Special Collections Department
Ayer Family Papers
(bulk dates 1860 - 1880, 1920 - 1935)
Manuscript Collection Number: 152
Accessioned: Gift of the Moyerman Family, 1972.
Extent: 2.5 linear ft. (1,984 items, 7 notebooks)
Content: Correspondence, legal papers, pamphlets, church papers and publications, diaries, ledger.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1990-1991 by Lori A. Bridgers.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Joseph Cullen Ayer, Jr. (1866-1944), the second son of Joseph and Carrie Ayer, was educated in theology and philosophy at Harvard (AB, 1887), and in Europe at Leipzig (PhD, 1893). Ayer had a long career as a clergyman and theologian and served as Rector of St. Peter's Chapel, Osterville, Mass. (ca. 1903-1913); Rector of St. Philip's Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1929-1936); and as Professor of Theology at the Philadelphia Divinity School of the Protestant Episcopal Church (1913-1936).
Scope and Content Note
I. Caroline E. Roberts - Joseph Cullen Ayer Correspondence, 1859-1894 II. Joesph Cullen Ayer, Jr., Papers 1. Professional Papers, 1908-1940 2. Personal Correspondence, 1910-1940 3. Family Correspondence, 1880-1938 4. Miscellaneous 5. Receipts 6. Notebooks, 1876-1933
Boxes 1 - 4 F. 1 - F. 51 SERIES I. 1859-1894, n.d. Correspondence between Carrie E. Roberts and Joseph Cullen Ayer. The correspondence consists primarily of letters from Carrie to Cullen and concerns their marriage, children, and related matters. Also included are letters to and from the Ayer children to their parents, letters from other relatives, and a few business letters. Although Joseph Cullen Ayer served nearly three years in military service during the Civil War, only two letters written by him during this period are present (1862: September 11; 1863: July 23). (444 items) SERIES II. The correspondence and other papers of Reverend Joseph Cullen Ayer, Jr. Includes papers relating to his professional duties as a minister and as a Professor of Theology, as well as personal and family papers. Boxes 5 - 6 F. 52 - F. 84 Ser. II. 1. Professional Correspondence 1908-1940, n.d. Consists of letters concerning Joseph Cullen Ayer, Jr.'s position as Rector of St. Peter's Chapel, Osterville, Mass.; St. Philip's Church, Philadelphia, PA; and Professor of Theology at the Philadelphia Divinity School of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Also includes letters from other clergy on matters of Church polity, doctrine, and creed; matters concerning the existence of the Divinity School; and his pension. Also includes letters to and from parishioners, students, faculty, and various organizations. Primary correspondents include: William Stetson Merrill, Dean George Bartlett, and Edward A. Pedrette. (507 items) Boxes 7 - 8 F. 85 - F. 124 Ser. II. 2. Personal Correspondence 1910-1940, n.d. Consists of personal correspondence with friends, professional associations, merchants, and private contractors. Much correspondence concerns his summer home and vacations in Randolph, New Hampshire, primarily directed to Charles E. Hunt, the gardner for the summer house, and John H. Boothman, proprietor of Mt. Crescent House in Randolph. Also includes extensive correspondence with William (Billie) Stetson Merrill (a second cousin) and his brother John W. Merrill. Also includes one letter from George A. Barton, of Florida. (602 items) Box 9 Ser. II. 3. Family Correspondence F. 125 - F. 127. 1880-1930. John L. Roberts Correspondence. Correspondence regarding the estate of John L. Roberts (maternal grandfather of Rev. J. C. Ayer) and its distribution. Includes copy of will, court papers, accounting sheets, and letters to George B. Dewson, lawyer, concerning income of Boston real estate. (35 items) F. 128 - F. 129. 1916-1918. Joseph Cullen Ayer. Letters to Rev. J. C. Ayer from his father, during the latter's time in the National Soldier's Home, Tennessee, until his death in 1918. (30 items) F. 130 - F. 131. 1921-1922, 1936. Caroline Ayer. Letters to and from Caroline Ayer, daughter of Rev. J. C. Ayer. Concerns work at Vassar College and her various beaux. (13 items) F. 132 - F. 133. ca. 1920-1939. Lewis C. Cassidy. A suitor of Caroline, ca. 1920-1921. (25 items) F. 134. 1929. Carl W. Ziegler. A suitor of Caroline, 1929. (5 items) F. 135 - F. 141. 1881-1937. John Lovering Ayer, (1862-1918). Correspondence to and from John L. Ayer, the older brother of Rev. J. C. Ayer. John changed his name to Guy Carleton Lee, ca. 1894. As John L. Ayer, he was a practicing lawyer primarily in Portland, Oregon. As Guy Carleton Lee, he was a professional editor for a publishing company. He moved to Carlisle, PA, ca. 1910. (83 items) F. 142. 1921-1938. Miscellaneous correspondence. Letters from cousins, aunts, other relatives of Rev. J. C. Ayer. Includes one letter to Richard Ayer, the son of Rev. Joseph Cullen Ayer. (12 items) Box 10 Ser. II. 4. Miscellaneous. F. 143 - F. 145. Announcements, publications, pamphlets associated with Philadelphia Divinity School and St. Philip's Church. (40 items) F. 146. Examination Sheets. Autograph and typed exam questions for various classes in theology which Rev. J. C. Ayer taught. (16 items) F. 147 - F. 148. Pamphlets. Various pamphlets, printed announcements and related material for churches, conventions, cemetery regulations, etc. (22 items) F. 149. Calendars. Church calendars listing holy days, feast days, passages from the Bible, Psalms, etc. Four different styles of calendars, all dated 1933, and a partial order form. (5 items) F. 150 - F. 151. General. Map, advertisement for Holderness Boy's School, information about various associations, tax form, etc. (23 items) Ser. II. 5. Receipts. F. 152 - F. 155 Receipts and bills from booksellers, publishers, insurance companies, charities, contract work, auto companies, seed companies, etc. (122 items) Box 11 Ser. II. 6. Notebooks. F. 156 - F. 160. Diaries. 1904, 1918, 1922, 1930, 1933. All belonged to Rev. J. C. Ayer. All are only partially filled with entries. All published by Standard Diary Co., with a calendar of the year, moon & sun calendars, charts, tables of measures, city populations, postage rates, pages for memoranda, accounts, addresses & lists, etc. F. 161. Autograph Book. 1876-1878. Book belonged to John L. Ayer. Contains messages and signatures of friends, relatives, fellow students. Three photos. F. 162. Ledger. 1903-1918. Ledger & account book from St. Peter's Chapel, Osterville, Mass. where Rev. J. C. Ayer was rector.
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