Collection SC/050 - McClure-Stuart Family Papers

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US ILfC SC/050

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McClure-Stuart Family Papers


  • Predominantly 1910s to 1940s (1793-1969) (Creation)


20 Letter Size Boxes
1 Oversized Box

Name of creator

(July 27, 1887-Oct. 26, 1979)

Biographical history

Third Children of James G.K. McClure and Phebe Ann McClure (Dixon)
Wife of R. Douglas Stuart
Mother of Robert D. Stuart Jr. (Bob), Anne Stuart (Batchelder), Margaret Stuart (Hart), Harriet Stuart (Spencer)

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(Nov. 24, 1848-Jan. 18, 1932)

Biographical history

Son of Archibald Sr., and Susan Tracy (Rice) McClure
Born in Albany, New York and Married to Phebe Ann Dixon on Nov. 19, 1879
Father of Annie, James G.K. Jr. or "Jim," Harriet, Archibald, and Nathan Fellows (Jr.) McClure
Reverend at First Presbyterian Church and President of McCormick Theological Seminary

Name of creator

(May 1, 1812-April 11, 1881)

Biographical history

Son of Nathan Fellows and Elizabeth (Palmer) Dixon
Married Harriet Palmer Swan on June 28, 1843
Father of 6 Children: Nathan Fellows Dixon (born June 10, 1845 and died in infancy), Nathan Fellows Dixon III (b. Aug. 28, 1847; m. Grace McClure), Edward Hazard (b. Oct 4, 1849; m. Antonia Draper), Phebe Ann (b.Feb. 18, 1852; m. James Gore King McClure), Walter Palmer (b. Dec. 8, 1855; m. Frances Lee), and Harriet Swan (b. Feb. 24, 1859).

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(March 20, 1816-1896)

Biographical history

Daughter of Rev. Roswell Randall Swan and Harriet Palmer
Married Nathan Fellows Dixon on June 28, 1843
Mother of 6 Children: Nathan Fellows Dixon (died), Nathan Fellows, Edward Hazard. Phebe Ann, Walter Palmer, and Harriet Swan Dixon

Name of creator

(Feb. 18, 1852-Jun. 3, 1941)

Biographical history

Daughter of Nathan Fellows Dixon II and Harriet Palmer Dixon (Swan)
Wife of James G.K. McClure (Married on Nov. 19, 1879)
Mother of Annie, James G.K. Jr. or "Jim," Harriet, Archibald, and Nathan Fellows Jr. McClure

Name of creator

(Oct. 28, 1884-June 17, 1956)

Biographical history

Second Child of James G. K. McClure and Phebe Ann McClure (Dixon)
Known as Jim and was a Presbyterian Minister
Married Elizabeth Skinner Cramer in 1916
Two Children James G.K. McClure III and Elizabeth (Elspeth) McClure (later Mrs. James "Jaime" Clarke)

Name of creator

(Jan. 20, 1886-Jan. 5, 1975)

Biographical history

Son of Robert and Margaret Jane (Sharrar) Stuart
Brother of John Stuart and Margaret (Stuart) McDonald
Husband of Harriet (McClure) Stuart
Father of Robert D. Jr. or "Bob," Anne, Margaret, and Harriet Stuart
Served as a Major with the American Red Cross during World War I
Chairman of Quaker Oats and US Ambassador to Canada 1953

Name of creator

(Dec. 30, 1890-April 8, 1931)

Biographical history

Fourth Child of James G.K. McClure and Phebe Ann McClure (Dixon)
Married Hazel Hotstettler
Father of 2 Children Archibald Jr. (m. Salli Van Norden) and Betty
Presbyterian Reverend/Pastor in Ohio and Indiana

Name of creator

(Aug.12, 1897-)

Biographical history

Fifth Child of James G.K. McClure and Phebe Ann McClure (Dixon)
Married Louise Sheldon Olcott in 1918
Father of 4 Children Nathan, Barbara, Douglas, and Anne
Lieutenant in the US Marines

Name of creator

(April 26, 1916-May 8, 2014)

Biographical history

Son of R. Douglas and Harriet (McClure) Stuart
Husband of Barbara McMath Edwards (d. 1993) and later Lillan Lovenskiold
Father of 5 Children
Chief/Chairman of Quaker Oats and US Ambassador to Norway 1984

Name of creator

(Jan. 3, 1922-)

Biographical history

Daughter of R. Douglas and Harriet (McClure) Stuart
Wife of Augustin S. Hart Jr.
Mother of 3 Children Kitty (Margaret), Chip, and Heather

Name of creator

(Feb. 3, 1928-2012)

Biographical history

Daughter of R. Douglas and Harriet (McClure) Stuart
Wife of Edson White Spencer
Mother of 4 Children

Name of creator

(Nov. 19, 1881-Dec. 8, 1946)

Biographical history

First Child of James G.K. and Phebe Ann (Dixon) McClure
Married to Rev. Dumont Clarke
Mother of 4 Children: Dumont Jr. (Montie) Clarke, Phebe Ann Clarke (later Mrs. Bardette Gibson Lewis Jr.), James "Jamie" McClure Clarke, and Cornelia Clarke

Name of creator

(Dec. 13, 1774-Jan. 29, 1842)

Biographical history

Son of William Dixon (1748-1809)
Married to Elizabeth (Palmer) Dixon
Father to Nathan Fellows Dixon (II) and Courtlandt Palmer Dixon

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Scope and content

This collection consists extensively of the written correspondence and personal papers of the three generations of the McClure-Stuart family. Namely, the letters convey the conversations between groups like parent to child, sibling to sibling, and friend to friend showing one family tree, as it covers a date range spanning as early as the 1790s and ending in the late 1960s.

It contains a variety of letter types including greeting/holiday cards, postcards, business cards (ex. Quaker Oats Co. letterhead), social call cards, telegrams, wedding invites, geographical maps, posts from the war front, US Diplomatic event cards, photographs, newspaper clippings, party lists and recipes, notes of sympathy, and special keepsakes such as drawings, a pressed flower, and even clothing swatches displaying the history of the well-respected Lake Forest McClure-Stuart family.

Overall, the 2,260~ letter collection is split into three parts: 1) Boxes #1-4 Letters of Nathan Fellows Dixon (I and II), Harriet Dixon, and James G.K. & Phebe Ann (Annie) McClure, 2) Boxes #5-9 Letters of the McClure Children, Stuart Grandchildren, and Items of McClure-Stuart Memorabilia, and 3) Boxes #10-13 Letters from Assorted Friends to the McClure-Stuart Family.

An easy to read copy of the family tree appears at the beginning of this collection as JPEG image.

For more information, contact the Lake Forest College Archivist and consult the biographical sketches of the creators/main family members.

System of arrangement

The system of arrangement for this collection is predominantly by date (MM/DD/YY) and by the writer of the letter over the three generations of the McClure-Stuart family tree.

If there is no date, the letter was placed with other no date letters, but other markers such as handwriting or personalized stationary could aid in later research pursuits. Also the individual creator summaries of the different family writers provided should be used by the researcher to avoid confusion and provide clarity overall.

The section of the collection labeled "Friends" covers the letters sent to various member of the immediate McClure-Stuart family, but Harriet Stuart (the original collector) is the overall recipient of the letters.

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Acquisition Note: Donated to Lake Forest by Margaret Stuart Hart with the Letters collected by her mother Harriet McClure Stuart.

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Related archival materials

SlideShow of the McClure-Stuart Family by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society:

E-Book Link to a Detailed Description of Family Tree:

Nathan Fellows Dixon Family Papers 1721-1938 Finding Aid at Brown University:

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