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Hinckley-Werlich Family papers

Identifier: GTM-801103

Scope and Contents

Papers pertaining to the family of Gladys Hinckley Werlich (1891 - 1976), Washington society matron, consisting of correspondence, diaries/journals, financial accounts, sundry manuscripts, documents, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

The papers are divided into seven series, consisting of the papers of McCeney Werlich (1892 - 1936), foreign service officer; Robert Hinckley (1853 - 1941), portrait painter; Thomas Hinckley (1888 - 1918), foreign service officer; Robert O'Donnell Hinckley (1894 - 1960), foreign service officer; Robert O'Donnell Werlich, author; Eleanora O'Donnell (1861 - 1934), wife of Robert Hinckley, Sr.; and Gladys Hinckley Werlich (1891 - 1976), wife of McCeney Werlich and noted Washington hostess. Included in the various series is material pertaining to a number of different subjects, relating to the careers and activities of members of the Hinckley and Werlich families. Included is official and personal correspondence documenting the foreign service careers of McCeney Werlich in Latvia, Poland, Costa Rica, Liberia and Paris (1926 - 1936) and Thomas Hinckley in San Salvador, Vienna, Madrid and Rome (1912 - 1918); papers concerning extensive travels of the family throughout Europe, Russia, Asia, and South America between 1908 - 1923, including correspondence and journals belonging to Eleanora Hinckley, Robert O'Donnell Hinckley, and Gladys Hinckley; and documentation on Washington society from 1905 - 1970 through the extensive involvement of Eleanora Hinckley and her daughter Gladys Werlich in numerous social and cultural activities. Also of considerable interest is correspondence and a large collection of photographs pertaining to Thomas Hinckley's years in Utah and involvement in various mining operations from 1905 - 1911. Finally, a small amount of correspondence is included from Robert Hinckley, concerning, in part, his work as a respected portrait artist. The register includes general introductions to each of the series, followed by detailed folder level descriptions. The papers consist of 8.75 linear feet of manuscript material, organized in 18 boxes, and date from 1895 - 1972.


  • 1850-1972

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11 Linear Feet (21 Hollinger boxes (18 Document Cases, 1 Record Storage box, 2 drop front flat boxes approximately 11x14"))

Language of Materials



Gift of Robert Werlich, October 1980.

Hinckley-Werlich Family papers
Margaret McAleer, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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