Arabella Clark Cleveland collection

Arabella Clark Cleveland collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Dent, Miriam, 1883-1953
Creator: Dent, Ophelia, 1886-1973
Title: Arabella Clark Cleveland collection
Dates: 1912-1973
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet (6 document boxes, 1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms3407

Biographical/Historical Note

Arabella Clark Cleveland (b. 1903?) was a student at Wykeham Rise School for Girls (Washington, CT) in 1912. There she met Ophelia Dent (1886-1973), a teacher, and they corresponded until Ophelia's death in 1973. Arabella was a frequent visitor to Hofwyl, the Dent plantation, and was considered as part of the family. Not as much is known of Arabella's life since her letters are not included. She lived in Duxbury, Massachusetts and worked in an antique shop. In 1936 she married Arthur C. "Punch" Cleveland, Jr. (d. 1950) and they lived at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. They had two children, Arthur "Case" Cleveland, III (b. 1937) and Arabella "Belle" (1938-2008). Artist Andrew Wyeth was a neighbor and Arabella helped to sell his paintings.

Ophelia Dent (1886-1973) was a teacher at Wykeham Rise School for Girls in Washington, CT. She also operated a dairy farm on Hofwyl Plantation in Brunswick, Georgia.

Miriam Dent (1883-1953) operated a dairy farm on Hofwyl Plantation in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Dent family, Ophelia, sister Miriam (1883-1953), brother Gratz (1881-1932), and their parents Miriam "Maimie" (1850-1931) and James (1848-1913), lived at Hofwyl Plantation near Brunswick, Georgia.

Wykeham Rise School for Girls was founded in Washington, Connecticut by Fanny Emma Davies in 1902.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters to Arabella Cleveland from the Dent family and a few other friends, although the majority of the letters are from Ophelia. After their father's death, Miriam and Ophelia operated a dairy on the plantation. The letters describe daily life on the plantation including weather, the Hofwyl dairy, the eating and growing of food, flowers, servants, family dogs and poignant letters about their deaths, social events, travel, antiques, sewing and clothes. The Dents were constantly visiting or entertaining friends and neighbors and Ophelia describes in detail these visits. Ophelia often visited the Belins at their home Evermay (Washington, DC) and the DuPonts at their estate Longwood (Kennett Square, PA). Closer to home, the Dents were friends with the Haynes family at Ashantilly, the Huston family at Butler Plantation and the Phillips family in Savannah. Most of the letters from Ophelia were transcribed by Arabella's daughter, and these typescripts are included. Ophelia was very concerned with the preservation of houses and buildings and often mentioned the destruction of these in nearby Savannah. Evidence of this concern is shown in Ophelia's gift of the Hofwyl Plantation to the state of Georgia when she died. As of 2009 the plantation is still maintained as a State Historic Site where visitors can tour the house and grounds. There are also some photographs, recipes and feathers from unidentied birds.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Agriculture--Georgia--Brunswick.
Antiques--Georgia--Brunswick.
Belin family
Brunswick (Ga.)--Climate.
Brunswick (Ga.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Businesspeople--Massachusetts--Duxbury--Correspondence.
Businesswomen--Massachusetts--Duxbury--Correspondence.
Cleveland, Arabella Clark, b. 1903? -- Correspondence
Correspondence.
Dairy farmers--Georgia--Brunswick--Correspondence.
Dairy farmers--Travel--Pennsylvania--Kennett Square.
Dairy farmers--Travel--Washington (D.C.)
Dairy farming--Georgia--Brunswick.
Dent family -- Correspondence
Dent, Miriam, 1883-1953 -- Correspondence
Dent, Ophelia, 1886-1973 -- Correspondence
Dent, Ophelia, 1886-1973 -- Travel--Pennsylvania
Dent, Ophelia, 1886-1973 -- Travel--Washington (D.C.)
Dogs--Georgia--Brunswick.
Du Pont family.
Feather (material)
Haynes family.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation (Ga.)
Household employees--Georgia--Brunswick.
Houstoun family
Phillips family
Photographs.
Plantation owners--Georgia--Brunswick--Correspondence.
Plantation owners--Travel--Pennsylvania--Kennett Square.
Plantation owners--Travel--Washington (D.C.)
Plantations--Georgia--Brunswick.
Recipes.
Savannah (Ga.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Teachers--Connecticut--Washington (Town)--Correspondence.
Teachers--Travel--Pennsylvania--Kennett Square.
Teachers--Travel--Washington (D.C.)
Typescripts.
Wykeham Rise School for Girls. -- Alumni and alumnae--Correspondence
Wykeham Rise School for Girls. -- Faculty--Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arabella Clark Cleveland collection, 1912-1973. MS 3407. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence

BoxFolder
111912-1913
21915-1919
31920
41921
51922
61923
71924
81925
91926
101927
111928
121929
BoxFolder
211930
21931
31932
41933
51934
61935
71936
81937
91938
101939
BoxFolder
311940
21941
31942
41943
51944
61945
71946-1947
81948
91949
101950
111951
121952
131953
141954
151955
161956
171957
181958
191959
BoxFolder
411960
21961
31962
41963
51964
61965
71966
81967
91968
101969
111970
121971
131972-1973
14Correspondence to and from Arabella's children, 1950-1972 & nd
15Correspondence to others
16Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1910's ?
BoxFolder
51Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1920's ?
2Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1920's ?
3Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1920's ?
4Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1930' s ?
5Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1940's ?
6Undated correspondence from Ophelia Dent, 1950's & 1960's ?
7Undated correspondence from Miriam Dent, before 1931
8Undated correspondence from Miriam Dent, after 1931?
9Undated correspondence from Miriam Cohen Dent (Maimie)
10Undated correspondence from friends
11Empty envelopes
 

Series 2: Typescripts, Genealogy, Photographs, Recipes

BoxFolder
61Typescripts by date, 1912-1929
2Typescripts by date, 1930-1939
3Typescripts by date, 1940-1949
4Typescripts by date, 1950-1972?
5Typescripts with page numbers-undated correspondence
6Typescripts with page numbers-undated correspondence (duplicate)
7Genealogy
8Photographs
9Recipes
10Printed material, poem, accounts, feathers
OS Folder
1APhotograph by Sudy Leavy (Oversize)
which was used in her book Hofwyl/Broadfield Plantation, page 125.