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Emma Louise Oglesby papers

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1119

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters from Emma (also called Felicite) to her mother in 1901 and 1902 while in France. Her letters are newsy and frank as she discusses her experiences, people she meets, sites she sees, plans for the wedding and a trip to London. It also includes an invitation to her wedding in 1924, calling cards for Mrs. and Miss Oglesby. Two of the items are from John Gillette, a signed document appointing a Grace Abbot as notary public and a 1911 letter to Evarts Greene, at the University of Illinois, regarding a picture of his father to hang in the new Lincoln Hall.


  • Created: 1901 - 1924


Biographical / Historical

Emma Louise Oglesby, or Felicite as she was called, was the first child born to Richard Oglesby, Governor and U.S. Senator of Illinois and his second wife, Emma Gillette Keays Oglesby. Felicite spent a lot of time in Europe and in 1901 was there with her aunt Nina studying French, taking singing lessons and participating in a friends wedding in London. In 1924 Felicite married the Count Alesandro Cenci Bolognetti. Oglesby's son, John Gillette, was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1908 and 1916.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 16 items

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