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Sarah Anne Vinton was a cousin of Leonard Case Alden, a Harvard graduate who served as a lieutenant in the Civil War and died of illness in 1863. Her uncle Frederic Vinton was the librarian of the Chancellor Green Library at Princeton University, 1873-1890.
Consists of letters to Sarah Anne Vinton from her cousin Leonard Alden, her uncle Frederic Vinton, and her sister Charlotte Vinton. Also included is a eulogy book on Leonard Alden compiled by Frederic Vinton, containing two albumen portraits of Leonard and Sarah, and a Harvard University medal awarded to Sarah's father, George. The collection is of special interest both for Alden's references to student life at Harvard and Mount Holyoke (where Sarah was enrolled) and for his narrative of life as a civil war soldier after he enlisted in 1863. Included in the correspondence are extensive exchanges on class readings and accounts of specific seminars and faculty.
Arranged into the following file groups: Correspondence, 1859-1889; Leonard Alden Eulogy Book, 1864; Genealogical Material, undated; Miscellaneous, 1816-1880.
Purchased from Bonham and Butterfields in 2011(AM2011-80).
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This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein in 2011. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein in 2011.
The Emily Ann Brown Daybook and Travel Papers, which was acquired in the same lot, was processed as a separate collection.
- Harvard University -- Students -- 19th century
- College students -- United States -- 19th century -- Correspondence
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Laid in at the end are several manuscript excerpts from Leonard Alden's letters prepared by Frederic Vinton.Physical Description
Contains one poem composed by Sarah Anne Vinton, one paper lace card dated 1880, and one 1816 Harvard University medal "True Gift of Franklin."Physical Description