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Series 22: Packer family, circa 1850-1990s, inclusive


0.6 Cubic Feet in six boxes

Scope and Contents

The series contains materials related to the Packer family (primarily Mrs. W.S. (Harriet L.) Packer, Miss Harriet P. Packer, and Mrs. W.S. (Mary K.) Packer Jr.), dating from circa 1850 to the 1990s.

Items relating to Mrs. W.S. (Harriet L.) Packer include her correspondences and a journal. The correspondence to and from Mrs. Packer covers a wide variety of topics. Mrs. Packer's journal details a trip to Europe taken between May and August of 1854. Also included in this series is a speech about Mrs. Packer by Mrs. Truman Jay Backus. The speech provides a description of Mrs. Packer's character, her devotion to women's education, and her vision of the Packer School.

The series includes material relating to the daughter of Mrs. W.S. Packer, Miss Harriet P. Packer, including a speech delivered at Packer's jubilee celebration and numerous letters regarding Miss Packer's death in 1909.

The series also contains the memoirs of Mrs. W.S. (Mary K.) Packer, Jr. The memoirs describe the impacts of the Civil War on the school, and family events such as the meeting with Mr. W.S. Packer Jr., her subsequent engagement and marriage to him. Historical information dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War: John Brown's raid, the nomination of Abraham Lincoln, the first Battle of Bull Run, Gettysburg, are the main subjects of individual chapters.

It also includes correspondence between Mrs. Packer and Mary discussing her attempt at attending college after a long period of absence due to poor health. The correspondence depicts a college bound curriculum.

The series also contains photographs (mostly reproductions) and portraits of members of the Packer family, including a daguerreotype of William Packer and images of the Packer mansion on Grace Court.

Packer Family photographs, circa 19th century, inclusive

Box: 308, Folder: 11 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

Packer Family photographs (oversize), circa 19th century, inclusive

Box: 307, Folder: 7 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

William Packer daguerreotype, 1840s-1850s, inclusive

Box: 228, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)

Benjamin Putnam portrait, circa 1850, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 12 (Material Type: Text)

Letters from Mrs. William S. Packer to Trustees of Brooklyn Female Academy 1853 January 25. Original copy and a Typed Transcription, 1853, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 10 (Material Type: Text)

Diary of Mrs. Packer's, European Trip, May 20 – September, 1854, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 11 (Material Type: Text)

Packer, Mrs. Harriet L. Two letters from 1854 trip both to "My dear Nanny…" Written to house sitter? Originals in Mylar, difficult to read. Transcribed in 1931?, 1854, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 12 (Material Type: Text)

Packer, Mrs. Harriet L., Founder. Two Letters from 1853 – 1865. The First Letter Concerns Accommodations and Construction of the Packer Building. The Second Letter pertains to the Long Island Fair., 1853-1865, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 13 (Material Type: Text)

Packer, Mrs. Harriet L., Correspondence and Recommendations for Teachers, Board of Trustees, Scholarship Recipients, 1863-1958, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 14 (Material Type: Text)

Packer Mansion - 2 Grace Court copy negative, circa 1890s, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 13 (Material Type: Text)

General note


Packer Mansion - 2 Grace Court photographs, circa 1890s, inclusive

Box: 543, Folder: - (Material Type: Text)

General note

Oversize. Two prints and one photocopy.

Harriet Packer playing chess with family at 2 Grace Court photograph, 1891, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 14 (Material Type: Text)

Harriet Putnam Packer portraits, circa 1890s-1926, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 15 (Material Type: Text)

William and Harriet Packer portrait reproductions, 20th century, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 16 (Material Type: Text)

Miss Harriet P. Packer, 1903 – 1908; Speech regarding Jubilee celebration and importance of distinguishing between Brooklyn Female Academy and Packer Institute; Draft letters to Miss Packer from Committee on Instruction, 1904 re: student organization fundraising groups; A letter from Miss Packer about student injury to Prof. Alden Chairman of Administration Committee1908 Claiming the Need for Greater Police Presence., 1903-1908, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 15 (Material Type: Text)

Packer, Harriet P. (Miss): Letters regarding Miss Harriet P. Packer's sudden death in 1909 November, 1909, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 16 (Material Type: Text)

Stereograms of Packer Mansion and hand drawn map of Brooklyn Heights by Dr. Brockway, circa 1900s-1940s, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 17 (Material Type: Text)

Drawing of Packer Mansion (copies), circa 1980s-1990s, inclusive

Box: 519, Folder: 18 (Material Type: Text)

Harriet Packer portrait reproduction, circa 1990s, inclusive

Box: 548, Folder: - (Material Type: Text)

General note


Packer Family.15 letters, Dr. Backus correspondence primarily with Harriet P. Packer 1894 – 1906 13 letters between Harriet P and Backus. 1 letter from Mary Packer from Backus 1894., 1894-1906, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 17 (Material Type: Text)

Letters from/to Mrs. Mary K. Packer and Dr. Backus regarding her daughter Mary and her Education.1893 – 1895., 1893-1895, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 18 (Material Type: Text)

Letters from Mary K. Packer to Dr. Backus Circa. 1893 Circa 1898 with one reply from Dr. Backus to Mrs. Packer Packer, May K. Mrs. W.S., Jr., 1890s, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 19 (Material Type: Text)

Letters from and to Mary Packer regarding her donations to the school; Packer, Mary K. Mrs. W.S., Jr., 1893-1917, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 20 (Material Type: Text)

Packer, Mary K, (Mrs. W.S., Jr) Eulogy of M.K. Packer, Wife of the Only Son of the Founder, 1910s, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 21 (Material Type: Text)

General note

after 1911?

Personal Reminiscences of Mrs. William S. Packer Jr., (Mary K. Packer) Part I, 123 page Typescript. Paper Yellowing; Table of Contents Includes John Browns Raid, Nomination of Abraham Lincoln, the First Battle of Bull Run, Gettysburg, Effect of War on the school, and other notable events in Civil War Era., 1867-1870, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 22 (Material Type: Text)

Personal Reminiscences of Mrs. William S. Packer Jr., (Mary K. Packer) Part 2 1867. Table of contents includes General Lee, Greeting King William, European Trip, and Further Reminiscences; Letter Written 1870 November 1., 1867-1870, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 23 (Material Type: Text)

Speech about Mrs. Packer by Mrs. Backus, Description about her Character, Women's Education, and Vision of a School, "Intellectual democracy for rich and poor for a large well equipped, stable school with a comprehensive curriculum", 1903, inclusive

Box: 90, Folder: 24 (Material Type: Text)
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