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Cornelia Blow letterbook

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-800-01-003

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of the single handwritten letterbook of Cornelia Blow. The volume is comprised of personal correspondence primarily addressed to Blow’s mother and father on her travels through Europe with her traveling companion Meade between the dates of November 1862 and May 1863. Additionally included are a copy of a letter from Blow’s mother addressed to Blow and one pressed fern. Letters are written from a variety of locations including Liverpool, Paris, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Rotterdam, and Rome. Topics covered in Blow’s correspondence include descriptions of her travels, the health of herself and Meade, messages for family members at home, food, and the ongoing American Civil War.

Dates

  • 1862-1863

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Cornelia Blow (née Weed) was born in 1841 to Mary and Harvey Weed of the prestigious Weed family of Connecticut. Blow married Meade R. Blow (1837-1867), the son of Robert and Susan Blow of Virginia, on December 11th, 1861. Blow and her husband sailed on the RMS Scotia to England in 1862 before continuing on to a tour of Europe for a combination of recreation, sightseeing, socializing, and visits to medical doctors regarding Meade’s health problems, all of which documented by Blow in her letterbook.

Extent

.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

This collection is composed of the single handwritten letterbook of Cornelia Blow. The volume is comprised of personal correspondence primarily addressed to Blow’s mother and father on her travels through Europe with her traveling companion Meade between the dates of November 1862 and May 1863. Additionally included are a copy of a letter from Blow’s mother addressed to Blow and one pressed fern. Letters are written from a variety of locations including Liverpool, Paris, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Rotterdam, and Rome. Topics covered in Blow’s correspondence include descriptions of her travels, the health of herself and Meade, messages for family members at home, food, and the ongoing American Civil War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one volume

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased on 1/19/2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alex Stern, completed July 2018.
Title
Cornelia Blow letterbook
Author
Collection processed by Alex Stern, finding aid created by Madison Arnold-Scerbo.
Date
July, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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