Lily Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough collection
Language of Materials
A small collection of images, primarily of Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, compiled by Lily's biographer, Sally E. Svenson. Svenson's book is also in the collection.
Biographical / Historical
Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, was born Eliza Warren Price on June 10, 1854, in Troy, New York. The name "Lily" developed in childhood as a nickname that she came to be known by throughout her life. Her first husband, Louis Hamersley, was a New Yorker who died when Lily was only twenty-eight. She then married George Charles Spencer-Churchill, the eighth Duke of Marlborough, in 1888. This marriage made her the highest-ranking American peeress in England and the first American duchess in fifty years. The Duke died in 1892. In 1895, Lily married the English lord, William de la Poer Beresford. In 1897, Lily had her first, and only child, William. Her husband William died in 1900 and Lily died in 1909.
(The above note was based on Sally E. Svenson's biography of Lily, which is in this collection.)
The collection is arranged by format.
Scope and Contents
A small collection of images, primarily of Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, compiled by Lily's biographer, Sally E. Svenson. The images are in the form of two original cabinet cards, magazine tear sheets, reproductions of photographs, and two digital files on two CDs. Svenson's book is also in the collection.
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Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, email@example.com. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.
Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions
The collection should be cited as: Lily Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough collection, PR 447, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.
Location of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Sally E. Svenson, 2022.
About this Guide
The collection was processed by archivist Larry Weimer in August 2022.