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Symonds/Collins Family Papers
0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains personal correspondence from two generations of the Symonds family of Lynn, Massachusetts, and correspondence from members of the Warren and Collins families, also from Lynn.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains personal correspondence from two generations of the Symonds family of Lynn, Massachusetts, and correspondence from members of the Warren and Collins families, also from Lynn. Included are two letter books and reproductions of photographs of many Symonds and Collins family members.
Folder 1 contains correspondence to Walter E. Symonds and correspondence to his two wives, Anna (Annie) or Mary Symonds. Included is one letter from Cynthia Warren, Anna and Mary's mother, and also poetry by Fannie Hitchings. Folder 2 contains two letter books of Walter E. Symonds from 1862-1863. They include drafts of letters, many to two Union soldiers, Amos or Charles, and discuss news of the War as well as family affairs.
Folder 3 contains correspondence to Anna Louise Symonds from family members, in particular from her father. Included is one note from Anna Louise to her grandmother. Folders 4 to 7 contain correspondence from Anna Louise to Charles Collins and document their courtship from 1890 to 1898. Folders 8 to 10 contain Charles' letters to Anna Louise from 1898 to 1906. Much of the family correspondence is written during summer holidays at the Crawford House in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Folder 11 contains three additional letters, including one from Warren Symonds to his brother-in-law Charles Collins (1899), one from Charles' daughter Anna to her father (1914), and one to Anna Louise soliciting her recollections of Boston University in the 1890s (1943).
Folder 12 contains ephemera and news clippings, including a report of Charles and Anna Louise's wedding. Folder 13 contains genealogical information and reproductions of photographs of many Symonds and Collins family members, including one of Charles and Anna Louise's 50th wedding anniversary on October 5, 1949.
Walter Everett Symonds was born on August 13, 1844, the son of Stillman Lothrop and Olive Gould (Lovell) Symonds, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a shoe manufacturer in Lynn, Massachusetts, who in later years devoted himself to financial affairs and public service in Lynn. In 1870 he married Anna Maria Warren; they had two children: Anna Louise and Warren Lovell. Following the death of his first wife he married her sister Mary Alice Warren in 1903. Walter Symonds died in Lynn on April 4, 1906.
Charles Alexander Collins was born on October 10, 1872, the son of Alexander Mitchell and Helen Augusta (Baker) Collins, in Lynn, Massachusetts. Charles Collins was in the securities business and was employed by Charles S. Purinton & Co. in Boston from 1885 to 1906 and was a senior partner of Collins, Spaulding & Co. after 1907. In 1899 he married Anna Louise Symonds (1871-1967); they had two children: Anna and Helen. Charles Collins died on September 27, 1958 in Lynn.
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.
Collins, Anna, 1906-1994
Collins, Charles Alexander, 1872-1958
Hitchings, Fannie, 1855-1946
Symonds, Anna Louisa, 1871-1967
Symonds, Anna, 1843-1901
Symonds, Stillman F., 1838-1904
Symonds, Walter Everett, 1844-1906
Symonds, Warren Lovell, 1875-1961
Warren, Anna Maria, 1843-1901
Warren, Cynthia P., 1821-1879
New Hampshire--White Mountains
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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.