Hollister Spencer Family Papers

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Hollister-Spencer family papers
Creator: Hollister (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.171
Dates: 1853-1978
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Hollister-Spencer family papers
Creator: Hollister (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.171
Dates: 1853-1978
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
The collection consists of material of the families of Rochesterians Harriet (Hollister) Spencer (1887-1962) and her husband Thomas G. Spencer (1884-1978). Included in the collection is correspondence the Spencers received from their two children Hollister (Holly) and Thomas. While Thomas was in Europe in 1934, he wrote numerous letters home to his parents. These often included the articles which he wrote about his travels in France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Portugal and Brussels. The following year, Holly spent the summer away and wrote home frequently. Other family related materials include a day book (1869-1887) of Sarah E. Hollister, poems written about individual family members, a catalogue of Harriet and Thomas Spencer's house belongings, and a list of Harriet Spencer's family silver pieces. There is also a scrap book (1880-1910) containing newspaper clippings of social notices and obituaries pertaining to the Hollisters, Spencers, Starks and Sibleys, along with other prose and poetry clippings. Another note book contains the obituaries of Mrs. George A. Hollister, and Emmet H. Hollister (October 6, 1853), and a memorial sermon by Rev. A. G. Hall (June 18, 1871). The collection also includes photographs of various members of the Weed, Barnes, Hollister and Spencer families.

Other material in the collection relates to projects and organizations in which the Spencers were involved. Thomas Spencer spent many years attempting to verify the authenticity of a flag, the "Lincoln Flag", which was said to have belonged to Abraham Lincoln. The correspondence accumulated through this effort dates from 1955 to 1978. Harriet Hollister Spencer, in the 1930's, was a member of the Rochester branch of the Volunteer Knitting Section of the Needlework Guild of America. The collection contains various papers relating to the organization's program to knit clothes for needy children. Later, in the 1950's, Harriet Spencer became involved in the Rochester Rose Society and was active in such projects as the Herb Lecture Series (1952), a Rose Show and exhibit (1955), and the planting of an old fashioned historical rose garden at the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences (1956).

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Spencer, Harriet Hollister, 1887-1962
Spencer, Thomas G., 1884-1978
Hollister (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Spencer (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the estate of Thomas G. Spencer, 1978.Access
The Hollister-Spencer 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
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Hollister-Spencer family papers, D.171, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Day book - Sarah E. Hollister, September 17, 1869-January 26, 1887
This folder contains a "Day BooK" by Sarah E. Hollister and is dated in 1869.

Box 1, Folder 2Class report of Thomas G. Spencer, April 15, 1890-June 10, 1890
This folder contains a class report from the spring term of 1890 on Thomas G. Spencer. Spencer went to the Bradstreet Preparatory School, 401-9 in the Beckley Building in Rochester, NY.

Box 1, Folder 3Family poems
A collection of family poems with different names signed at the end of some poems.

Box 1, Folder 4-6Correspondence, 1934-1935, 1950
Box 1, Folder 7Volunteer Knitting Section of the Needlework Guild of America, Rochester Branch, 1933
Box 1, Folder 8"Lincoln flag", 1934, 1955-1978
Box 1, Folder 9Herb Lecture Series, Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1952
This folder contains a list of recipes from Mrs. Spencer for different kinds of foods containing herbs.

Box 1, Folder 10Rose Show : Rose History, 1955
This folder contains labels for the Rose Show.

Box 1, Folder 11Rochester Rose Society, May 17, 1956-June 5, 1956
Box 1, Folder 12Rose exhibit
The rose is more than 35 million years old. The rose originally grew in the Gardens of Babylon 1200 years before Christ.

Box 1, Folder 13Catalogue of house belongings of Harriet (Hollister) and Thomas G. Spencer
Box 1, Folder 14List of family silver pieces of Harriet Hollister Spencer
Box 1, Folder 15Note book, 1853-1872
Box 2, Folder 1Scrap book, 1880-1910
This folder contains a scrapbook titled, "The Hospital Leaflet" and was devoted to the interests of the Rochester Homeopathy Hospital on 224 Alexander Street.

Box 2, Folder 2-7Weed, Barnes, Hollister and Spencer family photographs, 1880-1889


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