Guide to the Persis Kingsley Token Album, 1852-1854 DAR.1937.19

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Persis Kingsley Token Album
Creator
Kingsley, Persis, d. 1854
Collection Number
DAR.1937.19
Date
1852-1854
Extent
0.13 linear feet  (1 box)
Abstract
This token book was given to Persis Kingsley in 1852. The token album holds uplifting notes and poems from close friends and family. The entries provide insight about religious expression and fondness for Persis Kingsley. The messages in the album span from 1852 to 1854. Digital reproductions of the collectilon are available online.

Preferred Citation

Persis Kingsley Token Album, 1852-1854, DAR.1937.19, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Little is known of Persis Kingsley. She was about 25 at the time the album was written, and was born in the late 1820's to early 1830's. She died on December 30, 1854 in Steuben, Maine. According to death records from Steuben, Maine, and a census taken in 1850 in Cherryfield and in 1860 in Steuben, Persis Kingsley had a daughter, Philena Kingsley, in 1853.

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Scope and Content Notes

This token book consists of a multitude of short letters and poems written to Persis Kingsley by many of her friends and family members. A. H. Hall gave the token album, which was for personal remembrances, to Miss Kingsley, and used between 1852 and 1854. Hall gave the book to Kingsley before she was married in 1852, and it continued to be used up to a few months before her death in 1854. The token book traveled with Kingsley, allowing each of her friends and family members to write rememberances including the date and place. Most of the entries are uplifting poems or notes about life, love, friendship and happiness. Some friends wrote religious notes, while other wrote of friendship and love, and still others wrote about how quickly life can end. In total, there are fourteen different entries, each being about a page, but no more than two pages long. Also included in the book are pressed leaves and flowers found between the pages.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 2008

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

No copyright restrictions.

Custodial History

This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.

Acquisition Information

Gift to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1937.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nicole Mader in May 2008.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collectilon are available online.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Albums

Geographic Name(s)

  • Cherryfield (Me.)
  • Harrington (Me.)
  • Machias (Me.)
  • Maine -- Social life and customs
  • United States -- Social life and customs
  • West Gouldsboro (Me.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hall, A. H.

Subject(s)

  • Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Women -- United States -- Social life and customs

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Previous Citation

Persis Kingsley Token Album, 1852-1854, DAR.1937.19, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxVolume
Persis Kingsley Token Album, 1852-1854 11
("Persis Kingsley Token Album," online pending)

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