AMES, MARY CLEMMER

Gilded Age Collections

Collection ID: GA-4
Location: GA-4

(Description ID: 594213)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

 Mary Clemmer Ames 

GA-4 


Introduction
Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
Inventory 

Introduction
This collection was acquired in August 1939.

Biographical Sketch
Mary Clemmer Ames, born Mary Estella Clemmer on May 6, 1821, in Utica, New York was the eldest of seven children of Abraham Clemmer and Margaret Kneale. On May 7, 1851, she married Reverend Daniel Ames. The couple had no children and would later divorce in 1874. On June 19, 1883, Mary married Edmund J. Hudson, a well-known Washington Journalist, but he died the following year on August 18, 1884, due to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mary Clemmer Ames was a distinguished 19th-century female journalist, in a predominantly masculine occupation, with a widespread reputation as a Washington correspondent. She had served as a nurse in Union hospitals in Washington during the Civil War, where she developed close connections with Portus Baxter and Senator Justin S. Morrill, both representatives of Vermont. During her brief stint living with poets, Alice and Phoebe Cary, in New York in 1859 she was introduced to Horace Greeley and other editors leading her to a newspaper career following the end of the war.

On March 4, 1866, Ames’s published her first “Woman’s Letter” in the Independent. She would continue to write this column until her death in 1884. For a brief period of time, Mary Clemmer Ames wrote for the Brooklyn Daily Union (1869-1872) as well as the Cincinnati Commercial. Ames never used a pen-name for any of her published words preferring to use initials or her full name, unlike many other female colleagues. Mary Clemmer Ames used her platform to seek reform in politics and advocated for women’s suffrage while maintaining the traditional ideals and morals of a Victorian bred woman.

Scope and Content
This collection, spanning from 1859-1884, contains 166 pieces of personal and business correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a photograph relating to journalist Mary Clemmer Ames.

Inventory
Ac.61
166 Items

Folder 1: Papers, 1859-1866

June 5, 1859 - Mrs. J.W. Palmer [Theodora] to Mary Clemmer Ames

September 16, 1860 - [unsigned] to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 27, 1861 - [unsigned] to Mary Clemmer Ames

January 9, 1863 - Mary Clemmer Ames to Mr. Bonner

July 15, 1863 - Justin Smith Morrill [Vermont Representative & Senator] to Mary Clemmer Ames

September 12, 1863 - Schuyler Colfax [17th Vice President of U.S.] to Mary Clemmer Ames

November 7, 1863 - Justin Smith Morrill to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 14, 1863 - Samuel Bowles to Mary Clemmer Ames

February 27, 1864 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

June 1, 1864 - J.W.B. to Mary Clemmer Ames

June 26, 1864 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

July 3, 1864 - Justin Smith Morrill to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 22, 1864 - H.T.F. to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 12, 1864 - Ellen Jewett Baxter to Mary Clemmer Ames

May 10, 1865 - Ellen Jewett Baxter to Mary Clemmer Ames

March 17, 1865 - Portus Baxter [Vermont U.S. Representative] to Mary Clemmer Ames

April 10, 1866 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 12, 1866 - Justin Smith Morrill to Mary Clemmer Ames

September 14, 1866 - C.G. Harquer to Mary Clemmer Ames

September 28, 1866 - Justin Smith Morrill to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 13, 1866 - Justin Smith Morrill to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 14, 1866 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 30, 1860 - Oliver Johnson [Associate Editor, The Independent] to Mary Clemmer Ames

January 3 - Mrs. C.A.C. Hadselle to Mary Clemmer Ames

June 7 - Samuel Bowles to Mary Clemmer Ames

July 9 - Mrs. Sarah Madeline Vinton Dahlgren [Anti-Suffragist] to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 19 - H.T.F to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 26 - Mrs. J.W. Palmer [Theodora] to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Mary to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Jane Cunningham to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Eliza A. Conner to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - E.J. Brookings [endorsed by Theodore Tilton, Oliver Johnson, & Justin McCarthy] to Mary Clemmer Ames (for The Independent)

Unknown - Emma Janes to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Zenobia to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Zenobia to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - C.E.M. to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - S. R. Reiss to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - L.E. Dean to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Mary Clemmer Ames to “Dear Child Winona”

Unknown - F.H.T. to Mary Clemmer Ames

Folder 2: Papers, 1867-1870

January 24, 1867 - Oliver Johnson to Mary Clemmer Ames

February 4, 1867 - C.G. Harquer to Mary Clemmer Ames

March 10, 1867 - Oliver Johnson to Mary Clemmer Ames

April 8, 1867 - Oliver Johnson to Mary Clemmer Ames

May 12, 1867 - Ellen Jewett Baxter to “Dear Polly” [Mary Clemmer Ames]

June 12, 1867 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

July 13, 1867 - C.L. Hansen to Mary Clemmer Ames

July 14, 1867 - Portus Baxter to Mrs. Ellen Jewett Baxter

January 5, 1868 - Augusta Larned to Mary Clemmer Ames

January 25, 1868 - Jenny M. Parker [Author] to Mary Clemmer Ames

March 3, 1868 - Oliver Johnson to Mary Clemmer Ames

May 10, 1868 - Oliver Johnson to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 20, 1868 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 4, 1868 - Augusta Larned to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 27, 1868 - Mrs. J. W. Palmer [Theodora] to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 4, 1868 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

January 11, 1869 - Augusta Larned to Mary Clemmer Ames

February 17, 1869 - Oliver Johnson to Mary Clemmer Ames

February 26, 1869 - Henry Laurens Dawes [Massachusetts U.S. Senator & Representative] to Mary Clemmer Ames

January 23, 1870 - Mary Hayden Green Pike [Novelist] to Mary Clemmer Ames

April 2, 1870 - Thomas Wentworth Higginson [Author, Reformer] to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 17, 1870 - Sidney Andrews to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 23, 1870 - Charles Sumner [Massachusetts U.S. Senator] to Mary Clemmer Ames

Folder 3: Papers, 1871-1874

March 22, 1871 - Charles Sumner to Mary Clemmer Ames

September 25, 1871 - Mary Louise Booth [Editor, Author] to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 22, 1871 - Mrs. Nora Perry [Newspaper Correspondent] to Mary Clemmer Ames

March 21, 1872 - Samuel Bowles to Mary Clemmer Ames

June 24, 1872 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 23, 1872 - Richard Roger Bowker [Publisher & Columnist] to Mary Clemmer Ames

January 13, 1873 - Hortense Share to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 30, 1874 - Schuyler Colfax to Mary Clemmer Ames

December 29, 1874 - George D. Wyman to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - Charles S. to Mary Clemmer Ames (5)

 Folder 4: Papers, 1875-1877

January 16, 1875 - William Alexander Hammond [Military Physician & Neurologist] to Mary Clemmer Ames

February 11, 1875 - Murat Halstead to Mary Clemmer Ames

March 26, 1875 - Mary Clemmer Ames to Miss Maren

July 18, 1875 - Edward Lewis to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 1, 1875 - Jed to “Dear Polly” [Mary Clemmer Ames]

April 17, 1876 - Mrs. W. S. Carroll to Mary Clemmer Ames

June 1, 1876 - Ann Eliza Young [Webb] to Mary Clemmer Ames

October 28, 1876 - Mrs. J.E. Wallace to Mary Clemmer Ames

August 10, 1876 - Horace Greeley to Mary Clemmer Ames

April 15, 1877 - Charles Harding Loring [Naval Officer] to Mary Clemmer Ames

May 18, 1877 - Albert G. Houghton to Mary Clemmer Ames

May 19, 1877 - Henry Chandler Bowen [Founder of The Independent] to Mary Clemmer Ames

May 29, 1877 - C.B. Waite to Mary Clemmer Ames

July 7, 1877 - Clarence Winthrop Bowen [Publisher, The Independent] to Mary Clemmer Ames

Unknown - E.J. Brookings to Mary Clemmer Ames [for The Independent]

Unknown - Mary D. Bowles to Mary Clemmer Ames 

Folder 5: Photograph          

Unknown - Mary Clemmer Ames

Folder 6: Papers  - Typed Copies

June 1, 1876 - Ann Eliza Young to Mary Clemmer Ames

June 14, 1880 - Mary Clemmer Ames to Mrs. Hayes (2)

November 28, 1880 - Mary Clemmer Ames to Mrs. Hayes (2)

December 10, 1880 - Mary Clemmer Ames to Mrs. Hayes 

Folder 7: Papers, 1882

May 18, 1882 - Mary Clemmer Ames to [no name]

November 1, 1882 - Mary Clemmer Ames to Clarence Bower 

Folder 8: Writings: Verse

September 21, 1876 - “The Mountain Pine,” The Independent

January 29, 1877 - "The Guest,” Cincinnati Commercial

July 5, 1877 - The Cincinnati Commercial Article

October 10, 1878 - “Nantasket,” The Independent

May 10, 1879 - “To John Greenleaf Whittier,” Cincinnati Commercial

December 29, 1881 - “Loss,” The Independent

February 16, 1832 - “Life Threads,” The Independent

August 31, 1882 - “Inadequacy,” The Independent

November 8, 1882 - “Distance,” The Independent

March 1883 - “March,” The Independent

April 26, 1883 - “April,” The Independent

October 25, 1883 - “Ballaugh,” The Independent

October 25, 1883 - “The Isle of Man,” The Independent

January 31, 1884 - “A Cathedral Window,” The Independent

Unknown - “Something Beyond”

Unknown - Misc. Poems (2)

Unknown - Eirene, or a Womans Right (Book Review)