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Taylor family papers addition

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"William Nicholson Taylor was born June 22, 1882 to Frank Hendrickson Taylor (1855-1943) and Rebecca "Bessie" Nicholson Taylor (1857-1944). William Taylor studied architecture at Harvard University and abroad and served in the United States Military from 1917-1919 during World War I, ultimately promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, William Taylor married Gertrude Christine Duret de Brie (1897-1983) and the couple moved to Paris.

William and Gertude Taylor had three children, Constance Alix (1921), Benjamin de Brie "Brie" (1923), and Marie-Celine "Mimi" (1925). The family lived both in France and in the United States. During World War II, both William Taylor and his son Benjamin de Brie served in the American military. William Taylor died in April of 1945 and was buried in Arlington Cemetery, later joined by his wife after her death in 1983.

Benjamin de Brie Taylor received his degree from Harvard in 1947 following his military service. He was an art professor, serving as the Dean of the Parsons School of Design in New York (1968-1970) and of the Herron School of Art at Indiana University (1970-1973). He was also the Director of the Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology (1973-1975) and remained there as a professor until he became Professor Emeritus in 1987. Taylor also authored Design Lessons from Nature and had his paintings displayed in galleries such as the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brotherly Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery. He died in 2013.

Marie-Celine "Mimi" Taylor married Bill Scudder in 1949, and the pair had three children: Timothy Forbes Scudder, Kirby Richardson Scudder, and Celine de Brie Scudder (Hubber). Mimi Taylor later remarried John Kinney in 1972 and remained married to him until her death in 1997. Frank Carrol Taylor, born November 22, 1884, was the brother of William N. Taylor. He died in 1949.

Sources in include: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49323577/william-nicholson-taylor;https://gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1566083/Taylor-Benjamin/obituary.php;https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/91324698/frank-hendrickson-taylor;https://www.proquest.com/docview/1130382081?parentSessionId=VoGrdj%2BfI3159hfR83JC3aKCfXYLXFnk8gbs%2BVsso7o%3D;https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp145097/frank-carroll-taylor

The Taylor Family Papers Addition primarily contains materials related to William N. Taylor and his immediate family members (his wife, children, and parents). The collection includes correspondence from William N. Taylor to members of his family and correspondence from friends and associates. It also includes papers from William N. Taylor's career in the military and business and his interest in architecture and city planning as well as newspaper clippings and other documents related to the family. Finally, this collection includes photographs of William Taylor, his parents, his children, and grandchildren and photographs not of the family.

This collection is arranged in three subseries: correspondence, personal papers, and photos. The correspondence series is divided into subseries based on the recipient of the letters or by the writer in the case of the William Taylor subsection. The personal papers series is divided into two subseries: William Taylor professional papers and published materials, and the photos are also divided into two subseries: photos of family and photos of non-family.

Gift of Celine Huber, 2019.

Processed by Maggie McCarthy, completed March 2023.

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Maggie McCarthy
Finding Aid Date
March, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Letters written to them by their son, Willian N. Taylor from his childhood to shortly before his death.

Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1882-1908.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

This folder contain original letters and photocopies.

Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1894-1917.
Box 1
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1905-1906.
Box 1
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1905-1907.
Box 1
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence; part 1, 1905-1908.
Box 1
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence; part 2, 1905-1908.
Box 1
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence; part 3, 1905-1908.
Box 2
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1905-1914.
Box 2
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1906-1907.
Box 2
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1907-1908.
Box 2
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1907-1910.
Box 2
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1907-1917.
Box 2
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1908-1909.
Box 3
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1908-1914.
Box 3
Rebecca and Frank H. Taylor Correspondence, 1917-1942.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

This folder contain original letters and photocopies.

Gertrude Taylor Correspondence, 1921-1946.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

This folder contains correspondence from 1921-1946 from people such as William N. Taylor and Rebecca N. Taylor. Letters are both in English and French.

Gertrude Taylor Correspondence, part 1, 1945.
Box 3
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Letters written in both English and French. The primary topic is the passing of Gertrude's husband, William N. Taylor.

Gertrude Taylor Correspondence, part 2, 1945.
Box 3
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Letters written in both English and French. The primary topic is the passing of Gertrude's husband, William N. Taylor.

Alix Taylor Correspondence, 1923-1946.
Box 3
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Letters written by William N. Taylor, Rebecca N. Taylor, and others

Alix Taylor Correspondence, 1929-1944.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters written by William N. Taylor, Rebecca N. Taylor, and others

Alix Taylor Correspondence, 1941-1945.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters written by William N. Taylor, Rebecca N. Taylor, and others

Alix + Brie Taylor Correspondence, 1941-1943.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters to Alix and Brie Taylor, primarily from William N. Taylor.

Brie Taylor Correspondence, 1927-1944.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters from family and friends. Some letters are in French.

Brie Taylor Correspondence, 1940-1966.
Box 4
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Letters from family and friends. Some letters are in French.

Brie Taylor Correspondence, 1941-1944.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters from family and friends. Some letters are in French.

Mimi Taylor Correspondence, 1940-1946.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

This folder contains correspondence to Marie-Celine "Mimi" Taylor, primarily from William N. Taylor.

William Taylor Correspondence, 1908-1945.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Letters to and from William N. Taylor covering a wide range of topics. Includes a copy of his death certificate, information regarding his burial plot in Arlingtion National Cemetery, book recomendations, and newspaper clippings.

William Taylor Correspondence, 1922-1946.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Letters to and from William N. Taylor covering a wide range of topics. Includes a copy of his death certificate, information regarding his burial plot in Arlingtion National Cemetery, book recomendations, and newspaper clippings.

Murry and Flood Correspondence, 1937-1939.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Letters from William N. Taylor during his time working for Murry and Flood Inc.

Unattributed Correspondence, 1869-1944.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Letters with an unidentified recipient or sender and other materials.

Postcards, 1926-1965.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Blank postcards and postcards sent to members of the Taylor family.

F. C. + Rebecca Taylor Correspondence, 1929-1933.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Letters to or from F. C. Taylor or Rebecca N. Taylor.

Postcards and Photos, 1935.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Unidentified photographs and postcards, mostly in French, to members of the Taylor family.

Architecture, 1917-1941.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Essays written by William N. Taylor on architecture, photos, and drawings.

Military Papers, 1917-1943.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

William N. Taylor's personal papers during his military career.

Military Papers, 1918-1944.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

William N. Taylor's personal papers during his military career.

City Planning, 1939-1941.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Articles on city planning and William N. Taylor's notes on plans for Philadelphia.

Writings on WWII, 1940-1941.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Writings by William N. Taylor on World War II and letters.

Scan of "My Ancestors", 1909.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Scan of the book My Ancestors.

Books, 1917-2003.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Writings published by members of the Taylor family.

Magazines + Diplomas, 1917-2013.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Article clippings and a diploma for William N. Taylor.

Scrapbook, 1919-1944.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

A scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings, mostly about William N. Taylor.

Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1984.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Articles about members of the Taylor family and a piece about Bryn Mawr's centennial celebration.

Drawings, 1903-1917.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Artwork done by William N. Taylor and an unidentified artist.

Photos, 1870-1910.
Box 7
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Photos of the Taylor family, 1870-1910.

Negatives + Photos, 1880-1976.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family.

William N. Taylor Photos, 1883-1978.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Photos of William N. Taylor, his headstone, and other family members.

Photos, 1910-1919.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family, 1910-1919.

Photos, 1920-1929.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family, 1920-1929.

Gertrude + William Taylor children photos, 1926-1935.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of William and Gertrude Taylor with their children and other family members.

Gertrude + William Taylor children photos, 1927-1940.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of William and Gertrude Taylor with their children and other family members.

Photos, 1930-1939.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family, 1930-1939.

Photos, 1940-1949.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family, 1940-1949.

Bill Scudder + Mimi Taylor Wedding photos, 1949.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of Mimi Taylor and Bill Scudder's wedding.

Photos, 1950-1950.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family, 1950-1959.

Bill + Mimi Scudder children photos, 1955-1988.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos of Mimi Taylor and Bill Scudder's children.

Alix, Brie, Mimi, Gertrude older photos, 1959-1996.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos of Alix, Brie, Mimi, and Gertrude Taylor later in life.

Mimi + John Kinney photos, 1969-1995.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos of Mimi Taylor and John Kinney.

Author's photos, undated.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos of Brie Taylor.

Taylor Family Visuals Part 1, undated.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos and artwork done by members of the Taylor family.

Taylor Family Visuals Part 2, undated.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family.

Photos, undated.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor family.

Frank Taylor Photos and Portraits, undated.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Photos of Frank Taylor.

Taylor Family Album 1, undated.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor children: Alix, Brie, and Mimi.

Nicholson Album 1, undated.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

Photos of the residence of Samuel Nicholson in Haddonfield, NJ and surrounding area. People included in the photos are unknown.

Taylor Family Album 2, undated.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

Photos of William N. Taylor, Gertrude Taylor, and their children Alix, Brie, and Mimi.

Taylor Family Album 3, 1931-1935.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

Photos of the Taylor children: Alix, Brie, and Mimi.

Nicholson Album 2, 1878.
Volume 6
Scope and Contents

Rebecca H. Nicholson's 1878 photo album of family members.

Photo Album, undated.
Volume 7
Scope and Contents

Photos of members of the Taylor family, others, and various locations.

Taylor Family Portraits, undated.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Portraits of members of the Taylor Family including Alix Taylor, Mimi Taylor, Brie Taylor, Gertrude Taylor, Comtesse de Brie (mother of Gertrude de Brie Taylor), Frank H. Taylor, William N. Taylor, and Timmy, Celine, and Kirby Scudder.

Gertrude de Brie Taylor, undated.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Portraits of Gertrude de Brie Taylor.

Club Photos, undated.
Box 13
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Photos of William N. Taylor with other teammates of the Harvard Cricket Club, photo of an unidentified team playing rugby?, photos of William N. Taylor and the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club

Alix and Mimi Taylor, 1927-2001.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Portraits of Alix and Mimi Taylor.

William Taylor, undated.
Box 14
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Portraits of William N. Taylor and of General Leonard Wood, who William N. Taylor served as his aide.

Oversize Photos 1, undated.
Box 11
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Photos of men in uniform and prints of the interior of religious buildings in Italy.

Oversize Photos 2, undated.
Box 12
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Photos of men in uniform and prints of the interior of religious buildings in Italy.

Portrait, undated.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Portrait with an unidentified subject and artist.

Paris Apartment Album, 1936.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

Photos taken of 5 Avenue Charles Floquet, Home of William Nicholson Taylor family.

Print, Suggest