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Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Loring family
Title:Loring Family Papers
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection consists of assorted papers, address books, and photographs belonging to David Webster Loring (1836-1904) and his descendants.
Collection Number:MSS 382

Series List

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of assorted papers, address books, and photographs belonging to David Webster Loring (1836-1904) and his descendants. David Loring and his wife were originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but relocated to San Francisco, California, in 1876. Of particular interest are the large number of family photos, most of which are identified.

Folder 1 contains twelve items, including souvenirs from the Bunker Hill Centennial Anniversary (1875), the marriage license of Harriet T. Loring and Charles P. Low (1888), a last will of Susan Loring (1905), a plan for remodeling the Loring "country house" (1916), a letter to Ruth Loring Richardson from Gaetano Merola, director of the San Francisco Opera (1947), and correspondence to Conrad Loring (1962-1966). There is also a list of items in the "Loring History Box", only four of which are present in this collection.

In Folder 2 is a genealogy of the Loring family. David Webster Loring was a seventh generation descendant of Thomas Loring, who came from England in 1634 and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. The information in this folder agrees closely with the published genealogy cited above.

In Folder 3 is a bound journal and address book most likely belonging to Conrad Loring. It contains entries dated from 1899 through at least 1952. Also present is small blue book of telephone numbers and addresses of Conrad Loring's family and friends, probably dating from the 1950s or 1960s.

Folder 4 contains 24 Loring family photographs, most of which are identified. The oldest photographs are of Lebbens and Mary Leach, Susan (Leach) Loring's parents. Others portray David Loring, his wife Susan, and their children. Folder 5 contains eight photographs of unidentified family members, servants, and friends, also a photograph inscribed to Ruth Loring by Gaetano Merola (1928), and a photograph of ships. In Folder 6 is a single glass negative of Ruth Loring Richardson.

Biographical Sketch

David Webster Loring was born in Boston in 1836, the son of Caleb Gould and Harriet (Tuttle) Loring. He married Susan Sophia Leach in 1856 and they had five children, Harriet Tuttle, Prescott, Francis Hugo, Ruth Wilkinson, and Conrad. David Loring was a dealer in hardware and saddlery in Boston. In 1876 he relocated to San Francisco, California, where he was employed by the Horace Davis Flour Mills and later by the Bank of California. His avocation was music. He organized musical organizations in Boston, and in San Francisco he founded the Loring Club, a male chorus still in existence. He died in 1904.

Three of David and Susan Loring's children are represented in this collection. Harriet Tuttle Loring was born in 1857. She married Charles Palmer Low in 1888 and resided in California until her death in 1931. Ruth Wilkinson Loring was born in 1867. Late in life she married Leon Josiah Richardson, father of Florence Walton (Richardson) Wyckoff and Jane (Richardson) Hanks. She died in 1952 in San Francisco. Conrad Loring was born in 1875. He was employed by Standard Oil of California. He never married and died in 1968 in Santa Cruz, California.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Leach family
Loring family
Loring, David Webster, 1836-1904
California--San Francisco
San Francisco Opera Company


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Loring Family Papers, MSS 382, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was donated to the museum on March 8, 2001 (acc #2002.013). A part of this collection pertains to the Nichols family and will be catalogued separately.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, May 2008.

Related Material

F. Phelps Leach, Lawrence Leach of Salem, Massachusetts, and Some of his Descendants. St. Albans, Vermont: The Messenger Press, 1926.

Charles Henry Pope, Loring Genealogy. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Murray and Emery Company, 1917.

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