The Hemenway Family papers consist of records pertaining to the business transactions, family relationships, and estates of Augustus Hemenway, his wife Mary Tileston Hemenway, and various other family members. Augustus Hemenway was one of the foremost "merchant princes" in the 19th century, and his business dealings in Chile, Cuba, Maine, New York, and Boston are extensively documented . Mary Hemenway's philanthropic, business, and cultural activities are also documented, and the collection includes many original letters from her wide circle of literary, artistic, and civic connections. View the finding aid.
The digitized material below represents a small but significant portion of the collection: Mary Hemenway's letters and mementos relating to the Hawthorne family. Included are correspondence with Sophia, Una, and Rose Hawthorne; an essay published by Rose Hawthorne; a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne copied in Sophia's hand; photographs, and a lock of hair.