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Title: Mary Virginia McCormick Papers, 1871-1923

Creator: McCormick, Mary Virginia, 1861-1941
Quantity: 25.2 c.f. (63 archives boxes)
Call Number: McCormick Mss 1D; McCormick Mss 2D; McCormick Mss 3D; McCormick Mss 4D
Abstract: Papers of Mary Virginia McCormick, eldest daughter of Chicago industrialist Cyrus Hall McCormick and Nettie Fowler McCormick, who became mentally incompetent at the age of nineteen. The papers consist of correspondence; early diaries and school notebooks; reports from doctors, nurses, and companions; legal documents; and financial records. These concern relations with members of her family, arrangements for her personal welfare and medical treatment, upkeep of her several homes and estates in the United States and Canada, and plans for travel to her homes and to Europe.
Correspondence describes Virginia's daily activities and state of mind and contains detailed advice concerning her care. Medical letters, reports, and casebooks deal with her mental condition. Legal papers relate to sanity hearings and trusteeships. Financial records concern investments; management of her estate; household, personal, and medical bills; and expense accounts. Her papers, ending in the year of her mother's death in 1923, lack any information relating to the last three decades of her life, when she lived chiefly in California as a millionaire recluse with a staff of some thirty persons.
Virginia's mother, her brother Cyrus H., Jr., and her uncle Eldridge M. Fowler, served as original conservators and trustees for her share of the estate inherited from her father; her younger brother and sister, Harold and Anita, were successor trustees; and Judson F. Stone, representing McCormick Estates, managed her financial affairs. In addition to the correspondence of each of these individuals and many who cared for her, the papers include medical case histories and diaries of doctors such as Alice Bennett and Sanger Brown; and letters and reports from Grace T. Walker, head of Mary Virginia's household for forty years.

Summary Information
• ... Mary Virginia McCormick Papers, ...
• ... : McCormick, Mary Virginia, 1861-1941: : ...
• ...y Virginia, 1861-1941: : McCormick Mss 1D; McCormick Mss 2D; McCormick Mss 3D; McCormick Mss 4D ...
• ...941: : McCormick Mss 1D; McCormick Mss 2D; McCormick Mss 3D; McCormick Mss 4D ...
• ... : McCormick Mss 1D; McCormick Mss 2D; McCormick Mss 3D; McCormick Mss 4D 25.2 c.f. (63 arc ...
• ...McCormick Mss 1D; McCormick Mss 2D; McCormick Mss 3D; McCormick Mss 4D 25.2 c.f. (63 archives boxes) ...
• ... and shelf locations. Papers of Mary Virginia McCormick, eldest daughter of Chicago industrialist Cyrus Hall McCormick and Nettie Fowler McCormick ...
• ... Papers of Mary Virginia McCormick, eldest daughter of Chicago industrialist Cyrus Hall McCormick and Nettie Fowler McCormick, who became mentally incompetent at the age of nineteen. The p ...
• ...Virginia McCormick, eldest daughter of Chicago industrialist Cyrus Hall McCormick and Nettie Fowler McCormick, who became mentally incompetent at the age of nineteen. The papers consist of corresponde ...
• ...er brother and sister, Harold and Anita, were successor trustees; and Judson F. Stone, representing McCormick Estates, managed her financial affairs. In addition to the correspondence of each of these ...
Contents List
General Correspondence and Personal Papers, 1871-1922, undated   series
• ...McCormick Mss 1D General Correspondence and Personal Papers, ...
1. General Correspondence, 1871-1921, undated   subseries
• ... This subseries consists of general correspondence relating to the affairs of Mary Virginia McCormick. Early correspondence, from 1871 to 1885, consists primarily of letters from members of th ...
• ...Cormick. Early correspondence, from 1871 to 1885, consists primarily of letters from members of the McCormick family to Mary Virginia, while correspondence after 1886, when Mary Virginia was first tre ...
• ... often referred to, though not in medical terms. The bulk of the correspondence is written by Cyrus McCormick, Jr. and Nettie Fowler McCormick, who, with Eldridge M. Fowler, served as Mary Virginia's ...
• ... medical terms. The bulk of the correspondence is written by Cyrus McCormick, Jr. and Nettie Fowler McCormick, who, with Eldridge M. Fowler, served as Mary Virginia's trustees; by Mary Virginia's nurs ...
• ...s Grace Walker, both of whom served as heads of the household; and by secretaries and agents of the McCormick family. ...
2. Personal Papers, 1872-1922, undated   subseries
• ... This subseries consists of correspondence and notebooks by Mary Virginia McCormick, including letters (some unsent) written to her mother, brothers, and sister, to Drs. Favi ...
Financial Papers, 1879-1912   series
• ...McCormick Mss 2D Financial Papers, ...
• ...es of material: legal papers, financial reports, and bills for the living expenses of Mary Virginia McCormick and members of her household. Among the legal papers, documents o ...
• ...papers, documents of particular importance are those giving control of Mary Virginia's share in the McCormick estate to Cyrus McCormick, Jr., in 1884, and those declaring Mary Virginia insane and esta ...
• ...cular importance are those giving control of Mary Virginia's share in the McCormick estate to Cyrus McCormick, Jr., in 1884, and those declaring Mary Virginia insane and establishing a trust to manage ...
• ...ors. In addition, there are reports submitted by the trustees (originally composed of Nettie Fowler McCormick, Cyrus McCormick, Jr. and Eldridge M. Fowler) and conservators to the state courts. The tr ...
• ... there are reports submitted by the trustees (originally composed of Nettie Fowler McCormick, Cyrus McCormick, Jr. and Eldridge M. Fowler) and conservators to the state courts. The trustees' reports c ...
• ... Lists household and personal expenses for Mary Virginia McCormick, 1906-1911. ...
Medical Reports, 1882-1921, undated   series
• ...McCormick Mss 3D Medical Reports, ...
• ... This series consists mainly of unofficial records of Mary Virginia McCormick's physical and mental condition. The bulk of the material is letters written by different ...
• ...rent members of the household such as Miss Grace Walker and Dr. Alice Bennett to both Nettie Fowler McCormick and Cyrus H. McCormick, Jr. Included also are interviews with servants and other members o ...
• ...sehold such as Miss Grace Walker and Dr. Alice Bennett to both Nettie Fowler McCormick and Cyrus H. McCormick, Jr. Included also are interviews with servants and other members of the household describ ...
Nurses' Reports, 1896-1923   series
• ...McCormick Mss 4D Nurses' Reports, ...
• ... This series consists of nurses' daily reports on Mary Virginia McCormick, and two medical diaries kept by Dr. Alice Bennett in 1897-1898, while she was head of Mar ...