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Guide to the MacLeish Family Papers, 1898-1946

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: MacLeish Family
Title: MacLeish Family Papers
Dates: 1898-1946
Quantity: 0.7 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence between the members of the MacLeish Family, including parents Martha and Andrew and their children Archibald, Kenneth, Norman, and Ishbel, as well as the children of Andrew's previous marriages, Bruce, Blanche and Lily.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence

Biographical Note

The MacLeish Family represented in this collection include Martha and Andrew and their children Archibald, Kenneth, Norman, and Ishbel, as well as the children of Andrew's previous marriages, Bruce, Blanche and Lily. Martha Hillard MacLeish (whose nickname was "Patty") was president of Rockford Seminary (now Rockford College) from 1884-1888. Andrew MacLeish was the founder and manager of the retail operations of Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company in Chicago. He was also a key figure in the founding of the modern University of Chicago. Their son, Archibald MacLeish, became a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the Librarian of Congress.

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Chronology

1838 June Andrew MacLeish born
1856 August 17 Martha Hillard born
1858 December 25 Andrew MacLeish married Lilias Young - they had two daughters, Lily (b. 1860) and Blanche (b. 1862)
1878 September Lilias MacLeish died
1878 Martha Hillard graduated from Vassar College
1881 March Andrew MacLeish married (Martha) Louise Little - they had one son, Bruce (b. 1882)
1884-1888 Martha Hillard served as President of Rockford Seminary
1888 August 22 Andrew MacLeish married Martha Hillard
1889 July 1 Martha Louise MacLeish born (died 1890 August 6)
1890 August 29 Norman Hillard MacLeish born
1892 May 7 Archibald MacLeish born
1894 September 19 Kenneth MacLeish born (Died 1918 October 10 in WWI)
1897 March 20 Ishbel Marjoribanks MacLeish (VC 1920) born
1928 January 14 Andrew MacLeish died
1936 Martha Hillard MacLeish received honorary L.L.D. from Rockford College
1947 December 21 Martha Hillard MacLeish died

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between the members of the MacLeish Family, including parents Martha and Andrew and their children Archibald, Kenneth, Norman, and Ishbel, as well as the children of Andrew's previous marriages, Bruce, Blanche and Lily. Of particular note are the letters between Kenneth MacLeish and his parents. Kenneth, who died when his fighter plan went down during World War I, was a favorite of Archibald MacLeish and the subject of several of his poems.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Librarywithout any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Related Material

  • Martha Hillard MacLeish File, Alumnae/i Biographical Files

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 -- Family
  • MacLeish, Martha Hillard, 1856-1947.
  • MacLeish, Andrew, 1838-1928
  • MacLeish, Kenneth, 1894-1918

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Streett, June 2012.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MacLeish Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Streett, June 2012.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Lochland School, October 2002 (M2002-016).

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Container List

Folder 1.1 Andrew to Blanche, 1916 Dec 20
Folder 1.2 Andrew to Ishbel, 1913-1922
Folder 1.3 Andrew to Kenneth, 1911-1914
Folder 1.4 Andrew to Kenneth, 1915-1918
Folder 1.5 Andrew to Martha, 1919-1920
Folder 1.6 Andrew to Mary R. Hillard, 1915-1916
Folder 1.7 Andrew to Scotland family, 1915-1919
Folder 1.8 Andrew to other family, 1915, 1917
Folders 1.9-1.19 Martha to Andrew, 1898-1910
Folders 2.1-2.6 Martha to Andrew, 1912-1926
Folder 2.7 Ada to Andrew and Martha, ca. 1919 May
Folder 2.8 Archibald to parents, [1914-1917], n.d.
Folder 2.9 Letters regarding Archibald's appendectomy, 1912
Folder 2.10 Blanche to Andrew, 1898-1920, 1925, n.d.
Folder 2.11 Bruce to parents, 1904 Feb 24
Folder 2.12 Ishbel to parents, 1915-1926, n.d.
Folders 2.13-2.20 Kenneth to parents, 1907-1918, n.d.
Folder 2.21 Lily to Andrew, 1899, 1920, n.d.
Folder 2.22 Norman to parents, 1906-1920, 1925
Folder 2.23 Mary R. Hillard to Andrew, 1915 Nov 8
Folder 3.1 John H. Wood to Andrew, 1904, 1925
Folder 3.2 John E. Scott to Andrew, 1904
Folder 3.3 Scotland family to Andrew, 1914-1919
Folder 3.4 Miscellaneous family to Andrew, 1903-1925, n.d.
Folder 3.5 Ishbel to Bruce and Elizabeth, 1943, n.d.
Folder 3.6 Andrew to Governor Frank Lowden re Haldan Cleminson case, 1917
Folder 3.7 Andrew - Letters from and relating to John D. Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1898-1916
Folder 3.8 Andrew - Church and Missionary letters, 1903-1918
Folder 3.9 Miscellaneous letters to Andrew, 1905-1920
Folder 3.10 Andrew - Travel documents, 1920
Folder 3.11 War time addresses of Norman, Kenneth and Archibald
Folder 3.12 Empty envelopes
Folder 4.1 Children's expenses - Archibald
Folder 4.2 Children's expenses - Ishbel
Folder 4.3 Children's expenses - Kenneth
Folder 4.4 Children's expenses - Mixed
Folder 4.5 Clippings
Folder 4.6 Andrew - Finances and business

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