Munn Pixley Family Papers

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Munn-Pixley family papers
Creator: Munn family
Call Number: D.101
Dates: 1817-1935
Physical Description: 19 boxes, 24 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Educational materials
Series III: Farm business
Series IV: Images
Series V: Travel materials
Subseries I: Correspondence and materials from Ruth H. Munn's time abroad
Subseries II: Other travel materials
Series VI: Family biographical materials
Series VII: Family financial materials
Subseries I: J.P. Munn household accounts: ledgers
Subseries II: Other financial records
Series VIII: U.S. Pension Agency
Collection Overview
Title: Munn-Pixley family papers
Creator: Munn family
Call Number: D.101
Dates: 1817-1935
Physical Description: 19 boxes, 24 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The papers consist of family correspondence between members of the Munn and Pixley families of Gates, N.Y. and the Hanford family of Scottsville, N.Y. Edwin George Munn (1804-1847) married Aristeen Pixley in 1834. They had two children, Frances Emily Munn Field (1844-1873) and John Pixley Munn (1846-1931). E.G. Munn had two sisters; Emily Munn, who died about 1843, and Fanny Munn. Fanny Munn (1811-1893) married the brother of Aristeen (Pixley) Munn, John Lewis Pixley (1812-1893) in 1849. They had two surviving children, Edwin Munn Pixley (Ned) 1850-19- and Mary Cornelia Pixley (Nelly) b. 1854. The Munns and Pixleys lived on a farm in Gates, N.Y. at a place known variously as the Munn farm or Paradise Hill. The principal cash crop grown was table grapes.

John Pixley Munn attended local schools, the Rochester High School and entered the University of Rochester in 1865. He dropped out in 1867 because of poor health and worked with his sister for a year in the U.S. Pension Office in Canandagua, N.Y. He graduated in 1870 and returned to the Pension Office before entering Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City in 1872, graduating in 1876. John Pixley Munn entered private practice and also became medical examiner for the United States Life Insurance Company, in 1877 and was eventually named a director of the company, and elected president in 1902. He also served as trustee of the University of Rochester from 1886-until his death in 1931. John Pixley Munn married Martha Buell Plum in 1881. They had two children, Aristeen Pixley Munn and James Buell Munn.

Aristeen (Pixley) Munn's sister Abbey (1822-1885) married William Haynes Hanford Jr. of Scottsville, N.Y. They had six children: Franklin Hanford, Ellis (Hanford) Curtiss (Ella), Charles Lewis Hanford (Lew), the twins Nancy Jane (Nanny) and Mary Frances (Fanny), and Emma (Hanford) Smith, Franklin Hanford (1844-1928) was educated with the Munn and Pixley children at Rochester High School. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Newport, Rhode Island in 1862 and graduated in 1866. He cruised in the Caribbean 1866-1869, then was sent for duty on the Far East and served in Vietnam, China and Japan. He was promoted to Captain in 1901 and retired as a Rear Admiral in 1903. (For more information, see the Franklin Hanford Papers and the Hanford-Munn Family Papers.)

Scope and Content
The collection includes correspondence, school compositions, farm records, pension office correspondence, photographs, including daguerreotype and ambrotype portraits, personal account books and receipts.

The earlier section of the correspondence (1835-1850) is addressed to Fanny Munn before her marriage to John Lewis Pixley in 1849. Principal correspondents are the Edward Van Rensselear family who settled in southern Ohio about 1840.

The latter part of the correspondence is addressed to John Pixley Munn and runs from 1860-1879. The principal correspondents are his sister, Frances Emily (Munn) Field, his mother Aristeen (Pixley) Munn, classmates from elementary and high school and the University of Rochester, fellow workers at the Pension Office, and Franklin Hanford who was stationed at various posts in the Caribbean, South America and the Far East, during the years 1866-1878. Letters principally deal with family events, the operation of the farm, Pension Office work, and the death of Frances Emily (Munn) Field in childbirth in 1873.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Gates
Farm life
Agriculture
Correspondence
Diaries
Financial records
Photographs
Munn family
Pixley family
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Dr. John Munn Recht, August 12, 1978.Access
The Munn-Pixley family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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[Item title, item date], Munn-Pixley family papers, D.101, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1-12Correspondence, 1817-May 1863
Box 2, Folder 1-14Correspondence, June 1863-December 1867
Box 3, Folder 1-11Correspondence, January 1868-February 1870
Box 4, Folder 1-12Correspondence, March 1870-December 1871
Box 5, Folder 1-9Correspondence, 1872
Box 6, Folder 1-13Correspondence, January 1873-December 1874
Box 7, Folder 1-12Correspondence, January 1875-December 1876
Box 8, Folder 1-17Correspondence, January 1877-1932, undated
Series II: Educational materials
Box 9, Folder 13University of Rochester Class of 1870 reunion, 1880
Box 11, Folder 1John Pixley Munn compositions
Box 11, Folder 2John Pixley Munn Rochester Free Academy graduation speech, July, 1865
Box 11, Folder 3John Pixley Munn, compositions
Box 11, Folder 4John Pixley Munn, lecture notes--medical school
Box 11, Folder 5Franklin Hanford, compositions Rochester High School, 1861
Box 11, Folder 6Franklin Hanford, school compositions sent to John Pixley Munn
Box 11, Folder 7-8Frances Emily (Munn) Field, school essays
Box 11, Folder 9Frances Emily (Munn) Field, compositions
Box 11, Folder 10Frances Emily (Munn) Field, autobiographical essay
Box 11, Folder 11Frances Emily (Munn) Field, French exercises
Box 11, Folder 12Frances Emily (Munn) Field, school essay book
Box 11, Folder 13Frances Emily (Munn) Field, teacher's certificate, 1865
Box 11, Folder 14-15Mary Cornelia Pixley, school essays
Box 11, Folder 16Books written by Hanford and Munn children
Box 11, Folder 17Handwritten programs, 1864
Box 11, Folder 18School notes
Box 11, Folder 19Fanny Munn Field, school essays
Box 11, Folder 20Fanny Munn Field, school notebook, 1895
Box 12;
Box 13
John Pixley Munn, lecture notes
Volume 22Martha Buell (Plum) Munn, French exercise book, 1874-1875
Series III: Farm business
Box 14, Folder 1Aristeen Pixley Munn, receipts and bills, 1848-1917
Box 14, Folder 2John Lewis Pixley, correspondence with fruit dealers, 1867
Box 14, Folder 3Merchants Union Express Co. receipt book, 1867
Box 14, Folder 4Memoranda of grapes, 1867
Box 14, Folder 5Accounts with grape pickers
Box 14, Folder 6Tax receipts, Gates farm, 1897-1905
Box 14, Folder 7Aristeen Pixley Munn, account book, 1883-1893
Box 14, Folder 8Gates farm, 1933-1935
Series IV: Images
Box 17Photographs
Box 18Mounted photographs of the Munn farm, Gates, NY
Photographs of Munn Farm, Gates, NY and members of Munn, Pixley and Hanford families, circa 1890-1900
Besty (Lewis) Pratt
Ambrotype

Corneila Pixley
Ambrotype

Chester Field (father of Reuben Field)
Ambrotype

Aristeen (Pixley) Hickox
Ambrotype

Photograph album belonging to Aristeen (Pixley) Munn
Photograph album belonging to Jane Pixley
Photograph album probably belonging to Francis Emily (Munn) Field
Box 18ADaguerreotypes
Series V: Travel materials
Subseries I: Correspondence and materials from Ruth H. Munn's time abroad
Box 19, Folder 1Correspondence, 1935-1949
Box 19, Folder 2Correspondence, 1950-1951
Box 19, Folder 3Correspondence, 1952-1954
Box 19, Folder 4Correspondence, 1955
Box 19, Folder 5Correspondence, January-February 1956
Box 19, Folder 6Correspondence, March 1956
Box 19, Folder 7Correspondence, April 1956
Box 19, Folder 8Correspondence, May-June 1956
Box 19, Folder 9Correspondence, 1959-1976
Box 19, Folder 10Letter, August 13, 19--
Box 19, Folder 11Envelope, July 2, 1956
Box 19, Folder 12Correspondence, undated
Box 19, Folder 13Miscellany, 1951-1975
Box 19, Folder 14Miscellany, undated
Subseries II: Other travel materials
Box 9, Folder 11Martha Buell (Plum) Munn, journal of European trip, May 1877-July 1878
Box 15Trip diary to Europe, Summer 1877
Series VI: Family biographical materials
Box 9, Folder 1Fanny (Munn) Pixley and Emily Munn, lease of brick store in LeRoy, N.Y.
Box 9, Folder 4John Pixley Munn, diary, 1861
Box 9, Folder 10Credentials for Monroe County Republican Convention
Box 9, Folder 12Menus for dinner at J. P. Munn house
Box 9, Folder 17Frances Emily (Munn) Field, diary, 1864
Box 9, Folder 18Frances Emily (Munn) Field, diary, 1865
Box 9, Folder 19Frances Emily (Munn) Field, tribute and list of wedding presents
Box 9, Folder 20Fanny Munn Field, autograph book
Box 9, Folder 21Aristeen (Pixley) Munn, album, 1834
Box 9, Folder 22Aristeen (Pixley) Munn, greetings from Gates Presbyterian Church on 95th birthday
Box 9, Folder 23Eulogy at funeral of Aristeen (Pixley) Munn
Box 9, Folder 24Newspaper clippings about Munn family
Box 9, Folder 25Manuscript fragments
Box 15Martha Buell (Plum) Munn, diaries
Box 15Diaries, 1885-1890, 1892-1915, 1917-1918
Box 16Fanny Munn Field diaries, 1880-1889, 1891-1895, 1922-1926
Also includes unidentified diaries, 1912-1914

Series VII: Family financial materials
Subseries I: J.P. Munn household accounts: ledgers
Volume 11881-1885
Volume 21883-1889
Volume 3, Volume 41884-1887
Volume 5, Volume 61884-1894
Volume 71885-1893
Volume 81890-1900
Volume 91893-1899
Volume 101894-1899
Volume 111899-1902
Volume 121899-1903
Volume 131900-1903
Volume 141903-1904
Volume 151903-1905
Volume 161904-1907
Volume 171905-1906
Volume 181906-1909
Volume 191907-1908
Volume 201908-1912
Volume 211909-1915
Volume 23Linen list, 1886-1887
Volume 24Interest tables, 1859
Subseries II: Other financial records
Box 9, Folder 2Fanny (Munn) Pixley and Emily Munn, accounts
Box 9, Folder 3Summons for foreclosure, 1868
Box 9, Folder 5John Pixley Munn, University of Rochester--tuition bills
Also includes: John Pixley Munn, Admission cards to Bellvue Hospital Medical College, 1872-73, 1873-74

Box 9, Folder 6John Pixley Munn, account book, 1855-1861
Box 9, Folder 7John Pixley Munn, account book, 1863-1864
Box 9, Folder 8John Pixley Munn, receipts, 1870-1880
Box 9, Folder 9John Pixley Munn, blank receipts
Box 9, Folder 14John Pixley Munn will, 1915, 1921
Box 9, Folder 15Edwin Munn Pixley, tuition receipts
Box 9, Folder 16Thaddeus Hanford, Seattle land speculation, 1870's
Box 15Linen list, 1889
Series VIII: U.S. Pension Agency
Box 10, Folder 1U.S. Pension Agency. Canandagua, N.Y., correspondence and records
Box 10, Folder 2U.S. Pension Agency. Canandagua, N.Y., employer wit and humor
Box 10, Folder 3Newspaper articles written by Leander M. Drury


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