Series I.A. Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, contains letters, clippings, and ephemera sent from father to son predominantly during a time when Arlo Bates was lecturing at M.I.T. and Oric Bates was working as an archeologist in Egypt and Syria. The letters were sent to inform Oric of events and business in Boston and Maine, particularly in regard to Arlo Bates’ social and professional affairs. Often the letters announced the activities of the Tavern Club and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, two organizations with which Arlo Bates was closely affiliated. The letters also forwarded clippings taken from Boston newspapers, primarily regarding the affairs of Harvard University (Oric Bates’ employer) and also archeological events around the globe. Additionally, Arlo Bates frequently offered his literary opinions in these letters, commenting on figures such as Poe, Shakespeare, Emerson, Mark Twain, William and Henry James, and also on his own writing. (Sometimes these opinions would be in anticipation of his own M.I.T. lectures on these subjects.) In addition, Arlo wrote Oric often as a stern father, reminding his abroad son of the unpaid debt he owed back in the United States.
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1909 May-August||Box 1, F1|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1909 September||Box 1, F2|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1909 October||Box 1, F3|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1909 November||Box 1, F4|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1909 December||Box 1, F5|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 January||Box 1, F6|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 February||Box 1, F7|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 March||Box 1, F8|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 April||Box 1, F9|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 May||Box 1, F10|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 June||Box 1, F11|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 July||Box 1, F12|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 August||Box 1, F13|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 September||Box 1, F14|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 October-November||Box 1, F15|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1910 December||Box 1, F16|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1911 January-February||Box 1, F17|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1911 March-April||Box 1, F18|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1911 May, September-October||Box 1, F19|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1911 November-December||Box 1, F20|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1912 January-February||Box 1, F21|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1912 March-April||Box 1, F22|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1913 June-September||Box 1, F23|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1913 October||Box 1, F24|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1913 November-December||Box 1, F25|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1914 January-February||Box 1, F26|
|Arlo Bates letters to Oric Bates, 1914 March||Box 1, F27|
Series I.B. Letters from Natica Inches Bates to Oric Bates and Arlo Bates, predominantly includes letters sent from Natica to husband Oric Bates from Boston while Oric was working as an archeologist overseas. The letters tell of Natica Bates’ life in Boston during her husband’s absence and include her commentary on her social and home activities, particularly in regard to caring for the couple’s infant first son, Mandon Bates (1915-2001). Other social and familial topics include accounts regarding the Bates’ dog, “Pickles”; the family car, “Fordy”; and the comings and goings of family friends. Writing during World War I, Natica also wrote of the censorship wall in Europe, as well as “the German’s sinking submarines in the Mediterranean.” Many of these letters were posted from the Bates’ home at 31 Lime Street, Boston, and were addressed to the American Consulates at Alexandria, Egypt and later Yokohama, Japan, both near Oric Bates’ archeological digging sites. The series also includes six undated letters written by Natica Bates to her father-in-law, Arlo Bates, and sent from Cairo, Egypt where she had accompanied her husband on an expedition, probably in 1913. Most of these letters were written by Natica on the stationery of the Ghezirah Palace in Cairo, Egypt, where she was laid up with a mild case of diphtheria but still seemingly in good spirits, writing of learning Arabic and enjoying views from the hotel balcony.
|Natica I. Bates letters to Oric Bates and Arlo Bates, 1914 - November 1915||Box 1, F28|
|Natica I. Bates letters to Oric Bates and Arlo Bates, 1915 November - 1916||Box 1, F29|
Series I.C. John C. Bates letters to his mother, Natica Inches Bates, are reflective of John’s work with the International Greenfell Association (IGA), an organization that provided a medical and other services to fisherman and coastal communities in Northern Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador. Many of Bates’ letters are addressed from the Change Islands, Newfoundland, and describe the association’s activities in support of the fisherman there. Bates owned and skippered a fast cabin cruiser the Northern Arrow for his work with the organization, and described saving over thirty lives with the vessel as well as “treating 107 patients in 4 ½ days.”
|John C. Bates letters to Natica I. Bates, 1935-1937||Box 1, F30|
|John C. Bates letters to Natica I. Bates, 1938||Box 1, F31|
Series I.D. Letters to Bates family includes twenty two letters written by various noteworthy individuals and largely addressed to Arlo Bates. These prominent contemporary writers, scholars, politicians, and intellectuals who wrote to Bates included Harriet McEwan Kimball, a poet; Edward Robinson, scholar and director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (praising Bates work "Diary of a Saint"); the abolitionist Wendell Phillips; U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge; and writer Theodore Dreiser, who wrote as editor of the American women's magazine The Delineator. Other letters were written by Minnie M. Curetis of Raleigh, North Carolina; C. E. Goodspeed, publisher/bookseller of Boston; Margaret S. Bowditch, of Boston; Archibald Cary Coolidge, educator and first director of the Harvard University Library; Curtis Guild, former governor of Massachusetts; Grafton Dulany Cushing, president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Fred N. Sterns of the Anthropology Section of the University Museum, Peabody Museum of Harvard University; and Laura D'Oremeiulx Roosevelt, wife of James West Roosevelt, cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt.
|Letters to Bates Family, 1881-1915||Box 1, F32|
Series II. Arlo Bates diaries, contains four diaries that span nearly forty years of the writer’s life and largely document his intercontinental travels while also revealing his insights on a variety of contemporary affairs and literary topics. In addition to these personal journals, Bates kept one diary devoted to his observations about his son, Oric Bates, as a boy and young man.
|1879-1917||Box 2, F33|
This diary of Arlo Bates contains accounts of several trips which included Canada, Cuba, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as destinations. The Canadian trip lasted from lasted from June through July of 1879; the Cuban trip lasted from February through March of 1882; and the first of two European trips lasted from September to October, 1890. Bates took another European trip from May through September of 1902 as well as a Middle Eastern and Asian trip from October through March of 1916. A final trip Asian trip was taken from February through June of 1917. The diary's front inside fly leaf states "Please return to Arlo Bates, Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A." The diary also includes a small cabinet card photograph of Bates' wife H. L. Vose, with inscription on rear that reads "H.L. Vose about 18," placing the photograph date of about 1874. The diary is bound in leather with gold ink tooling and marbled endpapers.
|1888-1900||Box 2, F34|
This diary contains observations by Bates about his son Oric when the boy was between the ages of five and seventeen. The inside front flyleaf reads "March 24, '88, Oric's Book. III." The book is bound in leather.
|1891-1915||Box 2, F35|
This diary of Arlo Bates contains content relating to his thoughts and experiences on Impressionism, the London Independent Theatre Society, the Bowdoin Centennial, the 1893 Columbian Exposition, sexuality in literature, socialism, the Maine Coast, the Spanish American War, the war in South Africa, and the writings of Josiah Royce, Leo Tolstoy, and Henry James. The diary contains a six page typed index for the years 1891-1909. It also includes typed and handwritten excerpts, notes, and newspaper clippings both laid and pasted in. The diary is bound in leather with gold ink tooling on spines and board edges, and also with marbled endpapers. Arlo Bates' bookplate is glued to the front inside cover.
|1917||Box 2, F33|
This diary was likely kept while Arlo Bates was travelling in Asia, and includes several newspaper clippings collected by Bates, some of which contain articles written by him. The album is bound in cloth and has marble paper covered boards.
Series III. Bates family ephemera, includes items that offer further insights into the personal and professional lives of Arlo, Oric, Natica, and John C. Bates. The ephemera of Arlo Bates includes clippings of his own fiction and nonfiction from various publications; copyright documents relative to Prince Vance, a book Bates wrote with his wife “Eleanor Putnam” (pseudonym of Harriet Lenora Vose); cabinet card photographs of Bates; and other items. Ephemera of Oric Bates includes invitations, receipts, programs, notes, and one typed original poem. Natica Inches Bates ephemera centers largely on documents concerning the sponsorship of two boys from England for whom she was to care for during World War II. Other family ephemera includes a handwritten genealogy of the Vose family, as well as various notes and clippings of unknown origin.
|Offprint of Outing and the Wheelmen ," Vol. III, No. 6, containing article by Arlo Bates: "Beside the Tennis-Court", 1884 March||Box 1, F36|
|Library of Congress acknowledgement for deposit of a copy of Prince Vance , 1887 May 5||Box 1, F36|
|Copyright contract with Roberts Brothers agreement relative to Prince Vance , a book Bates wrote with his wife Eleanor Putnam, 1888 July 18||Box 1, F36|
|Cabinet card photographs of Arlo Bates, 1893-1898||Box 1, F36|
Includes two photos, the first dated 1893 March 20 and the second dated 1898 February taken by A. Marshall.
|Empty envelope addressed to Arlo Bates, 1898 November 12||Box 1, F36|
|Postcards, 1894-1898||Box 1, F36|
|Article from The Saturday Evening Post: The Home College Course, which includes lead article by Arlo Bates titled, "Literature and Its Uses.", 1902 March 22||Box 1, F36|
|Newspaper clipping from The Sunday Herald, Boston , 1913 December 21||Box 1, F36|
|Bookplate of Arlo Bates pasted to front board of unknown book (book not extant), undated||Box 1, F36|
|Journal clipping of article by Arlo Bates titled, "Boston Street Cries", undated||Box 1, F36|
|Magazine clipping of "The Vain Old Woman" by Arlo Bates, undated||Box 1, F36|
|Manuscript jottings of Arlo Bates about a dream experience, undated||Box 1, F36|
|"Original Names" short essay, undated||Box 1, F36|
This short essay is about the unorthodox first names of the Bates family, an idiosynracy begun by Arlo Bates' grandfather. This short manuscript by Arlo Bates celebrates his son Oric marrying a woman with the first name "Natica," in continuation of this tradition.
|Invitation card, undated||Box 1, F36|
|Typed poem by Oric Bates, "Half-Tide", 1900 January||Box 1, F37|
|Empty envelope addressed to Oric Bates, 1908 September 3||Box 1, F37|
|Invitation card from the Royal Highness the Duke and Duchess of Connaught inviting Oric Bates to a reception at the Palace Valletta, 1909 April 21||Box 1, F37|
|Offprint, "The West to the Multi-Millionaire" by Frank H. Fowler, circa 1910||Box 1, F37|
|Wedding invitation for marriage of Natica Inches and Oric Bates, 1913 June 5||Box 1, F37|
|Receipt from "Charles E. Lauriat Company, Booksellers and Importers" to Oric Bates for two books, 1913 November 6||Box 1, F37|
|Program for "Celebration of the One Thousand Meeting American Academy of Arts and Sciences," at the University Club in Boston, 1910 December 14||Box 1, F37|
|Note to Oric Bates from grandmother Leonora Thompson, undated||Box 1, F37|
|Child's letter addressed to "Trotty," with envelope addressed to Oric Bates, from Ardie Vose, undated||Box 1, F37|
|Handwritten genealogy of Vose family, undated||Box 1, F37|
|Postcard addressed to Mrs. Oric Bates, 1936 December 25||Box 1, F38|
|Postcard written by John C. Bates to his mother Mrs. Oric Bates, 1936||Box 1, F38|
|Telegram to Natica Inches Bates about two boys from England heading to America, whom she is to care for during the war, 1940 July 4||Box 1, F38|
|Letter from a J. Colin Kemp to Natica Inches Bates about two boys from England heading to America, whom she is to care for during the war, 1940 July 6||Box 1, F38|
|Documents concerning the sponsorship of two English boys by Natica Inches Bates, 1940 July 11||Box 1, F38|
|Invitation to a dance in honor of Ruth Cheney addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Oric Bates, undated||Box 1, F38|
|Empty envelope with Natica Inches Bates handwriting, undated||Box 1, F38|
|Postcards, 1885, undated||Box 1, F39|
Includes six postcards and two envelopes
|Two envelopes, 1894, undated||Box 1, F39|
|Two scraps of paper with manuscripts notes, undated||Box 1, F39|
|Fifteen typed pages of poetry by unknown author, undated||Box 1, F39|