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Dukes family papers

Identifier: Modern-MS-Dukes

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection is primarily the incoming family correspondence of Thomas Farmer Dukes and his children, especially son Thomas William Dukes. Incoming correspondence to Thomas William from a friend discusses women suitable for courtship in the area. Other topics discussed are family and household issues, illness, unemployment, and finances. There are several childhood letters to Thomas Farmer Dukes from grandchildren, and letters to William Dukes, the chemist, from men seeking employment and loans. Correspondence was pasted into three volumes of Shropshire County census books which have been disbound and foldered. Commonplace book contains poems, quotations, and watercolor illustrations signed E.R.D., presumably Edward Rowland Dukes. An additional bound volume contains food and wine recipes, medical remedies, and instructions for making inks, and other ephemera belonging to Thomas F. Dukes.


  • Creation: 1772-1869


Conditions Governing Access

The Dukes family papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Dukes family papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Thomas Farmer Dukes

Thomas Farmer Dukes was an attorney and onetime mayor of Shrewsbury, England.

Dukes was born around 1770 and was an attorney and at one point, mayor, in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, England. He was also a water color artist and authored a book entitled Antiquities of Shropshire, published in 1844. He was married to Elizabeth Ashdown and they had eight children, Thomas William, Henry Clifton, Robert Middleton, Edward Rowland, Frederick Farmer, Stebbing, John Octavius, and Eliza Ellen Dukes. His brother William was a chemist (pharmacist) at Worchester. Thomas Farmer Dukes died in 1850.


1.3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Papers of Thomas Farmer Dukes and family, of Shropshire County, England. Correspondence was pasted in three volumes of the 1805, 1818, and 1821 census books of the county of Shropshire. Also includes a commonplace book containing poems, clippings, and water color paintings by Edward Rowland Dukes, and an indexed book of food and wine recipes, medical remedies, and instructions for making inks, varnishes and other ephemera.


Correspondence is arranged chronologically followed by bound volumes. Any irregularity in chronological order is due to keeping the original order of pages in bound volumes.

Collection Stack Location

1 14 5


Gift of Frederick D. Miles, 2004.

General Physical Description note

1.3 linear feet (3 boxes)

Processed by

Lisa Janssen, 2011.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Inventory of the Dukes family papers, 1772-1869
Lisa Janssen
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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