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Series VII, Papers of Alice "Ahla" Newbold Codman (1866-1923), 1881-1923, undated: The largest subseries in the collection is letters received. Spanning the period from 1884 to 1923, it includes correspondence from a variety of places and persons in different circumstances. For instance, the letters of Geraldine de Koon-korner relate the experiences of a woman who, having lost her livelihood becomes a governess in Czarist Russia. On the other hand, the letters of the Grey-Egertons portray life in the English upper class. Correspondence with French prisoners of war as well as with Henrietta T. Reubell, an expatriate living in France through much of the period, illuminates the effects of World War I. Much of Alice's correspondence, however, is with her family, primarily her mother and numerous cousins: Martha Codman Karolik, Edith Newbold, Morris Ogden, Emma Ogden, and various Bradlees. For this reason, the correspondence of "Mabel" has been left as a separate sub-subseries rather than being included in general correspondence, because the letters indicate she is a cousin. Alice Codman kept much of her correspondence in groups; many of her letters were found tied in bundles, roughly by year and correspondent or subject matter. One such sub-subseries is that of condolence letters, which includes all the letters she received relating to the death of her mother in July, 1922. This sub-sub\- series has been left intact even when separate series exist for the correspondents. Occasionally, what appears to have been a letter sent occurs in this subseries. These have been attached to the letter with which they were found because such replies were not in the nature of a carbon or fair copy. They did not include independent identifying information such as a date, or any indication that they were actually sent, and were usually pencil-written with numerous scratch-outs.

However, a small collection of letters sent is separate from the rest of the correspondence. This includes a sub-subseries of letters sent to her mother in 1883, detailing her visit to the Grey-Egertons at their country seat and in London; carbons of letters to her brother Ogden and friend Mary B. Sherman; and a note book of fair copies of letters written in French to the soldiers to whom she sent gifts under the auspices of the relief agency "Mon Soldat" in 1916. This series includes not only diaries but also calendars. The volumes cover the period from 1893 to 1921, but not necessarily with equal thoroughness. This sub-subseries contains Alice's report card, on the back of a bill paid to the College de Saint-Servan in 1883. Of note in this subseries is a Codman genealogy, printed in 1882, detailing the Codman Family of England, and a sub-subseries entitled "newspaper clippings, information on acquaintances." This sub-subseries includes all loose clippings on family members and acquaintances that were not found with specific letters. No attempt has been made to determine whether these drawings and paintings, which are for the most part unsigned, were done by Alice Codman. However, it can be assumed that those signed "a.n.c." are hers. Also a receipt for the sub-subseries "landscape studies" exists in her financial series and the notes on the drawings appear to be in her hand. Of particular interest is the sub-subseries "landscapes" which includes many paintings of the "Grange" and the Lincoln countryside. Collection count: 60 volumes and 1,710 items. The series is arranged in four subseries.

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Collection Name
Codman family papers
Collection Code
MS001
Dates
1882-1923, undated
Physical Description
Correspondence
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Sub-series
GUSN
295621
Reference Code
MS001.07.01

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Material Type
correspondence

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