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Barry, Elizabeth Willard, 1814-1883

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: died 1883
  • Existence: 1883    

Biography

Vice Regent for Illinois (1859-1883), Mrs. William Barry

Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

Barry, Elizabeth – Booklet, biographical information and memorial, 1883

 File — Box 50, Folder: 24
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These files were kept by staff members at Mount Vernon, most often by the Secretary to the Board, to document the lives and work of individual Vice Regents. Some items were given directly by the Vice Regents to be placed in their files, while other documents were located or collected by staff and interfiled at a later time. Types of material include mostly correspondence, clippings, obituaries, resumes, tributes and memorials, notes, memos, and ephemera.

Dates: 1883

Elizabeth Barry to Abraham Lincoln, 1859 February 14

 File — Box 37
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Two photostat copies and typed transcript. Chicago. Asks his permission to add his name as member of Board of Counsellors in state organization [Encloses a copy of act of Incorporation] Original copy at Library of Cognress, microfilm in the Illinois State Library. PS-81, TYP-324

Dates: 1859 February 14

Elizabeth Barry to Elizabeth Broadwell, 1879 June 25

 File — Box 94
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A.L.S. Accomplished much in a brief session at Grand Council. Program well planned by Regent and Secretary. Glad Mrs. Broadwell is chairman of the House Committee and Mrs. Halsted relieved of some of her many duties. Tells her instructions given Nathan on cleaning, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Must be kept clean. ER-17, p. 254

Dates: 1879 June 25

Elizabeth Barry to George W. Riggs, 1865 January 12

 File — Box 61
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A.L.S. Petersham. Regarding a Mr. W (Williams ?) who has been asking for collections for Mount Vernon without her authority. ER-23, p. 297

Dates: 1865 January 12

Elizabeth Barry to George W. Riggs, 1865 June 22

 File — Box 62
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A.L.S. Advises Mr. Riggs of her course in replying to circulated letter from a Mr. Williams - sent to her through Miss Hamilton. ER-23, p. 295

Dates: 1865 June 22

Elizabeth Barry to James Hollingsworth, 1878 July 20

 File — Box 93
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A.L.S. Baltimore. Introduces Mr. Volkmar, an artist, who comes to examine painting in Illinois room. ER-5, p. 162

Dates: 1878 July 20

Elizabeth Barry to James Hollingsworth, 1872 August 19

 File — Box 75
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A.L.S. Petersham. Praises his "wisdom and sagacity" in relations with the Regent. Prudence and reticence on the part of the Ladies now is all that's needed. Defends the Regent who will not return to Mount Vernon. ER-5, p. 153

Dates: 1872 August 19

Elizabeth Barry to James Hollingsworth, 1872 July 13

 File — Box 74
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A.L.S. Petersham. Praises him for aiding Mount Vernon. Is preparing her report. Has ready the listing of the MVLA but not the financial records. Asks his help to work with Miss Cunningham to put them in "business order." ER-5, p. 151

Dates: 1872 July 13

Elizabeth Barry to James Hollingsworth, 1872 July 31

 File — Box 74
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A.L.S. Petersham. Has finished report and sent it to Regent to see before it is published. Received letters from Mrs. Sweat and Mrs. Hudson and a document they want her to sign. Unwilling to accept second-hand evidence. Asks whether statements in Mrs. Hudson's letter are correct, has he the entire, unreserved and unfettered control of affairs there? If not, more drastic measures must be taken by Council, but fears this may mean utter disruption of Association. ER-5, p. 151

Dates: 1872 July 31

Elizabeth Barry to James Hollingsworth, 1872 July

 File — Box 74
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A.L. Incomplete. Incomplete letter. Her report is a review of improvements at Mount Vernon under the Regent. She believes Regent has acted in good faith and would be fatal to make known to public that Council is divided in its opinions of how to proceed. Must straighten affairs there, retain Miss Cunningham in her position, but strip her of power. ER-5, p. 155

Dates: 1872 July

Elizabeth Barry to Margaret Comegys, 1870 July 11

 File — Box 72
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A.L.S. Petersham, Massachusetts. Will go soon to Boston to persuade Mrs. Hopkinson to take Vice Regency for Massachusetts, or find some other person suitable. Wil try to find a better secretary than Mrs. Tiffey, more capable officially and more agreeable socially. ER-17, p. 163

Dates: 1870 July 11

Elizabeth Barry to Margaret Comegys, 1879 February 22

 File — Box 94
Scope and Contents A.L. Incomplete and clipped. Chicago. Have money to restore West Parlor. Emmert and Quartley to do work. Ceiling to be removed, new plastering to replace stucco, lost pieces restored, paint scraped off wainscoting, original color reproduced. Arms over mantel to be painted in heraldic colors, also crest and monogram in fireplace, old cornices renewed. Will keep to original when it can be discovered. Facsimile of furniture in Hamilton family in New York which Mount Vernon can copy. Had...
Dates: 1879 February 22

Elizabeth Barry to Margaret Comegys, 1881 June 30

 File — Box 94
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A.L. Incomplete letter. Shelter Island, New York. Heard reports of Council, gave her proxy to Mrs. Ball. Regent presided with great dignity. Northern Vice Regents think there is "none her equal" in all respects. Wants to be at Mount Vernon meeting in October when French delegation is received and accompany them to Yorktown. Papers say Mr. Corcoran offers to pay expenses. Mrs. Ball denies this. Asks Mrs. Comegys to go with her. ER-17, p. 256

Dates: 1881 June 30

Elizabeth Barry to Margaret Comegys, 1881 October 31

 File — Box 95
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A.L.S. Clipped letter. Matter of where in the Mansion to place the "Lafayette Chair." Discusses assassination of President Garfield. Has asked Lafayette's grandson for mementos of the General. Chair was sent. Hopes something can be done with French delegates to Yorktown Festival. ER-17, p. 257

Dates: 1881 October 31

Elizabeth Barry to Margaret Comegys, 1878 April 29

 File — Box 92
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A.L. letter cut into pieces. Chicago. Committee charmed with Delaware Room. Most satisfactory of any in Mansion. Prepared a paper on Mount Vernon that she has given before a private school and a club. ER-17, p. 253

Dates: 1878 April 29

Elizabeth Barry to Margaret Comegys, 1878 May 15

 File — Box 92
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A.L. incomplete. She will stay after Council to attend to Committee business. News of Council. Restoration of old avenue from lodge to Mansion. Feelings of Vice Regent's towards former Regent seem to be ameliorated. ER-17, p. 243

Dates: 1878 May 15

Elizabeth Barry to Nancy Halsted, 1879 January 6

 File — Box 94
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A.L.S. Chicago. Restored the picture to its original state. Contracted to have Illinois Room restored to original condition. Will make drawing of ceiling, take down stucco work, restore lost pieces, etc. Believes first thing to be done on lower floor isn't to furnish "but to make the rooms ready for furniture." Thinks it would have good effect on public if entire interior could be artistically restored. ER-5, p. 163

Dates: 1879 January 6

Elizabeth Barry to Nancy Halsted, 1879 February 22

 File — Box 94
Scope and Contents A.L.S. Chicago. Mrs. Leiter to see chair in New York and will have designs drawn of it and the set owned by Mr. John Hamilton, which are facsimile of those formerly at Mount Vernon. Next thing for them to do is to have all the rooms renewed before furnishing and then furnish slowly with just the right pieces. She is canvassing state for money to furnish Illinois room. Wants to reproduce everything that was originally in the room. Details of work to be done in Illinois room. Original color...
Dates: 1879 February 22

Elizabeth Barry to Nancy Halsted, 1878 March 13

 File — Box 91
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A.L.S. Chicago. A committee for renovating and decorating the Illinois room has gone to Mount Vernon and then to New York and Boston. Asks her help for them in their project. ER-5, p. 158

Dates: 1878 March 13

Elizabeth Barry to Nancy Halsted, 1878 April 30

 File — Box 92
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A.L.S. Chicago. The Ladies are not inclined to touch the room until all plans are matured and submitted to the approval of a skilled artist-architect for criticism. She prepared a paper giving sketch of origin, progress, and purposes of the Association to give to several groups. ER-5, p. 159

Dates: 1878 April 30

Elizabeth Barry to Nancy Halsted, 1878 May 20

 File — Box 92
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A.L.S. Chicago. Her ladies have decided not to do anything about floor or furnishings in Illinois room until after next Council. Condemns wood carpets in Illinois room, prefers solid oak. Sorry of necessity of "arching the hall." ER-5, p. 159

Dates: 1878 May 20

Elizabeth Barry to Susan Hudson, 1878 February 16

 File — Box 90
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A.L.S. Chicago. Hopes boat arrangements will be satisfactory. Endorses appointment of Mrs. Sweat. Mrs. Farnsworth's resignation. Difficulty finding a Boston lady to take on Mount Vernon duties. A club of ladies ready to furnish Illinois room. ER-5, p. 157

Dates: 1878 February 16

Elizabeth Barry to Susan Hudson, 1878 July 22

 File — Box 93
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A.L.S. Petersham, Massachusetts. Appreciates arduous duties she has as Secretary of Council. Artist, Volkmar, has taken away painting in Illinois room for restoraton. He says picture was undoubtedly built in wall of the house. "He pronounces it to be a fine painting..." ER-5, p. 161

Dates: 1878 July 22

Elizabeth Barry to Susan L. Pellet, 1859 December 31

 File — Box 49
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A.L.S. Chicago. Pictures being circulated. Depression makes it difficult to make much money for the cause. Optimistic about results in Illinois. ER-5, p. 149

Dates: 1859 December 31

Elizabeth Barry to unknown recipient, 1878 September 23

 File — Box 93
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A.L.S. Petersham, Massachusetts. Probably written to Nancy Halsted. Engaged Volkmar of Baltimore to renew photo in Illinois room at Mount Vernon. It is restored to original brightness. Engaged skilled artists to make suggestions and estimates on room. Mrs. Comegys' affliction. Insists Mount Vernon Report should contain financial report. ER-5, p. 161

Dates: Copyright: 1878 September 23

Elizabeth Barry to unknown recipient, 1872 July

 File — Box 74
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A.L. Incomplete. Quotes document of censure of Regent which Mrs. Sweat sent her to sign. She refuses to sign at present, but agrees Regent should leave Mount Vernon at once. ER-5, p. 155

Dates: 1872 July

Illinois Appeals, 1858, 1879

 Item — Box 5
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One news clipping from the Salem Advocate "Mount Vernon Association" addressed to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Salem; and one printed circular by the Vice Regent for Illinois, Elizabeth Barry, "Mount Vernon. An Address to the People of Illinois."

Dates: 1858; 1879

Magdalen Blanding to Elizabeth Barry, 1874 May 25

 File — Box 80
Scope and Contents A.L.S. San Francisco. Is unable to attend Council in June but encloses proxy as election of Regent is of great concern to her. Hopes choice will not be made by a minority present even if proxies of others are obtained. Question needs discussion of merits of those best adapted to office. Brings up constitutional rights of this election. Favors Mrs. Harper for Regent, gives reasons for choice. Regrets Miss Cunningham's resignation, suggests an honorary office for her which would give her...
Dates: 1874 May 25

William Barry to Elizabeth Barry, 1872 July 22

 File — Box 74
Scope and Contents Copy. Submits his impressions after examining MVLA affairs in connection with her expected report. Evidence found of Miss Cunningham's unquestionable devotion, fidelity and self sacrifice, her own pure and disinterested motives may blind her to public's criticism. Discusses annual meetings, reports made to the public, appointed officers, the constitution, etc. Mrs. Barry's report can deal only with last Council, showing work done but should not overlook the serious complaints of public. To...
Dates: 1872 July 22