Inventory of the Anna Hempstead Branch Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Newcomb, Ruth
Title: Anna Hempstead Branch Papers
Abstract: Correspondence, ephemera, scrapbooks and manuscripts of the American poet Anna Hempstead Branch and correspondence of the residents of the Hempstead Houses.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of scrapbooks, correspondence, manuscripts and ephemera of the American poet Anna Hempstead branch, manuscripts and correspondence of her mother, the children's author Mary Bolles Branch, and correspondence of family members who lived in the Hempstead Houses in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings at the Charles E. Shain Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
Branch, Anna Hempstead, 1875-1937
Branch, Mary Bolles,
Hempstead, Martha
Hempstead, William
Hempstead, Edward
Hempstead, Nancy
Prince, Christopher
Prince, Hempstead
Organizations:
Christodora House
Connecticut College
Places:
New London, Conn.
New York, N.Y.
Subjects:
Poets, American, 20th Century
New London (Conn.), History
Document Types:
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Ephemera

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Series 1: Manuscripts
Box 1: Anna Hempstead Branch

Series Folder
11 The Day of Judgement: A Ring Game
2 It seemed as if the blood ...
3 The wedding dress
4 The sweet apple tree
5 The shoemaker and the child
6 We will over the sea
7 Waiting, Forbidden fruit
8 Dear Alice, when yourself I see
9 Not long, not long; To a child on a Japanese fan; A steamer letter for a child; Ye winds; The burnt harp; For the flag of our union
10 All ye young poets
11 Magic wood
12 Hymn 7
13 Recompense: typescript with ms notation
14 Captain Kid: typescript with ms notation
15 Notes on progress of the Invisible Village
16 Invisible Village letters and notes
17 Venice history and travel -- Saturday Club, Jan. 1, 1910
18 Winthrop/New London notes
19 Winthrop notes
20 Stories of Old New London notes
21 Thoughts on children's games
22 Invisible Village; letters to children
23 A campaign of play
24 Poets' Guild plan: Let us play
25 One for a penny: playbill
26 Domus Vineae imprint
27 To John A., a letter in verse
27a Three typescript songs: Oh dear alma mater, Soror in Collegio, These are the girls we love the best
27b Story outline
  Dreamland, in Outlook 7 January 1899
  The monk in the kitchen, in Forum vol. XL no. 2
  The monk in the kitchen, in Current Literature September 1908
  The road 'twixt heaven and hell, in Century Illustrated December 1898

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Box 2: Other authors

SeriesFolder
1 28 Buzzing about among the flowers -- Martha Hempstead
29 How often in the dim, mysterious past -- Martha Hempstead
30 Benison -- Martha Hempstead
31 A few lines, if you will compose for me-- Martha Hempstead
32 New Year's Address -- Martha Hempstead
33 two fragments -- Martha Hempstead
34 Weep, children of one household -- Martha Hempstead
35 I send you these -- Martha Hempstead
36 Published poems and prospectus -- Mary Bolles Branch
37 Nannie's little muff (St. Nicholas v. 6) -- Mary Bolles Branch
38 Journal "About her children"-- Mary Bolles Branch
39 Hymn to hope; Night piece; Pope's translation of Homer's Illiad -- Mary Bolles Branch
39a Natural history scrapbook; Tit for tat -- Mary Bolles Branch
40 Awake psaltery and harp + ALS -- Faith Valkenburgh Vilas
41 For C.I. MacLee, When capricious Miss Branch
42 In the desert, to Anna -- Irene Putnam
43 May morning -- Edith Plympton
44 Uncle John's Story / Men's wrongs
45 You shall not wear velvet -- Fannie Stearns Gifford
46 Gunner the Newfoundland
47 Laudryman's House and Player-girl's House
48 To a star
49 collection of writings
50 New London stories
51 It is true thou hast come
52 At sundown; An unforgotten flower
53 Our cause is marching on: A temperance song
54 Assorted poems, unknown authors
55 Mary L.B. Branch, chapbook poems
56 John R. Bolles, Song of Faith chapbook
56a John R. Bolles, A little history in verse
57 Isabel Fisk Conant, Plays in verse
58 Mary Branch Bolles, Published stories: "A corner in eggs," "Cheeny oysters," Old Mr. Squires," "Laugh out of season," "Little pawn," "Minty"
59 Mary Branch Bolles, Published stories: "Anna Bailey," "Mrs. Brown's rag bag," "Of my company," "Parliamentary play"
60 Mary Branch Bolles, Published stories: "How Robbie and I went to sleep," "Passing acquaintance," "Tyrant Tom," "Johnny's mouse," "Three golden cookies," Review of "Guld the cavern king"

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Series 2: Correspondence
Box 3: Anna Hempstead Branch

SeriesFolder
21 Undated, 35 letters
2 1880-1883, 5 letters
3 1886-1887, 11 letters
4 1888-1889, 17 letters
5 1891-1893, 15 letters
6 1894-1896, 11 letters
7 1901-1916, 21 letters
  8 1919-1921, 21 letters
8a 1922, 25 letters
9 1923, 10 letters
10 1924, 10 letters
11 1925-1937, 4 letters
12 From Nettie Weiss, 1916, 14 letters
13 From Irene Putnam, 1898-1903, 8 letters

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Box 4: Prince Family

SeriesFolder
2 14 Christopher Prince, 1846-1850, 12 letters
15 Christopher Prince, 1851-1865, 12 letters
16 Christopher Prince, 1871-1879, 7 letters
17 Christopher Prince, undated, 3 letters
18 Hempstead Prince, 1868-1881, 26 letters
19 Hempstead Prince, 1882-1885, 32 letters
20 Hempstead Prince, 1898-1922, 32 letters
21 Hempstead Prince, undated, 37 letters
22 Hempstead Prince, envelopes, receipts and other ephemera
23 Martha Prince, 1849-June 1853, 10 letters
24 Martha Prince, July 1853-September 1853, 19 letters
25 Martha Prince, October 1853-December 1853, 13 letters
26 Martha Prince, 1854-1855, 11 letters
27 Martha Prince, 1856, 11 letters
28 Martha Prince, 1857, 1866, 1871, 13 letters
29 Martha Prince, undated, 22 letters

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Box 5: Hempstead Family

SeriesFolder
2 30 Edward Hempstead, 1832-1837, 13 letters
31 William S. Hempstead, 1846-1870, 20 letters
32 Nancy Hempstead, 1835, 1880-1884, 5 letters
33 Starr & Co., 1861-1869, 9 letters
34 Miscellaneous and unsigned, 1835-1849, 8 letters
35 Miscellaneous and unsigned, 1850-1899, 28 letters
36 Miscellaneous and unsigned, 1900-1920, 9 letters
37 Miscellaneous and unsigned, undated, 19 letters
38 Bills and receipts, 1835-1900
39 Envelopes

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Box 6: Mary Bolles Branch

SeriesFolder
2 40 1852, 1861-1869, 12 letters
41 1870-1877, 20 letters
42 1880-1885, 12 letters
43 1886-1890, 17 letters
44 1891-1892, 11 letters
45 1893-1897, 15 letters
46 1901-1911, 13 letters
47 1912-1914, 9 letters
48 1916-1917, 15 letters
49 1918-1919, 12 letters
50 1920, 11 letters
51 Jan-May 1921, 9 letters
52 June-August 1921, 14 letters
53 December 1921, 18 letters (mostly cards)
54 December 1921, 15 letters
55 1922-1927, 6 letters
56 undated, 15 letters
57 John L. Branch, 6 letters

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Series 3: Miscellaneous
Box 7

SeriesFolder
31 Correspondence concerning the International anthology
  International unbound anthology
2 Hempstead House postcards
3 Hempstead House brochures
4 Letter to Mr. Rogers re: Hempstead House by Ruth Newcomb
5 Recollections of Hempstead House
6 Article in Connecticut Progress v. 12 # 6 re: historic houses
7 Sequel to the Hempstead House booklet of Mrs. Branch by Lila Parrish Lyman
8 Notes from the diary of Joshua Hempstead re: repairs to the Hempstead House
9 Antiquarian and Landmarks Society of Connecticut
10 Miscellaneous papers
11 Miscellaneous papers, including school receipts from 1830s
12 Excerpts from Walsh, Curiosities of popular customs
13 School Compositions
14 A dialogue between the devil and the rumseller -- shelved in Broadside Collection
15 John L. Branch, Without a will. Then? (1892, 1893)
15 John L. Branch, Rules of Parliamentary Procedure (1892, 1893)

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Series 4: Christodora House Publications
Box 8

Series Folder
4 1A Christodora House Papers: Dramatic Series (7 plays)
  2 Christodora House Papers: Poetry Series (5 poems)
3 Unbound Anthology: The Richard Mansfields
4 Unbound Anthology: Easter Series
5 Unbound Anthology: New London Series
6 Unbound Anthology: Connecticut College Series
7 Unbound Anthology: DAR Series 1
8 Unbound Anthology: DAR Series 2
9 Unbound Anthology: DAR Series 3
  10 Unbound Anthology: The Torn Manuscript, The Golden Touch

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Series 4: Christodora House Publications
Box 9

Series Folder
  11 Unbound Anthology: Poems about Mary Bolles Branch (4 poems)
  12 Unbound Anthology: A child's ritual for the admiration of a single flower, Solitude, Cargoes
13 Unbound Anthology: Dancer in the Shrine, Petrified Fern, She That Went Softly from Where She Taught
14 Unbound Anthology: Collection of Christmas poems
15 Unbound Anthology: My November Guest, The Sound of the Trees, Contentment, Lincoln the Man of the People, Work, Columbus, In the Beginning Was the Word
16 Unbound Anthology: St. Valentine Series
17 Unbound Anthology: Let Something Good Be Said, The Stay-At-Home, Busy Child, Connecticut Road Song, Song of a Shepherd-Boy at Bethlehem, In the Wilderness, Open Paths, In the Midst of Them
18 Unbound Anthology: Epitaph, Glimpses, In Time of the Breaking of Nations, Lonely Child, Duna, The Poet, A Picture, I Give Thanks, May is Building her House, From Sonnets of a Portrait Painter
19 Unbound Anthology: Tell Me My Heart if This Be Love, The Lady Poverty, Motherhood, Dirge in Woods, I Never See the Red Rose Crown the Year, Internal Harmony, Pandora's Song, Beautiful Meals, Invictus
20 Unbound Anthology: The Night-Piece, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, The May-Tree, To Celia, The Little Ghost, In Excelsis, The Day and the Work
  21 Unbound Anthology: The Sea Gypsy, The Fugitive, Beauty's Soul, The Joy of the Hills, Grapes from Thorns, Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms, Matin Song
22 Unbound Anthology: Autumn Song, Wind-in-the Hair and Rain-in-the-Face, The Wounded Heart, Good Friday Night, Verses Written in an Album
23 Unbound Anthology: Caedmon, The Pool, Concord Hymn, Kidd's Garden
24 Unbound Anthology: I Cannot Quite Forget, Cards and Kisses, The Day is Done, The Builders, First Sight
 

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Unbound Anthology: The Unknown Soldier, The Volunteer's Mother
  26 Unbound Anthology: The Passionate Shepherd to his Love, Build Me a House, More Than One to Make a Pancake
  27 Unbound Anthology: Signs of Rain, Ode, Who Walks with Beauty, Overtones, The House by the Side of the Road

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Series 5: Scrapbooks

Series Item
51 Hempstead House: postcards, photographs, drawings, newspaper clippings, manuscript obituary of Mary Bolles Branch, pamphlets (How can children use their influence for the good of the community, Manner of life of Nancy Hempstead, Aunt Patty's schoolroom, A visit to Newfoundland, Report of the Hempstead Family Association, Address of Hon. Elihu B. Washburne, The Old Hempstead House,
2 Professional: correspondence mostly concerning publishing, reading, and other public appearances
3 Autograph letters with some miscellaneous items: engraved invitations and correspondence; correspondents include George Viereck, Dugald Stewart Walker, Katharine Lee Bates, Marguerite Wilkinson, Edwin Markham, Elizabeth Morrow, May RIley Smith

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Series 6: Bound Manuscripts

Series Item
6 1 Anna Hempstead Branch Miscellany 1890-1895: mostly poetry, some prose, copied and dated by Mary Bolles Branch; 107 pages
2 Record of transactions conducted by John L. Branch between 1869 and 1871; transactions dated and numbered 13 983 and including real estate, inheritance, and loans
3 Datebook of the Poetry Guild for 1929: contains accounts of meetings with ambassadors in planning the International Unbound Anthology

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