Guide to the Louise A. K. S. Clapp Collection, 1834-1849

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Guide to the Louise A. K. S. Clapp Collection, 1834-1849



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Louise A. K. S. Clapp Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1834-1849
Box Number: 151-153
Creator: Clapp, Louise A. K. S., 1819-1906
Extent: 3 boxes
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Louise A. K. S. Clapp Collection, California State Library.

Access Points

Frontier and pioneer life--California.
Clapp, Louise A. K. S., 1819-1906

Contents

Correspondence, lectures on art, and photographs.

Biography

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clapp was born July 28, 1819, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Moses and Lois (lee) Smith who died in 1832 and 1837, respectively, leaving three boys and four girl orphans. After Mr. Smith's death, Osmyn Baker, an Amherst attorney, served as Louise's guardian until 1841. In 1838, Louise attended the "Female Seminary" in Charleston, Massachusetts. In 1839-40, she and her sister Mary Jane attended Amherst Academy. Louise was an active correspondent with friends and relations during this period. In 1839, she met Alexander Everett, an American diplomat, brother of Edmund Everett, while traveling in Vermont. They became friends and corresponded until 1847 when she met Fayette Clapp, a doctor, whom she married in 1848 or 1849. In 1849, she and her husband sailed to California. In 1851, they moved to Rich Bar, a mining camp on a fork of the Feather River and the setting for 23 letters to her sister Mary Jane under the pen name "Shirley". Around 1853, Fayette Clapp left his wife in San Francisco and returned east. They were divorced in 1857. Louise began teaching in San Francisco Public Schools in 1854 and retired in 1878. She also gave evening classes in art and literature during this period. In 1878, she returned east, dying in New Jersey on February 9, 1906.

Correspondents

Major Correspondents

  • Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847.
  • Talbot, Emme C. F.

Other Correspondents

  • Baker, Osmy
  • Breck, Eliza
  • Briggs, William N.
  • Delano, John A.
  • Estey, Elizabeth B.
  • "Everard"
  • Fisher, Marianne
  • Jenkins, A.
  • Knappe, C.L.
  • Lee, Gideon
  • Lee, Samuel B.
  • Meeker, Rebecca
  • Meeker, William Bloomfield
  • Montague, L. C.
  • Norton, Martha
  • Smith, Adeline
  • Smith, Charles H.
  • Smith, George
  • Smith, J. Lee
  • Smith, Mary J.
  • Smith, W. H.
  • Stuart, Charles
  • Stuart, Margarette
  • Stuart, Sarah B.
  • Ward, Lucy
  • Wilbur, Anna

Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Photographs to photographers file and to picture file

Container List

Box 151

Letters to Louise A. K. Smith by date 1834-1849.

Box 152

Lectures on painting and notes on architecture, ca. 1875.

Box 153

Photographs (unidentified).