folders 10-13||Lecture notes,
|Box 19||Folder 14||Letter to clergy written for the Massachusetts Peace
Society, ca. 1913
|Box 19||Folders 15-25||Notes and memos, n.d.
|Box 20||Folders 1-5||Book drafts and outlines, n.d.
|iv. Sermons and Addresses,
Edward Cummings's sermons and addresses comprise the bulk of his papers,
dating from his first sermon in June 1900 until 1926, the year of his death.
They have been arranged in three groups: Dated; Undated; and Sermon notes.
Among Edward's most prolific topics were: Abraham Lincoln, world peace,
universal religion, Christmas, Easter, and the New Year. He often preached
about holidays, the time of year, an anniversary of an event, politics, and
current events. In the 1920s, he reused many of his earlier sermons, and noted
this on the folders in which he kept them. This subseries also includes several
lectures that Edward delivered while the minister of South Congregational. He
spoke, for example, at the Conference of Unitarian Churches of North America in
Washington, D.C. on 24 Oct. 1911, giving a very political address about
|a. Dated sermons, 1900-1926
Most dated sermons and addresses were housed in folders that Cummings
created for them, including a title, a sermon number, volume number, and series
number (his method of organization is unclear); where and when the sermon was
delivered; and sometimes additional comments such as how the sermon was
received. All are sermons given at South Congregational Church, unless
otherwise noted. Dated sermons are filed chronologically by the first date they
were delivered, although Cummings delivered many of them multiple times,
especially in the 1920s. Sermons are handwritten or typed, and a few include
printed copies or newspaper clippings excerpting the sermon. Some sermon
folders also include background material such as newsclippings and articles,
notes, drafts, and the South Congregational Church Order of Service listing the
|Box 20||Folders 6-30||June 1900-Aug. 1901
|Box 21||Oct. 1901-Oct. 1902
|Box 22||Nov. 1902-Feb. 1904
|Box 23||Mar. 1904-Nov. 1905
|Box 24||Dec. 1905-Dec. 1906
|Box 25||Jan. 1907-Mar. 1908
|Box 26||Apr. 1908-Apr. 1909
|Box 27||May 1909-June 1910
|Box 28||Oct. 1910-May 1911
|Box 29||June 1911-May 1912
|Box 30||June 1912-Oct. 1913
|Box 31||Nov. 1913-Apr. 1914
|Box 32||May 1914-Feb. 1915
|Box 33||Mar. 1915-June 1919
|Box 34||Feb. 1920-Apr. 1926
|b. Undated sermons, n.d.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Cummings did not create folders for these sermons, most of which consist of
manuscript notes and incomplete essays. It is not clear whether Cummings ever
delivered these sermons.
|Box 39||Folders 1-34||T-W
|c. Undated sermon notes,
These undated notes and memos are not attached to any particular sermon, and
seem to be a file of Cummings's undeveloped ideas.
|Box 39||Folders 35-37||Sermon notes, n.d.
|Box 40||Sermon notes, n.d.
|Box 41||Sermon notes, n.d.
|Box 42||Sermon notes, n.d.
This subseries consists of Edward Cummings's diaries, datebooks, notebooks,
Edward Cummings's diaries include an 1879 page-a-day diary written when he
was 18. His 1883-1884 diary was written at the Harvard Divinity School and
contains his thoughts, impressions, and activities, including a Feb. 1883
meeting with Edward Everett Hale. Three 1888-1889 diaries chronicle his trip to
England, describing his daily activities, social events, sightseeing, and
impressions of London. They also include lengthy entries on his observations
about temperance, prostitution, the economics of socialism, coal workers'
conditions, and other sociological issues.
For descriptions of his European experiences from July
1889 to June 1891, see Edward's lengthy letters to his mother, Lucretia, and
his future wife, Rebecca Clark, in the
Family correspondence series. Also in Family
correspondence are the journal-like letters Edward wrote to Rebecca from
England in 1897. See also Cummings's "England scrapbook
|Box 43||Folder 1||Jan.-Mar 1879
|Vol. 1||Feb. 1883-Feb. 1884
|Vol. 2||11-17 Aug. 1888
|Vol. 3||22 Aug.-25 Sept. 1888
|Box 43||Folders 2-8||Jan.-June 1889
Edward's series of yearly datebooks contain his calendar, addresses, and
memos, as well as ephemera such as calling cards, business cards, clippings,
|Box 43||Folders 9-20||1901-1913
|Box 44||Folders 1-4||1915-1919
|c. Notebooks, ca. 1875-1920
Volumes include a composition notebook containing essays and lecture notes
from Woburn Center High School; an 1880-1881 notebook containing notes from
Prof. Shaler's geology class at Harvard College; a textbook containing Edward's
ca. 1886 history notes; an 1886-1887 notebook of forensic topics; an 1888-1891
address book; an 1896 notebook listing "home sociology reading," compiled by
Emma C. Daggett; a 1920 notebook containing notes and memos on sermons,
appointments, and conversations; and an undated notebook containing only a few
pages of notes.
|Box 44||Folder 5||Composition notebook,
|Box 44||Folder 6||Notes from Prof. Shaler's class,
|Box 44||Folder 7||Textbook with notes, ca. 1886
|Box 44||Folder 8||Notebook of forensic topics,
|Box 44||Folder 9||Address book,
|Box 44||Folder 10||Home sociology reading,
|Box 44||Folder 11||Notebook,
|Box 44||Folder 12||Notebook, n.d.
|Vol. 4||Notebook, n.d.
Edward Cummings's 1888 " England diary and scrapbook" contains social
correspondence, correspondence related to his fellowship research, tickets, and
programs pasted on the appropriate week of a calendar book. It includes a few
notations of daily events from June through September, with detailed daily
notes beginning in October. His 1890 Europe scrapbook contains ephemera from
his travels, including tickets and receipts, programs, drawings, and a few
letters from Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Also compiled in 1890, another
scrapbook contains several of Edward's chalk drawings and the dried flowers
collected with his future wife, Rebecca Clarke, when they were together in
Italy. Edward noted the place and date each flower was collected. The Joy Farm
scrapbook contains receipts, brochures, sketches, and correspondence related to
the purchase and renovation of his property in Silver Lake, N.H. from 1898 to
|Box 45||Folder 1||England scrapbook and diary,
|Box 45||Folders 2-4||Europe scrapbook,
|Box 45||Folder 5||Dried flowers and sketches,
|Box 45||Folders 6-9||Joy Farm scrapbook,
|B. Rebecca Clarke Cummings papers,
This series contains the personal correspondence, legal and financial
papers, passports, account books, and notebooks of Rebecca Clarke Cummings
For Rebecca's correspondence with her mother, Mary
Lemist Clarke, her husband, Edward Cummings, and other family members, see
|Box 46||Folders 1-23||i. Personal papers,
Rebecca's personal papers contain correspondence with friends and
acquaintances, including many 1890 letters responding to her engagement to
Edward Cummings; several letters from J. Estlin Carpenter and his wife, Alice,
including a moving letter written after Edward's death; extended correspondence
with the caretakers of her homes in New Hampshire (Joy Farm) and Cambridge;
several letters from Rev. Edward Everett Hale; sympathy letters on the death of
her mother in 1904; and a few letters from the teachers of her son, Edward
Estlin Cummings. Financial correspondence and statements include letters
related to the settling of the estate of Harriet A. Clarke, the widow of her
uncle Haswell Cordis Clarke, and papers from the estate of her brother, George
Lemist Clarke. Other personal papers include journal excerpts written in the
style of letters from July 1890 when she was in Paris and Brussels, passports
from 1922 and 1928, and a 1926 bill for the funeral of Edward Cummings.
Volumes include an engagement book containing an alphabetical list of
persons and dates for the years 1895 to 1900, most likely a list of persons she
has seen or called upon. Account books dating from June 1927 until 1944 include
income and expenses from 104 Irving St. in Cambridge and later from the Hotel
Holley in New York City. The 1927-1938 account book is most likely a record of
Joy Farm, the Cummings's New Hampshire property, listing rents and expenses.
The 1928 notebook inscribed, "104 Irving St. Cambridge. List of things to be
kept," contains an itemized list of books, paintings, furniture and other items
in a room by room list of the Cummings's house in Cambridge.
|Box 46||Folder 24||Engagement book,
|Box 46||Folder 25||Account book,
|Box 46||Folder 26||Account book,
|Box 47||Folder 1||Notebook, "List of Things to be Kept,"
|Box 47||Folder 2||Account book,
|Box 47||Folder 3||C. John Cummings papers,
The papers of John Cummings, Edward Cummings's brother, include
correspondence related to his fellowship at the University of Chicago in 1893,
as well as later correspondence related to his employment search.
|D. Jane Cummings papers,
|Box 47||Folders 4-5||i. Personal papers,
The papers of Jane Cummings, Edward Cummings's sister, contain social
correspondence, records from the estate settlement of Jane's aunt Clara, and a
notice for the 50th reunion of Woburn High School.
Volumes include a 1941-1947 account book recording daily receipts and
expenditures, and a series of line-a-day diaries dating from 1902 to 1949. In
her diaries, Jane comments on the weather, her health, social events, and daily
activities. Because Jane lived with Edward and Rebecca Cummings in Cambridge
for much of this time, her diaries chronicle the lives of their family as well.
Her 1947 diary mentions the final illness and death of Rebecca Cummings in
January 1947. Jane's travel diary, dating from June to September 1911, records
her voyage and trip abroad to Spain, Algiers, Italy, Austria, Switzerland,
France, and England, describing her daily activities, sightseeing, and the
|Box 48||Vol. 4||Diary,
|Box 48||Vol. 5||Diary,
|Box 48||Vol. 6||Diary,
|Box 47||Folder 6||Account book,
|Box 48||Vol. 7||Diary,
|Box 47||Folder 7||Papers removed from diary,
|Box 48||Vol. 8||Diary,
|Box 47||Folder 8||Papers removed from diary,
|E. Edward Estlin Cummings papers,
The papers of E. E. Cummings date entirely from his childhood and youth.
They include two scrapbooks containing magazine and newspaper illustrations of
people, animals, historical and foreign scenes, fantasy characters, pirates,
cowboys, cartoons, images of famous people, buffalo, and greeting cards. Three
penmanship exercise books date from about 1902. His writings include 1902
stories about life on Joy Farm, his family's retreat in New Hampshire; a 1907
report on "Our Visit to the Public Library"; 1909 short fiction; an illustrated
school report on various jungle cats; and an August 1914 poem "From a
Newspaper." Also in this series is a 1907 letter from James S. Love, Cummings's
|Box 49||Scrapbook, Part I,
|Box 50||Scrapbook, Part II,
|Box 47||Folder 9||Penmanship exercise books,
|Box 47||Folders 10-11||Writings,
|Box 47||Folder 12||Letter from James S. Love,
|Box 47||Folder 12||F. Elizabeth F. Cummings (Qualey) papers,
The papers of Elizabeth Cummings, daughter of Edward Cummings, include a
dictated story, report cards from Cambridge School for Girls and Radcliffe
College, and several undated letters.
|G. Miscellaneous family papers,
This series contains undated genealogical notes about early members of the
Cummings family including Archelaus Cummings and Lucy Wheeler Cummings, a
report on "The Cummings family and its name," and lists of birth and death
dates. A birthday book, kept from 1905 to 1947, is recorded in several hands,
among them Jane Cummings and Rebecca Cummings. An undated music notebook
contains information on methods of composing music and excerpts from sources
about music appreciation.
The manuscript volume, "Record of Cheerful Letter Work since 1895" was
compiled by Mrs. C. A. Adams of Cambridge, and records her work distributing
books through the charitable organization Cheerful Letter. It is unclear how
the volume relates to the Cummings family, but it may have come into the
possession of Edward Cummings through his work with Associated Charities of
|Vol. 9||Mrs. C. A. Adams, "Record of Cheerful Letter Work since 1895,"
|Box 47||Folder 13||Birthday book,
|Box 47||Folder 14||Cummings family genealogy, n.d.
|Box 47||Folder 15||Music notebook, n.d.
|Box 47||Folder 16||Loose papers, n.d.
|IV. Richard Bond papers,
Included in this series are the personal and professional papers, accounts
and receipts, estate settlement records, and architectural journals of Boston
architect Richard Bond (1798-1861). Bond's papers are part of this collection
because John J. Clarke served as his lawyer, and Clarke evidently retained them
after Bond's death.
|Box 51||Folders 1-8||A. Personal papers,
Bond's personal papers include deeds for lots on Merrimack St. in Boston
(1824-1825) and for land in Roxbury (1824) where he erected a house; bonds to
the city of Boston for land; and insurance policies. The papers include only
three letters from Bond's family, including an 1859 letter from his wife, and
two 1860 letters from his sister and nephew in Little Hocking, Ohio. There is
much correspondence with the Theological Seminary in East Windsor, Conn. about
charitable contributions and funding a scholarship for indigent theological
|Box 51||Folders 9-22||B. Professional papers,
Bond's professional papers consist of contracts with building committees,
such as First Congregational Society of Plymouth (which describe their 1830
church design in great detail) and South Congregational Church in Pittsfield;
copies of articles of agreement with carpenters and owners of property for whom
he designed houses; business correspondence about designing houses and payment
for work completed; and papers related to house plans in Boston, Worcester, and
Brooklyn, New York from 1844 to 1849. Also included are papers related to his
1853 patent application for improvements in the construction of wooden roofing;
correspondence with the committee to enlarge the Massachusetts statehouse (ca.
1853); building specifications for the houses of George Leland in Waltham,
Thomas Carey in Marlboro, and Amos A. Lawrence in Brookline; and an 1857
notebook chronicling the trial between Bond and Mr. Sturtevent over payment for
|C. Accounts and receipts,
This subseries contains both personal and professional receipts, including
receipts for daily expenses, taxes, pew payments to the Eliot Congregational
Society in Roxbury, ice, gas lights, groceries, and an investment in building
houses on Worcester Square. 1831 receipts are from the expenses of building the
chapel for the First Congregational Society of Plymouth.
|Box 51||Folders 23-31||1831-1848
|Box 53||Folders 1-18||D. Estate settlement papers,
John J. Clarke served as executor of Bond's estate. These papers, some of
which contain Clarke's notations, include library auction lists; inventories of
possessions, investments, and income; paid bills and receipts; receipts for
payments to Richard's wife, Mary Bond; and charitable bequests.
This subseries includes Bond's architectural journals and sketchbooks,
primarily from his trip to Europe in 1850-1851. They contain sketches and
detailed notations about the architectural features of buildings he toured,
including churches, cathedrals, castles, lighthouses, museums, and other public
buildings. His ca. 1850 notebook contains mostly sketches with little
narrative. His 1853-1855 notebook includes notations about local projects,
including the house of James Hayward on Tremont St. and the Portland (Maine)
City Hall and Court House.
|Box 53||Folder 19||Architectural journal (Italy and Germany),
|Box 53||Folder 20||Architectural journal (France and England),
|Box 53||Folder 21||Architectural notebook (Europe),
|Box 53||Folder 22||Architectural journal, (Europe), 1851
|Box 53||Folder 23||Architectural notebook,
|V. Philip W. Davis papers,
The papers of Philip W. Davis (1871-1939), a Harvard University cyclist and
professional engineer who lived with the Cummings family in Cambridge, include
personal and professional papers, printed materials, a cycling scrapbook, a
gardening journal, and a sketchbook.
|A. Personal papers,
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
This series contains no family correspondence, but does include
correspondence with friends, interior designers, and wine merchants. Also
included are receipts, an undated poem, a Cambridge Public library card, and a
wine list with annotations. The legal papers of Philip's mother, Julia Wilder
Robinson Davis, include notes of credit and two quitclaim deeds to her for
family land in Thomaston, Maine. The 1935 insurance policy covered personal
property located at 110 Irving St. Investment correspondence includes letters
to Davis from his Boston broker about his stock portfolio, including quarterly
statements and stock recommendations. The genealogical chart contains the lines
of Davis's maternal and paternal ancestors.
|Box 54||Folders 1-2||Correspondence,
|Box 54||Folder 3||Legal papers of Julia Wilder Davis,
|Box 54||Folder 4||Insurance policy,
|Box 54||Folders 5-14||Investment correspondence,
|Box 54||Folder 15||Genealogical charts, n.d.
|Box 54||Folders 16-33||B. Professional papers,
Professional papers consist of correspondence with metal refining companies,
foundries, furnace manufacturers, and other industries; memos; notes;
calculations; and drawings. A large amount of notes and calculations are
|Box 54||Folder 34||C. Printed material,
Printed material includes advertisements for machinery and furnaces, recipes
for rum cocktails, and wine lists.
Davis's scrapbook contains material related to his cycling career on one of
the first U.S. collegiate cycling teams at Harvard University, including
newsclippings, programs, tickets, and several photographs. The scrapbook also
chronicles the career of Philip's brother, Robert Howe Davis (Harvard Class of
1891), who was the intercollegiate cycling champion of 1890. In addition, the
volume contains articles and certificates related to Davis's involvement with
the Harvard Electric Club and the Harvard Engineering Society. Loose papers
include papers, lectures, speeches, and articles about storage batteries for
autos and railways.
Also in this subseries is a gardening journal and an undated sketchbook
contains pencil drawings of landscapes, buildings, and flowers.
|Box 55||Vol. 10||Cycling scrapbook,
1888- ca. 1905
|Box 55||Folders 1-4||Loose items removed from scrapbook,
|Box 55||Folders 5-6||Gardening journal,
|Box 55||Folder 7||Sketchbook, n.d.
|VI. Printed material,
Most of the material in this series was collected by or for Edward Cummings.
It contains printed material related to Harvard University; ephemera, such as
tickets and programs; genealogical and memorial material; prints and
engravings; newspaper clippings; copies of the printed works of Edward
Cummings; and miscellaneous material.
|Box 56||Folders 1-13||A. Harvard-related material,
Included in this subseries is an 1819 freshman class list that belonged to
Harvard student John J. Clarke. All other material dates from 1882 to 1918 and
relates to Edward Cummings as a student and professor at Harvard University. It
consists of college newspapers (Harvard Daily
Echo, The Harvard Advocate,
Daily Crimson); prize lists; Phi Beta Kappa
dinner menus; Class of 1883 class day programs, class dinners and reunions;
commencement programs; exam lists; faculty votes; and class rankings.
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
Tickets in this subseries include an 1828 ticket to "Roxbury Assemblies,"
but the remainder date from 1881 to 1922, and include dining hall tickets;
railroad passes and timetables; tickets to dinners, dances, speeches, and
events such as the 1889 centennial inauguration of George Washington. Most
tickets were for events held in Cambridge and Boston, although some were from
France and Germany. Several tickets were from the 1893 World Columbian
Exposition in Chicago.
Musical and theatrical programs, although largely from Boston theatres,
include several European concerts, the 1902 New York play books of Eleonora
Duse, and programs from Sarah Bernhardt 's tour of New York.
Programs and orders of service consist of programs for ordinations,
lectures, educational programs, conferences, celebrations of Edward Everett
Hale, and meetings of the Unitarian Assoc., as well as church bulletins and
graduation programs. Many of these programs list Edward Cummings as a
|Box 56||Folders 14-18||Tickets and misc. ephemera,
|Box 56||Folder 19||Wedding invitations,
|Box 56||Folders 20-23||Musical and theatre programs,
|Box 57||Folders 1-9||Programs and orders of service,
|Box 57||Folder 10||Stationery, postcards, and greeting cards,
|Box 57||Folders 11-12||Playing cards,
|Box 57||Folders 13-14||Business and calling cards, n.d.
|C. Genealogy, obituaries, and memorials,
This subseries includes a scrapbook most likely compiled by Rebecca Cordis
Clarke containing newspaper clippings and printed obituaries of family and
friends. Also here are obituaries of Pitt Clarke, Manlius Stimson Clarke, and
J. Lewis Dimon, the Memorial of Pitt Clarke
(1866), the Peirce Family Record, 1687-1893
(1927), Edward Cummings's memorial in the Harvard Graduates Magazine (1927), and
Leaves from a Family Tree (1941), including info
about the Jones, Stimson, and Clarke families.
|Box 57||Folder 15||Obituary scrapbook,
|Box 57||Folders 16-17||Obituaries and memorials,
|Box 58||Folders 1-2||Memorial of Rev. Pitt Clarke,
|Box 58||Folder 3||Peirce Family Record,
|Box 58||Folder 4||Edward Cummings memorial,
|Box 58||Folder 5||"Leaves from a Family Tree,"
|D. Engravings and Prints, ca.
Included are landscapes; classical scenes; and portraits of Abraham Lincoln,
Pitt Clarke, and Haswell Clarke, among others.
|Box 58||Folder 6||1864-1906
|OS Box ||Folder 6||Prints, artists unknown, n.d.
|E. Newspaper clippings,
|i. Edward Cummings newspaper clippings,
Containing both scrapbooks and loose clippings, this subseries contains
articles related to Edward's studies and teaching at Harvard, as a speaker, and
as a minister at South Congregational Church. Many articles summarize or
excerpt Edward's speeches, while others relate to Unitarianism, labor
relations, and other topics of general interest to Edward. Scrapbook I contains
articles pasted into subject folders on topics such as immigration, labor
relations, and temperance movements, and were most likely compiled by Edward as
research for his fellowship in Europe. Articles are from the
Boston Journal, the
Boston Post, the Boston Herald,
Le Soleil, Boston
Herald, London Globe, and other
|Box 58||Folders 7-10||Scrapbook I,
|Box 58||Folder 11||Scrapbook II,
|Box 59||Folders 1-2||Scrapbook III,
|Box 59||Folders 3-6||Scrapbook IV,
|Box 59||Folders 7-12||Loose clippings,
|Box 59||Folder 13||ii. Haswell Clarke newspaper clippings,
Articles relate to Clarke's political career and election as mayor of
Kankakee, Ill., memorials, and articles about his service to the town of
|Box 59||Folder 14||iii. Edward Estlin Cummings newspaper clippings,
A 1922 article discusses E. E.'s imprisonment in France and his later
release. Several articles review E. E.'s book The
Enormous Room and discuss his writing style.
|Box 59||Folders 15-19||iv. General clippings,
Although these clippings were not specifically among the papers of Edward
Cummings, most relate to his interests in Harvard, sociological issues, labor
relations, religious and Unitarian issues, political speeches, and the peace
|F. Printed works of Edward Cummings,
This subseries includes the printed sermons, addresses and articles written
|Box 59||Folders 20-21||1897-1908
|Box 60||Folders 1-5||1909-1917
|G. Miscellaneous printed material,
Included here are a few early circulars and addresses related to John Jones
Clarke, such as a copy of his 1846 mayoral speech at the incorporation of the
city of Roxbury. Most other material is related to Edward Cummings, including
bulletins, literature of organizations and societies to which he belonged,
material from Cummings's studies in Europe from 1888 to1891, copies of
articles, bulletins, advertisements, ships passenger lists, pamphlets, travel
brochures, school and university literature, literature related to Abraham
Lincoln and to sociological issues, and a hardcover volume of
Radcliffe College Songs (1923).
|Box 60||Folders 6-20||1821-1907
|OS Box ||Folder 3||1902-1922
|VII. Artwork, ca. 1828-1909
This series contains a watercolor, pencil sketch, and embroidery patterns of
Rebecca Haswell Clarke; the pastel and charcoal sketches of Edward Cummings;
the childhood drawings and watercolors of Edward Estlin Cummings, and
miscellaneous artwork by other artists.
|A. Rebecca Cordis Haswell Clarke artwork,
ca. 1828-ca. 1830
|Box 62||Folder 1||Watercolor,
|OS Box ||Folder 4||Pencil sketch with cherubs and lambs,
|OS Box ||Folder 4||Embroidery stencils and patterns,
|Box 62||Folders 2-4||Embroidery stencils and patterns, ca.
|B. Edward Cummings artwork,
|Box 62||Folders 5-8||Pastels, European scenes,
|Box 62||Folders 9-11||Pastels, Norwegian fjords,
|Box 62||Folder 12||Charcoal sketches, n.d.
|OS Box ||Folder 5||Charcoal sketches, n.d.
|Box 62||Folder 13||Christmas card, n.d.
|C. Edward Estlin Cummings artwork,
This subseries contains the childhood drawings and paintings of Edward
Estlin Cummings. They include ink blots; watercolors (mostly of animals); and
sketches in pencil and in pen and ink of cowboys and Indians, boats, the
"world's tallest tower," wild west shows, hunting expeditions, locomotives,
zoos, circuses, elephants, whales, and houseplans. A ca. 1902 self-portrait is
entitled "Edwerd E. Cummings, the animal emperor, famous importer, trainer, and
exhibitor of wild animals."
|Box 62||Folders 14-15||Ink blots,
|Box 62||Folders 16-36||Pencil sketches,
|Box 63||Folders 1-18||Pen and ink sketches,
|Box 63||Folders 19-21||Watercolors,
|Box 63||Folder 22||Sketch notebook, n.d.
|D. Miscellaneous artwork,
|Box 63||Folder 23||Pencil sketch, B. Osgood,
|Box 63||Folder 24||Pencil sketch of house, artist unknown,
|Box 63||Folder 25||Pen and ink sketch, F. Gould,
|Box 63||Folder 26||Sketch of E. E. Cummings, Charles Hopkinson,
|Box 63||Folder 27||Sketch of Edward Cummings, Charles Hopkinson,
|Box 63||Folder 28||Still life on wood panel, artist unknown, n.d.
|Box 63||Folder 29||Tinted photograph of sailboat, artist unknown, n.d.
|Box 63||Folder 30||Miscellaneous sketches, n.d.
|Box 63||Folder 31||Unidentified silhouette, Master Howard, n.d.
Listed below are members of the Clarke family, their spouses, and their
children, beginning with Rev. Pitt Clarke (1763-1835). Some family members may
not be included. Names of family members whose papers appear prominently in the
collection are listed in bold.
|1. Pitt Clarke (1763-1835)
m. in 1898 Rebecca Jones (1787-1811)
m. in 1812 Maria Jones Stimson (d. 1866)
|2. Abigail Morton Clarke (1798-1882)
m. in 1828 John Jones Stimson (d. 1860)
|3. Frederick Clarke Stimson (1830-1836)
|3. Maria Rebecca Stimson (1832-1856)
|3. Emily Gardner Stimson (1837-1901)
m. in 1861 J. Lewis Dimon (d. 1881)
|4. Maria (May) Stimson Dimon
|2. William Pitt Clarke (b. 1800)
|2. John Jones Clarke
m. in 1830 Rebecca Cordis Haswell (1801-1883)
|3. Mary Lemist Clarke
m. in 1858 John Adams Hanson (1810-1878) Marriage annulled 1873.
|4. Rebecca Haswell Clarke
m. Edward Cummings (1861-1926)
|5. Edward Estlin Cummings
|5. Elizabeth Frances Cummings (Qualey) (1901-1980)
|4. George Lemist Clarke (1861-1917)
m. in 1895 Julia A. Little
|4. Ellen Montresor Clarke (1869-1939)
m. in 1895 Salisbury Tuckerman
|3. Haswell Cordis Clarke (1842-1901)
m. in 1869 Harriet Amelia Cobb (d. 1921)
|2. Caroline (b. 1806)
|2. George Leonard Clarke (b.1813)
m. in 1841 Frances Alice Chase (d. 1883)
|2. Harriett Clarke (b. 1815)
|2. Manlius Stimson Clarke (1816-1853)
m. in 1841 Frances Cordis Lemist
|2. Edward Hammond Clarke (1820-1877)
m. in 1851 Sarah Loring Loud (d. 1877)
Cummings-Clarke family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in
the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers
desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should
search the catalog using these headings.
|Bond, Richard, 1798-1861.
|Carpenter, J. Estlin (Joseph Estlin),
|Clarke, John Jones, 1803-1887.
|Clarke, Mary Lemist, 1831-1904.
|Clarke, Pitt, 1763-1835.
|Clarke, Rebecca Cordis Haswell,
|Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin),
|Cummings, Edward, 1861-1926.
|Cummings, Jane, 1862-1951.
|Cummings, Rebecca Haswell Clarke,
|Davis, Philip W., 1871-1939.
|Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909.
|Associated Charities of Boston.
|First Congregational Church (Norton,
|Harvard University Cycling Club.
|Russian Famine Relief Committee of
|South Congregational Church (Boston,
|Theodore Parker Memorial.
|World's Columbian Exposition, 1893: Chicago,
|World Peace Foundation.
|Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and
|England--Social life and customs.
|Europe--Description and travel.
|Silver Lake (N.H.)--Social life and
|Voyages and travels.