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Hunt family papers (RLC.Ms.555)

Redwood Library and Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
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Scope & content

This collection consists of letters addressed to members of the Hunt family, particularly architect Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895) and his wife Catherine Hunt (1830-1909) concerning Hunt’s architecture practice, social gatherings, and Catherine Hunt’s efforts to collect books from various authors for a fundraiser in 1897. A letter to their daughter, Esther Morris Hunt (1875-1901), is also included. Letter fragments, probably saved for the autographs, from prominent figures of the time such as Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, and Edith Wharton are also found within this collection.