May Wright Sewall Papers

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May Wright Sewall Papers
The May Wright Sewall Papers are a collection of documents comprised of approximately 500 letters written to May Wright Sewall dated between 1879 and 1919, and three guest books with remarks and signatures from 197 guests of the Sewall house. The correspondents represented in this collection include not only people important to the history of Indiana but also those involved in national and international politics, social movements, and the arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These letters offer a fascinating first-hand glimpse into the issues of the times. Unbound by tradition, May Eliza Wright Sewall (1844-1920) endeavored to do all she could for causes still being fought for today-education, women’s rights, cultural enrichment, and world peace. From modest beginnings as a teacher in a one-room Wisconsin school, she became one of the leading citizens of Indianapolis and founder-with her husband Theodore-of the Girls’ Classical School of Indianapolis. Sewall helped to form many of the city’s enduring organizations: the Indianapolis Woman’s Club, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Contemporary Club and the Art Association of Indianapolis which has grown into the internationally-respected Indianapolis Museum of Art. She worked tirelessly on behalf of rights for women in the United States - and around the world - giving the women’s movement an international focus through her pioneering involvement with the International Council of Women and the American National Council of Women. For more information, contact Victoria Duncan, Digital Projects Coordinator: vduncan@indypl.org

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Letter from Maud Durbin Skinner to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Maud Durbin Skinner to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Maud Durbin Skinner to May Wright Sewall. Description: A visit to Indianapolis and not seeing you was no joy at all. Thank you for the beautiful roses - we are off to Cleveland. American actress. Wife of actor Otis Skinner. Correspondent: Skinner, Maud...

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Letter from Maurice Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Maurice Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Maurice Thompson to May Wright Sewall. Description: For your bazaar in New York I am sending a copy of Alice of Old Vincennes - good wishes for your personal success and the best success for both men and women. Indiana author; wrote Alice of Old...

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Letter from Maurice Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Maurice Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Maurice Thompson to May Wright Sewall. Description: Explains that because his wife has had pneumonia and he the grippe, they decline to "receive with you" before my lecture. Indiana author; wrote Alice of Old Vincennes. Correspondent: Thompson, Maurice,...

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Letter from May French Sheldon to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from May French Sheldon to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from May French Sheldon to May Wright Sewall. Description: I have not a single photograph of myself. You flatter and honor me. One of the first women to explore East Africa, she led an expedition there in 1891. She spoke at the World's Congress of Representative Women,...

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Letter from Meredith Nicholson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Meredith Nicholson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Meredith Nicholson to May Wright Sewall. Description: I am grateful for your kind note and enclosures regarding Contemporary Club. We invite and welcome suggestions. Meredith Nicholson (1866-1947), Indianapolis author, diplomat, and lecturer. Nicholson was born in...

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Letter from Meredith Nicholson to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Meredith Nicholson to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Meredith Nicholson to May Wright Sewall. Description: Concerns "The Hoosiers" and considerations on revisions. Meredith Nicholson (1866-1947), Indianapolis author, diplomat, and lecturer. Nicholson was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He wrote a number of novels...

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Letter from Mrs. James A. Mount to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Mrs. James A. Mount to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Mrs. James A. Mount to May Wright Sewall. Description: Unable to accept invitation. The Governor and Mrs. Mount are taking care of two little grandchildren on visit. Wife of Indiana governor James A. Mount. Correspondent: Mount, James A., Mrs. Date: 1900-05-10;...

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Letter from Mrs. Rachel Foster Avery to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Mrs. Rachel Foster Avery to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Mrs. Rachel Foster Avery to May Wright Sewall. Description: A note to Sewall during the planning of the World's Congress of Representative Women. Sewall is chairman of the Woman's Committee, Avery is secretary. "My restrained emotions must be allowed to vent,"...

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Letter from Norman H. Hackett to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Norman H. Hackett to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Norman H. Hackett to May Wright Sewall. Description: Mr. Hackett apologizes to Mrs. Sewall for failing to contact a woman for her as he had promised. He is very sorry and hopes that she will forgive him. He is to play Ferdinand in a production of "The Tempest"...

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Letter from Oliver Rainbridge to May Wright Sewall.

Letter from Oliver Rainbridge to May Wright Sewall.

Metadata: Title: Letter from Oliver Rainbridge to May Wright Sewall. Description: It is good to learn that the Ford Mission was not such a "Frost" as the papers make out. Then three paragraphs of peace philosophy. British. Correspondent: Rainbridge, Oliver Date: 1916-02-23; 1916 Time period:...

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