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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Register of the Gilpin Family Papers



Descriptive Summary

Repository: Research Center
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
305-375-1492
archives@historical-museum.org
Creator: Gilpin family.
Title: Gilpin Family Papers
Dates: 1880-1921
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
Abstract: Diaries and letters written during winter trips to the coast of Florida.
Identification: 1977-182
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

The Gilpins lived in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Most winters, they took extended pleasure trips to Florida, where they stayed in small hotels or on board chartered sailing yachts. Yachts they chartered included the Seminole (built by A. W. Dimick, Palm Beach) and the Wabun (built by Ralph Munroe, Coconut Grove).

Husband John Robinson Gilpin was a commodities broker. Most of his letters are written to his sister, Susan Gilpin Hazard. Wife Emma (b. 1846?) kept diaries of their trips. In later years as an adult, their son Vincent (b. 1874?) wrote several nautically-themed books, including co-authoring The Commodore’s Story with Ralph Munroe.

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Scope and Contents

Letters and diaries written by the Gilpins while on winter trips to the east and west coasts of Florida. John R. Gilpin (JRG) wrote most of the letters, and his wife Emma (EEG) wrote most of the diaries. Their son Vincent (VG) wrote a few letters and diaries.

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Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Papers are open for research.

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Related Material

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County has an 1888 diary, written by Emma Gilpin in Osprey.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Gilpin, Emma
Gilpin John Robinson
Gilpin, Vincent

Organizations:

Seminole (Sharpie)
Wabun (Ketch)

Family Names:

Gilpin family

Places:

Cat Cay (Bahamas)
Florida--Description and travel

Subjects:

Boats and boating--Florida

Document Types:

Diaries

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Eric Warner Johnson, 1977.

Preferred Citation

Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Gilpin Family Papers.

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Bibliography

Gilpin, Emma. "Diary of a West Coast Sailing Expedition, 1885," by Mrs. John R. Gilpin. Tequesta, no. 1 (1940).

Gilpin, Emma. "A Victorian Mother's Vigil over her Sick Son: Emma Gilpin's Journal of 1888" / edited by Karen Davis. In The Journal of the Florida Medical Association, v. 75, no. 8 (August 1988), p. 501-507.

Gilpin, Emma. "To Miami, 1890 Style," by Mrs. John R. Gilpin. Tequesta, no. 1 (1941).

Gilpin, Vincent. The Cruise of the Seminole among the Florida Keys, March 10-April 5, 1905. Gay Gilpin Johnson, Margaret Gilpin Hall and Vincent Gilpin, Jr., c2000.

Munroe, Ralph Middleton. The Commodore's Story / Ralph Middleton Munroe and Vincent Gilpin. New York : I. Washburn, c1930.

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Gilpin, Emma and John. Letters written from St. Augustine and the Homosassa River, January-May 1880. 19 items.
2 Gilpin, John. Letters written from the Homosassa River, February-May 1881. 9 items
3 Gilpin, Emma and John. Letters from Cedar Key, Key West, Punta Rassa, and Tampa, January-April 1885. 8 items
4 Gilpin, Emma and John. Letters written from Bradenton and Osprey, March-April 1888. 18 items
5 Gilpin, John. Letters written from Cocoanut Grove and Palm Beach, March-May 1890. 11 items
6 Gilpin, Emma, John and Vincent. Letters from Palm Beach and Cocoanut Grove, March-May 1899. Includes copy of letter from Charles Stowe to Mary Barr Munroe. 21 items
7 Gilpin, Emma. Diaries, February-May 1899. 2 items
8 Gilpin, Emma. Diaries, 1901. Written while in Daytona Beach, St. Petersburg, Key West and Cocoanut Grove. Includes excerpt from Vincent Gilpin's autobiography. 3 items
9 Gilpin, John. Letters written from Rockledge, Eau Gallie, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Palm Beach, Key Biscayne and Cocoanut Grove, January-May 1903. Cocoanut Grove letters written aboard the Seminole.
10 Gilpin, Emma. Diaries written in Rockledge, Eau Gallie, Indian River, Jupiter, Lake Worth, New River, Miami, Soldier Key, Caesar's Creek, Card Sound, Key Largo and Cocoanut Grove, January-April 1903. Title on covers: Cruise of the Yacht Seminole, Florida East Coast. 3 items
2 1 Gilpin, Emma. Letters and diary written in Miami and Cocoanut Grove, at Camp Biscayne or aboard the Seminole, 1905-1906.
2 Gilpin, Vincent. Diary written at Cat Cay (Bahamas), 1906. 1 item
3 Dimick, A. W. Letter and ephemera, 1910-1913. 5 items
4 Gilpin, Emma. Diaries written from Chesapeake Bay to Key West, while aboard the Wabun, September 1912-May 1913. 3 items
5 Gilpin, Emma. Diary written at Fowy Rocks Lighthouse, Camp Biscayne, Caesar's Creek and Cape Florida, 1916.
6 Gilpin, Emma. Diary written at Miami, Camp Biscayne, Buttonwood and Caesar's Creek, 1917. 1 item
7 Gilpin, Emma. Diary written at Camp Biscayne and in the upper Florida Keys, 1919. 1 item
8 Gilpin, Emma. Diary written aboard the Wabun, while at Cocoanut Grove, Florida Bay, Marco and the Florida west coast north to Bradenton, 1921. 3 items
9 Transcript from 1877 diary kept by Mrs. Day. Copied by Emma Gilpin, March 1921. 3 leaves
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