Guide to the Myra Mockridge Papers 1876-1882 MG 1573
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Inventory prepared by Joyce Hull.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid writtenbin English.
Myra Mockridge is a woman who grew up and lived in the New Jersey and New York area. Myra apparently lived part of the time in Pequannock, NJ and vacationed in Lake George, NY. It is unclear from the letters what her maiden name may have been, but her married name was Mockridge. Her husband William Mockridge was a salesman for Mockridge & Thurber a manufacturer of plated jewelry in Newark, NJ.
A collection of letters mainly addressed to Myra Mockridge during 1876-1882, from such people as classmates, friends, suitors and her husband. The letters touch on a variety of topics of everyday family life, such as school, dating, skating, Scarlet fever, While most letters are written from people in Pequannock, there are a variety of letters from Metuchen, Crawford, East Princeton, Newark, and Rockaway, New Jersey; New York City and Brooklyn, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; and Union City, Pennsylvania. The letters written from Myra’s husband William Mockridge peertain mostly to the business he is working for in Newark, New Jersey. He is a salesman at Mockridge & Thurber, Manufactures of Fine Plated Jewelry, traveling around the New Jersey and New York area. Some of the letters from her suitor George W. Van Cleef are written using the mirror writing process. There are some pressed flowers and small newspaper clippings of poems as well that were sent in the letters to Myra.
There are a small number of letters written to Frankie Clarkson by an Ed. H. Malloy from September 8 through November 5, 1879 mentioning such things as Malloy’s application to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, riding horses, and Frankie’s friendship with Marmie Stuarch.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1573, Myra Mockridge Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The collection was purchased by The New Jersey Historical Society in 2002.