Collection Facts

Extent: 
64 items

Historical Context

Leah Catharine Deyo was born in New Paltz, NY in 1818 and resided in the Hudson Valley until her death in 1849.

John and Katia Jacobs, descendants of Leah Catharine preserved a collection of her correspondence, daguerreotypes, clothing and photographs. They generously donated it to the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Library in the 1980s.

Scope of Collection

This collection includes correspondence related to Leah Catharine Deyo, as well as portraits of her family. The collection contains the correspondence of Leah Catharine Deyo to her sister-in-law Maria Lefevre Deyo. The letters recount personal experiences, as well as aspects of early Victorian family life such as farming, child-rearing, sewing and knitting, and fashion.