Scope and Content
This collection contains ephemera found in the Cherokee Garden Library historic book, Floral Keepsakes (1854) by John Keese (1805-1856). The book was owned and inscribed by sisters Sweetie and Mary Lizzie Meguiar. Items include correspondence and essays written by the Meguair sisters while attending College in Kentucky. Also a part of the collection are letters from friends, such as Helen Mary Shelby (1857-1904), also a student of the same college. The essays cover topics such as: Mary, Queen of Scots, music and flowers, college life for women, dreams, home, memories, flattery, and farewells. Items of particular interest are dried flowers from bouquets and a cross-stitched bookmark.
- approximately 1850-1880, undated
- Meguiar, Mary Lizzie (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
Jimmie "Sweetie" Meguiar (1860-1954) and her sister Mary Lizzie Meguiar (1858-1940) were born in Springfield, Tennessee, in Robinson County, to James M. Meguiar (1822-1862) and Sallie Couts (1832-1915). They attended Louisville Female Seminary, (also known as Louisville Female College), in Kentucky. In 1878 Sweetie Meguiar married Walter Wood Eckles (1856-1922) and they had two daughters: Georgia Hooper (1882-1968) and Bessie M. Eckles (1887-?). Mary Lizzie Meguiar married Daniel Latimer Durrett (1839-1902) in 1878. Durrett was a tobacco dealer in Springfield. They raised five children together: Minnie, Sallie, Ola, Thomas and James.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2019.
- Eddyville (Ky.)
- Keese, John
- Louisville Female College (Louisville, Ky.)
- Lyon County (Ky.)
- Meguiar, Jimmie
- Meguiar, Mary Lizzie
- Robertson County (Tenn.)
- Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
- Springfield (Tenn.)
- Women -- History -- 19th century
- Women college students -- Missouri -- 19th century
- Women in higher education
- Meguiar ephemera
- Serena McCracken
- July 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.