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Robert Singleton Peabody Letter

An inventory of his letters at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Peabody, Robert S. (Robert Singleton), 1837-
Title: Robert Singleton Peabody Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1850s
Quantity: 1 letter (SC)
Abstract: Letter from Singleton Peabody , nephew of noted philanthropist George Peabody (1795-1869), to his fiancee, Maggie (Margaret Augusta Goddard). The letter concerns a fishing trip in the Thousand Islands area of New York.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Robert Singleton Peabody (1837-1904) attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts where he was valedictorian of his class (1857). He married Margaret Augusta Goddard with whom he had a son, Charles Peabody. Singleton Peabody was the nephew of the well-known philanthropist George Peabody (1795-1869) and was co-executor of his uncle's will. Over his lifetime Peabody amassed a collection of some 40,000 Native American archaeological artifacts, which he donated to Phillips Academy and which formed the nucleus of the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology (founded 1901).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert Singleton Peabody Letter consists of a single letter from Singleton Peabody to his fiancee, "Maggie" (Margaret Augusta Goddard), while he was on a fishing trip in the Thousand Islands area of New York State with his uncle, philanthropist George Peabody. The letter is undated but is likely from the 1850s.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Peabody, George, 1795-1869.
Peabody, Robert S. (Robert Singleton), 1837-


Thousand Islands (N.Y. and Ont.)

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Robert Singleton Peabody Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2007.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 7 Jan 2008
Revision history:

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