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William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers, 1888-1955

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1899-1955
(Box 1; 0.25 linear feet)

Correspondence includes many letters from Pearmain to his mother and other family members written while he was attending the Milton Academy and Harvard, ca. 1900-1906, and while studying art and traveling in Paris and Italy, 1907-1908. There are letters from Pearmain to his wife Nancy, and from both of them to their parents, written from New York City, Dublin, New Hampshire, the Adirondacks, and Pittsburgh. The majority of William's letters discuss his education, time spent in Europe between 1907-1908, his marriage and family, dissatisfaction with his career, and his factory work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
There are a few letters to Robert, including one from Margaret Sanger thanking him for the use of the Dublin house and asking him to write about the "Pittsburgh situation for the Call"; letters to Nancy, mainly of condolence, from John Graham Brooks, Rockwell Kent, William Sanger, and Alexander Beckman. There is a letter from George de Forest Brush to Robert's mother, circa 1906 or 1907, discussing her unhappiness about Robert leaving Harvard and staying with the Brush family in Italy; a copy of a letter from Samuel Clemens to George de Forest Brush is also found.
Other family correspondence is between Nancy, Polly, Sarah Upton, Sumner, Alice, Margaret, and Jack Pearmain.
Description Container Select
General, circa 1900s
1
6
Condolence Letters, 1912
1
7
Brush, George de Forest, circa 1907
1
8
Clemens, Samuel, 1908
1
9
Denton, William D., 1906
1
10
Henderson, C. Handford, 1902-circa 1909
1
11
McClennen, Joshua, 1934
1
12
Osgood, Dr. Hamilton, 1905-1906
1
13
Pearmain, Alice Upton, circa 1910s
1
14
Pearmain, John "Jack,", 1955
1
15
Pearmain, Margaret, 1907
1
16
Pearmain, Mary "Polly,", circa 1920s
1
17
Pearmain, Nancy, 1907-1916, 1942, circa 1910s
(2 folders)
1
18-19
Pearmain, William Robert, 1899-1912
(4 folders)
1
20-23
Sanger, Margaret, circa 1912
1
24
Upton, Sarah M., 1906
1
25

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