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Abbe, Edward H.

Edward H. Abbe Papers, 1828-2004.

22 boxes (28.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 736
Ed Abbe in Bora Bora, 1987
Ed Abbe in Bora Bora, 1987

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1915 and raised largely in Hampton, Va., Edward Abbe seemed destined to be an engineer. The great nephew of Elihu Thomson, an inventor and founding partner in General Electric, and grandson of Edward Folger Peck, an early employee of a precursor of that firm, Abbe came from a family with a deep involvement in electrification and the development of street railways. After prepping at the Rectory and Kent Schools, Abbe studied engineering at the Sheffield School at Yale, and after graduation in 1938, accepted a position with GE. For 36 years, he worked in the Industrial Control Division in New York and Virginia, spending summers at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard. After retirement in 1975, he and his wife Gladys traveled frequently, cruising both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Ranging from an extensive correspondence from his high school and college days to materials relating to his family’s involvement in engineering, the Abbe collection offers an in depth perspective on an educated family. An avid traveler and inveterate keeper, Ed Abbe gathered a diverse assemblage of letters, diaries, and memorabilia relating to the history of the Abbe, Peck, Booth, Gifford, and Boardman families. The collection is particularly rich in visual materials, including albums and photographs, depicting homes, travel, and family life over nearly a century.

Background on Edward H. Abbe

Edward H. Abbe was born in March of 1915 in Syracuse, New York. His father, Harry Allen Abbe, worked as an engineer until his premature death in 1919 at age 35. Elsie Mayhew Peck Abbe, Edward’s mother, was the daughter of the businessman Edward Folger Peck and his wife Mary Booth Peck. Edward Folger Peck, Edward’s grandfather, introduced the two men who would found General Electric. As an adult, his grandson Edward Abbe would make his 36-year career with this same company. One of its founders, family friend Elihu Thomson, would marry into the Peck family and be remembered by Ed Abbe as Uncle Elihu. In addition to his pivotal role in the founding of General Electric, Edward Folger Peck conducted numerous business ventures primarily in transportation industries. Perhaps it was this influence from his grandfather that drove Ed Abbe’s lifelong fascination with trains. William, or Bill, Abbe was born to Harry Allen and Elsie Peck Abbe in 1916, only one year after Edward’s birth. Bill would go on to become a successful artist and educator remembered primarily for becoming the first teacher of Fine Arts at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire until his death in 1983.

When Edward was young, he moved with his mother and brother from New York to Virginia, but always spent most of his summers at the family cottage on Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. These vacations allowed Ed to compile a large collection of books, newspapers, photographs, and other material related to Martha’s Vineyard over the years. His lifelong interest in trains grew during these years, and Edward began collecting parts for his model train set. This train set would become one of Ed’s most prized possessions and was quite valuable. Edward attended the Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut and Kent School in Kent, Connecticut before being admitted to Yale University where he received his bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1938. It had always been expected that Ed would attend Yale, since his father had graduated from Yale in 1905 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Immediately after his graduation, Edward sailed to England on board the Queen Mary with his best friend Ralph for a road trip around the British Isles using a small vehicle with essentially a lawnmower sized motor. It was on this trip where Ed first met his future wife, Gladys Howard, on board the Queen Mary to be trained in directing a boys’ choir and to visit her English/Scottish relatives. Despite their initial fondness for one another, Edward and Gladys communicated very little before 1945 largely because Edward worked long weeks for General Electric as part of the war effort during World War II. Bill Abbe also contributed to the war effort, putting his skills to good use as an artist for the United States military. As the war wound down, Edward married Gladys Howard in New York in 1945 where Gladys worked as a music teacher. Together they had one daughter, Carolyn, and later adopted a son, David. Gladys, a pianist of such talent that she could simply fake chords for pieces she forgot to practice as a child, would continue to teach and perform music for the remainder of her life. When their children were still very young, Edward and Gladys moved from New York to Virginia after a relocation of Edward’s General Electric department.

Edward worked in Roanoke, Virginia for the vast majority of his career with General Electric and lived there after his retirement until 1991. From 1991 to 2001, Edward and Gladys lived permanently on Martha’s Vineyard, where they had continued to vacation. Edward and Gladys entertained many local residents with their musical talents during their time on Martha’s Vineyard. They are perhaps most well-known for entertaining at church and community functions as the Gracious Jazz Band, a musical group whose members, according to Ed, had to be over 80 years old and never practice. Ed and Gladys decided to move to Easthampton, Massachusetts in 2001 in order to live closer to Carolyn Abbe, their daughter. In 2004, after a gradual decline in health, Gladys Abbe passed away at age 89. Edward has remained busy investigating his family history and spending time with his children and grandchildren. With the help of family history researcher and writer Lisa Lipshires, Ed authored three self-published books: Ready About Hand Alee: Sailing Through Life, Love, and Family; Riding the Wave of Electrification: The Life of Edward Folger Peck; and Making a Joyful Noise: The Life of Gladys Howard Abbe.

Contents of Collection

At the heart of the collection lies the history of the Abbe and Peck families, both quintessential American families of hard-working innovators and inventors. Edward H. Abbe’s papers range from materials relating to his lifelong interests, especially his extensive collection of information about trains and the history of Martha’s Vineyard, and his 35-year career with General Electric, including his patent received for the automated handling system that he helped design, to materials from Kent School and Yale University where he attended school. The broader history of the Abbe family is captured, too, in items that relate to Bill Abbe’s art career, such as his World War II map of France that he drew for the military, and documents related to Gladys Abbe’s social work and musical skills. Gladys was instrumental in educating local school children in music. She also worked for charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots and even established the nonprofit assistance organization Help, Inc.

The Peck family, from which Edward is descended through his mother, is featured in papers and photographs documenting the activities of various family members during the 1800s and 1900s. Among these items are materials related to Edward Folger Peck’s business and personal life as well as information about his friend, brother-in-law, and one of the founders of the General Electric Company, Elihu Thomson. Finally, a large number of photograph albums created by Edward Abbe or other family members add a visual aspect to the historical record of both families.

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Series Descriptions
1907-2009

Contains papers and items directly related to Edward H. Abbe’s personal and professional life from his childhood to his retirement and beyond. The majority of material from Edward’s younger years is from his schooling at the Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut, Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, and Yale University. In addition to his letters home, Edward corresponded with Father Sill of Kent School and kept a great deal of information about his various Yale University class reunions. This series also contains material related to Edward’s 36-year career with General Electric. Edward gave many reports and talks for the company and also received one patent for an automated Article Handling System. Throughout his life, Edward collected material related to his interests in cars, boats, and especially trains such as photos, articles, and brochures. Especially noteworthy are documents and photos about Edward’s personal train set and the model train catalogs he collected as a child, like the original copies of Lionel train catalogs. Edward also collected numerous booklets, articles, and other materials about the history of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts where he vacationed with his family as a child and lived for 10 years as an adult. Other items come from Edward’s many travels, particularly the various cruises that he took with his wife Gladys after his retirement.

1724, 1883-2004

The material in this series comes from or contains information about the Abbe family beyond Edward. Especially prominent are Edward’s brother, Bill, and his wife, Gladys. Documents about Bill Abbe’s various art exhibits and photos of his work are included, as well as a unique map of France that Bill drew when he was an artist with the military during World War II. The material about Gladys Howard Abbe reflects her many accomplishments. She was well educated in music and education, but also devoted much time and energy to volunteer social work such as Toys for Tots and establishing the nonprofit charitable organization, Help, Inc. For these efforts the Roanoke Merchants Association awarded Gladys with the Mother of the Year in Arts and Sciences in 1966. This series also shows the many activities that Gladys and Edward Abbe participated in as a couple. After meeting on board the Queen Mary in 1938, Edward and Gladys began exchanging love letters in 1945. They enjoyed working at their church and within the wider communities of Roanoke, Virginia and later Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In their 80s, Edward and Gladys even played free concerts to help raise money for their church or just to provide entertainment as the “Gracious Jazz Band,” an effort recognized in several newspaper articles. The remainder of this series includes genealogical information about the Abbe family and material about Edward’s children (Carolyn and David), father (Harry Allen Abbe) who died at only 35 years of age, and mother (Elsie Peck Abbe) after her marriage to Harry Abbe.

1879-2008

This series details the lives of members of the Peck family, relations of Edward Abbe on his mother’s side. Information about the genealogy and activities of Peck family members is included, with a significant amount about the famed businessman Edward Folger Peck. Edward Peck led a very active professional life and was involved in groups such as the National Electric Light Association and Citizen’s Electric Illuminating Company. His business connections included C. Loomis Allen until Allen became surrounded by scandal in 1918 and Elihu Thomson, a co-founder of the General Electric Company who married into the Peck family. On a personal level, correspondence between Edward Peck and his various family members, like the love letters he exchanged with Mary Booth who later became his wife, is included in the series. Diaries and account books describe the everyday lives and finances of various Peck family members, such as the Civil-War era diary of Charles Peck and the diaries kept by Mary Booth Peck from the 1920s to the mid-1940s. Some geographically-focused information details the activities of the Peck family in places like Hampton, Virginia, New Britain, Connecticut, Brooklyn, New York, and Schenectady, New York. This series also contains information about the wider genealogy of the Peck family, such as information about the Hart, Booth, Boardman, and Gifford families related to the Peck line. Some photos throughout the series show Peck family members from the 1800s-1900s in family, social, and professional settings.

ca. 1890-1995

The final series is made up exclusively of photograph albums. These albums range from the late 1800s to the 1990s and include family photos, photos of trips, and photos of various locations like Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Roanoke, Virginia. Most of the albums belonged to Ed and Gladys Abbe, but some earlier albums were created by Ed’s mother Elsie Peck Abbe, by his aunt Katherine Peck Gifford and by his father, Harry Allen Abbe.

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Inventory of Collection
1907-2009
Automobile Information 1924-2001 Box 1: 1
Birthday 1934-1936 Box 1: 2
Boyhood Memorabilia ca.1923-1996 Box 1: 3
Boyhood Sketchbook ca.1927 Box 1: 4
Boyhood Sketches ca.1920s-1930s Box 1: 5
Certificates and Membership Cards ca.1922-1985 Box 1: 6
Childhood Memorabilia: Hampton, Virginia 1922-1993 Box 1: 7
Childhood Obituaries 1952-2003 Box 1: 8
Childhood Photos ca.1920s Box 1: 9
Correspondence to Edward Abbe ca.1944, undated Box 1: 10
Finances 1937-2005 Box 1: 11
Finances, Record Book 1930s-1950s Box 1: 12
Food ca.1970s-2006 Box 1: 13
Freddie Bartholomew Memorabilia and Correspondence 1935-1936 Box 1: 14
General Electric: Article About 1940 Box 1: 15
General Electric: Automation Proposal and Studies 1957-1958 Box 2: 1
General Electric: Awards 1964-1974 Box 2: 2
General Electric: Certificate, Professional Business Management Course 1959 Box 33:
General Electric: Early Correspondence 1937-1940 Box 2: 3
General Electric: First Job 1937-1954 Box 2: 4
General Electric: History Booklets 1917-1953 Box 2: 5
General Electric: History Booklets 1978-1983 Box 2: 6
General Electric: Later Work 1939-1999 Box 2: 7
General Electric: Measuring Tools and Stencils undated Box 2: 8
General Electric: Notebook undated Box 2: 9
General Electric: Patent 1962-1965 Box 2: 10
General Electric: Photographs 1944-1975 Box 2: 11
General Electric: Proposals and Reports 1959-1965 Box 3: 1
General Electric: Published Papers 1947-1959 Box 3: 2
General Electric: Research for a Proposed Patent, Reversing Plugging Control with Dynamic Braking 1945-1956 Box 3: 3
General Electric: Retirement 1974-2007 Box 3: 4
General Electric: Retirement Book 1975 Box 34:
General Electric: Talks and Presentations: programs, speeches, papers, correspondence 1945-1970 Box 3: 5
General Electric: Unpublished Papers 1954 Box 3: 6
Humor Pieces undated Box 3: 7
Information on Friends: Obituaries and Weddings 1943-2008 Box 3: 8
Interests: Auctions of Toys and Trains 1969-1990 Box 3: 9
Interests: Auctions of Toys and Trains, Mail 1990 Box 3: 10
Interests: Automobile Trivia: books, newspaper, article, pictures ca.1937-1980s Box 3: 11
Interests: Boats, Pictures and Photos 1981-2004 Box 4: 1
Interests: Boats, Trivia 1971-1996 Box 4: 2
Interests: Bridges 1975 Box 4: 3
Interests: Canadian Trains 1977 Box 4: 4
Interests: Collector’s Catalogs and Magazines- Trains, Cars, Boats 1933- 1989 Box 4: 5
Interests: European Trains ca.1970s Box 4: 6
Interests: Ives Catalogs- Reproductions and Originals ca.1930s-1970s Box 4: 7
Interests: Lathrop Train Exhibit 2004 Box 4: 8
Interests: Lionel Train Catalogs 1939-1982 Box 4: 9
Interests: Lionel Train Catalogs: Record 1947 Box :
Interests: Märklin Model Railroad ca.1982-1986 Box 4: 10
Interests: Model Railroads 1939-1975 Box 4: 11
Interests: Model Railroads, Stationery undated Box 4: 12
Interests: Oswego, NY Railroad History, 1848-1995 ca.1975-1995 Box 4: 13
Interests: Railroad Stations 1969-1999 Box 4: 14
Interests: Railroad Trivia, Newspapers 1939-2005 Box 4: 15
Interests: Railroad Trivia, Magazines and Articles ca.1930s-1980s Box 5: 1
Interests: Railroad Trivia, Other ca.1930s-1980s Box 5: 2
Interests: Train Fan Trips 1968-1977 Box 5: 3
Interests: Train Fan Trips, Independence Limited III 1975 Box 5: 4
Interests: Train Pictures ca.1970s-1990s Box 5: 5
Interests: Trains of Northeast Corridor 1939-2007 Box 5: 6
Interests: Trains, Excursion Advertisement and Menu undated Box 26: 5
Interests: Trains, Menu undated Box 26: 5
Interests: Trains, Record of Train Sounds 1947 Box 5: 7
Interests: Trains, Trains Album of Photographs Nos. 6 and 17 1944, undated Box 29: 2
Interests: Trolley Cars ca.1960s-1980s Box 5: 8
Interview in Newspaper 2005 Box 5: 9
Kent School, Athletics: Photo ca.1931 Box 29: 3
Kent School, Diploma 1934 Box 26: 1
Kent School: Father Sill and Dr. Parker Dooley 1936-1966 Box 5: 10
Kent School: Information undated Box 5: 11
Kent School: Memorabilia 1930-1934 Box 5: 12
Kent School: Memorabilia 1929-1971 Box 6: 1
Kent School: Reunions 1990-1999 Box 6: 2
Kent School: Reunions, Fiftieth 1983-1984 Box 6: 3
Letters: Family Members 1921-1931 Box 6: 4
Letters: Father Sill of Kent School 1935-1941 Box 6: 5
Letters: Grandparents 1925-1936 Box 6: 6
Letters: Mother 1925-1934 Box 6: 7
Letters: Mother (from Yale) 1934-1935 Box 6: 8
Letters: Mother (from Yale) 1936 Box 6: 9
Letters: Mother (from Yale) 1937-1938 Box 6: 10
Letters: Mother 1939 Box 6: 11
Letters: Mother VI, to and from ca.1943 Box 6: 12
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Booklets and Magazines 1904-1940s Box 7: 1
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Journals 2002-2008 Box 7: 2
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Newspapers 1939-1942 Box 7: 3
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Newspapers 1986-1999 Box 7: 4
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Newspapers 1999-2001 Box 7: 5
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Other Memorabilia ca.1930s-2000 Box 7: 6
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Photographs undated Box 7: 7
Martha’s Vineyard: 300 Year History, Photographs, Large undated Box :
Martha’s Vineyard: Abbe and Peck Families undated Box 7: 8
Martha’s Vineyard: Calendar and Photograph 1999 Box 26: 7
Martha’s Vineyard: Hart Haven and Hart Family, Current Events of the World 1919-1996 Box 7: 9
Martha’s Vineyard: Hart Haven and Hart Family, Information ca.1930s-2007 Box 7: 10
Martha’s Vineyard: Hart Haven and Hart Family, Photos ca.1900s-2001 Box 7: 11
Martha’s Vineyard: Hurricanes 1944-2005 Box 7: 12
Martha’s Vineyard: Jaws 1974 Box 7: 13
Martha’s Vineyard: Legendary Figures ca.1970-2008 Box 8: 1
Martha’s Vineyard: Natural History 1966-2004 Box 8: 2
Martha’s Vineyard: Natural History, Photo 2002 Box 8: 3
Martha’s Vineyard: Postcards 1907, undated Box 8: 4
Martha’s Vineyard: Steamer Ships, Newspapers 1974-2007 Box 8: 5
Martha’s Vineyard: Steamer Ships, Other ca.1980s-2000s Box 8: 6
Music: Cassette List and Equipment Information 1937-1991 Box 8: 7
Music: Organ Information 1942-2009 Box 8: 8
Music: Record Catalogs from England Trip 1938 Box 8: 9
Patches ca.1930s-1940s Box 33:
Pins ca.1930s-1950s Box 36:
Performances Attended 1935-1941 Box 8: 10
Performances Attended 1942-1944 Box 8: 11
Performances Attended 1945-1948 Box 8: 12
Performances Attended 1949-1954 Box 8: 13
Performances Attended undated Box 9: 1
Photographs 1937-2007 Box 9: 2
Photograph Collage, Clambake undated Box 29: 1
Postcards from Family Florida Trip 1931 Box 9: 3
Program, Ziegfeld Theatre ca.1928 Box 9: 4
Rectory School Memorabilia 1928-1929 Box 9: 5
Ribbon 1961 Box 9: 6
Sailing 1967-1998 Box 9: 7
Stamp Collection Summary 1991 Box 9: 8
Stamps, HD&W undated Box 30:
Travel: Abbe Memorabilia 1939-2009 Box 9: 9
Travel: Aegean Odyssey 1993 Box 9: 10
Travel: American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL) Cruises 1998-2008 Box 9: 11
Travel: Australia Cruise, Photo 1987 Box 9: 12
Travel: Bareboat Cruising 1972-2009 Box 9: 13
Travel: Belize Cruise 1996 Box 9: 14
Travel: Bermuda Cruise 2008 Box 9: 15
Travel: Boyhood Trips ca.1920s-1940s Box 9: 16
Travel: Boyhood Trips, Photos 1920s Box 9: 17
Travel: Caicos-Nassau Cruise 1997 Box 9: 18
Travel: Delta Queen Cruise undated Box 9: 19
Travel: England, Photojournal 1938-1939 Box 10: 1
Travel: England, Planning 1938 Box 10: 2
Travel: European Grand Tour 1970 Box 10: 3
Travel: Greek & Turkish Islands 1998 Box 10: 4
Travel: Hampton and Roanoke, Virginia 2004 Box 10: 5
Travel: Jazz Cruise 2002 Box 10: 6
Travel: Labrador-Newfoundland 1999 Box 10: 7
Travel: Maps for Trips and Cruises ca.1990s-2005 Box 10: 8
Travel: Maps for Trips and Cruises, AAA 1961-1998 Box 10: 9
Travel: Maps for Trips and Cruises, World Map 1922 Box 10: 10
Travel: New England Islands 1994 Box 10: 11
Travel: Orinoco River Cruise 1993 Box 10: 12
Travel: Panama Canal 1993 Box 10: 13
Travel: Panama Cruise 1995 Box 10: 14
Travel: Trinidad-Panama Cruise 1999 Box 11: 1
Travel: Virgin Islands 1998 Box 11: 2
Travel: Virgin Islands Cruise 1990 Box 11: 3
Toy Catalogs and Instruction Books 1924-1932 Box 11: 4
Volunteering, Boy Scouts ca.1942-1947 Box 11: 5
Volunteering, Boy Scouts: Certificate ca.1940s Box 26: 6
Writings ca.1977-1989 Box 11: 6
Yale, Degree: Bachelor of Engineering 1938 Box 29: 7
Yale, Exhibitions 1937-1938 Box 11: 7
Yale, General Information 1938-1991 Box 11: 8
Yale, Graduation 1937-1938 Box 11: 9
Yale, Graduation Program 1938 Box 26: 2
Yale, Memorabilia 1934-1938 Box 11: 10
Yale, Records and Memorabilia 1932-1997 Box 11: 11
Yale, Reunion 1963-1983 Box 11: 12
Yale, Reunion 1988-1993 Box 11: 13
Yale, Reunion Photographs 1958, 1968 Box 26: 8
Yale, Reunions: 45th, 50th, 55th 1983-1993 Box 12: 1
Yale, Reunions: 60th 1993 Box 12: 2
1724, 1883-2004
Abbe, A. Parker 1908-1958 Box 12: 3
Abbe, A. Parker: Bible 1894 Box
12: 4
Abbe, A. Parker: Paddle 1907 Box
33:
Abbe, A. Parker: Photos 1908-1980 Box
12: 5
Abbe, Bill: Artwork and Exhibits, Newspapers, Photos, and Other Ephemera 1940s-1980s Box
12: 6
Abbe, Bill: Artwork and Exhibits, Papers 1940-2004 Box
12: 7
Abbe, Bill: Artwork and Exhibits, Photograph Album 1981 Box
12: 8
Abbe, Bill: Biographical Information 1938-1989 Box
12: 9
Abbe, Bill: Boat Memorabilia 1930s-1960s Box
12: 10
Abbe, Bill: Boat Memorabilia, Photograph undated Box
12: 11
Abbe, Bill: Buddy L. Toy Parts undated Box
12: 12
Abbe, Bill: Christmas Cards 1930s-1981 Box
12: 13
Abbe, Bill: Coins 1964-1965, undated Box
12: 14
Abbe, Bill: Collections and Donations 1990-2005 Box
12: 15
Abbe, Bill: Correspondence to 1938-1983 Box
12: 16
Abbe, Bill: Drawings and Designs 1920s-1992 Box
12: 17
Abbe, Bill: Drawings and Designs, World War II Map of France 1945 Box
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Abbe, Bill: Drawings and Designs, Yale Song Books 1970s Box
13: 1
Abbe, Bill: Financial and Legal Papers 1941-1983 Box
13: 2
Abbe, Bill: Fun 1972, undated Box
13: 3
Abbe, Bill: Items from Relatives 1980s Box
13: 4
Abbe, Bill: Letter from former Student as Banner 1963 Box
33:
Abbe, Bill: Letters to and from Edward Abbe from Rectory School 1928-1931 Box
13: 5
Abbe, Bill: Letters to Edward Abbe during World War II 1941-1945 Box
13: 6
Abbe, Bill: Letters to Family Members 1920s-1930s Box
13: 7
Abbe, Bill: Medal, St. Paul’s School undated Box
36:
Abbe, Bill: Obituaries, Notices 1983-2000 Box
13: 8
Abbe, Bill: Official Papers 1922-1949 Box
13: 9
Abbe, Bill: Photos 1920s-1980s Box
13: 10
Abbe, Bill: Photos, Large 1920s-1980s Box
13: 11
Abbe, Bill: Photo with Commentary undated Box
26: 3
Abbe, Bill: Posthumous Exhibit, Rectory School 1991-1992 Box
13: 12
Abbe, Bill: Posthumous Exhibits and Sales 1985-1989 Box
13: 13
Abbe, Bill: Posthumous Exhibits and Sales 1991-2000 Box
13: 14
Abbe, Bill: Protégés and Friends 1974-2005 Box
13: 15
Abbe, Bill: Retirement 1981 Box
13: 16
Abbe, Bill: Retrospective Exhibit, Old Sculpin 1997-1999 Box
13: 17
Abbe, Bill: Sketchbook 1920s-1930s Box
13: 18
Abbe, Carolyn 1946-2009 Box
14: 1
Abbe, Carolyn: Family Photographs 1940s-1970s Box
14: 2
Abbe, Carolyn: Trips to Afghanistan 1972 Box
14: 3
Abbe, Dakkan: Photos 1970s-1980s Box
14: 4
Abbe, Dakkan: Wedding 2003 Box
14: 5
Abbe, David and Cindy 1967-1986 Box
14: 6
Abbe, David and Cindy, Photographs 1950-1980s Box
14: 7
Abbe, Elsie Peck 1913-1956 Box
14: 8
Abbe, Elsie Peck: List of Wedding Gifts 1913 Box
14: 9
Abbe, Elsie Peck: Photographs 1891-1954 Box
14: 10
Abbe, Elsie Peck: Ration Cards 1943-1945 Box
14: 11
Abbe, Elsie Peck: Recipe Book 1920s Box
14: 12
Abbe, Elsie Peck: Wedding Journal 1913 Box
35:
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Awards and Commendations 1966-1990 Box
14: 13
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Biography undated Box
14: 14
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Certificates and Diplomas 1914-1944 Box
14: 15
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Family History 1934-2007 Box
14: 16
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Family Papers 1884-1978 Box
14: 17
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Family Photographs 1800s-1989 Box
15: 1
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Funeral Service and Obituaries 2004 Box
15: 2
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Memorabilia 1935-1998 Box
15: 3
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Musicals and Concerts 1940s-2003 Box
15: 4
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Newspaper Article 1990 Box
28: 9
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Photographs, Early 1914-1960s Box
15: 5
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Photographs, Late 1960s-2000s Box
15: 6
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Schooling Information 1938, undated Box
15: 7
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Scrapbook 1930 Box
35:
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Scrapbook Contents 1945 Box
15: 8
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Social Work 1956-1998 Box
15: 9
Abbe, Gladys Howard: Song Lists undated Box
15: 10
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Birth of Daughter 1946 Box
16: 1
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Correspondence 1938-1945 Box
16: 2
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Departure from Roanoke and Martha’s Vineyard 1990-2001 Box
16: 3
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Gracious Jazz Band 1994-2002 Box
16: 4
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Love Letters 1945 Mar-Apr Box
16: 5
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Love Letters 1945 May Box
16: 6
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Love Letters 1945 June-July Box
16: 7
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Memorabilia 1933-1996 Box
16: 8
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Musical Performances 1938-2001 Box
16: 9
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Photographs 1945-2000s Box
16: 10
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Photographs, Christ Church in Roanoke, Virginia 1991 Box
16: 11
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Possessions 1969 Box
16: 12
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Possessions, Videotape of William Abbe Trust House 1994 Box
36:
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Queen Mary 1938, 1997 Box
16: 13
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Queen Mary Photographs 1938 Box
16: 14
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Roanoke History 1970s-1980s Box
16: 15
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Social Work and Awards 1950-2001 Box
17: 1
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Sympathy Cards Edward Received after Gladys’s Death 2004 Box
17: 2
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Sympathy Cards 2004 Box
17: 3
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Sympathy Cards 2004 Box
17: 4
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Travels 1986-1996 Box
17: 5
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Travels, 45th Anniversary 1990 Box
17: 6
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Wedding 1945 Box
17: 7
Abbe, Gladys and Edward: Wedding Anniversary Book 1995 Box
36:
Abbe, Harry Allen: Degree and Diploma 1902, 1905 Box
29: 6
Abbe, Harry Allen: Flood of 1907 Information (copies) undated Box
18: 1
Abbe, Harry Allen: Photographs in Case ca. 1885-1910 Box
30:
Abbe, Harry Allen: Photograph, Yale Class 1905 Box
27: 3
Abbe, Harry Allen: Photos 1883, undated Box
18: 2
Abbe, Harry Allen: Yale Memorabilia and Obituaries 1905-1930 Box
18: 3
Abbe, Harry and Elsie Peck: Furniture undated Box
18: 4
Abbe, Harry and Elsie Peck: Wedding and Honeymoon 1913 Box
18: 5
Cottage: Construction 1929-2003 Box
18: 6
Cottage: Photograph Album 1981 Box
18: 7
Cottage: Photographs 1930s-1980s Box
18: 8
Drafting Set, Partial ca. 1885-1910 Box
33:
Drafting Sets ca. 1910 Box
32:
Estates: A. Parker Abbe 1959-1963 Box
18: 9
Estates: Abbe Family 1923 Box
18: 10
Estates: Deed for Virginia Home, Elsie Peck Abbe 1919 Box
18: 11
Estates: Elsie Peck Abbe 1916-1962 Box
18: 12
Estates: Nellie Abbe 1930-1940 Box
19: 1
Estates: Sale of Virginia Home to Elsie Peck Abbe 1918-1922 Box
19: 2
Estates: William P. Abbe 1983-1984 Box
19: 3
Genealogy 1800s-2003 Box
19: 4
Genealogy Photocopies undated Box
19: 5
Items of Historical Significance: Newsweek and Life magazines about the Assassination of John F. Kennedy 1963 Box
27: 1
Items of Historical Significance: New York Herald Tribune about New York World’s Fair 1939 Box
28: 10
Items of Historical Significance: Newspapers, New York Times 75th Anniversary 1926 Box
29: 4
Items of Historical Significance: Newspapers, World War II, Moon Landing, Challenger Explosion 1945, 1969, 1986 Box
27: 2
Knife 1905 Box
33:
Land Grants 1724, 1828 Box
26: 4
Letter, Nellie P. and A. H. Abbe undated Box
19: 6
Memorabilia undated Box
19: 7
Obituaries ca. 1915-1999 Box
19: 8
Photograph Album undated Box
19: 9
Photographs 1800s-1900s Box
19: 10
Photographs ca. 1875-1915 Box
19: 11
Photographs, Encased ca. 1875-1890 Box
30:
Photographs, Large ca. 1875-1915 Box
20: 1
Photographs, Large ca. 1875-ca. 1915 Box
20: 2
Photographs, Abbe Hardware Store in New Britain, Connecticut undated Box
27: 4
Photographs, Summer Ramblings Connecticut 1800s Box
20: 3
Photocopies of Abbe Family Information 1904-1972 Box
20: 4
1879-2008
Boardman-Peck Family 1895-1991 Box 20: 5
Booth Family 1882-1949 Box
20: 6
Booth Family, Photographs 1800s Box
20: 7
Booth Family, Photographs, Encased 1800s Box
30:
Case with Money Holder and Calling Card 1800s Box
31:
Davis, Emerson, Rev. Dr. 1855-1929 Box
20: 8
Estates: Peck Family 1938 Box
20: 9
Estates: Peck, Edward Folger 1930-1945 Box
20: 10
Estates: Peck, Mary Booth 1934-1945 Box
20: 11
Estates: Sale of Peck House in Schenectady, New York 1919 Box
20: 12
Genealogy: Mayhew-Peck 1900s Box
20: 13
Genealogy: Peck Family 1915, 1939 Box
21: 1
Genealogy: Peck Family, Chart 1981 Box
29: 5
Gifford Family ca. 1915-2004 Box
21: 2
Gifford Family, Photographs ca. 1915 Box
21: 3
Gifford Family, Photograph, Large undated Box
28: 2
Hart Family Genealogy Chart undated Box
28: 3
Hart Family Genealogy Chart, Large 1985 Box
:
Information: Peck Family 1884-2002 Box
21: 4
Information: Peck Family (copies) 1855-1921 Box
21: 5
Letters, Written by Mary Booth Peck (copies) 1932 Box
21: 6
Moore, John 1985 Box
21: 7
Obituaries, Funeral Booklets, and Death Certificates 1900-1944 Box
21: 8
Peck, Charles: Diary 1861-1862 Box
21: 9
Peck, Edward Folger: Accident undated Box
21: 10
Peck, Edward Folger: American Electrical Works 1887-1891 Box
21: 11
Peck, Edward Folger: Birthday, 50th 1911 Box
21: 12
Peck, Edward Folger: Business and Colleagues 1884-1956 Box
21: 13
Peck, Edward Folger: Business and Colleagues, C. Loomis Allen 1918 Box
21: 14
Peck, Edward Folger: Business and Colleagues (copies) 1885-1956 Box
21: 15
Peck, Edward Folger: Citizen’s Electric Illuminating Company 1890s Box
21: 16
Peck, Edward Folger: Clubs and Associations 1913-1941 Box
21: 17
Peck, Edward Folger: Clubs and Associations, National Electric Light Association ca. 1885 Box
21: 18
Peck, Edward Folger: Clubs and Associations, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine 1893 Box
28: 6
Peck, Edward Folger: Correspondence, Elsie Peck 1892-1906 Box
21: 19
Peck, Edward Folger: Correpsondence, Family Members 1879-1918 Box
21: 20
Peck, Edward Folger: Correspondence, Mary Augusta Booth before Marriage 1882, undated Box
22: 1
Peck, Edward Folger: Correspondence, Mother 1880-1904 Box
22: 2
Peck, Edward Folger: Correspondence, Oliver Peck 1906 Box
22: 3
Peck, Edward Folger: Electricity, Humor 1893, undated Box
22: 4
Peck, Edward Folger: Funeral 1930 Box
22: 5
Peck, Edward Folger: Life Insurance Information 1920, undated Box
22: 6
Peck, Edward Folger: Photographs 1861-1920 Box
22: 7
Peck, Edward Folger: Photographs, Clambake undated Box
28: 7
Peck, Edward Folger: Photographs, Large early 1900s Box
28: 8
Peck, Edward Folger: Photographs, National Electric Light Association 1891 Box
22: 8
Peck, Edward Folger: Photographs, National Electric Light Association, Large 1891 Box
28: 1
Peck, Edward Folger: Articles, Letters, and Photographs (copies) ca. 1885-1915 Box
22: 9
Peck, Edward Folger: Watch Information undated Box
22: 10
Peck, Edward Folger: World’s Fairs 1904, undated Box
22: 11
Peck, Edward Folger and Mary (Minnie): Daily Prayer Books 1877, undated Box
22: 12
Peck, Edward Folger and Mary Booth: Account Books 1915-1932 Box
22: 13
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Address Book 1902 Box
22: 14
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Childhood ca. 1890 Box
22: 15
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Diary 1911-1912 Box
22: 16
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Letters from Friends 1907 Box
22: 17
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Letters Home 1907 July-Sept Box
22: 18
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Letters Home 1907 Sept-Oct Box
22: 19
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Notebook with Sites Visited 1907 Box
23: 1
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Passenger Lists and Souvenirs 1907 Box
23: 2
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Postcards 1907 Box
23: 3
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Postcards 1907 Box
23: 4
Peck, Elsie Mayhew: Europe Trip, Postcards III 1907 Box
23: 5
Peck, Katherine D.: Childhood 1908 Box
23: 6
Peck, Katherine D.: Photographs early 1900s Box
23: 7
Peck, Mary Booth: Account Book 1932-1944 Box
23: 8
Peck, Mary Booth: Diary 1921-1924 Box
23: 9
Peck, Mary Booth: Diary 1925-1933 Box
24: 1
Peck, Mary Booth: Diary 1941-1944 Box
24: 2
Peck, Mary Booth: Europe Trip, Letters 1892 Box
24: 3
Peck, Mary Booth: Europe Trip, Programs and Postcards 1892 Box
24: 4
Peck, Mary Booth: Letter from Hellen Blow, Housekeeper 1931 Box
24: 5
Peck, Mary Booth: Photos ca. 1885-1915 Box
24: 6
Peck, Mary Booth: Scrapbook of European Trip 1892 Box
32:
Peck, Mary Booth: Scrapbook of Items related to Edward Folger Peck’s Career 1880-1915 Box
34:
Peck, William E. 1871-2008 Box
24: 7
Peck Family in Brooklyn, New York 1884, undated Box
24: 8
Peck Family in Hampton, Virginia ca. 1915-2007 Box
24: 9
Peck Family in Hampton, Virginia: Newspapers 1934-1947 Box
24: 10
Peck Family in Hampton, Virginia: Photographs and Postcard ca. 1915 Box
24: 11
Peck Family in New Britain, Connecticut 1900-2009 Box
24: 12
Peck Family and Abbe Family in Schenectady, New York 1904-2002 Box
24: 13
Photographic Portrait of Elsie Peck 1902 Box
24: 14
Photograph, Front Street House, Schenectady, NY undated Box
28: 5
Photograph, Lowell Road House, Schenectady, NY undated Box
28: 4
Photographs, Copies 1890s-1925 Box
24: 15
Photographs, Scrapbook ca. 1885-1915 Box
24: 16
Photographs, Small ca. 1875-1935 Box
25: 1
Photographs, Large ca. 1875-1920 Box
25: 2
Portraits 1890s-ca. 1915 Box
25: 3
Schenectady History undated Box
25: 4
Schoolwork Possibly by E.F. Peck or Mary B. Peck ca. 1885 Box
25: 5
Social Life 1880-1913 Box
25: 6
Thomson, Elihu: Awards and Articles About 1920s-1984 Box
25: 7
Thomson, Elihu: Family Members 1937, undated Box
25: 8
Thomson, Elihu: Obituaries 1937 Box
25: 9
Thomson, Elihu: Photograph 1922 Box
25: 10
Thomson, Elihu: Swampscott Historical Society 1938-1990 Box
25: 11
Thomson, Elihu: Writings and Cards 1894-1934 Box
25: 12
Thomson, Mary Louise Peck 1917 Box
25: 13
Thomson Family: Obituaries undated Box
25: 14
Vacations 1921 Box
25: 15
ca. 1890-1995
Photograph Album ca. 1885-1930 Box 39
Photograph Album 1903 Box
39
Photograph Album 1904 Box
39
Photograph Album 1905-1909 Box
39
Photograph Album 1907 Box
39
Photograph Album 1909-1928 Box
39
Photograph Album 1910-1911 Box
39
Photograph Album 1910-1913 Box
39
Photograph Album 1912-1920 Box
39
Photograph Album 1918-1920 Box
39
Photograph Album 1927-1945 Box
39
Photograph Album 1928-1934 Box
39
Photograph Album 1928-1937, 1941-1945 Box
37
Photograph Album 1929-1935 Box
37
Photograph Album 1936-1942 Box
37
Photograph Album 1945-1955 Box
37
Photograph Album 1950-1965 Box
37
Photograph Album 1967-1968 Box
37
Photograph Album 1968-1969 Box
37
Photograph Album 1970 Box
38
Photograph Album (part 1) 1970-1972 Box
40: 1
Photograph Album (part 2) 1970-1972 Box
40: 12
Photograph Album 1972 Box
38
Photograph Album (part 1) 1973-1976 Box
40: 3
Photograph Album (part 2) 1973-1976 Box
40: 4
Photograph Album (part 3) 1973-1976 Box
40: 5
Photograph Album (part 1) 1977-1980 Box
40: 6
Photograph Album (part 2) 1977-1980 Box
40: 7
Photograph Album 1977 Box
38
Photograph Album (part 1) 1980-1983 Box
40: 8
Photograph Album (part 2) 1980-1983 Box
40: 9
Photograph Album (part 1) 1983-1985 Box
40: 10
Photograph Album (part 2) 1983-1985 Box
40: 11
Photograph Album (part 3) 1983-1985 Box
40: 12
Photograph Album (part 4, loose photographs) 1983-1985 Box
40: 13
Photograph Album 1983-1984 Box
40: 14
Photograph Album 1986 Box
40: 15
Photograph Album 1987 Box
38
Photograph Album (part 1) 1991-1994 Box
40: 16
Photograph Album (part 2) 1991-1994 Box
40: 17
Photograph Album 1992 Box
38:
Photograph Album (part 1) 1993 Box
40: 18
Photograph Album (part 2) 1993 Box
40: 19
Photograph Album (part 3) 1993 Box
40: 20
Photograph Album 1993 Box
40: 21
Photograph Album (part 1) 1993 Box
40: 22
Photograph Album (part 2) 1993 Box
40: 23
Photograph Album 1994 Box
40: 24
Photograph Album (part 1) 1995 Box
40: 25
Photograph Album (part 2) 1995 Box
40: 26
Photograph Album (part 1) 1995 Box
40: 27
Photograph Album (part 2, loose items) 1995 Box
40: 28
dingbat for decoration
Provenance

Acquired from Edward H. Abbe, 2012.

Separated Material

Books that came with the Edward H. Abbe Papers were removed from the collection and will be cataloged separately. These books include:

  • 1905 Annual: Schenectady High School
  • Chamberlain, Samuel. Martha’s Vineyard: A Camera Impression (New York: Hastings House, 1941)
  • Christ Episcopal Church Roanoke, Virginia 1892-1942
  • Christ Episcopal Church Roanoke, Virginia 1892-1961
  • Class Book 1905, Yale University
  • Davis, Emerson, Rev. Dr. The Franklin Intellectual Arithmetic: For the Use of Schools (Springfield, MA: G & C Merriam, 1832)
  • Day by Day (St. Paul’s School, 1976)
  • Decennial Record Class of 1905 Sheffield Scientific School compiled by William McK. Barber (1916)
  • Ellsberg, Edward, Commander. On the Bottom (New York: Literary Guild of America, Inc., 1929)
  • Extracts from the Memorial of Captain Thomas Abbey compiled by Alden Freeman (Enfield, CT: Magnani & McCormick, 1975)
  • Family Prayer and Record Book, Abbe and Parker Families
  • Five Year Record Class of 1905 Sheffield Scientific School Yale University compiled by William McK. Barber (New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse, & Taylor Press, 1910)
  • Havemeyer, Loomis and Dudley, Samuel W. The Engineering Heritage at Yale 1852-1957 (New Haven: 1959)
  • Hill, Henry Chase. The Wonder Book of Knowledge (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co, 1921)
  • History of the Class of 1938 (New Haven: Yale University, 1938)
  • History of the Class of 1908 Yale College Vol. 1 edited by Walter G. Davis, Jr. (New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1908)
  • Kent School Yearbooks (1930 and 1934)
  • Memorial of Captain Thomas Abbey (East Orange, NJ: Abbey Printshop)
  • Miller, John A. Men and Volts at War: The Story of General Electric in World War II (New York: Bantam Books, 1947)
  • Official Guide Book: New York World’s Fair (New York: Exposition Publications, Inc., 1939)
  • Quarter Century Record Class of 1905 Sheffield Scientific School compiled by G. Gifford Symes (New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1930)
  • Rectory School Alumni Directory Book (White Plains, New York: Bernard C. Harris Publishing Co., 1986)
  • Smith, Richard R. History of the Class of 1908 Yale College (Cornwall, New York: Cornwall Press, 1940)
  • The 1934 Pioneer: 100th Commencement Number edited by Helen M. Lockwood (1934)
  • Thomson, Elihu. The Mountain Top (Boston, 1937)
  • Turner, Harry B. The Story of the Island Steamers (Nantucket: Inquirer and Mirror, 1910)
Processing Information

Processed by Jaimie Kicklighter, 2013.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Edward H. Abbe Papers (MS 736). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Subjects

  • Abbe family
  • Boardman family
  • Booth family
  • Electrical engineers
  • General Electric
  • Gifford family
  • Kent School--Students
  • Peck family
  • Rectory School--Students
  • Yale University--Students

Contributors

  • Abbe, Edward H
  • Abbe, Gladys Howard
  • Abbe, William Parker
  • Peck, Edward F
  • Peck, Mary Booth

Types of material

  • Diaries
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Photographs
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