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Hagar Family Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Hagar Family
Title
Hagar Family Papers
ID
mss.655
Dates [inclusive]
1840-1880
Quantity
3 boxes
Shelf location
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library.
Language
English
Abstract
The Hagar family letters include Sarah's personal correspondence with her family in Burlington, and a few letters from other members of the family.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Hagar Family Papers, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1998 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Alice (Hagar) Schoffstall, Burlington, Vt., June 1970.

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Biographical Note

Sarah C. Hagar was born in Shelburne, Vermont, to Luther M. Hagar and Clarissa (Pearson) Hagar on December 3, 1827, and moved to Burlington in 1840. She graduated from the Burlington Female Seminary, went South to teach in a family, taught in the Midwest and spent one year in Montreal learning French before returning to Burlington to teach French and piano. She went South to teach a second time shortly before the Civil War. In 1866 she became governess in the General Berdan family and left for Europe with the Berdans two years later. During her twelve years in Europe, Sarah visited France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Russia and Italy. She returned in 1881 and took a position with F. E. Church as governess at the artist's home on the Hudson. In 1885 she was appointed librarian at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington and remained there until her death on June 24, 1908. The oldest of five children, Maria (1829-1893), Julius (1831 - ?), Kate (1833-1904), Carrie (1833-1856), and George (1835-1898), Sarah was survived by one.

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Scope and Content

The Hagar family letters include Sarah's personal correspondence with her family in Burlington, and a few letters from other members of the family. There are letters from Westover, Virginia; Westerne, Maryland; Newburg, Indiana; Burlington, Vermont; and a large group from Europe. Many of the letters are undated and unsigned. The earliest known letter in the collection is from 1840 and the last from 1880. Perhaps the primary importance of the collection is the description of the nineteenth-century American family which filters through the correspondence. Some of the letters describe the conditions and attitudes of the pre-Civil-War South in the critical decade before 1865, and others the manners and habits of the European aristocracy at the time of the Franco-Prussian War.

The letters are arranged chronologically under two subject headings: American Letters (1840-1867) and European Letters (1868-1880). Sarah's letters are mixed with those of other correspondents because it didn't seem feasible to group them separately. There is some confusion as to the origin of many of the American letters; Millwood, Vue de l'Eau and Westover all refer to the positions Sarah held in Virginia and Marlborough and Westerne refer to that in Maryland.

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Note

For information on the Clagett family of Maryland, see Samuel B. Pettengill, My Story, Lebanon, NH, 1979. The call number of the Bailey/Howe Library's copy is E748 .P48 A35.

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