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James Rundlet May papers

Description

Series VII. Papers of James Rundlet May (1841-1918), 1849-1918, undated, include correspondence, financial records, literary papers, legal documents, printed material, and maps and drawings. This collection includes several account books and material related to the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Harvard College, and Phillips Exeter Academy. This series is arranged in six subseries according to material type and then by chronology.

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Details

Collection Name
Rundlet-May family papers
Collection Code
MS025
Dates
1849-1918
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1971
Physical Description
2 boxes (over 105 items)
Finding Aid Info
Paper finding aid available in Library and Archives
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Subgroup
GUSN
173493
Reference Code
MS025.07

Historical/Biographical Note

James Rundlet May was the son of Louisa Catherine Rundlet and George Hall May and the twin brother of Jane Rundlet May. He was born in 1841. After his father's death in 1858, he and his mother and sister moved to the Rundlet house on Middle Street. He went to Phillips Exeter Academy and later graduated from Harvard. Duirng the Civil War, he was an officer in the Navy with the rank of acting assistant surgeon. He studied at Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia and received his degree in 1866; he then returned to Portsmouth. He married Mary Ann Morison in 1881. They had one child, Ralph May, who became the final resident of the Rundlet-May house. James Rundlet May was active in local charitable work. He was a director of the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for more than 45 years and was its treasurer and president. He was also a member of the Federal Fire Society for over 50 years. He died in 1918.

Arrangement

This subgroup is arranged in the following series:1. Correspondence, 1849-19182. Financial records, 1854-19163. Legal papers, 1874-18964. Literary papers, 1854-19165. Printed materials, 1856-19166. Maps and drawings , undated

Record details

Originator
May, James Rundlet, 1841-1918 (Correspondent)
Other People
May, Louisa Catherine (Rundlet), 1817-1895
May, Mary Ann (Morison), 1844-1936
Peabody, Andrew P. (Andrew Preston), 1811-1893
Rundlet, Edward, 1805-1874
Other Organizations
Federal Fire Society
Harvard College (1636-1780)
New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Phillips Exeter Academy
Portsmouth Academy (Portsmouth, NH)
Descriptive Terms
charitable societies
genealogy (discipline)
higher education
poetry
theater (discipline)
Material Type
account books
correspondence
financial records
housebooks
legal documents
publications
scrapbooks
writings (document genre)
Subjects
Dog
Places
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Places (Buildings)
Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.)

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