Sunday, February 17, 2013

1870s Autograph Album of Dora, student at Providence High School, Providence, Rhode Island


1870s autograph album that belonged to a Dora of Providence, Rhode Island, with autographs of many of her Providence High School classmates and others.

The album is approximately 8-1/2" x 7" and contains the autographs of 82 people.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

The only clue to Dora's identity is that Emma Sherman of Providence, Rhode Island, called herself Dora's schoolmate and cousin.  Emma signed her page on 5 June 1878.



If you have a theory as to Dora's identity, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Carrie L. Rice signed a page at Providence High School on 21 April 1876.



Annie W. Field and Lizzie L. Rounds, both of Providence, Rhode Island, signed a page on 23 May 1878.  One of them drew a sketch of a dog.



Alphabetical list of signers in Dora's album: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • Signed by "Petite" on 2 December 1875
  • O. F. S., signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 17 August 1879
  • R. A. Allen of New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Walter P. Andrews; shared a page with Hattie F. Hunter; E. Gracie Carpenter; Charles M. Nixon; Mrs. C. S. Keene; Emma A. Kellogg; and Wilson P. Moulton
  • J. O. Angell of Wennemossett, Rhode Island, signed on 29 June 1876
  • Nellie M. Bates of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 1 December 1875
  • Lucy M. Beane, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 14 May 1876
  • William E. Bentley of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 11 August 1875
  • Lizzie P. Bunker of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 14 December 1875
  • Eleanor H. Burroughs of Providence, Rhode Island
  • E. Gracie Carpenter of Providence, Rhode Island; shared a page with Hattie F. Hunter; Charles M. Nixon; Mrs. C. S. Keene; Emma A. Kellogg; Walter P. Andrews; and Wilson P. Moulton
  • William P. Church of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 20 September 1876
  • Mary L. Cook, signed on 4 July 1875
  • Edward N. Cook of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dora E. Curtis of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Annie Isabel Dennis; she shared a page with her husband Arthur W. Dennis
  • Arthur W. Dennis of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 30 July 1875; shared a page with his wife Annie Isabel Dennis
  • Emory H. Desilaw of Mannville, Rhode Island
  • Florella Estes of Rochester, New Hampshire, signed at Providence, Rhode Island on 13 September 1880
  • Annie W. Field of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 2 May 1878; sketch of dog; shared page with Lizzie L. Rounds
  • Eugene A. Fisk of Attleboro, Massachusetts, signed on 21 November 1879
  • Ettie E. Fiske
  • Lena E. Franklin, signed at Providence High School on 5 November 1875
  • E. L. Gardiner of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 8 November 1875
  • Laura C. Gardiner of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 13 October 1875
  • Helen F. Getchell of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 8 December 1875
  • Effie E. Greenalgh, signed at Providence High School, at Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 23 May 1878
  • Mamie Greene, signed at Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island, on 17 April 1876
  • Mary C. Hazard, signed at Providence High School, Providence, Rhode Island, on 5 November 1876; shared a page with B. W. Hood
  • E. Lincoln Hinckley of Bath, Maine, signed at Providence, Rhode Island on 2 July 1875.
  • B. W. Hood, signed 15 December 1875; shared a page with Mary C. Hazard
  • Eli H. Howard, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 26 March 1876
  • Hattie F. Hudson of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 19 April 1876
  • Lottie C. Hull of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 29 February 1876
  • Hattie F. Hunter of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 16 April 1878; shared a page with E. Gracie Carpenter; Charles M. Nixon; Mrs. C. S. Keene; Emma A. Kellogg; Walter P. Andrews; and Wilson P. Moulton
  • R.K. Hutchins of New York, signed on 29 May 1876
  • Cora C. Johnson, signed at Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island, on 29 February 1876
  • Hattie C. Jones of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 6 June 1878
  • Mrs. C. S. Keene, signed 16 April 1878; shared a page with Hattie F. Hunter; E. Gracie Carpenter; Charles M. Nixon; Emma A. Kellogg; Walter P. Andrews; and Wilson P. Moulton
  • Emma A. Kellogg, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 19 April 1878
  • Emma A. Kellogg, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 19 April 1878, "Office of the Paris Legation", 1878; shared a page with Hattie F. Hunter; E. Gracie Carpenter; Charles M. Nixon; Mrs. C. S. Keene; Walter P. Andrews; and Wilson P. Moulton
  • Carrie H. Kelton of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 4 August 1876
  • Annie F. Kenyon, signed at Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Elma M. Knowles, signed at Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island, on 9 November 1875
  • Russell F. Larned of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Christine M. Law, signed at Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Daniel Leach or David Leach; not sure of given name or surname. He inserted a handwritten calling card type piece into slits in the page
  • Phebe A. McCormick, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 1 February 1876
  • Mary A. McEntee, signed on 22 May 1878
  • Wilson P. Moulton, signed 16 April 1878; shared a page with Hattie F. Hunter; E. Gracie Carpenter; Charles M. Nixon; Mrs. C. S. Keene; Emma A. Kellogg; and Walter P. Andrews
  • Sarah E. Muir,signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 29 May 1878; shared a page with Lillie F. Scott
  • Charles M. Nixon, signed 16 April 1878; shared a page with Hattie F. Hunter, E. Gracie Carpenter; Mrs. C. S. Keene; Emma A. Kellogg; Walter P. Andrews; and Wilson P. Moulton
  • Fannie M. Otis, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 2 December 1875
  • Lulie A. Peck of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 16 May 1878
  • Hattie M. Purkis of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Cora E. Phillips of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 23 May 1878
  • Lizzie K. Phillips, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 16 May 1876
  • Mamie T. Pitman of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 5 June 1878
  • Mary Read of Providence, Rhode Island, signed in the "Centennial Year", at Providence High School
  • Carrie L. Rice, signed at Providence High School, on 21 April 1876, at Providence, Rhode Island; she pasted a Victorian scrap on the page.
  • Helen N. Ring of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 10 December 1875
  • M. Lena Root of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 7 March 1876
  • Addie E. Roper of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  Not sure of surname
  • Lizzie L. Rounds of Providence, Rhode Island; sketch of dog; shared a page with Annie W. Field
  • Minnie L. Ruggles of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 1 November 1876
  • Ella C. Sanders of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Emilie J. Schmid of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 24 May 1878
  • W. S. Scholes of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 21 December 1875
  • Lillie F. Scott, signed a page on 28 May 1878; shared a page with Sarah E. Muir
  • Emma Sherman of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 5 June 1878
  • Lizzie J. Smith of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 5 November 1875
  • Helen E. Smith of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mattie E. Stevens of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 1 December 1875; Dora's classmate
  • Carrie S. Sumner of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 24 May 1878
  • Vesta L. Trescott of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 10 November 1875
  • Imogene A. Truman, signed at Providence, Rhode Island, on 25 July 1876
  • Alice E. Vaughn, signed at Providence High School, at Providence, Rhode Island, on 5 November 1875
  • Joseph A. Wells; his wife signed the facing page
  • Mrs. Joseph A. Wells; her husband signed the facing page.
  • C. E. Winsor of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 16 December 1875 [not sure of last digit]
  • Lottie E. Wood of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 3 August 1877
  • Mary B. Wood of Providence, Rhode Island, signed on 15 December 1875



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