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Verona Houghton memory book

 Collection — Box: BW 49, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16762

Content Description

This collection contains the memory book and autograph album of Verona A. Houghton of Weymouth, Massachusetts. A birthday gift from her mother, the book includes signatures and inscriptions with locks of hair and remembrances, predominately from 1854 to1857. There are fifty-four signatures, forty-one of which include a lock of hair. The signers of the book came from various locations in the United States including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa The inscription at the front reads: "A birthday gift from my dear Mother -- Friendship's memorials are treasured here. A name, a sentiment, a lock of hair. Will oft remind me of the friends so dear. As time shall waft along each fleeting year. Fond "Memory's Leaves" the token still shall wear. Verona." The book was commercially produced; the printed title page includes this information: Memorys leaves, Moss and Brother, Philadelphia. It is a gilt-stamped album with engravings on the title page and five engraved plates through the book featuring women.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1868


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter-sized folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Eclectibles by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on 28 April 2022.

Verona Houghton memory book
Ellen Welch
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States