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A0263 Charles, Robert Horne and Elizabeth Sewall Papers Inventory of Robert Horne and Elizabeth Sewall Charles Papers A0263 Jaime Bourassa Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:30:47 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Robert Horne and Elizabeth Sewall Charles Papers A0263 0.75 Cubic Feet (1 box; 2 volumes) 1884-1937 Some German Processing Information Processed and completed by Dwight Stelling, August 1, 1981. Donor Information The Elizabeth Sewall and Robert Horne Charles Papers were donated through the Flea Market of the Missouri Historical Society. Biographical Sketch Elizabeth Sewall Charles was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 22, 1914. Her mother left Russia with Elizabeth in 1918, arriving in the United States in 1919. Elizabeth was adopted by her step-father Sumner Sewall, and became a naturalized citizen in 1936. Sumner Sewall was a member of the Sewall shipbuilding family of Bath, Maine. He became a distinguished American flyer during World War I, credited with the destruction of seven enemy planes and observation balloons, thus designating him an "ace" in war time. Following the First World War, he became a state senator and governor of Maine, and later served in the United States Office of Military Government in West Germany following World War II. Elizabeth Sewell Charles' great-grandfather, Arthur Sewall, was the vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket with William Jennings Bryant in the presidential election of 1897. Elizabeth Sewall Charles was a graduate of Vassar College in 1936. She attended the Julliard Foundation in New York City after graduation, performing in Carnegie Hall in 1937 for a Vassar Alumni Association benefit. She was an active member of New York City's Junior League and the Vassar Alumni Association. In St. Louis, she was involved in activities at the Ladue Chapel and the Veiled Prophet Ball. In July 1938, Elizabeth Sewall married Robert Horne Charles of St. Louis. He was the son of Benjamin Hynes Charles, Jr. of St. Louis and Nana Horne of Keokuk, Iowa. Benjamin Hynes Charles was a noted bond attorney and a St. Louis city counselor. Robert Horne Charles graduated from Yale law school, worked in private practice for two years, and joined the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis (later the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation) in 1940. He became a senior vice president in the firm before retiring in 1966. Robert and Elizabeth Charles had four children: Robert H. Charles, Jr.; Ellena; Sumner; and Candy. Scope and Contents The Elizabeth Sewall and Robert Horne Charles Papers mainly document the couple's adult life in college (1935-1936) through their marriage and child-rearing years in St. Louis (1938-1960). In addition to these papers is a scrapbook, apparently compiled by Robert Horne Charles' mother Mrs. Benjamin Horne Charles of St. Louis, which records the life and times of the Horne family of Keokuk, Iowa, and the Charles family of St. Louis, Missouri, during the years 1887-1937. The Correspondence Series consists of personal letters from the time of Elizabeth Sewall's courtship by Robert Horne Charles in 1935, engagement and wedding congratulations, and letters from her children through 1956. The Printed Material Series includes diplomas, certificates, passports, baptismal and birth certificates, newspaper and magazine clippings, promotional materials 1917-1958, engagement and wedding books, programs, announcements, and house plans. The Literary Productions Series consists of a speech by Martha Horne on the history of Keokuk, Iowa, 1925; and a speech by Governor Sumner Sewall to the Maine legislature, 1943. The Scrapbooks Series consists of a scrapbook created by Mrs. Benjamin Horne Charles on the Horne family in Keokuk, Iowa; and a scrapbook compiled by Elizabeth Sewall Charles chronicling the years 1937-1944 with clippings and photographs of the Sumner Sewall and Robert Charles families. Arrangement The collection is arranged in four series: Correspondence Series , Printed Material Series , Literary Productions Series , and Scrapbooks Series . Each series is arranged chronologically. Separated Materials Photographs showing family members and events from 1920-1960 were transferred to the Photographs and Prints Department. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Robert Horne and Elizabeth Sewall Charles Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Charles family -- Genealogy Children -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Christmas Families -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Horne family -- Genealogy Weddings -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Charles, Elizabeth Sewall, 1914- Charles, Robert Horne Charles family Horne family Correspondence Series Letters from Henry S. Caulfied and other friends and courtship letters from Robert Charles to "Ollie" (Elizabeth Sewall). 1929-1936 1 1 Letter from Nancy C. Charles (with recipes) and congratulatory telegrams to Robert Charles and Elizabeth Sewall on their engagement. 1937 1 2 Congratulatory telegrams to Robert Charles and Elizabeth Sewall Charles on their marriage. 1938 1 3 Letters from family and friends of Robert and Elizabeth Sewall Charles, a Christmas card from Governor and Mrs. Sumner Sewall, and Christmas letters to Santa Claus from Ellena, Robert Jr., and Sumner Charles. 1939-1946 1 4 Letters from Mrs. Mary Hoffman, Fernando Ortiz, and Julia Lackey, and letters from Ellena, Robert Jr., and Sumner Charles to their parents and Santa Claus. 1948-1950 1 5 Letters from Susie Warren, Mary Blackwood, and Frances Morrison, and letters from Ellena, Robert Jr., and Sumner Charles to their parents. 1951-1958 1 6 Letters from Ellena, Robert Jr., and Sumner Charles to their parents and Santa Claus. No date 1 7 Printed Material Series Diplomas, birth and baptismal certificates, passports, a petition for citizenship for Elizabeth Sewall, genealogy information for Robert Charles (in German), record of camp participation for Robert Charles, Jr, and Camp Chewonki ribbons. 1914-1960 1 8 Newspaper and magazine clippings regarding family and friends of Robert and Elizabeth Sewall Charles. 1928-1956 1 9 Keokuk High School commencement program, 1896; business card of John W. Kerr; program for 16th season of Yale Junior League Glee Club; invitation to wedding of Robert Charles and Elizabeth Sewall; flier for Sumner Sewall’s 1940 run for the Republican nomination for Governor of Maine; issue of The Chapel Bell newsletter, December 10, 1944; program for the 10th Anniversary Open House for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation; invitation to wedding of Albert Martin Mackey and Alexandra Sewall; program for the 1953 annual meeting of the Bogey Club; Veiled Prophet notification to Mrs. Robert H. Charles that she has been chosen Lady of Honor at the Ball, 1954; menu for Valley Investment Syndicate 307th Meeting, 1958; and booklet of home alterations and additions prepared for Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Charles by Study, Farrar & Majors, Architects. 1896-1958 1 10 Booklets pertaining to the wedding of Elizabeth Sewall and Robert Charles, including book listing wedding gifts and Elizabeth Sewall's Book of the Bride. 1938 1 11 Literary Productions Series Address by Martha Horne to Daughters of the American Revolution, 1925; and the 1943 inaugural address to the Maine legislature by Governor Sumner Sewall. 1925; 1943 1 11 Scrapbooks Series Scrapbook regarding the Benjamin Hynes Charles, Jr. family of St. Louis and the Horne family of Keokuk, Iowa. 1884-1937 Volume 1 Family scrapbook compiled by Elizabeth Sewall Charles. 1934-1944 Volume 2