Elizabeth Seton papers, 1857-1906
Scope and Contents
The collection contains the papers of the Seton family of New York City and the Jevons family of Liverpool, England and New York City. Seton Jevons family members who feature prominently in the collection include Robert Seton, Thomas Seton Jevons, Isabel Seton Jevons, and others.
Included in the collection are: correspondence, photographs, drawings and engravings; holy cards and death notices; postcards and menus; bills and legal papers; genealogical material; report cards; newspaper clippings; William Seton Jr.'s prayer book; Elizabeth Seton's diary; broadsides and miscellaneous pamphlets.
The collection also includes a letter written by Elizabeth Ann Seton to her daughter Catherine, circa 1820, in Series XI.
Also included are early Seton letters: 1782-1787 consisting of seven letters, letter fragments and ship invoices of William Seton (1746-1798).
The Seton-Jevons Collection covers a wide variety of topics over a span of eighty years. A fairly extensive correspondence exists on the following subjects:From the Collection:
- W. Seton Jr. to W. Seton Sr. (1850s) and Robert Seton (1902-05); Robert Seton to T.S. Jevons (1902-1914); Rev. C.G. O'Keefe (Highland Falls, NY) and J. F. Edwards (Librarian, University of Notre Dame) to Robert Seton (1902-1914); Helen Seton to Elizabeth Seton; Catherine Seton to T.E.G. Jevons Dec. 12, 1883.
- Civil War
- William Seton Jr. to W. Seton Sr., Elizabeth Seton, Emily Seton; Emily Seton to Elizabeth Seton Sept. 21,1862; T.E.G. and WS Jevons's letters of each other, 1861-63.
- Life on a sugar plantation, Santa Lucia, Orients Province, Cuba 1912-1917. F.T.R. Jevons to his family.
- Dixon, Illinois
- William Seton Jr. lived here in the late 1850's. Described in letters to his family.
- T.E.G. Jevons maintained extensive correspondence with family and friends in England. WS Jevons's letters to him, 1861-1882 are filled with information on the political, artistic, and intellectual currents of Great Britain, especially in Liverpool, Manchester and London. Henry Jevons, a cousin, wrote frequently of life in Liverpool.
- The Seton family traveled extensively in France, Germany and Italy in the 1850's. R. Seton wrote often to T.S. Jevons of his European travels and Roman society. He maintained correspondence with friends in several European countries. The Jevons made frequent trips to England and the Continent, 18870-1910.
- Jersey City, New Jersey
- Dozens of Robert Seton's former Parishioners and associates kept in touch with him, 1902-1915. A partial list of frequent correspondents is attached.
- School Life
- Letters form William, Henry and Robert Seton at Mt. St. Mary's to their parents, 1850-51; extensive correspondence between Reginald, Thomas Seton and Ferdinand Jevons and their parents wile they attended the Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire, England and Cambridge University, ca.1886-1900.
- South America
- Reginald Jevons recorded his impressions of a trip to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina (summer, 1898) in letters to his family.
Conditions Governing Access
From the Collection: 20 Linear Feet (, Approximately 45,000 items.)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English