Herdle Family Papers

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Herdle family papers
Creator: Herdle family
Call Number: D.335
Dates: 1840-1991
Physical Description: 10 boxes
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)
Processing Information
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Herdle family materials
Series II: Other family materials
Series III: Family housing
Series IV: Educational materials
Series V: University of Rochester
Series VI: Epitaphs and tombstones
Series VII: Miscellaneous
Collection Overview
Title: Herdle family papers
Creator: Herdle family
Call Number: D.335
Dates: 1840-1991
Physical Description: 10 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The Herdle Family is closely linked to the history of the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG). Its first director was George Herdle, son of Emma Miller Herdle. He and wife Elizabeth (Bachman) had two daughters, Gertrude and Isabel. Upon George's death in 1922, Gertrude succeeded him to become the nation's youngest art gallery director. Isabel joined her ten years later as assistant director, having graduated from the University of Rochester and studied at Harvard.

Throughout their fifty-year career, the sisters worked tirelessly, even splitting a salary during the Great Depression to keep the MAG alive. There were no endowments at the time and the Gallery sometimes had almost no money. For their efforts, the sisters were awarded the 1986 Culture and Arts Civic Award from the Chamber of Commerce and in 1990 received a special citation from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.

Following Gertrude's divorce in the 1940s, she and Isabel lived together in a farmhouse on East Avenue in Pittsford. Gertrude retired in 1962 and died in 1993. Isabel retired in 1972 with the title curator emeritus.

Scope and Content
Upon Isabel Herdle's death in 2004 at age 99, the MAG inherited most of her estate, consisting of the contents of her longtime Pittsford home. The MAG kept papers that related to their institution and transferred what became the Herdle Family Papers in November 2005. The papers include numerous photographs of the Herdle, Bachman, and Miller families, as well as material related to Gertrude's interest in tombstones as American folk art.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Art museums
Sepulchral monuments
Photographs
Legal instruments
Herdle, George Leonard, 1868-1922
Moore, Gertrude Herdle
Herdle, Isabel Catherine
University of Rochester. Memorial Art Gallery
Herdle family
Museum curators
Processing Information
Processed By: Eileen Fay.Access
The Herdle 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], Herdle family papers, D.335, 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. Processed by: Eileen Fay.
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
Series I: Herdle family materials
Box 1, Folder 9Isabel Herdle, "The Passing Seasons: Notes from a Farm's Day-Books, 1870-79", 1979
Box 1, Folder 10Herdle, "The Passing Seasons" notes
Box 1, Folder 13Moore-Herdle-Bachman family tree
Box 2, Folder 1Photograph of Gertrude Herdle
Box 2, Folder 2Photograph of George Herdle
Box 2, Folder 3Photograph of Emma Herdle (George Herdle's mother)
Box 2, Folder 4Photograph of George Herdle's father
Box 2, Folder 5Photograph of George Herdle's mother and siblings
Box 2, Folder 6Photograph of George Herdle's siblings
Box 2, Folder 7Photograph of George Herdle's friends/brothers
Box 2, Folder 8Photograph of Isabel Herdle
Box 2, Folder 9Autograph book: "Maggie" (possibly Margaret Herdle)
Box 3, Folder 4German background
Box 3, Folder 5Photograph of Gertrude Herdle (formal portrait)
Box 5, Folder 2Gertrude Herdle (formal portrait)
Box 3, Folder 6Photograph of George Herdle (formal portrait)
Box 5, Folder 3George Herdle (formal portrait)
Box 8-9Photographs of the Herdle, Bachman, and Miller families
Series II: Other family materials
Box 1, Folder 1Deed to Mount Hope Cemetery purchased by John L. Bachman, 1840
Box 1, Folder 2Warranty Deed - Wood to Beeman (Ontario County), 1892
Box 1, Folder 7Emma Bachman's 100th birthday, 1971
Box 1, Folder 8Emma Bachman's will and estate, 1972-1975
Box 2, Folder 10Bachman Family - autograph books
Box 2, Folder 11Bachman Family - Christmas, 1913
Box 2, Folder 12Photograph of John and Mary Miller Bachman, with child Elizabeth (Herdle)
Box 2, Folder 13Photograph of Bachman family - John and Mary
Box 2, Folder 14Photograph of Bachman Family - unknown
Box 2, Folder 15Photograph of Edna Bachman Scheely
Box 2, Folder 16Photograph of Bachman-Miller Family
Box 3, Folder 2Photograph of Miller Family (Emma Herdle's family)
Box 3, Folder 3Photograph of Miller girls
Box 3, Folder 7Photograph of Edna V. Bachman Scheely (formal portrait)
Box 3, Folder 8-9Photographs - unknown
Box 4, Folder 1Photo album, early 1900s
Box 4, Folder 2Postcards from Edna Scheely, 1910-1914
Box 4, Folder 3Photo album - "Presented to Miss Pauline Willing", circa 1890s
Box 7Monogrammed picture frame - "E.V.B." (Edna V. Bachman)
Box 7Paine Family daily diaries - possibly used by Isabel Herdle, 1870-1879
Series III: Family housing
Box 1, Folder 11Financial and real estate matters, 1991
Box 3, Folder 1Photograph of House
Box 5, Folder 5Photograph of House in Germany
Box 5, Folder 6Cost of Vintage Point
Completed August 1949

Box 5, Folder 7Cost of Vintage Point - blueprints
Box 5, Folder 8Blueprints - Bopple Point (Vintage Point) by Daily, Briggs and Yaeger for Gertrude Herdle, 1949
Box 5, Folder 9Sale of Vintage Point, 1978
Series IV: Educational materials
Box 1, Folder 3Diplomas, certificates, and programs (Gertrude and Isabel Herdle), 1910-1939
Box 5Diploma from East High School - Gertrude Herdle, 1914
Box 5, Folder 1College Entrance diploma - Isabel Herdle, 1923
Box 10Graduation caps
2 graduation caps

Series V: University of Rochester
Box 1, Folder 6Professor R.A. MacLean (University of Rochester, 1935-1964)
Box 1, Folder 12UR Libraries postcards
Box 7Commemorative watches for 25 years of service at the University of Rochester - Gertrude and Isabel Herdle
2 watches

Box 7Pins in small plastic case - University of Rochester 30 years' service and letter H
2 pins

Box 7Decorative box full of pins - University of Rochester, sororities, etc.
Series VI: Epitaphs and tombstones
Box 1, Folder 4American tombstones - Gertrude Herdle's epitaph collection, circa 1930s-1940s
Box 1, Folder 5American tombstones - Gertrude Herdle's work on, 1934-1956
Box 6Gertrude Herdle's collection of photographs and other material related to her study of tombstones, 1930s
Box 10Tombstone slides (Gertrude Herdle's work)
Box 10Tombstone lantern slides (Gertrude Herdle)
Series VII: Miscellaneous
Box 71904 World's Fair, St. Louis mini souvenir notebook
Box 5, Folder 4Group portrait - young men, early 1900s
Box 7Tintypes (unidentified)
6 tintypes

Box 1, Folder 14Miscellaneous


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