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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

poetry
genealogy (discipline)
higher education
theater (discipline)
charitable societies
correspondence
financial records
writings (document genre)
legal documents
publications
account books
housebooks
scrapbooks

Physical Description

2 boxes (over 105 items)

Finding Aid Info

Paper finding aid available in Library and Archives

Collection Code

MS025

Collection Name

Rundlet-May family papers

Date of Acquisition

1971

Reference Code

MS025.07

Acquisition Type

Gift

Places

Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)

Record Details

Originator

May, James Rundlet, 1841-1918 (Correspondent)

Material Type

correspondence
financial records
writings (document genre)
legal documents
publications
account books
housebooks
scrapbooks

Other People

May, Mary Ann (Morison), 1844-1936
May, Louisa Catherine (Rundlet), 1817-1895
Rundlet, Edward, 1805-1874
Peabody, Andrew P. (Andrew Preston), 1811-1893

Other Organizations

Federal Fire Society
Phillips Exeter Academy
New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Harvard College (1636-1780)
Portsmouth Academy (Portsmouth, NH)

Subjects

Dog

Description Level

Subgroup

Historical/Biographical Note

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

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