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Marion Theresa (M. T.) Biddle papers

 Collection 0266-MDHC

Six letters, all datelined "Hispaniola," postmarked at Chesapeake City or Elkton, Maryland, addressed to Miss Maggie R. Thompson, Oxford, Pennsylvania, by "Prof. M. T. (Marion Theresa) Biddle." The correspondence is between two women and they talk of beaux, visiting relatives, education, weddings, and brief mentions of the Civil War.


  • 1858, 1861
  • Majority of material found within 1858, 1861

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


6 Items

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of M. T. Biddle consist of six letters written to her friend Maggie R. Thompson in 1858 and 1861. Subjects covered include her affection for Maggie, family and health matters, weather conditions, visits, and correspondence with mutual friends, beaux, and concerns about the Civil War.


Marion Theresa (M. T.) Biddle was born on March 11, 1840, in Chesapeake City, Cecil County, Maryland and died on March 22, 1869 at the age of twenty-nine. She lived with her parents, William Eugene Biddle (, a farmer, and Armina Nichols Biddle (b.1825) at "Hispaniolia". Hispaniolia was located near Chesapeake City and Elkton, Maryland, as noted on the postmarks on four envelopes included in the collection. M.T. was the eldest of at least six children, one of whom was a younger sister Isabell. She was a teacher and signed all the letters "Prof. M. T. Biddle."

Maggie R. Thompson (b.1843), the recipient of the letters in this collection, lived in Nottingham and later Oxford, Pennsylvania. She refers to a younger sister, Ellie, and twin sisters in the letters. M.T. and Maggie attended school together, possibly the Oxford Female Seminary. Thompson was unmarried when the letters were written and M. T. Biddle addressed her as "Dr."


This collection is organized into one series: Correspondence, 1858, 1861.

  1. Series 1: Correspondence

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased this collection from Halvor Americana in October 2004.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of the letters in this collection are available at in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections.

Related Material

Researchers may consult the following works in the Maryland Room, Hornbake Library, at the University of Maryland Libraries:

  1. Bulletin of the Historical Society of Cecil County. Elkton, Maryland, The Society, 1955-2000. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio F187.C3H5)
  2. Garrett, Jerre. Muffled Drums and Mustard Spoons: Cecil County, Maryland, 1860-1865. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Burd Street Press, 1996. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Folio F187.C3 G37 1996)

Processing Information

The letters were placed in an acid-free folder and stored in an acid-free box.

Guide to the Marion Theresa (M. T.) Biddle papers
Processed by Terry Ann Sayler.
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742