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Hare Family Papers

Call Number

MS 277


1873-1962 (Bulk 1884-1930), inclusive


Hair family


1 Linear feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English .


The Hare Family Papers consist of the personal papers of New York City attorney Montgomery Hare (1870-1932), his wife Constance Parsons Hare (1873-?), and material by the Parsons family.

Biographical Summary For Montgomery Hare and Constance Parsons Hare:

Missing Title

1870 Montgomery Hare born in Orange, New Jersey to J. Montgomery Hare and Mary Meredith Hare. His siblings include Meredith, William, Morin, and Mary.
1873 Constance Parsons born to John E. Parsons and Mary McIlvaine Parsons, the youngest of six children including Mary (Mamie), Edith, Helen, Herbert, and Gertrude.
1884-1889 Montgomery Hare attends Groton School in Massachusetts.
1893 He receives his B.A. from Yale University.
1897 Montgomery Hare graduates from Columbia University Law School and is admitted to the bar.
1902-1906 He holds the office of Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City.
1905 Montgomery Hare runs unsuccessfully for Alderman of the 31st Aldermanic District.
1908 With Thomas E. Rush, Montgomery Hare forms law partnership Rush & Hare.
1908 Montgomery Hare and Constance Parsons are married.
1909 First son Michael Meredith Hare born.
1911 Second son Montgomery Hare born.
1919 Montgomery Hare ends law partnership with Thomas E. Rush and establishes the firm, Shearn & Hare with Clarence J. Shearn.
1932 Montgomery Hare dies on July 8, at the age of sixty-two.
1953 Constance Parsons Hare turns eighty years old. The date of her death is unclear.


The collection is arranged according to family member or type of material.

The papers are organized into the following seven series:

Missing Title

  1. Series 1: Montgomery Hare, 1884-1930, undated
  2. Series 2: Constance Parsons Hare, 1873-1962, undated
  3. Series 3: John Edward Parsons, 1910-1916, undated
  4. Series 4: Other Members of the Hare and Parsons Family, 1917-1929, undated
  5. Series 5: Clippings, 1908-1929, undated
  6. Series 6: Memorabilia, 1896-1951, undated
  7. Series 7: Photographs, 1915-1953, undated

Scope and Content Note

The Hare Family Papers largely document the personal relationships within the Hare family and within the Parsons family, which was the family of Montgomery Hare's wife Constance. The bulk of the material is correspondence among family members. Neither Montgomery Hare's nor John E. Parsons's business affairs are represented within this collection.

The collection represents family relationships in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Parent/child relationships are represented through the letters to Montgomery Hare from his parents while he was away at school and later Hare's letters to his own children while they were away. Family relationships are also documented in the letters to Constance Parsons Hare from her children and her sisters.

The Library of Congress Name Authority File spells the family name "Hare" as "Hair."

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Hare Family Papers, the New-York Historical Society.


Donation by Peter H. Hare, grandson of Montgomery and Constance Hare, 1999.

Separated Material

Oversize diplomas and photographs are stored in the small oversize case, drawer one.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Further material relating to Constance Parsons Hare and the Parsons family can be found within the Parsons Family Papers at the New-York Historical Society.

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Processed by Maurita Baldock

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Language: Description is in English.

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