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Phillips family papers. Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers

Description

The Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers (MS049) reflect the personal interests and social activities of Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) of Salem, Massachusetts. The collection includes papers relating to her hobbies and pastimes; club and committee work; correspondence; financial records; social engagements; and other interests and activities. The collection is arranged in three series.

Background:

In 1996, the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation acquired the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust for Historic Preservation House (now the Phillips House), in Salem, Massachusetts, from Bessie "Betty" Gertrude (Wright) Phillips (1906-1996), wife of Stephen "Stevie" Phillips (1907-1971). In 2006, Historic New England acquired the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust for Historic Preservation House (now the Phillips House) at 34 Chestnut Street in Salem, Massachusetts, from the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation. The papers contained within the house at the time of Historic New England's acquisition formed the bases of the collection: Phillips family papers (now MS051). Portions of the Phillips family papers (MS051) had been divided into smaller collections and partially processed and/or inventoried by the staff of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust for Historic Preservation House (now the Phillips House): Phillips Family Papers, 1770-1909: Guide to the Collection (now MS051); Anna P. Phillips Collection (now MS043); Stephen Phillips Collection (now MS044); Inventory of Stephen Willard Phillips Papers: Unprocessed Collection (now MS046); and Duncan Family Papers: Finding Aid (now MS047 and MS048).

Update: 2013-2014

In 2013-2014, through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13: "Family Manuscript Collections: Expanding Online Access to New England Heritage Project"), twenty-six Historic New England manuscript collections of family papers were re-evaluated and processed/reprocessed to meet current archival standards and "best practices;" corresponding finding aids were created/updated to be DACS-compliant and converted into electronic Microsoft Word document form; and the finding aids were made accessible/searchable online through the use of the Minisis M2A archival database of the Minisis Collections Management System. The Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers (MS049) were part of the grant project.

During the 2013-2014 collection processing, materials were sorted according to record types and/or topic; a rudimentary arrangement scheme was applied to the collection; folder titles were created; and the collection was housed in legal-size, acid-free folders and boxes. Most of the papers throughout the collection were removed from envelopes (if applicable), unfolded, and flattened; most oversize material was rehoused appropriately (or interleafed within file boxes, as applicable); and a few fragile and vulnerable items were placed in enclosures or interleafed within folders, as appropriate. Folders and boxes were numbered, labeled, barcoded, and stored accordingly. Scope and content notes were created; brief research was engaged to create a biographical/ historical sketch; and related collections held by Historic New England and other repositories were researched and noted. A DACS-compliant, electronic 2010-2013 Microsoft Word document finding aid was created (with corresponding paper finding aid) and entered into the collection record in the Minisis M2A online database.

NOTE: Processing/updating the collection and making the finding aid accessible online were made possible through grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Award Number: NAR13-RH-50051-13), the Bedford Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Details

Collection Name
Phillips family papers. Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers
Collection Code
MS049
Dates
1869-1957, undated
Abstract
Address book; advertisements; calendar; cards; catalogues; clippings; club and committee records; correspondence; ephemera; financial records; games; menus; newsletters; notebook; pamphlet; paper dolls; passport; printed material; scrapbook; sketches; travel material; etc.; relating to the personal interests and social activities of Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) of Salem, Massachusetts.
Date of Acquisition
2006
Physical Description
2.0 linear ft. (2 cartons)

Finding Aid Info
An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England's Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library and Archives.

Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Collection
Custodial History
Accessions:
·2006: Acquisition of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust for Historic Preservation House (now the Phillips House), in Salem, Massachusetts, and all of its contents to Historic New England from the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Credit Line
Acquired from the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation, 2006
GUSN
289802
Reference Code
MS049

Historical/Biographical Note

Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on December 1, 1877. Her parents were Norman E. Borden (1850-1884), a bookkeeper, and Nannie J. (Brayton) Borden (1853-1905). She was a member of the freshman class at Vassar College in 1896 but does not appear to have continued study there. Nannie married James Duncan Phillips (1876-1954) at her family's ancestral home in England in 1907. The couple traveled extensively and established a home at a farm in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Ms. Phillips was a member of the Society of Arts and Crafts of Boston and pursued several artistic endeavors, including toy making, art pottery, and embroidery.

Sources
Massachusetts Birth Records, 1840-1915, Fall River (ancestry.com) U. S. School Yearbooks, Vassar College, 1896 (ancestry.com) archived webpage for "Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery," April 13-September 30, 2001, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Activities, hobbies and pastimes. Series II. Correspondence, cards, and invitations. Series III. Other papers.

*Collection housing/storage code: #x.x=file box (i.e., #1.2= file box 1, folder 2); C=carton; FB=folio box; FF=fragile files; MB=multi-purpose box; OB=oversize box/folder; OV=oversize volume; VF=vertical files/flat files

Record details

Originator
Phillips, Nannie Jencks (Borden), 1877-1963
Other People
Borden, Norman E., Jr., 1880-1972
Borden, Norman E., Sr., 1850-1884
Phillips, James Duncan, 1876-1954
Phillips, Nannie Jencks (Borden), 1877-1963
Other Organizations
American Baptist Foreign Mission Society
American Women's Club
British Museum
Essex Institute
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Parkinson & Burr
Society of Arts and Crafts
Spencer Trask & Co.
Topsfield Church (Topsfield, Mass.)
Descriptive Terms
accounts
clippings (information artifacts)
clubs (associations)
correspondence
financial records
games
horticulture
legal documents
museums (institutions)
paper dolls
photographs
poems
scrapbooks
sketches
travel
Material Type
personal papers
Places
Egypt
London (Greater London, England, United Kingdom)
New York City (New York state)
Palestine [historical region]
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Topsfield (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.)
Restrictions
·This collection is available for research. Arrangements to access the collection must be made in advance.
·Unrestricted.
·Note: due to aging materials and condition of the materials, the whole of the collection requires handling with care.

Location Note
HAV-01-701-C-H-204
Related Items
Phillips family papers. Anna Pingree (Wheatland) Phillips (1870-1938) papers
Phillips family papers. Stephen "Stevie" Phillips (1907-1971) papers
Phillips family papers. Stephen Henry Phillips (1823-1897) papers
Phillips family papers. Stephen Willard Phillips (1873-1955) papers
Phillips family papers. James Duncan Phillips (1876-1954) papers
Phillips family papers. Margaret (Duncan) Phillips (1847-1926) papers
Phillips family papers. Stephen Clarendon Phillips (1801-1857) papers
Phillips family papers. Papers of other Phillips family members
Phillips family film collection, 1925-mid-1940s
Accruals Note
Accruals are not expected.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Note
The following items have been temporarily removed from the collection and will be catalogued separately at a future date:
·Bulk publications

Conservation Note
See Scope and Content
Language Note
Materials in English

Preferred Citation
·[Item identification.] Phillips family papers. Nannie Jencks (Borden) Phillips (1877-1963) papers (MS049). Historic New England, Library and Archives.


Processing Information
·2014 July: Originally processed by Alyssa Ramirez, archives assistant; with assistance from Bridgette A. Woodall, project archivist; Megan E. Gallagher, intern; and Jennifer Pustz, museum historian

Rules and Conventions
Finding aid is DACS-compliant

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