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Guide to the Jessie F. Wheeler Papers, 1852-1929

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Wheeler, Jessie F., 1858-1946
Title: Jessie F. Wheeler Papers
Dates: 1852-1929
Quantity: .4 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract: Papers primarily concerning Wheeler's family. Other items include programs from Vassar College events, 1878-1879.
Forms of Materials: Scrapbooks, logbooks, album, diploma, daguerreotypes, and programs.

Biographical Note

Jessie F. Wheeler, born in Saratoga County, NY, and graduated from Vassar College in 1882. She attended the New York State Library School in 1903 and was reference librarian at the Troy Public Library for approximately eighteen years. Miss Wheeler, a resident of Mechanicville, NY, enjoyed traveling and raising trees from seed. She had a deep interest in local history and genealogy, wrote many historical articles, and was a leading organizer of the Saratoga Battlefield Sesqui-Centennial Celebration in 1927. For forty years she collected information on Samuel Wilson of Troy, reputed to have been the original "Uncle Sam." A recluse in her later years, Miss Wheeler gave many books to the Vassar Library and established the Jessie F. Wheeler Vassar College Library Fund.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers primarily concerning Wheeler's family, including two scrapbooks of genealogical material; logbooks, 1925-1929; an album and diploma of her mother Agnes Gould Wheeler from Galway Ladies Seminary, 1852-1854; and daguerreotypes of her parents Charles and Agnes Wheeler. Other items include programs from Vassar College events, 1878-1879.

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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 Library without any additional restrictions.

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Related Material

  • See also the papers of Wheeler's classmates:
  • Shige Nagai Uriu

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Wheeler family.
  • Wheeler, Charles.
  • Wheeler, Agnes Gould.

Organizations:

  • Galway Ladies' Seminary.
  • Vassar College--Students.

Subjects:

  • Women college students--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.

Document Types:

  • Daguerreotypes.
  • Genealogies.
  • Scrapbooks.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, August 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jessie F. Wheeler Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jessie F. Wheeler.

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Container List

Box 1 Vassar College music programs, 1878-1889
Box 1 Scrapbooks containing genealogical material about Jessie Wheeler's family (2 volumes)
Box 1 Logbook, 1925-1929
Box 2 Logbook, 1925-1929
Box 2 Logbook, 1925-1929
Box 2 Agnes Gould Wheeler's album - Galway Ladies' Seminary 1852-1854
Box 2 Agnes Gould Wheeler's Diploma from the Galway Ladies' Seminary, 1854
Box 2 Daguerreotype of Agnes Gould Wheeler in graduation gown, 1854
Box 2 Daguerreotype of Charles Wheeler
Box 2 Daguerreotype of Charles Wheeler and Agnes Gould Wheeler taken on their wedding trip
Box 2 Sampler giving the genealogy of the Clitz family
Box 2 Album of trade cards

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