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A Guide to the collection at the Connecticut Historical Society
The Danielson family was the founding family of the borough of Danielson in the town of Killingly, Connecticut.
The collection chiefly consists of letters between members of the extended Danielson-Stearns family with some letters from individuals outside the family. There is small group of other document types including three school reports, three school essays, and paid bill for goods, chiefly clothing from 1878
The bulk of the correspondence is addressed to Emma Danielson or Emma together with her husband Albert, residing in Danielson, who seem to be the focus around much of the family communication centers. Significant topics of the correspondence include the family's missionary and educational involvement. There is mention several family members going to see evangelical preacher Dwight Moody preach to an audience of 6,000 people in Cleveland Ohio. There are also a number of letters of codolence to Albert and Emma Danielson upon the death of their 18 year old son Emmet in 1884 and the death of Emma's mother Mary Read Stearns in 1886.
A particularly interesting subset of the correspondence are Caroline ("Carrie") Frances Danielsons letters home to her mother Emma (and occassionally her brother Jamie) from Mount Holyoke from ca. 1890 The letters provide a view of life at a Victorian girls school including her activities, and her impressions of her teachers and classmates. Carrie also recounts trips to Northhampton and Worcester, including a visit to observe a class at Clark Institute, a school for the deaf-mute.
There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Use of the material requires compliance with the Connecticut Historical Society's Research Center regulations.
Danielson Carrie F. (Carrie Frances), b. 1871
Danielson, Albert, 1835-1905
Danielson, Emma I. Stearns, 1842-1909
Danielson, Everett F, 1866?-1884
Danielson, James Albert, b. 1882
Sparks, Ella Louisa Stearns, b. 1853
Stearns, Abigal Selah, 1827-1886
Stearns, Amelia D. (Danforth Jones), b. 1828
Stearns, George W. (George Warren), b. 1856
Stearns, Warren, 1825-1862
Mount Holyoke Seminary and College
Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.
EAD Finding Aid created September 2011.