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Object Name Album, Autograph
Title Young Folks Album
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2016.01.11 Autograph Book by brushsquaremuseums on Scribd

Object ID 2016.01.11
Collection O. Henry Museum Collection
Year Range from 1883.0
Year Range to 1889.0
Scope & Content Rectangular autograph album with maroon cloth cover. Front cover features a paper cutout of a woman in Regency attire holding flowers in front of an adult human sized blue pot. To the proper left of the cutout is the album title "Young Folks Album," which is embossed and filled in with silver gilt. The title is in front of embossed brown palm fronds.

The interior of the album has illustrations on some pages of children and young adults in old-fashioned attire, including the Regency era and 17th century. In the middle of the album are two pages that are entirely embossed with diverse geometric shapes. Those pages contain dates, words, and short phrases, primarily denoting activities that occurred on specific dates and amusing quotations.

On the recto of page 15, Athol Estes wrote: "Dear Janie, / Light be around thee, / Hope be thy guide / Gay be the bark / And smooth be the tide. / Soft be the winds / That beareth thee on,— / Sweet be thy welcome / When thy wandering's done. / Athol Estes." ("Estes" is written in pencil in different handwriting. Many of the women's first names in this autograph album are followed by penciled in surnames.) To the proper right of Athol's autograph is an illustration of two pink evening primroses. To the proper right of the drawing, in pencil, are the words "drawn by Genie."

Signers of the album include, in order:

J.W. Maxwell, J.M. McConnell, Js.R. Hamilton, Anna Farsgard, Stuart Se[m], Lel, J.L. [illegible], E.V. Hamilton, Stacy, "Lena" Burleson, M.F. Deats, Athol Estes, S.S., Alice Goodwyn, Lydia, Lizzie Roberts, Genie Brunet [signed Eugénie Brunet in another location], Lizzie Gregg, Francie Bishop, Minnie P[illegible], Hick Hill, J.C. Nagle, Florence Strong, Clara Jackson, Florence Collins, Mila Morris, Rosa Hirshfeld, Willie Goodon, Fannie Harlan, Janie Maxwell [autograph book owner], N[illegible] Kelley, J.H. Bryant, Eva Sadler, Pearl Cashell, Lucile L. James, Gertrude Whitis, Minnie Sykes, Helen Grant, Dixie E. Laurence, D.E. Simmons, Birdie Jones, "Lizzard", M. Annis Fields, Rowena B. Hill, J.T. H[illegible], C.D.N., Helen, R.B. Thomas, Judy, Katie Carothers, Lizzie Mc[illegible], Emma Johnson, Eliza Reed, Katie Upshan, S.S., H.A.M., J.A. Hill

The provenance of the album can be gleaned from noting who the autographs are made out to. "Janie" was the owner of the autograph book, and it is probable that "Janie" was Jane Maxwell Morris (often referred to as "Mrs. Milton Morris" in early museum records), a friend of Athol Estes and a key figure in the establishment of the O. Henry Museum.
Extent of Description 1 album (7 1/4" x 4 3/8" x 3/8")