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Saunders, Silvia - short documentary, 1980

Saunders, Silvia - short documentary, 1980
Saunders, Silvia - short documentary, 1980

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Saunders Family Papers contain correspondence, journals, business records, biographical information, and documentation of the interests and daily lives of the Saunders family of Clinton, New York. Researchers examining the papers will gain insight into the family of a beloved Hamilton College faculty member and a world-reknowned peony hybridist. Of special note are correspondence between family members and friends including letters from J. Agee, R. Eberhart, Ezra Pound, Elihu Root and family, B.F. Skinner, Alexander Woollcott, and letters from Susy Clemens to Louis Brownell (later Mrs. A.P. Saunders). A significant amount of the collection pertains to the horticulture business started by A.P. Saunders and holds correspondence, orders, marketing materials, and research notes on peony hybridization.


  • 1980


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.


From the Collection: 44 Linear Feet (42 standard boxes; 4 card boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

From the Collection: German

From the Collection: French


Short documentary with Silvia Saunders produced by the Hamilton College Art Department, 1980; Spec Coll Archives Media ; AL COLL W53 S9;

Synopsis: Silvia Saunders speaks about her transferring from Bryn Mawr (her mother's alma mater) to Radcliffe, where there was more music; her family's moving into Williams Farmhouse (now Saunders House) in 1903 after it was rehabilitated by Dr. Stryker; her father's breeding peonies; her photography--plants, gardens, architecture--and her travels for House and Garden; her father's teaching chemistry (1900-1939) and continuing to live in the house until he died in 1953; the importance of chamber music to the family; and her current life on the Hill.

Repository Details

Part of the Hamilton College Archives Repository

198 College Hill Road
Clinton NY United States