Bessie Rayner Belloc - Kelsey Family Collection
- 1895-1930, undated
- Majority of material found within 1908-1919
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence from Bessie Belloc and her two children, Hilaire Belloc and Marie Belloc Lowndes, to Jeanette Kelsey. The correspondence in this collection offers insight into the political, social, and literary climate of the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries in America and Great Britain. This collection also contains small items, including newspaper clippings, ephemera, and watercolors by Bessie Belloc, which were enclosed with the correspondence.
- Belloc, Bessie Rayner, 1829-1925 (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
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These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Biographical Note: Elizabeth "Bessie" Rayner Parker Belloc
Bessie Rayner Parkes Belloc (1829-1925) was a poet, feminist, activist and journalist. She was a central figure in the early years of the women's rights movement in England, founding The
English Woman's Journal and advocating for education and employment opportunities for women. She played a critical role in the passage of the Married Women's Property Bill in 1857, which secured property rights for widowed women.
Parkes converted to Catholicism in 1864 after being brought up a Unitarian. In 1867, she met and married Louis Belloc, a French barrister and semi-invalid. The two were married for five years and had two children, Marie Adelaide (later Mrs. Frederic Lowndes) and Joseph Hilaire Pierre (known as Hilaire Belloc). Louis Belloc died in 1872 after extended periods of ill-health and Bessie moved from the family's home in France to London with her two children. Both of Bessie's children would go on to become prolific writers.
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 240: Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets. Edited by William B.Thesing. The Gale Group, 2001. pp. 183-190. (Accessed July 11, 2007).
Biographical Note: Jeanette Garr Washburn Kelsey
Jeanette Garr Washburn Kelsey (b. 1850) was born in Wisconsin. Her father, Cadwallader Washburn, was a civil war general and served as the governor of the state. In 1869, she married Albert Warren Kelsey (1840-1921), an industrialist, and the couple made their home in Chestnut Hill, PA, from the late 1870's through the 1920's. The couple had nine children. In 1915, she published the fictional work, Clouded Amber, under the pseudonym, Patience Warren. Art historians have speculated that she was the model for Winslow Homer's painting,The Red Feather.
Sources: Lucretia H. Giese,"Winslow Homer's Civil War Painting The Initials: A Little-Known Drawing and Related Works." American Art Journal: Vol. 18, No. 3, p. 5. [Accessed online at JSTOR doi:10.2307/1594439 on 16 July 2007]
The History of Keystone House [Accessed online at https://www.keystonecare.com/about-keystonecare/].
4.25 Linear Feet (10 containers)
This collection contains correspondence from Bessie Rayner Parkes Belloc and her children, Hilaire Belloc and Marie Belloc Lowndes, to Jeanette Kelsey. It also contains miscellaneous printed materials and ephemera such as newspaper clippings and watercolors by Bessie Belloc.
Arranged into two series. Series I. Correspondence and Series II. Printed Material and Artwork.
Series I is arranged into six subseries. Subseries A. Bessie Raynor Belloc, Subseries B. Hilaire Belloc, Subseries C. Marie Belloc Lowndes, Subseries D. Kelsey Family, Subseries E. Postcards, and Subseries F. Unidentified Correspondence.
The first series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically by date of correspondence. It concludes with a run of postcards and unidentified correspondence. The second series is arranged by the type of material.
Purchase from David J. Holmes, Philadelphia. 1998 August 26.
Materials from Burns Library Accessions MS.1991.006, MS.1991.016, and MS.1998.013 have been incorporated into this collection.
- Bessie Rayner Belloc - Kelsey Family Collection
- 1895-1930, undated [bulk 1908-1919]
- George R. Fuir, S.J., Maria Sokolova, Matthew Heitzman
- 2007 July
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