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Audella Beebe Hyatt Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hyatt, Audella Beebe, 1840-1932.
Title: Audella Beebe Hyatt Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1858-1957
Quantity: 7.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing (1860-1932); diaries; account books; notebooks; a partial autobiography; and sketches. Correspondents include Clara Carter Hyatt Coad, Mary E. Freeman, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Archer M. Huntington, Alpheus Hyatt, Leon Kroll, Alpheus Hyatt Mayor, and Harriet Randolph Hyatt Mayor.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Audella Beebe Hyatt was born in Kinderhook, N.Y., on Feb. 14, 1840. Little is known of her early life. Her father was a farmer. Audella had a brother and sister four years older than herself, Aurelia, and together with their mother often traveled to New York City to buy new clothes. Audella attended a local academy for her education. Following the Civil War and the death of her father, she was living in New York with her mother when Mrs. Alpheus Hyatt of Baltimore asked her to come for a prolonged visit to Baltimore. Mrs. Hyatt (Harriet Randolph King) had recently become a widow. She and Audella had met during the war when they both were doing volunteer work. At the Hyatt estate, "Wansbec", Audella met Alpheus Hyatt II, and they were married Jan. 7, 1867. She had three children, Harriet, Alpheus III, and Anna Vaughn, a fourth child died in infancy.

Mrs. Hyatt was talented as an artist and painter of landscapes. She assisted her husband in his research by painting the sketches and diagrams for his books and lectures and copying his paleontological data. She moved with her husband to Cambridge, Mass. and made the Massachusetts area her home for more than thirty years.

She was also well known for her researches in family genealogy, the fruits of which placed with the work of her daughter Harriet are contained in the Hyatt-Mayor Genealogical Collection. Mrs. Hyatt had great wit and retained her charm until her death at the well-advanced age of 92.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Audella Beebe Hyatt (Mrs. Alpheus Hyatt II) include biographical material, extensive correspondence, account books, legal papers, notebooks, photographs, diaries, partial autobiography, sketches, and other manuscripts, and published material consisting of articles about others and newspaper clippings about Audella Hyatt and others.

Correspondence, includes both incoming and outgoing letters as well as the correspondence of others and correspondence arranged by subject consisting of a letterbook of sympathy letters dated 1879 and 1893, and a notebook of letters, mainly from Lizzie A. Hyatt Ogden. Correspondents include Clara Carter Hyatt Coad, Mary E. Freeman, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Archer M. Huntington, Alpheus Hyatt, Leon Kroll, Alpheus Hyatt Mayor, and Harriet Randolph Hyatt Mayor. Subject File, consists of account books, cards and invitations, legal papers, notes, notebooks, photographs and scrapbooks containing photographs, and scientific prints. Diaries, includes diaries arranged chronologically between the years 1858-1863, 1867, 1883, 1900-1905, 1907-1908, 1910, 1913, and one titled "Freiburg 1913-1914". Also included in this series is an undated diary. Manuscripts, includes an unorganized series of holograph notes and typed pages titled "Autobiography," a hand-drawn map titled "Battleground of Guildford Court House," and sketches. Published Material, includes articles about others, newspaper clippings about Audella Hyatt, and newspaper clippings about others.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The incoming letters are arranged alphabetically by author. The outgoing letters are arranged chronologically. Subject File, Manuscripts, and Published Materials are arranged alphabetically by type.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections for the Hyatt-Mayor families. For information on members of the Hyatt, Mayor, Beebe, and Huntington families see the SCRC Subject Index for the finding aids of individual family members.

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Subject Headings


Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, 1852-1930.
Huntington, Anna Hyatt, 1876-1973.
Huntington, Archer Milton, 1870-
Hyatt, Alpheus, 1838-1902.
Mayor, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1901-
Mayor, Harriet Randolph Hyatt, 1868-1960.
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974.
Hyatt, Audella Beebe, 1840-1932.
Hyatt family.
Mayor family.


Women painters -- United States.
Painters -- United States.
Women artists -- United States.
Art, American.

Genres and Forms

Account books.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Audella Beebe Hyatt Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Anna Hyatt Huntington, 1964-1967.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: 1966?
Revision history: 20 Mar 2008 - converted to EAD (LDC)

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Incoming Correspondence
Box 1 A - B
Box 1 Beebe, William
Box 1 Bergengren, Anna F.
Box 1 C
Carter, Clara
See Coad, Clara Carter Hyatt
Coad, Clara Carter Hyatt
Box 1 1895
Box 1 1896
Box 1 1897
Box 1 1898
Box 1 1899
Box 1 1900-1901
Box 1 1902
Box 2 1903
Box 2 1904-1906
Box 2 1907
Box 2 1908
Box 2 Jan.-Jun. 1909
Box 2 Jul.-Nov. 1909
Box 2 1910
Box 2 1911
Box 2 1915, 1916, 1918
Box 3 1920, 1923-1929, 1931-1932
Box 3 Undated
Box 3 Undated
Box 3 Undated
Box 3 Undated
Box 3 Unidentified
Box 4 D - E
Box 4 F
Box 4 Freeman, Mary E., "Dolly"
Box 4 G
Box 4 Glover, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred K. (Fannie)
Box 4 H
Hodgdon, Clara Hyatt
See Kent, "Clarachen" Hyatt Hodgdon
Box 4 Huntington, Anna V. Hyatt
Box 4 Huntington, Archer M.
Hyatt, Alpheus II
Box 4 1870-1871, 1873, 1876, 1880
Box 4 1881, 1883, 1885-1886
Box 4 1887, 1889-1890
Box 4 1891
Box 4 1895-1896
Box 5 1897-1898, 1900-1901
Box 5 Undated
Box 5 Unidentified
Hyatt, Alpheus III
Box 5 1881, 1886-1887, 1891
Box 5 1895-1897
Box 5 1898-1905
Box 5 1906-1910
Box 5 Undated
Box 5 Hyatt, Amy
Hyatt, Anna Vaughn
See Huntington, Anna V. Hyatt
Hyatt, Clara Carter
See Coad, Clara Carter Hyatt
Hyatt, "Clarachen"
See Kent, "Clarachen" Hyatt Hodgdon
Hyatt, Harriet (Daughter)
See Mayor, Harriet Hyatt
Box 5 Hyatt, Harriet R. (Mother-in-Law)
Box 5 I - J
Box 5 K
Box 5 Kent, "Clarachen" Hyatt Hodgdon
Box 5 Knoll, Leon
Box 6 L
Box 6 Linege, J.
Box 6 Ludolf, Ernestine
Box 6 M
Box 6 Mayor, Alfred G.
Mayor, Alpheus Hyatt
Box 6 1917-1918
Box 6 1919-1921
Box 6 1922-1923
Box 6 1924
Box 6 1925-1926
Box 6 1927-1928
Box 6 1929-1932
Box 6 Undated
Box 6 Undated
Box 6 Undated
Box 6 Unidentified
Mayor, Barbara
See Money, Barbara Mayor
Box 7 Mayor, Brantz
Mayor, Harriet Hyatt
Box 7 1896-1899
Box 7 1900
Box 7 Jan.-Feb. 1901
Box 7 Mar.-Apr. 1901
Box 7 May-Jun. 1901
Box 7 Sept.-Dec. 1901
Box 7 1902
Box 8 1903, 1906-1907, 1909, 1913-1916
Box 8 1918-1919, 1925, 1927, 1929
Box 8 1930-1932
Box 8 Undated
Box 8 Undated
Box 8 Unidentified
Box 8 Mayor, Maria
Box 8 Money, Barbara Mayor
Box 8 Moore-Anderson, Nora
Box 8 Motherling, Helen
Box 8 N
Box 8 P
Box 8 R
Box 8 Reynolds, Marian
Box 9 S
Box 9 Schutte, Alexander 1863-1864
Box 9 Sisco, Claire
Stewart, Marie
Box 9 Dated
Box 9 Undated (2 folders)
Box 9 T, V - W
Wilins, Mary "Dolly" Freeman
See Freeman, Mary E. "Dolly"
Box 9 Unidentified
Box 9 Unidentified, copies of letters
Outgoing Correspondence
Box 10 1853, 1862, 1867-1871
Box 10 1885-1888
Box 10 1903-1907
Box 10 1909-1911
Box 10 1922, 1924-1932
Box 10 Undated
Box 10 Unidentified
Box 10 Unidentified, copies of letters
Box 10 Correspondence of others
Correspondence by Subject
Box 10 Letterbook - Sympathy Letters 1879, 1893
Box 10 Notebook of correspondence - mainly from Lizzie A. Hyatt Ogden
Subject File
Box 11 Account Book
Box 11 Account Book
Box 11 Cards and Invitations
Box 11 Legal Papers
Box 11 Notes
Box 11 Notebooks
Box 11 Notebooks
Box 11 Photographs
Box 12 Photographs - scrapbook
Box 12 Photographs - scrapbook
Box 12 Scientific Prints
Box 13 1858-1861
Box 13 1862-1863
Box 13 1867
Box 13 1883
Box 13 1900-1904
Box 14 1905
Box 14 1907-1908
Box 14 1910
Box 14 1913
Box 14 "Freiburg 1913-1914"
Box 14 Undated
Box 15 "Autobiography"
Box 15 Map - "Battleground of Guilford Court House"
Box 15 Sketches
Published Material
Box 15 Articles about others
Box 15 Newspaper clippings about Audella Hyatt
Box 15 Newspaper clippings about others

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