Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Joseph Lemuel Chester papers, 1843-1880 MS 146

creator Chester, Joseph Lemuel
Title: Joseph Lemuel Chester papers
Dates: 1843-1880
Identification: MS 146
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet(1 folder of 5 items)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Joseph L. Chester was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1821. After a brief school-teaching experience in Ballston, New York, he removed to New York City where he became interested in politics and then journalism. In 1845 he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he spent the rest of his life. He was a poet, writer, City Council member, anti-slavery spokesman and an avid genealogist. He died in 1882.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five items: an original copyright document for Chester’s book “Greenwood Cemetery and Other Poems”, a handwritten poem entitled “To Georgie”, an undated leaflet of several printed poems, and two letters of a personal nature from correspondents in Blackheath, South Carolina.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Joseph Lemuel Chester Papers, 1843-1880 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Chester, Joseph Lemuel

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Lemuel Chester Papers, 1843-1880, MS146, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Purchased November 1961. Recommended by Rice History Professor Hardin Craig

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Chester papers

1 Original copyright document for Chester’s book “Greenwood Cemetery and Other Poems”
2 Handwritten poem entitled “To Georgie”
3 Undated leaflet of several printed poems
4 Two letters of a personal nature from correspondents in Blackheath,South Carolina.