Todd family papers

Abstract

The Todd family papers (dated 1842-1884; 0.35 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of correspondence among members of the Todd family of Chestnut Grove in Shelby County, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Todd family papers
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Women -- Kentucky -- Social life and customs.
Poetry.
Education -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
The correspondence is arranged chronologically. However the majority of the letters are undated and follow the dated letters. The envelopes and journal follow the correspondence.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
62m40: [Identification of item], Todd family papers, 1842-1884, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Two of the daughters of the Todd family, Mary Jane (b.1832) and Elizabeth (b.1834) attended Science Hill Academy in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
The Todd family papers (dated 1842-1884; 0.35 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of correspondence among members of the Todd family of Chestnut Grove in Shelby County, Kentucky. These letters provide examples of the intimate attachments formed among young women in the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as concern for schoolwork, family clothes and most prominent of all, prospects for marriage. Several letters from James Todd (b. 1835), attending school in Danville, Kentucky, offers a male perspective on adolescence in the nineteenth century. Also present are drafts of school essays and poems written by Mary Jane and Elizabeth Todd and their friends at Science Hill.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1842-1854

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1850-1857

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence from Science Hill, 1844-1849

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Journal and envelopes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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