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Mrs. Elizabeth Bollingham Collection
Mss 83 1697-1795 (Oversized Vertical File)
An indenture documenting the lease of land in Boston in 1697.

Frederick Lyman Brown Collection
Mss 8995 1869-1919 B877
Contains household accounts as well as receipts of Elizabeth H. Brown for improvements to her property in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Duren Family Collection
Mss 641 1814-1896 D955
The Duren family papers include an account book that records payments for domestic help between 1841 and 1856, as well as deeds for lands owned by women in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Eaton-Chase Family Collection
Mss 1 1771-1904 E14
The account book of James Davis credits Mary P. Chase with renting land and selling grass, apples, hay, and wood.

Hall Family Collection
Mss 899 1765-1840 H175
Deeds, receipts, accounts, and legal papers of the Hall family of Medford, Massachusetts, from 1765 to 1840.

Theodore A. Havemeyer Estate Collection
Mss 899 1879-1904 H387
The estate papers of a New York businessman contain correspondence and financial records concerning the division of his estate among his wife, Emilie deLoosey Havemeyer, and their five daughters and four sons.

Hobbs' Lands Collection
Mss 768 1824-1914 H684
Documents a widow's management of her late husband's property.

Alfred Patterson Collection
Mss 768 1895-1929
The appointment books, ledgers, and cash books of a real estate broker and insurance agent in Arlington, Massachusetts, record real estate purchases, rent payments, tax and utility payments, and payments for insurance policies by numerous women from 1895 to 1920.

Henry W. Peabody and Company Collection
Mss 766 1867-1957
Letters concerning controversy over the estate of Nannie Brayton Borden Peabody of Boston, Massachusetts (1852-1903).

Mary Smith Collection
Mss 83 1699 (Oversized Vertical File)
Transfer of land in Watertown, Massachusetts, from Mary Smith to her son Daniel in 1699.

Richard Smith Collection
Mss 301 1761-1795 S657
Includes deeds recording the sale of land by Hannah Stevens in 1769 and Sharon Pease in 1791.

Israel E. Trask Collection
Mss 899 1807-1861 T775
Includes lists of slaves living on the Trask plantation, as well as accounts, bills, and receipts belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Trask.

United States Instantaneous Photographic Company Collection
Vertical file: Mss 1404
Papers relating to Ella Floyd as a major stockholder in the United States Instantaneous Photographic Company.

University Associates Trust Collection
Mss 891 1900-1960
The records of a Boston area real estate investment trust include many women investors and beneficiaries of trusts.



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Letter from Marie H. Tiffany to Charles Havemeyer, "Sunday," n.d., probably 1897.

Black-bordered letters in the "Family Letters" folder in the Theodore A. Havemeyer Estate Collection tell a family saga of entitlement, promise, and regret. Havemeyer died intestate in 1897, leaving a complex, multi-million dollar estate to be divided among his widow, Emilie deLoosey Havemeyer and nine children, including five daughters, Blanche H. Duncan, Emily C. Potter, Marie H. Tiffany, Nathalie Mayer, and Theodora H. Winslow. The legal administratrix of his estate was Havemeyer’s widow, Emilie Havemeyer, although most financial transactions appear to have been handled by her two oldest sons, Charles and Theodore, Jr.

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Letter from Emily C. Potter to Theodore Havemeyer, Jr., n.d., probably 1897.

Lack of documentation evidently left the sisters in an uncomfortably dependent position. Marie pleaded with her brother Charles (Carley) about her father’s promise to furnish her summer home: "Poor Papa said to order what I required, and told me to send him bill; but of course now I will have to pay everything myself....The place looks lovely, and how I wish dear Papa was here. It seems so hard to realize, and I feel he is coming home all the time. How I wish he were." Emily wrote to her brother Theodore (Dodie), after an unsuccessful attempt to get clarity from what was probably an accountant: "I know I can rely upon your justice in the future to do what is right and fair in the matter."

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