Sansoucy - Harpin Family Archive - Finding Aid

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Sansoucy - Harpin Family Archive - Finding Aid
    Item Description
    Existence and Location of Originals
    French Institute, Assumption University, La Maison 308, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Repository
    Description

    The 88 letters document the transnational Sansoucy - Harpin family as it maintains its Franco-Canadian familial connections while assimilating into American culture. Much of the earlier correspondence from Napoleon Sansoucy and Corinne Harpin, as well as the bulk of the correspondence from Canada, was written by unknown persons, as many of the family members were illiterate. Key family deaths, including Corinne Harpin, Isaac Sansoucy, Adelard Harpin (Father Jourdain Harpin), and Philippe Sansoucy are mentioned. Various marriages, details of professional lives, and important moves are also seen throughout these letters.

    Author/Creator
    Creator (cre): Sansoucy Family
    Creator (cre): Harpin Family
    Date(s)
    1909 to 1937
    Source Language
    Extent
    1 document box
    Family Name
    Biographical and Administrative History

    In the fall/early winter of 1909 Napoleon Sansoucy and Corinne Harpin moved from Saint-Ours, Canada, to Southbridge, Massachusetts with nine of their children (see biographical sketches below). Upon their arrival correspondence started between them and their family members who remained in Saint-Ours- including their two daughters Anne Marie and Antoinette Sansoucy. Less than a year later, these two daughters joined the rest of the family in Massachusetts. Over the ensuing twenty years, correspondence flowed between the Sansoucy - Harpin family in Massachusetts, and their respective Sansoucy and Harpin relatives in Canada. The daughter Antoinette Sansoucy took over the bulk of the correspondence for the family in Massachusetts, and she/her family received extensive correspondence from relatives including Corinne’s sister Maria Harpin and her husband Philippe Sansoucy, Napoleon Sansoucy’s sisters Dorilla, Azilda, and Anna Sansoucy, and Corinne’s brother Adelard Harpin, otherwise known as Father Jourdain Harpin, OP. The latter’s correspondence is particularly interesting as it documents a focus on the religious wellbeing of the family, while also a financial support of the same. The 88 letters document this transnational family as it maintains its Franco-Canadian familial connections while assimilating into American culture. Much of the earlier correspondence from Napoleon Sansoucy and Corinne Harpin, as well as the bulk of the correspondence from Canada, was written by unknown persons, as many of the family members were illiterate. Key family deaths, including Corinne Harpin, Isaac Sansoucy, Adelard Harpin (Father Jourdain Harpin), and Philippe Sansoucy are mentioned. Various marriages, details of professional lives, and important moves are also seen throughout these letters.

    Arrangement

    The collection contains one series, Correspondence. That series is arranged chronologically.

    Notes

    This collection was processed by Kate Bradley in 2021.

    Collection Inventory

    https://library.assumption.edu/ld.php?content_id=63751401

    Conditions Governing Access
    The collection is available to researchers and other interested parties.
    Islandora Resource Type