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Documents in Mary’s Archive

It occurs to me that I have a lot of information about the family in my head to go along with all the letters and photographs that I have snagged from the various house cleanings out that I have helped with over the years. I’ve been snagging things for years. And Gumma snagged things before me and Dita before her and Aileen was a squirrel and Gumma and Lawrence agreed to send me photos and papers – so my upstairs if full of stuff. This falls into three broad catagories:

  1. Stallforth-Risse family photos and letters
    1. Letters from 1911 to about 1922 exchanged between Papsi, Anita, Adi, and their families – especially the Risse sisters – and there were lots.
    2. Family photographs and studio portraits taken in New York, Europe, and Woodstock from 1900 on (including Brady NY studio and Watson-Schutze)
    3. Photographs and movies from between WWl and WWII – mostly before 1930 when Gumma and Papi married.
    4. Photographs of Stallforth family in Germany and Mexico from 1870 or earlier
    5. Photographs of Risse family in Germany from 1870s
    6. Lia Risse’s work prints and glass negatives from 1890-1910
  2. B.L.Websters in Woodstock and New York from 1920s to 1980s
    1. Images from Ben and Aileen’s childhood in New York, Woodstock and Europe (trips)
    2. Studio portraits
    3. Ben young professional life (very few)
    4. Family photos from 1933 birth of Audrey through 1990 (Gumma’s pictures of family including many grandchildren in Woodstock, Maine, Wyoming, New York City, and Florida – also some European trips. These need to be sorted through and given to the various cousins.
  3. Webster forbears from Aileen’s squirreling which include letters and images from Websters, Wilburs, and to a lesser extent Lawrences.
    1. This includes letters, photographs, wills and business papers from the Wilburs (1840’s 1880s)
    2. Letters from the young adulthood of Albert Lowry Webster (Yale class of 1879)
    3. Letters and pictures from the young adulthood of Aileen Webster Payne
    4. Pictures from the young adulthood of Benjamin Lawrence Webster

So Lawrence, as a librarian, what’s the first step. Sorting and labeling- putting in boxes with general descriptions of contents. This will require buying lots of archive boxes and folders.

Am I right?


{ 5 } Comments

  1. Simrat | April 12, 2009 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    And I have a 6″ high stack of Mom’s writings on a high shelf in my studio. It includes poems, stories and a few photographs, mostly of her horse. I plan to scan them and publish them my blog, but this blog is more appropriate, now that it exists.

    I also have copies of some of the Risee/Stallforth photos that you have. If you ever come across a couple of photo albums of Dita’s that include my life with her, I would love them. They went missing somehow after her death.

  2. mary | April 12, 2009 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you have this stuff. I remember having it and then I didn’t. I’m looking right now for notes on the Risse/Haase/Stallforth geneology that I’ve misplaced. Any clues?

    I agree with you about this blog being the place for Mom’s stuff.

  3. John N. Smith | January 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mary/Simrat,

    I discovered your blog during my research into the German author Hanns Heinz Ewers whose works I am currently republishing.

    Here is a link to a book signed by Ewers to Federigo Stallforth:

    I believe Ewers knew Federigo Stallforth from at least 1917 as Ewers was certainly acting as a German spy and made trips to Mexico etc at about the same time Federigo . Both were interred in Enemy Alien Internment Camp, Fort Oglethorpe, GA in 1917.

    You can read my reseach on Ewers (and his FBI file!) via my website.

    I hope this is of interest to you.

    Needless to say I would VERY interested to know if you have any documentation linking them. It seems that you have a big archive and obviously your relative and Ewers remained friends for some years.

    Perhaps you could e-mail me?

    Thank you so much!

    yours sincerely,

    John N. Smith

  4. Rachel Hildebrandt | June 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mary,
    I am currently working on a project related to the history of the Enemy Alien Internment Camp at Ft. Oglethorpe. Specifically, I am interested in the watercolor pictures you posted on your blog that Frederigo Stallforth painted of the camp. Do you happen to have any other images (paintings or photographs) or even written descriptions of the camp? Please email me whenever you have a chance.

    Warm regards,

  5. mary | July 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Rachel, I hope you get this note. I have lost your email address. . . . I have added the other images that I have by inmates of Fort Ogelthorpe. They are by Federico Stallforth, Baron von Recklinghausen, Schneider, and one other, whose name escapes me. go to and click on Fort Ogelthorpe on the left sidebar. Mary

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