Florence Bayard Kane papers

Florence Bayard Kane, member of the prominent Kane family of Pennsylvania, was a Philadelphia volunteer worker and much-traveled individual who briefly worked as a librarian and as a processor of manuscripts. The material consists of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, papers from organ...

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Main Author: Kane, Florence Bayard 1868-1943 (Creator)
Collection:Florence Bayard Kane Papers
Collection Number:2055
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 14.0 Linear feet 29 boxes, 1 volume [flat portfolio]
Summary: Florence Bayard Kane, member of the prominent Kane family of Pennsylvania, was a Philadelphia volunteer worker and much-traveled individual who briefly worked as a librarian and as a processor of manuscripts. The material consists of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, papers from organizations to which Kane belonged or contributed, personal memorabilia and other miscellanea, and the manuscript writings of sister, Anne Francis (Nancy) Kane. Florence Bayard Kane's outgoing correspondence consists primarily of letters, 1886-1895, to her mother, Mabel Bayard Kane Bird, and letters, 1899-1909, to members of her family while on various trips abroad. The latter include her reports on the Messina, Sicily, earthquake of December, 1908, and her role in rendering nursing assistance to the victims, for which the Italian Government awarded her a medal. The bulk of the collection consists of incoming personal correspondence, 1886-1943, along with some draft replies by Kane. Principal correspondents are various family members, including several generations of siblings, cousins and nieces: her sisters, Jean Duval Leiper Kane Foulke, Elizabeth Bayard Kane Norris Rhein, Anne Francis (Nancy) Kane and her brother, J[ames] A[shton] Bayard Kane; her cousins, Eliza Middleton Kane Cope, with whom Kane often made her home, Francis Fisher Kane, Philadelphia lawyer and United States attorney for eastern Pennsylvania, 1913-1920, Elisha Kent Kane, prohibition advocate, and Helen Hamilton Shields Stockton; her nieces, Jean Kane Foulke DuPont and Florence Foulke Bird. There are also letters from various friends, particularly: Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, playwright; Mary Moss, author and traveling companion of Florence Kane, who was with her at the time of the Sicilian earthquake; Maria Lansdale, with whom Kane often lived in Philadelphia; Etta de Vitti, Marchese de Vitti de Marco at whose home Kane often stayed while in Italy; Mary Sterrett Gittings, an old Baltimore, Md., friend; Emily Hobhouse, outspoken English opponent of the Boer War and pacifist in World War I; Margaret Munro Elder Dow, author and biographer of Elisha Kent Kane: Sarah Northcliff Cleghorne, author and poet. For Florence Kane's flirtation with a librarian's career the correspondence, 1897-1903, includes letters from Bryn Mawr College President M. Carey Thomas. Letters to Florence at the time of the Messina earthquake, 1909, concern the supply and use of financial aid provided by her family and friends in the United States. Kane's interest in prison reform is evident from letters of penologist Thomas Mott Osborne, 1914-1918, and others. Miss Kane worked sporadically for many years organizing the papers of the Wister family, and Owen Wister, author, wrote her on this and other subjects, 1913-1935. The miscellaneous section contains solicitations, acknowledgements, newsletters, and flyers of various conservation, philanthropic, civic, and international organizations; pamphlets, articles, clippings; collected poems and quotations, receipted bills, medical prescriptions, addresses; photographs. Florence's sister, Anne Francis (Nancy) Kane, aspired to a literary career. Her death at age 24 was much lamented by family and friends, especially Langdon Elwyn Mitchell who was to become a noted playwright. A group of Nancy Kane's manuscripts are interspersed with Mitchell's translations and some writings.