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Early Family – Every Monday Club

Early Family Papers, 1798–1903. 239 items. Mss1Ea765a. Microfilm reel C456.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of Mary Virginia (Early) Brown (1823–1864), a Methodist minister's daughter from Lynchburg. Brown attended the Female Collegiate Institute, a Methodist school for girls in Buckingham County, in the 1830s and 1840s, and her correspondence, 1838–1854, with her mother, siblings, and friends illuminates the history of girlhood, religion, and education for women in antebellum Virginia (sections 9 and 11). Her mother, Elizabeth Brown (Rives) Early (1805–1857), also received letters, 1841–1842, from Mary Elizabeth (Bailey) Rives (d. 1859), a teacher at the school (section 6). The collection includes three of Brown's diaries, 1850, 1852, and 1853 (sections 12–14), and two autograph books, 1833–1846 and 1840–1845 (sections 15–16), that document her education and early married life. She married James Leftwich Brown (1815–1872), a Lynchburg merchant, in 1849, and her letters, 1844–1863, to him discuss their children and other family members, financial affairs and the operation of their farm, and religious activities (section 10). The collection contains a small amount of correspondence of other members of the Brown and Early families, as well as a few legal papers, 1810–1858, pertaining to the property of Mary Brown (Green) Rives of Tennessee and Mississippi (section 3).

Edmunds, Pocahontas Wilson Wight, Typescript notes, c. 1978. 80 pp. Mss5:9Ed597:1.
These research notes, compiled by Pocahontas Wilson (Wight) Edmunds (b. 1904) for publication in her two volume History of Halifax County (published privately by the author, 1978), consist primarily of lists of people, places, and structures in Halifax County.

Edmunds Family Papers, 1826–1950. 99 items. Mss1Ed596a.
This collection centers on Jane Watkins (Dupuy) Edmunds (1790–1870) and her husband, Nicholas Edmunds (1776–1863) of Charlotte County. Papers of Jane Edmunds include correspondence, 1838–1870, with male and female Dupuy and Edmunds kin (section 1), accounts (section 5), and a cookbook (section 8). A commonplace book recording births of members of the Edmunds family and of slaves, a volume of personal accounts (section 8), and a small amount of correspondence (section 2) compose the papers of Nicholas Edmunds. The collection also contains clippings of newspaper articles, 1947–1950, about the Edmunds family and Charlotte County compiled by Florence Franke (1877–1957), a school teacher and an Edmunds descendant (section 7). There are a few papers pertaining to other family members.

Edrington Family Papers, 1766–1967. 503 items. Mss1Ed745a. Microfilm reels C274–275 and C559–560.
This collection primarily concerns members of the Edrington family living at Myrtle Grove in Stafford County. The papers include business and family correspondence, 1830–1874 (section 1); account books (sections 2–4); and legal and financial records of John Catesby Edrington (1800–1879) (sections 5–8), as well as records of Edrington & Moncure concerning their quarrying operations in Stafford County during the 1830s (sections 9–12). Correspondence, 1846–1880, of John Edrington's wife, Elizabeth Hawkins (Stone) Edrington (1810–1891), is chiefly with family members and friends (section 13). The diary, 1856–1861 (section 16); correspondence, 1856–1909 (section 17); and account books and related items (sections 18–21) of their daughter, Angelina Selden Edrington (b. 1838), illuminate her life at Myrtle Grove and contain information on her activities as a Sunday School teacher of African Americans in Stafford County. The collection also includes the will, 1830, of Charity Porter of Stafford County and an inventory of her estate (section 35), as well as scattered correspondence of several of the married daughters of John and Elizabeth Edrington (sections 15 and 22).

Edwards, Louisa Wickline, Student Notebook, 1838. 1 volume. Mss5:4Ed973:1.
This manuscript arithmetic book belonged to Louisa (Wickline) Edwards (b. 1819) of Jackson County, Ohio. It includes notes and problems on division, subtraction, reduction and the rule of three, as well as a few penmanship exercises. The VHS also owns her mother's arithmetic book (Mss5:4W6326:1).

Edwards Family Papers, 1867–1917. 43 items. Mss1Ed985a.
Anna Corbin (Pickett) Bibb Edwards (1836–1913) of King William County lies at the center of this collection. It includes letters, 1876–1912, to her from Pickett family members in Arkansas and Huntsville, Ala., as well as letters of condolence on the death of her daughter, Sallie Thomas (Bibb) Neale (1861–1894) (section 3). Letters, 1867–1892, to Edwards's husband, Julian T. Edwards (b. 1841), primarily concern land in Louisiana to which Edwards and her daughter may have had a claim through her first husband (section 1).

Ellen Glasgow Festival, Records, 1992–1993. 268 items. Mss3EL544a.
Sponsored jointly by the Virginia Writers Club and the Ellen Glasgow Society and produced by Virginia Writers Special Projects, Inc., this festival held at the Jefferson Hotel celebrated the writing and life in Richmond of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945). Records of the conference include correspondence of festival managers (section 2), programs (section 1), registration materials (section 4), promotional materials (section 5), and related items (section 3).

Ellett-St. Catherine's Alumnae Association, Papers, 1850–1970. ca. 5,000 items. Mss3EL546a.
The collection offers detailed information on the education of girls and the life of a female educator in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It falls roughly into three parts. Nearly one-half of the collection pertains to St. Catherine's School, an Episcopal school for girls, and its predecessor, the Ellett School, established in Richmond, ca. 1890. Printed materials concerning the school include newspaper clippings, photographs, student publications and programs for student events, catalogs, and promotional literature. Manuscripts contain notes of the school's founder, Virginia Randolph Ellett (1857–1939), on operating a school and the teaching of literature. Also included are roll books kept by Ellett and other teachers and a few student essays (section 14). The correspondence, 1917–1919, of Martha Patteson (Bowie) Branch (1884–1944) concerns fund raising for the school (section 11); the correspondence, 1943–1964, of Natalie Friend (McFadden) Blanton (b. 1895) documents its history and the life of its founder (section 12).

The correspondence of Virginia Randolph Ellett, pioneer in advanced education for women in the South, accounts for one-third of the collection (section 10). Among her correspondents are students and former students, including Nancy Witcher (Langhorne) Shaw Astor (1879–1964) and Adle Clark (1882–1983); professional educators, such as William Allan Neilson (1869–1946), professor at Harvard, Bryn Mawr, and Smith colleges, and John Albert Macy (1877–1932), husband of Helen Keller's teacher; and female friends and fellow teachers, including Lucy Gray (Henry) Harrison (1857–1944) and Louisa Coleman Gordon Blair (1870?–1946). Ellett's correspondence reveals her strategies and tactics for making her school a feeder institution for Bryn Mawr and other women's colleges in the Northeast, provides information on the Montessori and country day school movements, and offers insights into the relationship between the personal and professional life of a single, female educator.

Also included in the collection are the papers of Ellett's mother, Mary S. (Hudson) Ellett Ellett (1836–1921) of New York, N.Y., and Richmond (section 9). They contain correspondence with girlhood friends, Cornelia Prime (d. 1922) and Sarah Satterlee, begun in adolescence and continued over the course of a lifetime, as well as with her daughter and other family members and friends. There are a small number of papers pertaining to other Ellett family members.

Engledove Family Papers, 1890–1913. 3 items. Mss2En354b.
Chiefly materials relating to the education of Florence Estelle (Crowder) Engledove (d. 1952) of Cumberland County. Items include a diploma, 1890, issued by the Danville College for Young Ladies, Danville (later Stratford College); and a student essay, n.d., "The Influence of Environment," written by Florence (b1–2).

Eppes, Richard, Account Book, ca. 1850–1854. 1 volume. Mss5:3Ep735:1.
Josephine Dulles (Horner) Eppes (1826–1852), first wife of Richard Eppes (1824–1896), wrote an account of their expenses in establishing a household or redecorating after marriage and recorded an inventory of linens at Appomattox Manor in City Point (now Hopewell), Va. A brief inventory of silver, written in another hand, possibly that of Josephine Eppes's sister and her husband's second wife, Elizabeth Welsh (Horner) Eppes (1832–1905), appears near the end of the volume.

Eppes, Josephine Dulles, Diary, 1898–1908. 1 volume. Mss5:1Ep735:1.
This diary contains brief, daily notations of the weather at Appomattox Manor in Hopewell, including monthly and yearly accumulations of precipitation. There are also a few newspaper clippings and several accounts.

Eppes Family Papers, 1722–1948. 540 items. Mss1Ep734d. Microfilm reels C244–251.
The papers of four generations of the Eppes family of City Point (now Hopewell), primarily regarding the management of the family’s various plantations: Appomattox Manor, City Point, Bermuda Hundred, Chesterfield County, and Eppes Island, Charles City County. Those prominently represented include Archibald Eppes (d. 1820); his son-in-law Benjamin Cocke (1781–1836); and Benjamin’s son Dr. Richard Eppes ([1824–1896] whose name was legally changed by his mother, Mary (Eppes) Cocke [1783–1844]).

Women who figure prominently in the collection include Mary (Eppes) Cocke, wife of Benjamin Cocke and mother of Richard Eppes, whose papers consist of correspondence, 1802–1844, with her son Richard (regarding his life while a student at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary) and with friends in Prince George and Charles City counties (section 34), accounts, 1811–1845 (section 35), and deeds, 1837–1840, pertaining to her ownership of Eppes Island (sections 36); Elizabeth Welsh (Horner) Eppes (1832–1905), wife of Richard Eppes, whose papers include an undated cookbook (section 73) and correspondence, 1854–1905, with family friends (section 72); and Elizabeth’s daughter Josephine Dulles Eppes (1855–1920), whose papers consist of a diary, 1872–1881, describing trips to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (section 74), a drawing book, 1872–1873, (section 76), and social correspondence, 1859–1918, with friends and family members (section 75).

Eubank, Caroline E., Scrapbooks, 1878 and 1880. 2 volumes. Mss5:7Eu174:1–2.
These two volumes of clippings compiled and indexed by Caroline E. Eubank contain poems, often relating to children and to death. The 1878 scrapbook also includes a biographical sketch of naval officer and oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury and a copy of one of his letters on science and religion.

Evans, Thomas J., Report, 1882. 1 item. Mss2EL928a1.
A report, 1882 August 22, issued by Thomas J. Evans (1822–1889) as commissioner of the Chancery Court of the City of Richmond regarding the accounts, 1875–1881, of Robert Alexander Lancaster (1863–1940) as executor of the estate of his grandmother, Jane Mary Magdalene Michaux LeGrand (Binford) Ely (1805–1875) of Richmond. Accounts primarily concern expenses related to the purchase, repair, and furnishing of her home at Clay and 12th streets in Richmond (i.e., 1112 East Clay Street), which became a rental property after her death; medical and funeral expenses; and the settlement of her estate.

Every Monday Club (Richmond, Va.), Records, 1889–1990. ca. 185 items. Mss3Ev274a
The Every Tuesday Club of Richmond was a women's literary society formed in 1889. The name and meeting day were changed to the Every Monday Club in 1892.

The club’s papers consist of minutes of meetings, 1889–1890, 1892–1894, 1897–1978, 1980–1981, and 1983–1990 (folders 1–18); scrapbooks, 1889–1925, 1929–1969, 1934–1935, 1937–1955, 1969–1980, and 1989 (folders 19–24); yearbooks, 1902–1903, 1906–1985, and 1987–1990 (folders 25–34); and club histories, 1964–1974, 1967–1968, 1969–1970, 1970–1971, 1971–1972, 1972–1973, 1973–1974, 1974–1975, 1974–1979, 1975–1976, 1976–1977, 1977–1978, 1978–1979, 1979–1980, 1980–1981, 1981–1982, 1982–1983, 1983–1984, 1987–1988, 1988–1989, and 1989–1990 (folders 35–42).

Also, include the following essays: "A Club Romance," by Sarah Gwathmey (Gravatt) Fox; "A Club Romance, or Who is the Heroine?" by Virginia (Morgan) Robinson; "A Toast to the President of the Every Monday Club in 1989," by Glennie Long (Tomlinson) Miller (1895–2000); "An Epilogue to a Club Romance, or Who is the Heroine?" by Marylou (Rhodes) Massie; "Club Women in Horse and Buggy Days," by Mrs. Julia Pilcher Worsham; "He is Risen," by Bertie Stone Daughtrey; "How Little Red Riding Hood Spent Christmas Eve," by Abbie Fuller Spencer; "The Lights of Christmas," by Abbie Fuller Spencer; "Looking Backward-Looking Forward," by Elizabeth Willingham Ward; and "Sketch of Mrs. John Enders Robinson" [i.e., Virginia (Morgan) Robinson [1852–1920], with likeness] (folders 43–47); a list of subjects studied by the club, 1889–1989; a list, 1963–1990, of former members; invitations; programs; photographs of members (folder 48); and miscellaneous materials; including poetry; a resolution, 1941, and letter, 1969, concerning the club's archives; a certificate of merit, 1954, issued by the General Federation of Women's Clubs; a club banner; and miscellany (folders 49–51).

Note: An additional group of records (Mss4Ev274b) covers the period 1990–1994 and includes minutes of meetings, brief essays, and poems written by members; while a second group (Mss3Ev274b) includes records from 1974 to 2005 (minutes of meetings, 1990–2005 [minutes from 1996–1998, 1998–1999, 1999–2000 include two sets of minutes from two different authors. The secondary sets of minutes, "set B," have descriptions of Play Days. Play Days were typically the last meeting of the year for the Every Monday Club. On Play Days the club would generally take a field trip. The minutes from 1997–1998 include text of a program on Louisa May Alcott presented at the 1998 November 2 Every Monday Club meeting]; yearbooks, 1974–2005; program summaries, 1997–2000; and a club history, "Seventy-five Years in the Every Monday Club," 1964).

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