Biographical/ Historical Note
Edward C. Palmer (1865_1923) was born in Wareham, Massachusetts and attended Harvard University in the 1880s. At the death of his father in 1895 he took over the family business in the wholesale paper trade: E.C. Palmer and Co., Ltd., New Orleans, La.. By his death, the company had expanded to include two branch houses in Houston and Dallas, Texas.
Edward C. Lincoln was the son of Edward Lincoln and Helen M. Palmer, and the brother of Maud and Madge Palmer. He had one daughter, Helen, who married James Rufus Lincoln. They had at least three sons, who include Thomas, Rufus and Peter.
Scope and Content Note
The papers (1 linear foot) largely consist of family correspondence between the Palmers in the years 1900-1921. Contents include both personal and business news. E.C. Palmer's paper business is documented through his letters to his mother, Helen M. Palmer, a copy book from the 1890s, audit books from 1914-1919 and a notice of appointment. Papers from Maud E. Palmer's interests in the cranberry trade consist of correspondence, receipts and notebooks. Lincoln family papers include family correspondence, legal papers, cards and drawings. Photographs and negatives represent both families.
Series I. Correspondence Folders 1-4 Helen M. Palmer from Edward C. Palmer, 1898-1923, n.d. Personal and business matters are discussed. Of note in family matters is correspondence outlining details of Edward Palmer's separation and divorce from Alice Palmer (1910-11) and Maud Palmer's typhoid fever, (Nov. 1911). Folder 5 Maud E. Palmer from Edward C. Palmer, 1898-1920. Folder 6 Maud E. Palmer from the Palmer family,1878-1911, n.d. These include letters from Maud's grandmother, father, her cousin George Gibbs, an aunt, Sarah, and her sister Madge. Folder 7 Maud E. Palmer, General Correspondence, 1878-1911, n.d. A letter from Josephine Lincoln (n.d.) concerns the impending marriage of Helen Palmer and James Lincoln. Folder 8 Maud and Madge Palmer from Helen Palmer Lincoln, 1922- 1937. The majority of the letters date from Helen's years at Vassar College, N.Y., and her travel after graduation (1928-29). Folder 9 Palmer Family, Correspondence, 1868-1902, n.d. These include letters from E. Palmer Sr. to his wife, Helen, and Helen M. Palmer's letters to her mother. A letter from Alice Stephenson (1902) is included, on the presumption this is the wife of Edward Palmer. Folder 10 Letters and Newspaper Clippings on Death of Edward C. Palmer, June 21-July 6, 1923. Edward C. Palmer died on June 17, 1921. The newspaper clippings consist of obituaries from paper trade journals and letters of condolence to the family and business from paper businesses across the United States. Folder 11 Helen Palmer Lincoln, General Correspondence, 1952_76, n.d. This includes a poem to Helen from her father, Edward C. Palmer (n.d.). Folder 12 Helen Palmer Lincoln and James Rufus Lincoln from Thomas Lincoln, 1955-59. These are Thomas's letters from Tulane University, New Orleans, La. Of note is a letter describing an Elvis Presley concert (April 14, 1956). Folder 13 Helen Palmer Lincoln and James Rufus Lincoln, General Correspondence, 1952-76. Folder 14 Lincoln Family, General Correspondence, 1903_15. Letters include questions to James Lincoln Sr. concerning the genealogy of the Lincoln family (1906-7). Series II. Business and Legal Papers, c. 1897_1951. Folders 15-16 Audit Books, E.C. Palmer & Co., 1915_19. Three records of audits; 6/1/1914- 5/31/1915; 6/1/1915-5/31/1916; 6/1/1918-5/31/1919. Folders 17-18 Maud E. Palmer, c. 1897_1951. Maud Palmer owned a Cranberry bog at Clear Pond Bog in Wareham, Mass., and was a shareholder in South Meadow Cranberry Co.. Her papers consist of letters (1948-51) from her overseer and bank concerning Clear Pond Bog, and from the manager of South Meadow. There are also receipts for shipment of cranberries, three notebooks detailing the operation of the bog and a bank deposit book. Folder 19 Palmer Family, 1895-1921. These include receipts, a building proposal, a codicil to Helen M. Palmer's Will and resolutions on the death of E.C. Palmer by E.C. Palmer & Co., Ltd. (1921). Folder 20 Lincoln Family, 1841-1951. Materials include a Marshall's pass for Preston(?) Lincoln in Tennessee (1865), appointments of attorneys and a notice of a stockholder's meeting for E.C. Palmer & Co. (1951). Series III. Printed and Graphic Items, 1905_72. Folder 21 Helen Palmer Lincoln, School and College, 1922-52. School and College publications are comprised of The Pioneer, magazine of the Isadore Newman Training School, New Orleans, La. (two issues, 1922-23), a Commencement Program for Vassar College (1927) and the Vassar College Class of 1927 25th Year Report (1952). A diploma from the Hartridge School, New Jersey, (1923) is also included. Folder 22 Palmer Family, 1902-33, n.d. Material includes wedding invitations, two sheets of stamps for the Wareham Historical Society and an announcement of election to the board of E.C. Palmer & Co. (1922). Folder 23 Lincoln Family, Printed Items and Drawings, 1905-72. Among the printed items are notices of a "Lincoln Family Meeting" organized by the Old Colony Historical Society (1906), a riding school exhibition program and a commencement program for Tulane University, New Orleans (1960). The drawings are mainly by the Palmer children and include Mother's Day cards. Other cards included are Valentine and Christmas cards and Helen Palmer Lincoln's dance cards. Series IV. Manuscript Volumes, c.1890-1927, n.d. Folders 24-25 Manuscript volumes consist of the copy book of Edward Palmer for E.C. Palmer & Co. (c.1890-94), a telephone book (n.d.), a notebook relating to furniture removal and a Vassar College notebook containing production notes on the play The Duenna (1927). Series V. Photographic Materials, c. 1890-1941. Folders 26-28 The thirty-four photographs and three negatives are mostly unidentified. There are identified photographs of Edward C. Palmer (c.1890-99) and Helen Palmer Lincoln (c. 1910), and photographs of the Soul House in New Orleans, La.. A plan of the Soul property is also included.
Palmer, Edward C., 1865_1923 Palmer, Helen M., d. ca. 1922 Palmer, Maud E. Palmer, Madge Lincoln, Helen Palmer Lincoln, James Rufus Lincoln, Tom E.C. Palmer & Co., Ltd. Paper industry -- New Orleans (La.) Cranberries -- Massachusetts Vassar College Soul House