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Denton Family Papers Document

TypeDocument
TitleDenton Family Papers
AuthorCarrie Delynia Denton
AuthorElizabeth M Foote Denton
AuthorMildred Denton
AuthorRobert Winsford Denton
AuthorShelley Wright Denton
AuthorSherman Foote Denton
AuthorVanessa Denton
AuthorWilliam Denton
AuthorWilliam Dixon Denton
AuthorSherman Foote
Date1828/1968
AbstractThe bulk of this collection includes the personal papers and published works of William Denton, a writer and lecturer on science, religion, and politics. William Denton's Papers (1832-1883; 42 boxes and 1 oversize box) consist of manuscripts and bound volumes. His loose papers include correspondence dating from 1833 to 1883, the majority of which date from the 1860s and 1870s. The letters from these decades reflect William Denton's extensive lecture and touring schedule. This series also contains letters between William and his wife, Elizabeth M. Foote Denton. Other frequent correspondents include William's sisters Anne Cridge and Lizzie Seybold, as well as Anne's husband Alfred Cridge. William's loose papers also include lecture notes, arranged by title and topic (where untitled), which primarily address issues of science, religion, and psychometry. Essays on these topics can also be found in the notebooks of William Denton's bound volume collection, which contains over one hundred fifty notebooks. Also included in the bound volume section are diaries, dating from 1839 to 1883, many of which detail William's extensive travels on lecture tours or in search of geological specimens. Printed Materials in this series include published volumes of William Denton's work such as Our Planet: Its Past and Future, The Soul of Things: Vols. I-III, and Radical Rhymes. Elizabeth M. Foote Denton's Papers (1831-1915; 16 boxes) consist of manuscripts and bound volumes. Her loose papers include general and family correspondence, dating from 1831 to 1915. Elizabeth's correspondence, which encompasses the largest chronological range in the collection, represents her life before her marriage to William Denton, her work managing the Denton family publishing business, extensive correspondence between Elizabeth and her children, as well as a significant collection of condolence letters after the death of William, received from around the world. A complete alphabetical list of Elizabeth Denton's correspondence can be found in Appendix B of the collection finding aid. Elizabeth's writings contain her original poetry and writings on spiritualism and psychometry. The bound volumes in this series include Elizabeth's diaries, which date from 1861 to 1901, and her household account books, which date from 1860 to 1909. Of the five Denton children, Carrie D. Denton is most represented in this collection. Her manuscripts (1874-1959; 14 boxes) consist of correspondence, lecture notes, and teaching materials from her work as a geology teaching assistant at the Teachers' School of Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her correspondence dates from 1874 to 1959, and includes both general and family letters. Her most frequent correspondent was her brother Winsey, who wrote over one hundred twenty letters to Carrie from 1894 to 1959. A complete alphabetical list of Carrie Denton's correspondence can be found in Appendix C of the collection finding aid. Carrie's lecture notes cover a wide variety of geological topics, including fossils, lithology, mineralogy, physical and historical geology, and topography, as well as information on different types of rocks, minerals, and elements. Her teaching materials include examinations, field lessons, course outlines, and classroom materials such as seating charts and samples of student work. Bound volumes in this series include Carrie's diaries, which date from 1876 to 1952, account books, which date from 1890 to 1957, and geology course outlines. The Miscellaneous Denton Family Papers (1852-1961; 25 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 10 cased volumes) are organized into: 1) Denton Brothers Business Papers; 2) Sherman Denton Papers; 3) Shelley Denton Papers; 4) William "Willie" Denton & R. Winsford "Winsey" Papers; 5) Mildred Denton Papers; and 6) Denton Family Miscellaneous Papers. The Denton Brothers Business Papers consist of thirteen boxes arranged by loose papers and bound volumes. The collection of loose papers contains inventory lists, catalogs, and miscellaneous papers related to the business. Bound volumes consist of carbon correspondence books, which date from 1900 to 1919, inventory and account books, which date from 1899 to 1947, and undated guest books. This collection includes six cased volumes of Denton Brothers account books, dating from 1899 to 1942. Sherman Denton's Papers consist of three boxes arranged by loose papers and printed materials. His loose papers include general and family correspondence, legal and financial records, and illustrations. His writings include short stories, essays on psychometry, and original poetry. Sherman Denton's printed materials include volumes of his works Incidents of a Collector's Rambles in Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea, and The Story of a Pearl. Shelley Denton's Papers consist of two boxes arranged by loose papers and printed materials. His loose papers include general and family correspondence, original poetry, illustrations, and flyers. The correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Shelley's daughter, Vanessa Denton, are also included in this section. Shelley Denton's printed materials include three volumes of his work Pages from a Naturalist's Diary. Willie Denton and Winsey Denton's Papers have been combined in one box of miscellaneous papers. Willie's papers include general and family correspondence, lecture notes, flyers for his lectures, and illustrations. Winsey's papers include general and family correspondence, as well as legal and financial records. Mildred Denton's papers consist of three boxes arranged by loose papers and bound volumes. Her loose papers include correspondence dating from 1915 to 1968, as well as legal records, writings, and illustrations. Mildred's bound volumes include diaries, dating from 1920 to 1961. Complete correspondence lists for all four Denton brothers can be found in Appendix D of the collection finding aid. The Denton Family Miscellaneous Papers contain one box of miscellaneous papers, which include a collection of business cards, maps, programs, and miscellaneous writings. Wellesley Historical Society papers relating to the Denton Family Papers are also included in this series. This series also includes a collection of bound volumes, which consist of one box and four cased volumes of the account books of Elizabeth Denton's father, Sherman Foote. These account books dates from 1852 to 1862. The Denton Family Photograph Collection consists of eleven boxes and one oversize box of undated photographs arranged by subject. These subjects include William and Elizabeth Denton, Carrie Denton, Denton Brothers: Winsey and Shelley, Denton Brothers: Sherman and Willie, Denton Family Friends, and Framed Photographs. Within each of the first four sections, photographs are divided by portrait and then groups of people represented. Denton Family Friends are arranged alphabetically by last name. Printed Materials consist of four boxes that include academic journals collected by Denton family members. Over forty journals are represented, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, Boston Society of National History, and the Smithsonian Institution.
ArchiveWellesley Historical Society
Location in archiveDenton Family Papers
Library catalogueOpen WorldCat