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Cushing-Tuckerman-Esty Family: Keepsake/Scrapbook Volumes and Images

Identifier: MA.01029

Scope and Contents

This collection contains four volumes and one file from members of the Cushing-Tuckerman-Esty families. The earliest volume contains material relating to Sarah Barker Sigourney (1802-1825), the first wife of Thomas Parkman Cushing. The Cushings had no children, and Thomas P. Cushing named his daughter (by second wife Martha Cargill) Sarah Eliza Sigourney after his first wife and, apparently, her sister Eliza, who died the same year as her sister. This volume has content dating before 1825, when Sarah B.S. Cushing died, but the volume itself may have been assembled and bound after her death by her widower.

Another volume and one file document early newspaper columns written by Edward Tuckerman (1817-1886) during his extended school years (he attended multiple institutions and received multiple degrees). The volume illustrates Tuckerman's precociousness and enthusiasm for learning. Two volumes in the collection belonged to Sarah Tuckerman's sister Martha Ann Cushing (1837-1857), who married William Cole Esty (AC 1860). One volume dates from about 1858 to 1863, before her marriage in 1867, and the other is a record of raising her four boys, beginning in 1870.

Three images show Edward Tuckerman's brother Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (1821-1873), and his sister-in-law (Frederick's wife), Hannah (known as Anna) Lucinda Jones Tuckerman (1827-1857). It isn't yet clear whether the images of Anna are from a daguerreotype or ambrotype taken before her death, or from sittings with the artist before her death in May, 1857. A letter from the artist in the "Tuckerman-Cooper-Clark Family Papers" discussing the portraits dates from 1859, indicating that the work was certainly finished after her death.


  • circa 1820-1900



0.5 Linear feet (1 archives box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas Michie, 2015.

Physical Description

All four volumes are in very good condition. The loose material in ET's "Adversaria" volume is damaged around the edges.

Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Specialist
2017 January
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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