Mary Desha papers

Abstract

The Mary Desha papers (dated 1889-1910, undated; 1.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) primarily consists of letters and printed materials dealing with Mary Desha's work with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mary Desha papers
Extent
1.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Genealogy.
Spanish-American War, 1898.
Women -- Societies and clubs
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Jerica Lowe
Preferred Citation
52m6, Mary Desha papers, 1889-1910, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Desha (1850-1911) was the daughter of John R. and Mury Curry Desha. Mary Desha attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky (later the University of Kentucky) and taught school in Lexington until 1885 she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a governmental clerk. From 1888-1889, she worked as a school teacher in Alaska, later returning to Washington, D.C. where she worked in civil service until her death in 1911. In the fall of 1890, Mary Desha and three other women, Eugenia Washington, Ellen Hardin Walworth, and Mary S. Lockwood, founded the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C. Desha was a member of the Montgomery chapter in the District of Columbia and became the National Secretary. During the Spanish-American War (1898) she served as the Assistant Director of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps.
Scope and Content
The Mary Desha papers (dated 1889-1910, undated; 1.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) primarily consists of letters and printed materials dealing with Mary Desha's work with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The majority of the letters consists of letters from various local DAR chapters members. Topics in these letters include questions regarding DAR rules and regulations, information about prospective members, and general organization matters. Additional items include printed material related to the DAR and her time as the Assistant Director of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1889-1910, undated

Letters, 1889 July 10 - May 16, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letters, 1893 February 7 - December 31

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letters, 1894 January 1 - March 8

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letters, 1894 July 2 - August 31

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Letters, 1894 September 1 - October 2

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Letters, 1894 September 17 - October 30

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Letters, 1894 November

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Letters, 1894 November 17 - December 31

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Letters, 1896 January 2 - January 31

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Letters, 1895 February

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Letters, 1895 March 1 - April 30

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Letters, 1895 May 1 - August 27

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Letters, 1895 September 1 - December 29

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Letters, 1896 January 4 - June 12

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Letters, 1896 July 2 - December 31

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Letters, 1896 December 24 - 1897 March 18

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Letters, 1897 April 1 - December 29

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Letters, 1898 January 3 - 1899 December 24

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Letters, 1900-1910

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Letters, undated

  • Box 3, folder 1-5
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Organizations, 1890-1906, undated

Columbian Liberty Bell Work subscription lists, undated

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Delegates and Chapter Regents to the Continental Congress, undated

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee's journal (directory, D.A.R. Hospital Corps, Spanish American War), 1898

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Genealogical information especially Desha/Bledsoe families, 1890, 1906, undated

  • Box 3, folder 9
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Receipts , undated

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Universal Peace Union Work subscription lists, 1897, undated

  • Box 3, folder 11
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Various membership and committee lists, undated

  • Box 3, folder 12
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Printed materials, 1896-1898, undated

The Cuban League of the United States materials, 1896, undated

  • Box 3, folder 13
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D.A.R pamphlets, 1898

  • Box 3, folder 14
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Dramatic and Scenic Reproduction of American History program, 1897

  • Box 3, folder 15
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News clippings and ads, undated

  • Box 3, folder 16
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