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Description Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Correspondence 1913-1949, n.d.

Series II. Printed Matter, 1884-1936, n.d.

Series III. Japan Trip

Series IV. Sewall residence. 1847-1929, n.d.

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Blanche Harding Sewall Papers



Description Summary

Creator: Sewall, Blanche Harding
Title: Blanche Harding Sewall Papers
Dates: 1847-1959
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence, college materials, pamphlets and programs, materials related to the construction of Sewall residence and the Sewall's Japan trip. The dates for this collection range from 1847 to 1959 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1935 to 1948.
ID MS 431
Extent: 2 linear ft. (4 boxes)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Blanche Harding Sewall (Mrs. Cleveland Sewall) was a native of Fort Worth, Texas and attended Rice Institute with the class of 1917. She was an artist, philanthropist and, as a patron of the arts, a founding member of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She organized a private foundation, the Library of Arts. At her husband's death in 1942, she assumed operations of his wholesale grocery company, Carson Sewall & Co. Marine Division. As a memorial to her husband, she donated funds for the construction of a building for the Rice campus, Sewall Hall. Mrs. Sewall died on May 28, 1973, in Houston. Funds from her estate provided for the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professorship and the Noah Harding Professorship at Rice. Andrew Hays Buchanan was her maternal grandfather, and Noah Harding was her paternal grandfather. The Sewall residence, designed by Ralph Adams Cram in the Mediterranean Renaissance style in 1925, was left to Rice University. Blanche Harding Sewall was awarded Rice's Gold Medal posthumously in 1973.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, college materials, pamphlets and programs, materials related to the construction of the Sewall residence, and the Sewall's trip to Japan. The dates for this collection range from 1847 to 1959 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1935 to 1948.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged into four series.
Series I. Correspondence, 1913-1949, n.d.
Series II. Printed Matter, 1884-1936
Series III. Japan Trip
Series IV. Sewall residence

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four boxes chronologically in Series I and Series IV, and alphabetically by topic in Series II and III.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Blanche Harding Sewall Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sewall, Blanche Harding--Correspondence.
Cram, Ralph Adams, 1863-1942.
Sewall family - Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Sewall House.
Garden Club of America.
Rice University - Alumni and Alumnae.
Subjects
Gardening - Societies, etc.
Clubs - Japan.
Gardening - Japan.
Philanthropists - Texas.
Places
Texas -- family and personal papers -- 20th century.
Japan -- Garden Club of America -- 20th century.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Postcards.
Souvenirs.
Pamphlets.
Drawings, layout.
Family papers.
Personal papers.

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Related Material

Additional information about Blanche Harding Sewall may be found in the following information files located in the Woodson Research Center: Blanche Harding Sewall; Sewall Hall; Sewall House; and Cleveland Sewall Hall dedication, 1971, photo album.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Blanche Harding Sewall Papers, MS 431, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisitions Information

The bulk of the materials were received in 1974 from Texas Commerce Bank, executor of Mrs. Sewall's estate. Additional materials were received in 1988.

Accruals

No future additions are expected for this material.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Correspondence 1913-1949, n.d.

26 letters arranged in chronological order beginning with the earliest and ending with the undated letters.
box folder
1 1 G.C. Frakes to Blanche Jan. 2, 1913
1 Charles A. Lott to Cleveland Sewall April 9, 1935
1 Mrs. Allen C. Hutchinson to Mrs. Claude Thompson April 19, 1935
1 Mrs. A.C. Hutchinson to Mrs. James Mercer Blaine April 19, 1935
1 Nita and Lucille to M/M Cleveland Sewall April 19, 1935
1 Charlie [CJK] to M/M Eric Brashay April 21, 1935
1 Dr./Mrs Joseph Mullen to M/M Cleveland Sewall April 26, 1935
1 Mrs. Campbell Sewall to M/M Cleveland Sewall May 13, 1935
1 Emily Evans to Blanche May 13, 1935
1 K. Mikimoto to M/M Cleveland Sewall May 13, 1935
1 Horton to Mrs. Sewall May 14, 1935
1 Summer Palace Co. to Mrs. Sewall June 8, 1935
1 T. Komatsu to M/M Cleveland Sewall Sept. 10, 1935
1 Douglas L. Dunbar to Mrs. Sewall Nov.16, 1935
1 Kaoruko Matsunuya to M/M Cleveland Sewall c. 1935
1 M/M Takashi Komatsu to M/M Cleveland Sewall Dec. 1937
1 Mrs. Sewall to Dr. Roy Harris Jan. 19, 1948
1 Paula Mechau to Mrs. Sewall Feb. 25, 1948
1 Dr. Roy Harris to Mrs. Sewall March 1, 1948
1 Dr. Roy Harris to Mrs. Sewall (extract) March 1, 1948
1 Johana Harris to Mrs.Sewall Dec. 30, 1948
1 Dr. Roy Harris to Mrs. Sewall June 11, 1949
1 Louise Brown to M/M Cleveland Sewall n.d.
1 M/M Hardie Robinson to M/M Cleveland Sewall n.d.
1 Johana Harris to Mrs. Sewall n.d.
1 H. On- to Mrs. Sewall n.d.

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Series II. Printed Matter, 1884-1936, n.d.

box folder
1 2 College Materials 1884-1886
3 Texas centennial 1936
4 Misc. booklets, notes, etc.

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Series III. Japan Trip

box folder
1 5 General Information
6 Travel papers and receipts
7 Garden Club of America bulletins, program
8 Sightseeing, shopping information
9 Sightseeing, shopping information
box folder
2 1 Invitations
box folder
1 2 Souvenir postcards
box folder
2 3 Japanese newsclippings
4 Menus
5 Hotel New Grand, Yokohama
6 Calling cards
7 Photographs
Photograph album
box folder
3 A Photographic Diary of the Visit of the Garden Club of America to Japan
Gardens in Japan Visited by the Garden Club of America, May 1935
Kyoto, 1934

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Series IV. Sewall residence. 1847-1929, n.d.

Copies of plats, correspondence related to the building, specifications, building contracts, transcripts of a lawsuit, drawings and photographs. Arranged in chronological order beginning with the earliest and ending with undated materials.
box folder
3 1 Copies of plats of 3 land surveys in Harris Co., 1847, 1861, 1884
2 Plat of Country Club Estates (River Oaks) [1924?, 1927?] Original Covenants and Restrictions in Country Club Estates Additions
box folder
4 1 Correspondence re:building rights in Broadacres, March 10, 1924
2 Specifications for excavation, foundations, cut stone ... painting, Aug. 18, 1924
3 Specifications for heating, pp. 1-25, Aug. 28, 1924
4 Specifications for plumbing, Sept. 11, 1924
5 Specifications for electrical work, Sept. 16, 1924
6 Specifications for alterations in study room, n.d.
7 Contract for plumbing and heating, Cleveland Sewall and Lee Rogerson, Dec. 10, 1924
8 Contract between Cleveland Sewall and Russell Brown Co., 1924
9 Contract for electrical, Cleveland Sewall and Jacob Bros., Jan. 12, 1925
10 Correspondence re:work orders (Russell Brown Co.)
11 Russell Brown Co. weekly payroll statements, 1925-26
12 Transcripts of Russell Brown Co. vs. Cleveland Sewall, 1929
13 Transcript of Russell Brown Co. vs. Cleveland Sewall, 1929
14 Miscellaneous drawings, n.d.
15 Photographs of bathrooms and kitchen, n.d.
map-case
Map case, drawers 31-32 Plot plan of Sewall residence, Aug. 29, 1924
House plans

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