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    • On the lawn in front of Ward Lea

    • Rivers--New York (State)--Dutchess Co.; Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.); Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
    • William Matthews' scrapbook describes Ward Lea in this way: "Overlooking the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains [is] Ward Lea, a large farm house, used by young and middle aged persons for vacation and health restoration purposes."
    • Young girl campers

    • Photographs
    • William Matthews' describes this photograph in his scrapbook: "Here are 109 of the 1036 individuals who were welcomed at summer camps and Bungalow Hill over a three month period. Ten minutes before this picture was taken, these girls were romping...
    • Summer Bungalow

    • Photographs
    • Perhaps the Bungalow Pennsylvania. Families rented these cottages at a rate of five dollars per week. William Matthews' scrapbook describes Bungalow culture thus: "A group of cottages named after New York City Hotels...They are completely...
    • Ladies of the Manor House

    • Photographs
    • Dressed in obvious finery, these women are enjoying a meal on the lawn, perhaps for the annual picnic William Matthews describes as "an all important event of the year."
    • Children on campus

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College; College buildings--New York (State);
    • Four children and their caregiver stand with a bicycle in front of Warden's Hall. This group may have been part of a nursery school on campus started in 1946 by Werner Wolff as a laboratory for the study of child psychology. Alternatively, this...
    • Hyde Park Post Office Mural: John and Samuel Bard, ca. 1789

    • Hyde Park (Dutchess County, N.Y. : Town)--History--Pictorial works
    • Hyde Park Post Office Mural Panel 6. From "Murals in the Hyde Park, New York Post Office," published by Town of Hyde Park Historical Society: In the late 1780s. Dr. John Bard and Dr. Samuel Bard examine their new Italian melons, fertilized with...
    • Rhinebeck Post Office Mural: Rhinebeck ca. 1940

    • Rhinebeck (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Rhinebeck (N.Y.)--History; Rhinebeck (N.Y. : Town); Village communities; Radio;
    • Panel 12 of Rhinebeck Post Office Mural. From "Murals in the Rhinebeck Post Office:" Contemporary Rhinebeck, deserted orchard on the left--Productive one on the right--The State Road, a milk truck-- violet houses, Park Plaza, the latest real estate...
    • 1863-01-24, Letter from Johannes Lefevre to Sol. Dubois

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; Fugitive slaves;
    • Letter written from Johannes Lefevre to Sol. Dubois during the Civil War. Johannes wrote this letter while serving in the Union Army and camped outside of New Orleans. In the letter Johannes describes the role escaped slaves played in the war. They...
    • Judy Jackson obituary

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    • Obituary of Judy Jackson, often called Aunt Judy. The obituary briefly describes her life as a slave. She was two years old when Jeremiah Merrit bought her and her mother. Judy was later purchased by Philip LeFevre as a wedding gift for his son,...
    • 1862-09-18 letter from James Thitchener to his aunt

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • James writes this letter to his aunt, four days after he was mustered into service. He is presently in Virginia, near Georgetown. He thinks that the Union is already winning the war, even though the rebels fight well. One of his friends fainted...
    • 1863-08-05 letter from James Thitchener to his aunts

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals; United...
    • In the last letter written by Thitchener in this collection, he writes to his aunts explaining why he hadn't written in a long time. Once again, he frets about wanting to be sick enough to be discharged. He is tired of the War, the long marches and...
    • 1864-09-26, Letter from Johannes Lefevre to his father Josiah P. Lefevre

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • Johannes writes this letter to his father fully describing the Battle of Winchester which occurred a week prior. Johannes feels lucky to have come out of this battle untouched since his company had suffered many casualties. He describes that he...
    • 1861-11-23 letter from Meeker Griffin to his mother and father

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • Meeker Griffin writes to his parents hoping that they are in good health. He describes an incident in Army Company H, where a soldier is accidentally shot and killed and another is wounded.
    • 1861-12-9 letter from Meeker Griffin to his mother and father

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • Meeker and his company get to see the city of Washington and surrounding monuments. His trip culminates when the company gets to meet President Lincoln. He describes in detail the encounter with the President and his overall demeanor. Meeker also...
    • 1862-03-20 letter from Meeker Griffin to his parents

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • Having been detached from his company to the Navy in Mississippi, Meeker describes his new surroundings. He is concerned that he is yet to receive his boots or box of provisions that he had previously asked for. He is worried about his father's...
    • 1862-04-06 letter from Meeker Griffin to Mr. Thomas Dewitt

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • In a letter to his friend, Meeker describes life on a Civil War gunboat and the ongoing battle against the Rebel forces. He also talks about his position as messenger boy and powder boy on the gunboat and his salary of 18 dollars a month.
    • 1862-12-14 letter from Jacob DuBois HasBrouck to Rowena HasBrouck

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865;
    • Jacob writes to Rowena about being stationed in Key West, Florida. He describes a 200 pound Snapping Turtle Steak that he ate. He urged her to write more. Jacob also mentions Charles Ackert and William Mackey, both soldiers in his regiment. The...
    • 1863-01-18 letter from Jacob HasBrouck to Rowena HasBrouck

    • African Americans; Slavery; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • Jacob tells Rowena about some activities he did today. He also describes a person of color whom he refers to as a 'darkey' who serves the regiment. The African American man brough him a stove made from an oil can and a soap box. The letter...

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