Lyons Family Papers
1859-1895
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 133

Abstract

The Lyons family correspondence consists mostly ofletters addressed to Mary Lyons or her brother Frederick D. Lyons regarding their friends and family in Greenfield and Colrain, Massachusetts, and in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. Among the topics they discuss are sickness, death, accidents, allegations of spousal abuse, recipes, scandals in Greenfield, clothing, quilting, bickering between Methodists and Universalists, and Aunt Mary's investments.

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English
Lyons Family Papers
1859-1895
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 133

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lyons family correspondence consists mostly ofletters addressed to Mary Lyons or her brother Frederick D. Lyons regarding their friends and family in Greenfield and Colrain, Massachusetts, and in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. Among the topics they discuss are sickness, death, accidents, allegations of spousal abuse (see Elkhart, 1883), recipes, scandals in Greenfield, clothing, quilting, bickering between Methodists and Universalists, and Aunt Mary's investments.

Mary's cousin J.L. Lyons of Greenfield, a frequent correspondent, was an undertaker and owned a furniture store formerly known as Miles and Lyons.

Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Scott Peterson of Kenilworth, Illinois in 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, October 1986.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Lyons Family Papers (MS 133). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects
  • Abused wives--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Clothing and dress--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Colrain (Mass.)--Biography.
  • Colrain (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • Cookery--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Biography.
  • Greenfield (Mass.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • Methodist Church--Relations--Universalist Churches.
  • Methodist Church--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Quabbin Reservoir Region (Mass.)--History.
  • Quilting--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Scandals--Massachusetts--Greenfield--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Universalist churches--Relations--Methodist Church.
  • Universalist churches--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Wife abuse--United States--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Women--Massachusetts--Colrain--Correspondence.
Names
  • Lyons family--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, Frederick D.
  • Lyons, Frederick D.--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, J. L.
  • Lyons, J. L.--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, Mary.
  • Lyons, Mary--Correspondence.
  • Lyons, Mary--Finance, Personal.
Genre terms
  • Personal correspondence.