Mary Day Lanier papers
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Mary Day Lanier papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lanier, Mary Day.
Title: Mary Day Lanier papers
Dates: 1889-1904
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0480

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Day Lanier (ca. 1844-1931) was a native of Macon, Georgia. She and Sidney Lanier, the poet and musician, were married there in December 1867. Long after his death she edited The Poems of Sidney Lanier (N.Y.: Scribner, 1903).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters, notes, and postcards written by Mary Day Lanier after the death of her husband, Sidney Lanier. The letters are written to close friends from various places in the North and South. In several of them there are references to Sidney Lanier and his work which she was editing. Lanier mentions Father Tabb, the priest poet. Some of the letters are addressed to "Dearest Lilla" who was Mrs. W.B. Burroughs of Brunswick, Georgia, nee Elizabeth (Lilla) Petingale Wilson Hazelhurst, who designed the monument for Sidney Lanier's grave. Other letters from Lanier are in the possession of the Burroughs family. Typed copies of the letters are filed with them.

Included is a photograph of Mrs. Lanier and a postcard to Mrs. S.H. Reese, W. Philadelphia, Pa., signed "K.T.B.," with a clipping regarding Lanier's poems pasted on.

The papers on in chronological order. Lacking covering envelopes, the only addresses that can be identified are for "Lilla", Mrs. C.F. Saunders and Mrs. Charles Reese.

Index Terms

Cabinet photographs.
Lanier, Mary Day--Friends and associates.
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Goodspeed's in Boston, Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Mary Day Lanier papers, MS 480, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1951.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Mary Lanier letter to "Dear, golden-heart Sunshine", 1889 October 9 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Baltimore.
Item 2: Mary D. Lanier letter to "Dear, Beloved One", 1889 December 3 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Baltimore.
Item 3: Mary Lanier letter to Lilla, 1892 September 21 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Minsi, Munroe County, Penn.
Item 4: Mary Lanier letter to Lilla, 1892 October 6 ( 3.0 p. )
Sent from Munroe Co., Penn.
Item 5: Mary D.L. letter to "Dearest Sunshine that shines through clouds", 1892 October 22 ( 2.0 p. )
Item 6: Mary Lanier letter to "unspeakably dear friends", 1893 December 26 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Tryou, North Carolina.
Item 7: Mary L. letter to "My loved and longed-for friends!", 1894 December 20 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Tryou, NC.
Item 8: Mary Day Lanier letter to "Dear Love", 1898 December 20 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Darby.
Item 9: Mary D.L. letter to "My dear Beloveds", 1899 February 22 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Greenwich.
Item 10: Mary D.L. letter to "Precious San Susa", 1899 October 23 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Greenwich, Conn.
Item 11: M.D.L. letter to Mrs. C.F. Saunders, 1904 March 15
Postcard, signed.
Item 12: Mary Lanier letter to "Dear", undated ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Minsi.
Item 13: Mary Day Lanier letter to "Dearest" ( 2.0 p. )
Item 14: M.D.L. letter to Mrs. Charles Reese, December 16
Sent from Darby. Postcard, signed.
Item 15: Mary Day Lanier letter to "Dear Sunshine", October 14 ( 2.0 p. )
Item 16: M. letter to "Dear Beloved ones", February 13 ( 3.0 p. )
Item 17: Mary D.L. letter to "Dear friend", January 24 ( 3.0 p. )
Item 18: Mary D. Lanier letter to "Dear Sunshine", March 13 ( 2.0 p. )
Item 19: Mary L. letter to "Dearly beloved and still more loveable", April 17 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Lynn Polk Co., NC.
Item 20: Mary D.L. letter to Lilla, September 21 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Minsi, Munroe Co., Penn.
Item 21: Clipping pasted onto postcard to Mrs. S.H. Reese, 1891 April 9
Item 22: Cabinet card of Mary D. Lanier, undated