Farrar Family papers, 1740-1984 and undated, bulk bulk 1878-1940

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Farrar family
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Scope and content:

Chiefly family and professional correspondence, but also printed material, writings and speeches, scrapbooks, diaries, clippings, and photographs. The collection primarily pertains to the Farrar family and to Preston C. Farrar. Much of the Correspondence Series (1801-1976, undated) consists of personal letters among family members, especially written to Preston C. Farrar; his wife Edna P. Farrar; brother Samuel Clark Farrar, Jr.; sister Josephine; father Samuel Clark Farrar; and mother Ettie Farrar. However, the series also documents the careers in education of Samuel Farrar, Sr., and Preston Farrar. Business letters from Samuel Farrar concern real estate investments in Pennsylvania and New York that father and son owned jointly.

The Diaries Series (1887-1927, undated) includes diaries Preston C. Farrar kept while attending Washington and Jefferson College (1887-1891). The Writings and Speeches Series (1890-1925, undated) includes writings by Preston C. Farrar on teaching literature, English, and education. The Printed Material Series (1878-1957) includes drama and opera programs for New York City theaters, collected by Edith P. Farrar (1899-1957). The Photographs Series contains pictures and photograph albums primarily of family and friends (1888-1938, undated). The Scrapbooks and Clippings Series (1879-1945, undated) contains items that pertain to educational law and school operation; family events; local Allegheny elections; and world news, especially World War I. The Genealogy Series (1740-1984, undated) contains primarily correspondence, notes, and transcripts of wills relating to the Cooke/Cook family.

Biographical / historical:

Preston C. Farrar was an English teacher at Allegheny High School, PA, and in New York City. He was also a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Acquisition information:
The Farrar Family Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 1975-1976.
Processing information:

Processed by John Gribble

Completed 1995

Current finding aid by Rubenstein Library staff, 2002

Last updated May 14, 2002

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan


The collection is arranged into 8 series: Diaries, Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, Printed Material, Photographs, Scrapbooks and Clippings, Genealogy, and Miscellaneous

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[Identification of item], Farrar Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University