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Marie Ahnighito Peary Papers, 1893-1978

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Volume: 11 linear feetpearyj-marie1932

Organization/Arrangement: Organized into six series:
I. Manuscripts, notes, published articles and speeches
II. Correspondence, 1904-1988
III. Scrapbooks
IV. Biographical material, photographs, and personal items
V. Diaries / journals
VI. Material objects, ephemera, etc.

Chronological order is used when appropriate.

Biographical Note: Marie Ahnighito Peary was born in Northwest Greenland on September 12, 1893, to arctic explorer Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary and his wife, Josephine Diebitsch Peary, of Portland, Maine, and Washington, DC. Their daughter became known world-wide as the "Snow Baby," a name given to her by the Greenland natives who had never before seen a white baby. In 1909, when Marie was 16 years old, Admiral Peary became the first white man to lead a successful expedition to the North Pole. In 1917, Marie Peary married Edward Stafford, a Washington attorney and during the next three years they had two sons. In 1920, Peary Stafford's father died. In 1932, she set sail to the Arctic to erect a monument in honor of her father and to memorialize his accomplishments.

Peary Stafford was also an important political figure: during World War II. She was part of the Danish-American Commission, which stabilized the dollar as well as established security for Denmark and Greenland. For her contributions to the Commission, Peary Stafford was awarded the Liberation Medal by the Danish government. In 1950, she was awarded the Henry B. Bryant medal for her contributions to geographical information.

After both her husband and her mother died in 1955, Peary Stafford moved to Brunswick, Maine, and, in 1967, she married her second husband, William Kuhne, a retired seaman.
Peary Stafford lived the remainder of her life in Brunswick until her death in 1978. Marie Peary Stafford was the author of five books and many articles, and held an honorary Master of Arts Degree from Bowdoin College.

Description: This collection consists of a wide variety of material documenting Marie Peary Stafford's life. There is a large amount of manuscript material including typescripts of her publications, both books and stories submitted to magazines. The collection holds the published copies, the publishers’ contracts, reviews of her writings, and Marie’s notes for her stories. Also included are drafts of her lectures and speeches, extensive memos about various responsibilities she accepted as the daughter of a world-famous explorer and as a highly regarded expert on exploration herself.  Some of the collection’s highlights are the personal scrapbooks, journals and diaries from her childhood through adulthood, photographs, extensive ephemera and the personal artifacts.

There is extensive correspondence among her papers: correspondence with her mother; some of the letters beginning in the later half of the 1910s forward; letters relating to Admiral Peary’s era and his accomplishments; letters from George Borup, the fiancé to whom she was never married; Viljhalmur Stefansson; and William Herbert Hobbs, her father’s first biographer. There is information about Robert Peary’s early career as a surveyor, documents which demonstrate the honors bestowed on Marie Peary Stafford, and copies of newspaper and magazine articles providing biographical information about her.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Marie Ahnighito Peary Papers, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:

I.  Manuscripts, notes, published articles and speeches

This series includes pre-publication drafts, some with editing marks, of most of Stafford's published books.  Notes for her 1932 Muskox and Red Caboose children's books are also included, as well as book contracts and copyright certificates.  Also in this series are many typescripts and published versions of articles and short stories written by Stafford from the early 1930's to the late 1950's.  Short stories written by Stafford include her "My Arctic Pets" series published by Good Housekeeping in 1931.  Her articles and essays document her childhood years spent in the Arctic, her father's career, and the history of Greenland.  In addition to Stafford's writings, material relating to her speaking career is included, such as notes for various presentations and copies of speeches given for the Geographical Society of Philadelphia.

001.  Little Tooktoo, original form - not as published
003.  Notes for book on Muskoxen
004-005.  Muskox, Little Tuktoo's Friend, published 1932
006.  Notes for Caboose book
007-008.  A Freight Car Near the North Pole, published as The Red Caboose, 1932
009-012.  Snowbaby's Own Story, published 1934
013.  Ootah introduction and chapter 1
014.  Ootah and His Puppy, 1942
015.  Book contracts, 1927-1958
016.  Copyright certificates, 1930-1932
017.  Book reviews, 1930s
018.  The Snowbaby French translation by MAP, 1913
019.  The Snowbaby typescript, in French, signed G.I., 1948
020.  Reviews - Discoverer of the North Pole, 1959
021.  American Girl, 1928 [includes "Making Christmas in the Far North" by MAP
022.  Good Housekeeping: "My Muskox Calf"
023.  Good Housekeeping: "The Baby Walrus," "Eskimo Dogs"
024.  Good Housekeeping: "Eskimo Dogs," "My Arctic Bunny"
025.  Good Housekeeping: "My Arctic Bunny," "Twin Polar Bear Cubs"
026.  Good Housekeeping: "The Baby Seal"
027.  "My Artic Pets" Good Housekeeping clippings, 1931
028.  "The Incorrigibles Abroad," "Writing the Animal Story for Children"
028a.  The Writer December 1931, includes "Writing Animal Stories for Children" by MAP
029.  "The Nautilus" article in Portland Telegram
030.  Saturday Review clippings - book reviews by M.A. Peary, 1930s
031.  Erie Railroad Magazine, December 1932, includes "North Pole Caboose" by MAP
032.  "The Peary Memorial Expedition," "Man of Two Worlds"
033-036.  "Man of Two Worlds," MAP book review; "To Greenland's Icy  Mountains"
037.  Good Housekeeping clippings - "The Snow Baby Returns to Greenland's Icy Mountains" April 1933
038.  "A Visitor from the Sky" typescript (two versions of page 1); correspondence ca. 1950
039.  "And What About Greenland?" ca.  1940
040.  Greenland typescript pp.  5-7
041.  Composition book - notes about Denmark
042.  "Denmark's Greenland; The largest Island in the World" - article for Yule
043.  Yule, 1953, includes "Denmark's Greenland" by MAP
044.  "My Wonderful Christmas Tree" from Holiday, December 1953
045.  Appalachian Mt. Club Bulletin, article on Robert E. Peary/Fryeburg, ME
046.  Appalachia June 1953, includes Peary - Fryeburg, article
047.  "Peary Flag Comes to Rest" typescript and correspondence with editing, ca.  1954
048.  "Peary Flag Comes to Rest" by M.P. Stafford, National Geographic magazine clipping, 1955?
049.  Down East May, 1958, includes "Admiral Peary and the 'Roosevelt'" by M. P. Stafford
050.  "The Realization of a Dream" typescript and published article, Bowdoin Alumnus, 4/1959
051.  Bowdoin Alumnus, April 1959
052.  Down East - June 1959 [includes "Ahnighito" by M.  Stafford]
053.  "Through the Frozen Frontier" reviewed by M.  Stafford, V.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 10/1959
054.  Childhood Experiences in Greenland
055.  New York Times article [Robert Peary/Fryburg] "Shipwrecked in the Artic"
056.  "Shipwrecked in the Artic" continued; "Oh for Greenland!"; "A Day with Eskimo Friends"
057.  "A Bear Hunt;" "A Strange Pet;" "A Walrus Hunt" Junior Home Magazine
058.  "A Walrus Hunt" [continued; book reviews by MAP]
059.  Untitled story published in Girl Scout Magazine
060.  "Junior's Birthday;" "Daisy, the Musk-Ox Calf;" "The Man Who Refused to Fail"
061.  "The Man Who Refused to Fail" [continued]; "The Pearys in the Artic"
062.  "The Pearys in the Artic" [continued]; "Peary's Pioneer Work for the Conquest of the Air"
063.  "Robert Erwin Peary Theta '77"
064.  Typescript re: Cape York Peary monument
065.  "The Poetry of the Frozen Spaces"
066.  Transcript of 1862 letter "Dear Mary Jane;" "Reconstruction Work for the League"
067.  "The Last Voyage of Peary's 'Pinky,' the the 'Mary' on St.  George"
068.  "Robert Erwin Peary - Father of the Aerial Coast Patrol"
069-70.  "Comfort Me with Apples"
071.  Unidentified Introduction by MAP; Epilog by Edward P.  Stafford
072.  Lecture Notes 1931-1932
073.  "Notes for Brief Talks"
074.  Lecture Notes
075.  Lecture Publicity Flier
076.  Misc. articles, speeches
077.  Introductory remarks for Phila., National Geographic Society
078.  The Geographical Society of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary Commemorative Publication, 1891-1941
079.  The Geographical Society of Philadelphia - history and notes
080.  "History of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia" address, 1960
081.  Transcription of MAP speech at the National Geographic Society event, 5/6/1955
 
II.  Correspondence, 1904-1988

This series primarily  includes personal correspondence dating from 1904-1988.  Among the largest groups of letters are those from George Borup, the youngest member of the 1908-1909 Peary expedition, and a close friend of young Marie Peary's.  His letters date from 1908 to April 2, 1912, several weeks before he died in a canoe accident.  There are also over 100 letters written by Marie Peary to her mother Josephine Peary between 1917 and 1919, documenting the years following her marriage to Edward Stafford.  Also included are Marie Peary Stafford's letters (1929-1950) to Professor Wm. H. Hobbs, geologist; polar explorer; and Peary biographer.  There are also letters from explorer/author Vilhjalmur Stefansson and a notebook in which Marie Peary transcribed their 1912-13 correspondence and her diary entries concerning him (1913; 1919-21).  Also included are letters from other explorers such as Richard Byrd, and single letters from both personal and professional associates of Stafford's.  It should be noted that there is correspondence can be found throughout the collection, particularly in Stafford's Greenland Notebook and Honors Notebook (located in the Scrapbook series).
 
082.  Josephine Peary to Marie 9/10/1904
083.  From George Borup, 8/12/1908
084.  From George Borup, 9 ALS; 2 APC, October 12 - 31, 1910
086.  From George Borup, 9 ALS; 1 APC, 5/16/1911 - 6/20/1911
087.  From George Borup, 9 ALS, 7/19/1911 - 11/4/1911
088.  From George Borup, 8 ALS; 1 short story, 8/18/1911 - 12/6/1911
089.  From George Borup, 8 ALS; 1 cartoon, 12/12/1911 - 12/18/1911
090.  From George Borup, 9 ALS, 12/19/1911 - 1/4/1912
091.  From George Borup, 9 ALS, 1/5/1911 - 1/18/1912
092.  From George Borup, 9 ALS, 1/19/1911 - 1/25/1912
093.  From George Borup, 9 ALS, 1/26/1912 - 2/2/1912
094.  From George Borup, 9 ALS, 2/4/1912 - 2/17/1912
095.  From George Borup, 9 ALS; 1 postcard, 2/18/1912 - 2/23/1912
096.  From George Borup, 8 ALS; 1 postcard, 2/23/1912 - 3/4/1912
097.  From George Borup, 7 ALS, 3/5/1912 - 3/23/1912
098.  From George Borup, 7 ALS, 3/24/1912 - 4/1/1912
099.  "Dedicated to ------ -----" poem in MAP's hand, for George Borup, June 19th, 1910
100.  Condolence letter (practice copy) to Col. Borup, May 4 [1912]
101.  Vilhjalmur Stefansson transcriptions of MAP's correspondence with V.S., and diary entries about him, 1912-1921
102.  V.  Stefansson to Marie, 12/5/1927
103.  V.  Stefansson to Marie, 6/9/1922; 4/19/1934; copies of 1922 letter to E. H. Baynes and 1954 letter to Roger W. Hallowell
104.  From R.S. to Miss Peary, 1/22/1913
105.  From Lincoln Ellsworth, 3 letters, 1915; 1931
106.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 6 ALS, January - April 1917
107.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 5 ALS, October - November 11, 1917
108.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 5 ALS, November 12-21, 1917
109.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 7 ALS, December 1917
110.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 4 ALS, January 1918
111.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 11 ALS, February 1918
112.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 6 ALS, Mar.  1-10, 1918
113.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 8 ALS, Mar.  11-25, 1918
114.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 6 ALS, April 9-19, 1918
115.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 6 ALS, April 20-30, 1918
116.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 6 ALS, May 2-14, 1918
117.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 5 ALS, May 16-July, 1918
118.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 8 ALS, August - September, 1918
119.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 8 ALS, October 1-10, 1918
120.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 10 ALS, October 11-30, 1918
121.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 5 ALS, May - June 1919
122.  To Mrs. Robert E.  Peary, 7 ALS, February -Mar.  1935
123.  From Richard Byrd, 9 letters, 1925-1949
124.  Richard Byrd Lecture Program, inscribed to map, 1926
125.  Mixed literary and personal correspondence, 1928-1954
126.  From Ernest Harold Bay, April 21, 1928; from Bob Bartlett February 14, undated
127.  From Wilfred T.  Grenfell, September 8, 1923
128.  To Professor Hobbs, 1929-1931
129.  To Professor Hobbs, 1933-1934
130.  To Professor Hobbs, 1932
131.  To Professor Hobbs, 1935
132.  To Professor Hobbs, 1936
133.  From Professor Hobbs, February 12, 1935
134.  To Professor Hobbs, 1940-1950
135.  To Professor Hobbs, 1940-1950
136.  From Donald Macmillian, June 1, 1931
137.  From Umberto Nobile, May 31, 1931 and June 15, 1931
138.  From Gene Lamb, September 26, 1931
139.  From Peter Freuchen, July 1, 1931 and from Suen Anders Hevin, July 10, 1932
140.  To Mary Rafter, June 21, 1932
141.  To Greta Kerr, February 4, 1933 and 1932-1933 Christmas card from Greenland
141a.  From R.  A.  Bartlett to MPS, 1832
142.  From Edward Peary Stafford, January 11, 1934
142a.  Letters from Hugh Lee to MPS (3), 1936
143.  Telegrams from Edward Stafford, 1940-1953
144.  From Isaiah Bowman, February 10, 1943
144a.  From William H.  Benton, March 31, 1943
145.  From Gilbert Grosvenor, May 13, 1954 and from Melville B.  Grosvenor, March 18, 1954
146.  "Peary Takes on the Black Giant" by Gary Webster/M. Stafford comments, 1956
147.  From Ry Stover, 1959
148.  To Westbrook Junior College - Bond, Healy, Dow, 1959-1969
149.  To M.S.  re: Discoverer of the North Pole, 1959
150.  From Wayne C.  Grover, Archivist of the U.S., re: gift of Robert Peary papers to NARA, December 9, 1959
151.  Bowdoin College letter to Edward P. Stafford, 1979
152.  From Will Higgs re: North Pole visit, 1988 [copy]
153.  From Sally Francis Burnam, undated
153a.  Letters from Marie Peary Stafford to Martha Dallas, 1957, 1961
 
III.  Scrapbooks

This series contains nine scrapbooks compiled by Marie Stafford. The Greenland Notebook (folders 154-185) documents the exploration of and territorial status of that country, and Stafford's deep interest in its political, economic and social welfare.  Material includes article clippings, correspondence from explorers, and memoranda of the American Greenland Commission, on which Stafford served from 1940-41.  Included at the front of the Greenland Notebook are an 1880 newspaper documenting the sesquicentennial of the city of Baltimore, a city map, handwritten notes and clippings about the city.  There are also two letters regarding the archival deposition of Robert Peary's papers.  The Honors Notebook (folders 186-213).   includes a variety of correspondence, clippings, and memorabilia relating to special events in Marie Stafford's life, including the birth of her children, reception of awards, and ceremonies in honor of her father.  A number of letters relate to the 1955 enshrinement of the flag which Peary carried to the North Pole in 1909. In addition, there are six scrapbooks containing annotated photographs of family, friends, travels and official occasions honoring Admiral Peary and others. They span the years from 1924 - 1943, with special emphasis on the on the "Peary Memorial Expedition to Cape York, Greenland" in 1933. The final scrapbook, dated 1920 - 1942, is entitled "Things that Interest Me" and contains clippings from magazines and newspapers, and pamphlets. Each scrapbook is approximately 50 pages in length.

154.  Recommendations for accepting Peary papers in the National Archives, 1959
155.  Letter to Robert Peary Jr., 1935
156.  Peary Baltimore Survey Notes
157.  Maps of Baltimore, 1870; 1873 - located in OVS Box 50
158.  Newspaper - Baltimore's Sesquicentennial, 1880 - located in OVS Box 50
159.  Det Danske Gesandtskab I,  Washington 1940-1942
160.  Article re: Greenland Commission, 1940
161.  "The Disappearance of Greenland Colony," 1937
162.  "Greenland a Centre of New Controversy" NYT, 1932
163.  Greenland and the Danish West Indies
164.  Christian Science Monitor article, 6/22/40
165.  "The People of Present Day Greenland" by MAP
166.  “Past history and Present Status of Greenland”
167.  Unused excerpts from misc. articles
168.  Memorandum on Greenland
169.  Greenland Council documents, 1940
170.  American-Danish Greenland Commission/meeting minutes, 5/24/40
171.  American-Danish Greenland Commission press release
172.  American-Danish Greenland Commission memo from H. Chr. Sonne, 9/21/40
173.  American Greenland Commission meeting minutes 9/27/40
173a.  MPS involvement in Greenland protection by U.S.,  1940 [letter from Capt.  D.  Taub, UNCG (retired) to Cally Gurley requesting information from MPS diaries
174.  “The People of Present Day Greenland” by MAP
175.  Department of State documents, 1941
176.  Henrik Kauffman letters, 1941
177.  Letters from Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 5/15/41
178.  Earl P. Hanson article
179.  Clippings, 1940-1941
180.  Clippings, March-April 1941
181.  Clippings, May-June 1941
182.  Clippings, 1941-1942
183.  Essay re: territorial rights
184.  “The Defense of Greenland” by Wm. H. Hobbs, 1941
185.  "What is the Western Hemisphere?" by Vilhjalmur Stefansson
186.  Letter from Bob Bartlett 7/20/1920 re: birth of Peary Stafford
 
IV.  Biographical material, photographs, and personal items

 This series includes a variety of material regarding Marie Peary's personal life and activities.  Biographical material includes a guest list from her 1917 wedding, a 1931 book of celebrities in which she is featured, diplomas and honorary certificates which she received.  There are many newspaper clippings from the time of her birth through the 1960's, documenting the widespread public interest in her activities.  A scrapbook of clippings from 1900 -1918 includes clippings about young Marie, her father, and other explorers.  Original photographs in this series include a number of portraits and snapshots of young Marie, as well as an 1893-1913 scrapbook entitled by her father: "The Evolution of one American Girl of Today."  Later photographs of Marie include candids from the 1930's and black and white press photographs from the 1950's.  Also included in this series are personal items of Marie's, such as inventories of her belongings, several small notebooks, and ephemeral material.  The material at the end of this series relates to members of the Stafford family; the majority of the material documenting the childhood and career of Marie's son Edward Peary Stafford, born in July, 1918.

187.  Nord Deutschen Lloyd (Steamship) Program re: R.E.  Peary, 5/1/1910
188.  Bowdoin honors - 2 photographs
189.  Portland Express clipping re: enshrinement of flag, 5/7/1955
190.  Letter from Gilbert Grosvenor, 12/16/1954 and letter from E.D.  Riley, 12/20/1954
191.  List of newspapers which ran 1955 article on enshrinement of flag
192.  Congratulatory lettersre: flag presentation, 1955
193.  Letter from Thomas McKnew, 2/1/1956 re: NGS membership
194.  Letter from Gilbert Grosvenor, 12/4/1953
195.  Letter from Dick Byrd, Dept. of Navy, 7/22/1952
196.  Invitation to 1954 annual dinner of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia [medal located in OVS Box 43]
197.  N.G.S.  Gold Medal and flag ceremony
198.  Lettersre: flag ceremony, 1955
199.  Newspaper clippings re: flag ceremony, 1955
200.  Letter from Richard Canfield, 10/16/1954
201.  Letters re: Stafford's article in NGS, 1954
202.  NGS news release re: flag ceremony, 4/29/1955
203.  Letters re: flag ceremony, 1955
204.  Unsigned letter re: flying north, 3/9/1952
205.  Letter from Thomas McKnew re: flag ceremony, 4/21/1955
206.  Letter from Lohore Kiefer re: flag ceremony, 5/7/1955
207.  Letter from Mrs. Peary to Ted, 8/5/1932
208.  Letter re: dedication of Robert E.  Peary High School in Rockville, MD
209.  Serious errors in (original) transcript of proceedings of NGS, 5/6/1955
210.  Portland newspaper clipping by Stafford re: apple picking, 10/22/1944
211.  Letter from Aage Gilberg
212.  Letter from R.A.  Bartlett re: birth of Edward, 8/6/undated
213.  Letters from White House, Dick Byrd and Daniel Borden, 1955
214.  "First of Her Kind" clipping, [1894?]
216.  Western High School diploma, 1911 - located in OVS Box 50
217.  Clippings, 1908; 1914
218.  Debutante menu; NY Times feature, 1914
220.  Wedding reception bill
221.  Clippings re: wedding, 1917
222.  Clippings, 1920's and 1930's
223.  Blue Book of World Celebrities: Noted Speakers for 1931-1932 [includes M.P.  Stafford and V.  Stefansson]
224.  Articles about Peary Monument, 1932
225.  American Museum of Natural History membership certificate, 1934 - located in OVS Box 50
226.  Clippings 1940s -1960s
227.  Danish Royal Citation Certificate, 1946 - located in OVS Box 50
229.  Bowdoin College diploma: honorary Master of Arts, 1949 - located in OVS Box 50
230.  Honoris Causa - Bowdoin College, 1949-1952
231.  Gift to MWWC - invitation, photographs and news clippings, 1966
232.  Wedding invitation and clippings, 1969
233.  Deborah Morton Award Certificate, 1970
234.  "The Legend of the Snow Baby" 1978 film brochure and study guide
235.  Obituaries, 1978
236-238.  Scrapbook, 1900-1918 [clippings]
239.  Photo album with handwritten comments by Robert Peary, 1893-1913
240.  Photographs - Young Marie (1 in furs; 1 in pinafore; 1 strip of candids)
241.  Photographs - Young Marie (1 in hood; 1 in sailor outfit)
242.  Photographs - Marie as young adult, ca.  1910 (2 candids, 1 studio portrait)
243.  Wedding portrait, 1917
244.  Photographs - 3 1930s candids of MPS; 1 b&w portrait
245.  Group photographs, 1950s - MPSK, JDP, and others
246.  Photographs - interior view of Brunswick home, 1964
247.  Photograph album, 10 color snapshots, summer 1967
248.  Photograph album, 10 color snapshots, summer 1967
249.  Display photos
250.  Kuntano Kaneho photo, inscribed to MPS, 1936
251.  Valentine poems by Maries Peary, ca.  1908
252.  Inventory of Washington, D.C. home
253.  Address book
254.  Address books - personal and business
255.  "Arctic Library of Marie Peary Stafford" [biography]
256.  2 small notebooks - accounts and lists
257.  Pocket calendar, 1943
258.  "How to Listen to Music" - Krehbiel [notebook also includes Stafford home inventory]
259.  Trade cards (2), 1893
260.  Guide to Hamburg, 1901
261.  International Geographic Congress Associate's Ticket, 1904
262.  "Some Glimpses of the Georgetown Visitation Convent" [booklet]
263.  Articles about the Stafford family members
264.  Judge Wendell P.  Stafford
265.  Letter to Edward Stafford from Auntie Dana re: death of Israel Putnam Dana, 8/1896
266.  Edward Peary Stafford - birth announcement and clippings, 1918
267.  Edward Peary Stafford - youth
267a.-b.  Edward Peary Stafford - photograph prints and their negatives (25), 1920-1928
268.  Edward Peary Stafford - adulthood clippings
269.  Edward Peary Stafford - career
270.  Clipping re: U.S.  Navy, 1940-1941
271.  Reviews of "The Big E" by Edward Peary Stafford, 1962
272.  "My Most Unforgettable Character" by Edward Peary Stafford, 1964
273.   100th Anniversary commemorative medallion North Pole, April 6, 1909
273a.  Photograph of Wm. Herbert Hobbs with dedication to MPS, 1949
273b.  Notes on Josephine Peary's watches; note on 1976 theft from Westbrook College Peary exhibit
274.  Washington Post clipping re: Marie Peary Stafford ("Snow Baby") auction, 1978
275.  Paper and glassine wallet with 106 photo negatives of camp and trip abroad, 1910
 
V.  Diaries/journals

This series begins with 1897 entries by mother Josephine Peary and 1900 trips to Greenland , and then covers almost every year from 1909 (high school) through 1966.
Entries are of varying depth, documenting the weather, her social engagements and correspondences, many trips, family activities.  Also included is a 1917 Bride's Book which lists the attendees and gifts received on the occasion of her wedding to Edward Stafford.  There is also a 1923 diary kept for her son Edward.  A guide to personal names mentioned in many of the diaries was created by her son Edward Stafford.  There is also an envelope of keys to some of the diaries.
 
001.  1897 (Marie's Sayings and doings on voyage to Greenland, 1900 - Her diary)
002.  1900, July 11 - August 30; 1902 July 22 - September 15
003.  1905 appointment book
004.  1907, November 13 - December 14
005.  1908, July 17 - December 31 [includes fragments from 1902 + 1906]
005a.  1908 [photocopies of cover, inside page and one page entry by Gertrude Tompson]
006.  1909, January 1 - June 21
007.  1909 - Western High Room 8
008.  1910
009.  1910, April 26 - June 17 "My First Trip Abroad"
010.  1911
011.  1912
012.  1913, Mar.  15 - November 5 [travels in Europe + Egypt]
013.  1913-1917 (inclusive)
014.  Address book and 1913 trip diary [Mar.  23-29 only]
015.  1913, June 15 - October 10 and Extracts from letter to Mother, October 1917
016.  1914, January 1 - 1916, Mar.  31 [Engagements]
017.  1915, May 5- June 13 [Trip to California]
017a.  Brides Book, 1917
018.  1918-1921 "A Line a Day"
019.  1922-1926 "A Line a Day"
019a.  Junior's diary, 1923 / Greeley's books [polar exploration book inventory]
020.  1924, June 21 - September 15 [Trip to Europe]
021.  1927-1931 "A Line a Day"
022.  1928, February 29 - May 24
023.  1928, May 25 - June 23 [Europe] and 1929 [trip to California via Havana and the Panama Canal]
024.  1929, January 21 - Mar.  6 [trip to Florida, California, etc.)
025.  1932-1936 "A Line a Day"
026.  1932, June 15 - July 27 [Greenland]
026a-26c.  1932, June 15 - September 23 [Transcription of Greenland trip journal and other typed reports]
027.  1937-41 "A Line a Day"
028.  1942-45 "A Line a Day"
029.  1945
030.  1948 [brief entries; incomplete]
031.  1949
032.  1951 [brief entries; incomplete]
033.  1951, January 6 - August 13
034.  1953
035.  1955
036.  1956, January 1 - April 3 [in 1955 Yearbook]
037.  1957
038.  1958, August 14 - December 19
039.  1959, July 1 - December 15; 1960, May 1 - June 1 [in 1947 and 1932 Yearbooks]
040.  1959, July 1 - December 15; 1960, May 1 - June 1 [in 1947 and 1932 Yearbooks]
041.  1961, June 2 - September 19 [includes inventory of belongings]
042.  1962 [in 1950 Yearbook]
043.  1963 [in 1949 Yearbook]
044.  1964
045.  1965
046.  1966
047.  Key to Marie Peary Stafford Diaries compiled by her son, Edward P.  Stafford

VI. Material objects, ephemera, etc.

Includes clothing, awards, keepsakes, etc.  Also items possibly part of this collection, but provenance cannot be authenticated: a sermon copy by Pastor Lenski, clippings from 1912 Ladies Home Journal, and three booklets from a Washington, D.C. funeral home covering different holiday themes.

001.  Printed ephemera--sermon, pages from Ladies Home Journal, holiday booklets, 1912, 1955, undated


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