Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Stevens mss. II, 1805-1911, consist of the correspondence of teacher and editor John Stevens, 1798-1877, and of members of his family. Included are letters from Stevens to his wife, Mary (Arnold) Stevens, 1804-1855, and to Stevens from friends and ministers. In addition, the collection contains letters between Stevens' son, teacher and theologian William Arnold Stevens, 1839-1910, and his wife, Caroline A. (Clarke) Stevens, 1832-1916, especially during the years 1871 to 1876, a period of separation before their marriage. Also present are correspondence and transcripts of correspondence among members of the Clarke family: especially Caroline A. (Clarke) Stevens, her sister Emily (Clarke) Stevens, 1839-1922, and their parents, Oliver Clarke, 1795- 1854, and Elizabeth (Strong) Clarke, 1798-1876.

Other materials in the collection include a biographical file, an 1865 diary of bookseller and merchant Charles L. Petts, 1832-1866, (first husband of Emily (Clarke) Stevens), deeds for transfer of land, and photographs of family members.

The correspondents in the collection are Luther Goodyear Bingham, Edward Bright, Henry Fairfield Burton, Elizabeth (Strong) Clarke, Lewis Clarke, Lewis Franklin Clarke, Oliver Clarke, Philona Clarke, Rufus Sumner Clarke, T.R. Cressy, James G. Hall, George Howe, Porter Ingram, Caroline A. (Clarke) Stevens, Emily (Clarke) Stevens, George Edward Stevens, John Stevens, William Arnold Stevens, Alexander Hanson Strong, Eunice Strong, Lyman Strong, and N. Lyman Strong.

Collection size: 278 items

Related manuscripts: Stevens mss.

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