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Dallaher family papers

Call Number: MS 1088

Scope and Contents

Letters and papers, 1845-1897, of the Dallaher family of New Haven, Connecticut, make up this collection. Most of the letters are to or from Mary E. Dallaher, a school teacher, mainly between 1875 and 1879, when she was studying music and French in various convents in France, including Convent de l'Assumption, Convent de la Visitation, and Convent de Notre Dame, of Versailles. Some of the letters throw an interesting light on student life in French convents; there are also occasional allusions to the current political situation. Nineteen of the letters are to Mary Dallaher's mother, Elizabeth Dallaher, and ten to her aunt, Rose A. Burrell; approximately forty others are to friends and family members. Eleven of the letters written to Mary are from her brother, Henry J. Dallaher, while he was mining in Deadwood and Spearfish in the Dakota Territory, now South Dakota (1874-1886). The remaining letters are from school friends, relatives, nuns, and priests. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

There are also some financial and legal papers in the collection, including three deeds concerning family property at 40 Blake Street in New Haven and a number of bills and receipts, some relating to this property. In addition there is memorabilia such as calling cards, announcements, printed programs, and other items from various Catholic institutions in the United States and France.


  • 1848-1897


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

Purchased in 1945.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The principal figure is Mary E. Dallaher, a school teacher, who wrote a series of letters to her family while studying music in various convents in France between 1875 and 1879. Additional family correspondence includes letters to Mary Dallaher from her brother Henry while he was mining in the Dakota Territory (1874-1886). Included also are financial and legal papers, among them deeds to property in New Haven, Connecticut, memorabilia, and printed matter from various Catholic institutions in the United States and France.

Guide to the Dallaher Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
June 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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