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Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery collection

Call Number: MS 801

Scope and Contents

The Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery Collection contains over two hundred letters and autographs of prominent Americans and Europeans spanning the years 1762 to 1937. Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery (1847-1943) was the daughter of Governor John Smith Phelps of Missouri and the wife of James Boyce Montgomery of Portland, Oregon.

Learning of Mrs. Montgomery's autograph collection, Lieutenant Governor Thomas C. Reynolds of Missouri sent her thirty-five letters, which are among the earliest items in the collection. Also included in the collection are fifteen letters (1845-1880) which were written to Mrs. Montgomery's father, Governor Phelps. Mrs. Montgomery continued to expand her autograph collection, adding letters of some American political figures, as well as personal correspondence, through 1937.


  • 1746-1939


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery in 1944.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by author. Letters by the same person are arranged chronogically within the folder.


3.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


A collection of autograph letters and manuscripts, many of leading American public figures, collected by Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery. Fifteen letters are addressed to her father, Governor John Smith Phelps (1814-1866) of Missouri, six were written by James G. Blaine (1830-1893), and five by Thomas C. Reynolds of Missouri. The collection includes items signed by four American presidents, several European heads of state, and prominent members of European nobility.

Guide to the Mary Ann Phelps Montgomery Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Elizabeth T. Freer and Mary C. LaFogg
January 1978
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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