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Frances Patterson Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS281

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Frances Patterson Papers consist of transcripts of diaries written by Frances Patterson together with a few separate documents. The diaries cover the years 1892-1911 and document Patterson's life in Philadelphia; domestic trips to New York City, the American West, and Northeast Harbor, Maine; and international trips to places such as Paris. Patterson's acquaintances, family members, and members of her social circle are mentioned frequently in the diaries. According to material preceding the diary, it was transcribed by Helen Howe West. Each page in the diary has been given a separate folder. The Patterson Papers are most interesting for their social historical aspects. The collection is contained in one archival box (0.5 linear feet).


  • 1892 - 1911

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use note

Status: Open to Researchers. Photocopying: Permitted.

Biographical note

In 1854, Frances Maria (Bissell) Patterson was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her father was Rev. Samuel Burr Sherwood Bissell, and her mother was Frances Maria (Havens) Bissell. She married Theodore Cuyler Patterson. [Source: Frances Patterson Papers: Box 1 Folder 0.5].


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Provenance: In Georgetown University Library post 1970. Processed by Scott S. Taylor, September 2003.

Frances Patterson Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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