United States: c.1846-c.1970. A small family archive comprised of ten (10) items: one album, two drawing books, a photographic portrait, and several pieces of miscellaneous ephemera related to the related Harmon and Peck families, dating from c.1836 to c.1970. Highlights include: the c.1836 friendship album of Miss Cornelia Harmon (1819-1898), wife of Hiram Hanson Peck (1815-1900); two stipple engraved portraits of Daniel Williams Harmon Esq. (1778-1843), a fur trader and diarist from Vermont; a c.1870 hand-colored photograph of Jane Harmon (dates unknown); and two drawing books belonging to Nellie Peck (dates unknown) c.1900.
The items include:
Friendship Album of Miss Cornelia Harmon (1819-1898), wife of Hiram Hanson Peck (1815-1900). New Milford, c.1836. About one quarter of the album has been filled with poetry and well-wishes from friends, pressed flowers, and a couple of small original watercolors. 4to (7.5" by 6"), approx. 75 leaves bound in original navy sheep stamped in gold, Harmon's name also stamped in gold on upper cover.
Two (2) stipple-engraved portraits of Daniel Williams Harmon Esq. (1778-1843), sometime excised from an unidentified publication. Dates to approx. 1840s. Measure 3.75" by 2.5" and 5.5" by 4.5".
Hand-colored photograph of Jane Harmon (dates unknown) dating from approx. 1870. Measures approx. 7.5" by 5.5", mounted on card measuring 9.75" by 7.75", photography by W.A. Beers of New Haven.
Printed funeral notice dated January 22nd, 1873 for the funeral of Chauncey H. Peck (1804-1873) of Ogdensburgh, New York. Measures 7" by 4.5", verso blank.
Printed Graduation Announcement for the Locust Hill Seminary of Yonkers, New York, dated June 25, 1874, and listing Anna C. Peck as one of three graduating women. Measures 3" by 5.25", verso blank.
Two (2) drawings books, each measuring approx. 7.5" by 9.5" and with approx. 10 pp. and tissue guards, filled with drawings by Nellie Peck (dates unknown). Original marbled wrappers with printed labels (loose).
c.1910 handwritten genealogy of Peck ancestor Christopher Avery (dates unknown, born c.1600). Bifolium measuring 7" by 4.5", with seal of the Daughters of the American Revolution at head.
Two (2) typewritten letters from the American Library Service addressed to Mrs. A.C. Gregg of Binghamton, New York, asking her to kindly remit payment for a book on Peck Genealogy. Both dated 1924, and measure 8.5" by 5.5" and are on ALS letterhead.
c.1970s typewritten biographical account of Peck ancestor Christopher Avery, who immigrated from England to America in 1630, measuring 8.5" by 6.5". Accompanied by duplicate.
c.1970s typewritten transcription of a letter dated September 29th, 1816, from the famous poet Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) to Nancy Harmon. Letter discusses Sigourney's affection for her friend and their mutual love of God. Two leaves measuring 12.75" by 8", versos blank. Good. Flaws include: toning; chipping and short tears; wear to extremities; minor dust soiling; spotting; paper beginning to brittle on some items. Bindings on all three volumes worn, with spine lacking on friendship album and upper board loose, some leaves appear to be missing.