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Guide to the Casey-Needham Family Correspondence

MSN/EA 5032

 

Collection Summary

Title: Casey-Needham family correspondence
Dates: 1839-1861
Collection No.: MSN/EA 5032
Creator: Newman, Mary Casey, b. 1820
Creator: Casey, Louise P., b. 1829
Creator: Casey, Phebe Needham, b. 1838
Extent: 80 folders; 1 container;
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: 192 manuscript letters written by and to members of the Casey and Needham families of Whiting, Vermont, mostly in the 1840s and 50s. Many were written from locations in the South, where several members of the Casey family taught school.

Selected Search Terms

Education -- United States -- History -- Sources
Women -- Education -- United States
Vermont -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Sources
Willard, Emma, 1787-1870
Education -- Southern states -- History -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: Casey-Needham Family Correspondence, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Casey-Needham Family Correspondence was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2011, from Michael Brown Rare Books of Philadelphia (list 112, item 9). Arranged and described 2011, by Mairead O'Malley. Finding aid 2011, by Mairead O'Malley and George Rugg.

Biographical Note

Most of the Casey-Needham correspondence consists of personal letters directed to the Whiting, Vermont home of the widow Mary Norton Casey (1789-ca. 1860) and her son, Daniel Norton Casey. Mary Norton Casey had married the farmer Edward Casey (1786-1830) in 1816. Of particular importance for the collection are four of the Casey children: the aforementioned Daniel (b. 1817); Mary A. Casey Newman (b. 1820); Edward A. Casey (b. 1827); and Louise P. Casey (b. 1829). Likewise figuring in the correspondence are members of the Needham family, near neighbors of the Caseys in Whiting. Two daughters of Ezra and Jane Needham married into the Casey family; Phebe (b. 1838) wed Edward A. Casey, and Caroline (b. 1841) married Daniel. Beyond these central figures, the correspondence includes letters from more distant relatives, including members of the Norton and Walker families and a cousin to the Caseys named Stephen Locke.

Daniel Norton Casey, born at Whiting in 1817, was the oldest child of Edward and Mary Casey. He is the author of relatively few of the collection's letters but the recipient of many; he managed the family property at Whiting for most of the period covered by the correspondence. Daniel was a farmer and cattle broker, and served as town superintendent in 1862-63. Around 1860 he married his (considerably younger) neighbor Caroline "Carrie" Needham. Mary Casey Newman, the second of the Casey children to survive to adulthood, is the collection's most prolific author and in many ways its most vivid figure. Her earliest letters (1841-43) date from her years as a student at Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York, founded by the educator and women's rights advocate Emma Willard (of whom Mary speaks). After Troy Mary taught at a succession of plantation schools and academies in the South, in North Carolina (1844-49), Georgia (1850-51), Kentucky (1851-54), and Winchester, Virginia, where she met her future husband, the educator Robert W. Newman (b. ca. 1819). Following his marriage to Mary in 1855, Newman served as principal of the Winchester Female Seminary (1855-58) and of Harford Academy near Baltimore (1858-64). The couple had a daughter, Mary N. Newman (b. 1858), and a son who died in infancy. After the war the Newmans lived in Peekskill, New York. Edward A. Casey, the youngest Casey son, attended school in the Northeast before joining his sister Mary in Kentucky in the early 1850s, where he likewise taught. By mid-decade he was back in Whiting, working the family farm (the 1860 Federal census shows Edward owning one-third of the property, to his older brother Daniel's two-thirds). He later married Phebe Needham, who had been a student of Mary Casey's at Winchester. Louise P. Casey, the youngest of the Casey children, followed Mary to Troy Seminary, and likewise pursued a teaching career in the South, leaving for North Carolina in 1847. In the 1850s she joined her sister and brother-in-law at Winchester (Virginia) Female Seminary.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes 198 letters, mostly personal, written by the Caseys and Needhams and members of their extended families. There are also several records and bits of ephemera. The letters are mostly directed to Whiting, especially to the Casey farm. Mary A. Casey Newman is the collection's chief author, with 63 letters written from Troy Female Seminary and the various schools at which she taught, primarily in the South. All but one of Mary's letters date from the period 1841-59. There is a great deal, of course on education, from descriptions of Mary's student years at Troy and her subsequent teaching positions to her ongoing exhortations to family members about self-improvement through schooling. There is also much on life in the South. The correspondence also includes 19 letters of Louise Casey, almost all written from the South (1847-55). The Casey sons, Daniel and Edward, are less well represented, since they spent most of the 1840s and 50s at Whiting. There is a short series of colorful letters written by Edward from Kentucky in the early 1850s, and several written by Daniel from North Carolina in 1847. As for the Needhams, there are 24 letters (1854-59) written by Phebe Needham Casey, mostly to her parents and her younger sister Carrie. Also in the collection are sixteen letters (1851-58) of Stephen Locke, a cousin and business associate of Daniel Casey, and thirteen of the R. H. Walker family to the Needhams, from Wisconsin.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in thirteen series, as follows: 1) Mary N. Casey Letters; 2) Daniel Norton Casey Letters; 3) Mary A. Casey Newman Letters; 4) Robert W. Newman Letters; 5) Edward A. Casey Letters; 6) Phebe Needham Casey Letters; 7) Louise P. Casey Letters; 8) Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Needham Letters; 9) Stephen Locke Letters; 10) Norton Family Letters; 11) Walker Family Letters; 12) Miscellaneous Correspondents; 13) Daniel N. Casey Records.

Container List

  • Series 1: Mary N. Casey Letters 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/EA 5032-1) Mary Norton Casey, Letters. 1856 May-October. 3 letters, 2 with envelopes.
      Written from Winchester, Virginia to the author's sons, Daniel and Edward Casey, in Whiting, Vermont.
    • Series 2: Daniel Norton Casey Letters 
      • Folder 2 (MSN/EA 5032-2) Daniel Norton Casey, Letters. 1847 October 10-23. 2 letters.
        Written from Oxford, North Carolina to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
        • Folder 3 (MSN/EA 5032-3) Daniel Norton Casey, Letters. n.d. 1 letter, with envelope.
          Written from Boston to the author's future wife, Carrie Needham.
          • Folder 4 (MSN/EA 5032-4) Daniel Norton Casey, Letters. 1862 November 17. 1 letter.
            Written from Lowell, Massachusetts to "Sarah".
          • Series 3: Mary A. Casey Newman Letters 
            • Folder 5 (MSN/EA 5032-5) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1841 June-August. 4 letters.
              Written from Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York, where the author was a student, to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
              • Folder 6 (MSN/EA 5032-6) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1841 September-December. 3 letters.
                Written from Troy Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                • Folder 7 (MSN/EA 5032-7) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1842 March-November. 4 letters.
                  Written from Troy Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont and to the author's brother in Brandon, Virginia. In the 5 October letter the author remarks on the death of her aunt, Eunice Norton.
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/EA 5032-8) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1843 November-December. 3 letters.
                    Written from Troy Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont. In the 23 December letter, the author relates her plan to accept a teaching position in North Carolina.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/EA 5032-9) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1844 February-November. 3 letters.
                      Written from the author's new school at Aventon, Nash County, North Carolina, to family members in Whiting, Vermont. In the 8 February letter, the author chronicles her journey from Troy through New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Norfolk, and Portsmouth. After the death of an intimate friend at school, the author reflects on the South's unfamiliar mortuary customs.
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/EA 5032-10) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1845 January-June. 3 letters.
                        Written from the author's school at Aventon to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/EA 5032-11) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1846 January-August. 3 letters.
                          Written from the author's new residence with the Harrisons, a Baptist family in Pleasant Hill, North Carolina, to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/EA 5032-12) Mary A. Casey, Letter. 1846 September. 1 letter.
                            Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to the author's younger sister Louise at her new school in Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/EA 5032-13) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1846 September-1847 February. 4 letters.
                              Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/EA 5032-14) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1847 May-August. 4 letters.
                                Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/EA 5032-15) Mary A. Casey, Letter. 1847 October. 1 letter.
                                  Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to Daniel Casey in Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina. Daniel moved to North Carolina to teach, but at the time of the letter had yet to find a position.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/EA 5032-16) Mary A. Casey, Letter. 1847 October 10. 1 letter.
                                    Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author notes that her brother and sister, Daniel and Louise, have arrived safely in North Carolina.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/EA 5032-17) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1847 December-1848 March. 4 letters.
                                      Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author reflects on the sickness and death of her younger brother, Albert.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/EA 5032-18) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1848 May-September. 3 letters.
                                        Written from Pleasant Hill, North Carolina to family members in Whiting, Vermont. In the 3 July and 16 September letters, the author offers views on Southern politics and the possible dissolution of the union.
                                        • Folder 19 (MSN/EA 5032-19) Mary A. Casey, Letter. 1849 May 3. 1 letter.
                                          Written from Troy Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author has traveled alone from North Carolina to Troy Female Seminary for an indefinite period of time while a Mrs. Willard recuperates from a prolonged illness.
                                          • Folder 20 (MSN/EA 5032-20) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1849 August-1850 February. 5 letters.
                                            Written from the author's new school, Munro Academy, in Elbridge, Onondaga County, New York to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author's brother Edward joined her at the Academy for a period of time, but returned home around early November.
                                            • Folder 21 (MSN/EA 5032-21) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1850 April-June. 2 letters.
                                              Written from the author's new residence in Columbus, Georgia to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The 5 April letter chronicles the author's return trip to the South, including a tour of Washington, D.C.
                                              • Folder 22 (MSN/EA 5032-22) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1851 July-September. 3 letters, 1 envelope, 3 enclosures.
                                                Written from Elberton, Georgia to the author's family in Whiting, Vermont. In the 5 July letter, the author describes a plan for obtaining land for building a school. In the 8 August and 18 September letters, the author encourages her brother, Edward, to travel west to counties in Ohio and Kentucky in search of a farm for sale. Enclosed are three 'for sale' clippings from a newspaper.
                                                • Folder 23 (MSN/EA 5032-23) Mary A. Casey, Letter. 1851 December. 1 letter.
                                                  Written from Hardinsville, Shelby County, Kentucky to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author has met her brother Edward in Kentucky and plans to establish a school, though no land has been acquired.
                                                  • Folder 24 (MSN/EA 5032-24) Mary A. Casey, Letter. 1854 March. 1 letter.
                                                    Written from Danville, Virginia to family members in Whiting, Vermont. Since the last letter in 1851, Mary has been home to nurse her sick mother in Whiting, and her brother Edward has returned to Whiting permanently.
                                                    • Folder 25 (MSN/EA 5032-25) Mary A. Casey, Letters. 1854 January-1855 October. 2 letters.
                                                      Written from Winchester Female Seminary in Winchester, Virginia to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                      • Folder 26 (MSN/EA 5032-26) Mary Casey Newman, Letter. 1856 January. 1 letter.
                                                        Jointly written by Mary and Robert Newman from Winchester Female Seminary in Winchester, Virginia to Mary's mother in Whiting, Vermont. Both authors are employed at the seminary and report on the state of their school and their shared concern for Mary N. Casey's health.
                                                        • Folder 27 (MSN/EA 5032-27) Mary Casey Newman, Letters. 1856 August-September. 2 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                          Written from Winchester Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author is pregnant, as she notes in the closing of the 18 August letter, "baby grows".
                                                          • Folder 28 (MSN/EA 5032-28) Mary Casey Newman, Letter. 1857 February. 1 letter.
                                                            Written from Winchester Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author laments the loss of her infant son who died on 25 February 1857 of "inflamation of the bowels".
                                                            • Folder 29 (MSN/EA 5032-29) Mary Casey Newman, Letters. 1859 February-November. 2 letters.
                                                              Written from Belair, a section of Baltimore, Maryland, to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author mentions two daughters, Frances and Mary, and remarks on the family's tight finances and R.W. Needham's search for a teaching position around Baltimore.
                                                              • Folder 30 (MSN/EA 5032-30) Mary Casey Newman, Letter. 1868 September. 1 letter.
                                                                Written from Peekskill, New York to Daniel and Carrie Casey, location uncertain but most likely Whiting, Vermont.
                                                              • Series 4: Robert W. Newman Letters 
                                                                • Folder 31 (MSN/EA 5032-31) Robert W. Newman, Letter. 1856 April. 1 letter.
                                                                  Written from Winchester Female Seminary in Winchester, Virginia to the author's mother in an unknown location.
                                                                  • Folder 32 (MSN/EA 5032-32) Robert W. Newman, Letter. 1859 January. 1 letter.
                                                                    Written from the author's residence at 54 Sharp Street in Baltimore, Maryland to Daniel N. Casey in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                    • Folder 33 (MSN/EA 5032-33) Robert W. Newman, Letter. 1859 December. 1 letter.
                                                                      Written from Bel-Air Academy in Hartford County, Maryland to Daniel N. Casey in Whiting, Vermont. The author has become the principal of Bel-Air Academy, established 9 May 1859.
                                                                    • Series 5: Edward A. Casey Letters 
                                                                      • Folder 34 (MSN/EA 5032-34) Edward A. Casey, Letter. 1849 October. 1 letter.
                                                                        Written from Munro Academy in Elbridge, New York, where the author is a student, to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author's sister, Mary, teaches at Munro Academy and writes to her family on the back page of the letter.
                                                                        • Folder 35 (MSN/EA 5032-35) Edward A. Casey, Letter. 1850 January. 1 letter.
                                                                          Written from Brandon, Vermont to the author's mother, sister, and "Peter" in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                          • Folder 36 (MSN/EA 5032-36) Edward A. Casey, Letter. 1850 June. 1 letter.
                                                                            Written from an unknown location to the author's brother.
                                                                            • Folder 37 (MSN/EA 5032-37) Edward A. Casey, Letters. 1852 March-July. 2 letters.
                                                                              Written from Hardinsville, Kentucky to friends and family members in Whiting, Vermont. The 13 March 1852 letter to Ezra Needham chronicles the author's trip West.
                                                                              • Folder 38 (MSN/EA 5032-38) Edward A. Casey, Letter. 1852 October. 1 letter.
                                                                                Written from Franklin, Kentucky to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                                • Folder 39 (MSN/EA 5032-39) Edward A. Casey, Letter. 1859 June. 1 letter.
                                                                                  Written from Whiting, Vermont to the author's sister in an unknown location. Phebe Needham Casey also contributes to the letter.
                                                                                  • Folder 40 (MSN/EA 5032-40) Edward A. Casey, Letter. n.d. 1 letter.
                                                                                    Written by Edward A. Casey and Daniel N. Casey to family members. The letter further details the purchase of the Foster farm mentioned in Mary A. Casey's correspondence.
                                                                                  • Series 6: Phebe Needham Casey Letters 
                                                                                    • Folder 41 (MSN/EA 5032-41) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. 1854 July-1855 November. 5 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                      Written from Winchester Female Seminary in Winchester, Virginia to family and friends in Whiting, Vermont. The author is a student at Winchester.
                                                                                      • Folder 42 (MSN/EA 5032-42) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. 1855 December-1856 March. 3 letters.
                                                                                        Written from Winchester Female Seminary to family in Whiting, Vermont. The 20 April 1856 letter records Mary N. Casey's visit to Winchester.
                                                                                        • Folder 43 (MSN/EA 5032-43) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. 1855 March-May. 3 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                          Written from Winchester Female Seminary to family in Whiting, Vermont. The 30 March letter does not provide a year, but the author mentions that it is the Sabbath, so it can be deduced that 30 March 1856 was a Sunday. The 20 April 2856 letter records Mary N. Casey's visit to Winchester.
                                                                                          • Folder 44 (MSN/EA 5032-44) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. 1859 May-September. 4 letters, 2 envelopes, 2 enclosures.
                                                                                            Written from Whiting, Vermont to Carrie Needham at Castleton Female Seminary in Vermont. The 25 May and 21 June 1859 letters note that Mary Casey Newman is seriously ill.
                                                                                            • Folder 45 (MSN/EA 5032-45) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. 1859 October. 3 letters, 2 envelopes.
                                                                                              Written from Whiting, Vermont to Carrie Needham at Castleton Female Seminary.
                                                                                              • Folder 46 (MSN/EA 5032-46) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. 1859 November-December. 3 letters, 3 envelopes.
                                                                                                Written from Whiting to Carrie Needham at Castleton Female Seminary. The 10 December 1859 letter includes a note to Carrie from the author's husband, Edward Casey.
                                                                                                • Folder 47 (MSN/EA 5032-47) Phebe Needham Casey, Letters. n.d. 2 letters.
                                                                                                  Written from Winchester Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The first letter chronicles the author's trip from Whiting to Winchester with Mr. and Mrs. Newman, which took her through New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
                                                                                                  • Folder 48 (MSN/EA 5032-48) Phebe Needham Casey, Letter. n.d. 1 letter, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                    Written from Whiting to Carrie Needham at Castleton Female Seminary.
                                                                                                  • Series 7: Louise P. Casey Letters 
                                                                                                    • Folder 49 (MSN/EA 5032-49) Louise P. Casey, Letter. 1847 May. 1 letter.
                                                                                                      Written from Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York to the author's sister Mary in Belford, Nash County, North Carolina.
                                                                                                      • Folder 50 (MSN/EA 5032-50) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1847 June-August. 2 letters
                                                                                                        Written from Troy Female Seminary to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                                                        • Folder 51 (MSN/EA 5032-51) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1848 August-December. 3 letters.
                                                                                                          Written from the author's new school in Elmwood, Nash County, North Carolina, where she is teaching along with her sister Mary, to family members in Whiting. In the 1 August 1848 letter, the author notes that Southerners are "half as smart" as Northerners.
                                                                                                          • Folder 52 (MSN/EA 5032-52) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1849 March-October. 3 letters.
                                                                                                            Written from Elmwood to family members in Whiting. The 16 June 1848 letter notes an outbreak of cholera in the area.
                                                                                                            • Folder 53 (MSN/EA 5032-53) Louise P. Casey, Letter. 1852 February. 1 letter.
                                                                                                              Written from Oxford, North Carolina to the author's brother Edward in Versailles, Kentucky. The author asks her brother's opinion on possible spouses for their eldest brother, Daniel.
                                                                                                              • Folder 54 (MSN/EA 5032-54) Louise P. Casey, Letter. 1852 April. 1 letter.
                                                                                                                Written from Oxford to family members in Whiting, Vermont. The author mentions that she might be returning home soon because she does not like her new school.
                                                                                                                • Folder 55 (MSN/EA 5032-55) Louise P. Casey, Letter. 1852 July. 1 letter.
                                                                                                                  Written from Henderson, North Carolina to family members in Whiting.
                                                                                                                  • Folder 56 (MSN/EA 5032-56) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1853 Feburary-May. 2 letters.
                                                                                                                    Written from Danville, Virginia to family members in Whiting.
                                                                                                                    • Folder 57 (MSN/EA 5032-57) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1853 August-1854 May. 2 letters.
                                                                                                                      Written jointly by Louise and Mary Casey in Danville to family members in Whiting.
                                                                                                                      • Folder 58 (MSN/EA 5032-58) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1854 September-October. 2 letters.
                                                                                                                        Written from Troy Female Seminary to family members in Whiting. The 13 October 1854 letter recounts a boating accident on the Hudson River.
                                                                                                                        • Folder 59 (MSN/EA 5032-59) Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1855 March-April. 2 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                          Written from Winchester Female Seminary in Winchester, Virginia to family members in Whiting. The 3 March 1855 letter notes that Mary Casey has married Robert Newman, and the author provides a description of the new family member.
                                                                                                                        • Series 8: Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Needham Letters 
                                                                                                                          • Folder 60 (MSN/EA 5032-60) Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Needham, Letters. 1852 September-December. 3 letters, 3 envelopes, 2 enclosures.
                                                                                                                            Written by Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Needham in Whiting to their daughter, Caroline "Carrie" Needham Casey at Castleton Seminary in Castleton, Vermont.
                                                                                                                            • Folder 61 (MSN/EA 5032-61) Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Needham, Letters. 1859 June-December. 3 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                              Written by Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Needham in Whiting to Carrie Needham Casey.
                                                                                                                            • Series 9: Stephen Locke Letters 
                                                                                                                              • Folder 62 (MSN/EA 5032-62) Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1851 August-1854 October. 4 letters.
                                                                                                                                Written by Stephen Locke, a cousin of the Caseys, to Daniel N. Casey. All letters regard business matters.
                                                                                                                                • Folder 63 (MSN/EA 5032-63) Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1855 March-1856 May. 4 letters.
                                                                                                                                  Written by Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey.
                                                                                                                                  • Folder 64 (MSN/EA 5032-64) Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1856 June-1857 July. 4 letters.
                                                                                                                                    Written by Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey.
                                                                                                                                    • Folder 65 (MSN/EA 5032-65) Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1858 June-1859 December. 4 letters.
                                                                                                                                      Written by Stephen Locke to Daniel N. Casey in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                                                                                    • Series 10: Norton Family Letters 
                                                                                                                                      • Folder 66 (MSN/EA 5032-66) Albert Bartlett Norton, Letters. 1853 September-1859 January. 3 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                        Written by Albert Bartlett Norton to his aunt, Mary Norton Casey, and cousins in Whiting, Vermont. The author writes from the Navy yard in Washington, D.C.
                                                                                                                                        • Folder 67 (MSN/EA 5032-67) Charles S. Norton, Letter. 1854 September. 1 letter.
                                                                                                                                          Written to "Aunt Polly" in an unknown location..
                                                                                                                                          • Folder 68 (MSN/EA 5032-68) H.J. Norton, Letters. 1857 September-1858 July. 3 letters, 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                            Written to the author's cousin, Daniel Casey, from the Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, Maryland.
                                                                                                                                          • Series 11: Walker Family Letters 
                                                                                                                                            • Folder 69 (MSN/EA 5032-69) Family of R. H. Walker, Letters. 1855 October-1856 April. 5 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                              Written by various members of the Walker family, including R. H. Walker, Eliza Needham Walker, and Joseph Needham Walker, to members of the Needham family in Whiting, Vermont. The Walkers chronicle their move West to Wisconsin from Whiting.
                                                                                                                                              • Folder 70 (MSN/EA 5032-70) Family of R. H. Walker, Letters. 1857 April-1859 October. 5 letters, 2 envelopes, 1 enclosure.
                                                                                                                                                Written by various members of the Walker family to the Needhams in Whiting, Vermont. The 5 April 1857 letter includes a poem by son Albert titled, "Herbert's Piece". The 15 October 1857 letter notes the death of Eliza Needham Walker due to consumption. The 16 July 1858 letter notes the deaths of two infants, Andre and Lillie, while the 8 October 1859 letter notes the birth of a girl, called Carrie Eliza. The 8 October letter also includes a brief summary of Joseph Needham Walker's trip to the West.
                                                                                                                                                • Folder 71 (MSN/EA 5032-71) Family of R. H. Walker, Letters. n.d. 3 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                                  Written by Joseph Needham Walker and Eliza Needham Walker to family members in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                                                                                                • Series 12: Miscellaneous Correspondents 
                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 72 (MSN/EA 5032-72) Miscellaneous correspondents to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1839 September-1853 October. 5 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                                    Miscellaneous correspondents to Daniel N. Casey. Many are business letters; some contain evangelical content.
                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 73 (MSN/EA 5032-73) Miscellaneous correspondents to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1855 April-1856 July. 4 letters, 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 74 (MSN/EA 5032-74) Miscellaneous correspondents to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. 1856 October-1859 October. 5 letters, 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 75 (MSN/EA 5032-75) Miscellaneous correspondents to Daniel N. Casey, Letters. n.d. 2 letters, 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 76 (MSN/EA 5032-76) Miscellaneous correspondents to Mary A. and Louise P. Casey, Letters. 1848 October-1859 May. 5 letters.
                                                                                                                                                            Miscellaneous correspondents to Mary A. and Louise P. Casey, mostly written from academic institutions pertaining to positions at other schools.
                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 77 (MSN/EA 5032-77) Miscellaneous correspondents to the Needham Family, Letters. 1851 May-1852 April. 3 letters.
                                                                                                                                                              Miscellaneous correspondents to the Needham Family in Whiting, Vermont.
                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 78 (MSN/EA 5032-78) Miscellaneous correspondents to the Needham Family, Letters. 1859 January-August. 3 letters, 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 79 (MSN/EA 5032-79) Miscellaneous correspondents, Letters. 1853 May-1858 October. 4 letters.
                                                                                                                                                                • Series 13: Daniel N. Casey Records 
                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 80 (MSN/EA 5032-80) Daniel N. Casey, Records. 1850-1858. 7 items.