Correspondence, diaries, business, and genealogical papers chiefly of the Richards family of Gardiner, Maine, and of the Ashburner family. Edit




  • 1773-1933, undated. (Creation)


  • 51 Volumes (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

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  • Scope and Contents

    The Richards family of Horndean in Hampshire began its connection with America in the early 19th century when John Richards opened a business in Boston, Massachusetts. Although his son, Francis Richards, established a manufacturing business in Gardiner, Maine, the family retained strong European ties. The constant coming and going across the Atlantic gives the collection a very cosmopolitan outlook enhanced by the marriage in 1878 of Francis Gardiner Richards to Anne Ashburner whose family also had English and American connections.

    For notes on the Richards family see ‘Stepping westward’ by Laura E Richard. For other related collections see ‘The yellow house papers’ by Danny D Smith.

  • Bibliography

    Richard, Laura. ‘Stepping westward’ (London, 1931); Smith, Danny. The yellow house papers’ (Gardiner, 1991).

  • Separated Materials

    For formal documents from this collection see Ch. 15475-15500.

    Printed material has been transferred to the Department of Printed Books.

    Papers concerning the Castle Yacht Club of Calshot, Hampshire have been transferred to the Hampshire Record Office.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1972 and 1975, by Mrs F A Richards, Edinburgh.

  • Arrangement

    The papers are arranged as follows: MSS.20351-20370. Correspondence. MSS.20371-20391. Diaries. MSS.20392-20394. Business and legal papers. MSS.20395-20398. Genealogical papers. MSS.20399-20400. Miscellaneous papers.