Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Preferred Citation

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Preliminary Guide to the Bagley, Jenner, and Mercer Families Papers
1821-2005



Manuscript Collection No.: 5532
Accession No.: 5532-001
Title: Bagley, Jenner, and Mercer families papers
Date Span: 1821
Date Span: 1832
Date Span: 1856-1961
Date Span: 1983-1987
Date Span: 2005
Bulk: 1856-1961
Quantity: .58 cubic feet (1 box)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

The Bagley, Jenner, and Mercer families are notable for their instrumental part played in the development of the city of Seattle in its early days. Rev. Daniel Bagley (1818-1905) was a Methodist preacher who came to Seattle with the Bethel party in 1852, and convinced Arthur Denny that Seattle would benefit from having a university founded there. This would later become the University of Washington, and Bagley went on to serve as the president of the university board of commissioners. His son, Clarence B. "Pop" Bagley (1843-1932), married Alice Mercer, and was well known throughout the Seattle area for his involvement with local history and publishing newspapers.

Thomas Mercer (1813-1898), father of Alice Mercer, was also part of the Bethel party. He helped name the major bodies of water surrounding Seattle, including Lake Washington and Lake Union, and initially suggested the creation of a ship canal. Myrta Bagley, daughter of Clarence and Alice Mercer Bagley, married Earle R. Jenner, connecting the three families.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into series by family of origin:
Bagley family papers
Jenner family papers
Mercer family papers
Unspecified
Within each series, papers are arranged alphabetically by the originating family member, then chronologically.

Scope and Content

The Bagley, Jenner, and Mercer families papers document the lives of some of the family members after they all were settled in Seattle. Holdings are not comprehensive, but do include incoming and outgoing correspondence, clippings, photographs, artifacts, and printed ephemera related to members of the Bagley, Jenner, and Mercer families. Many of the materials are related to Clarence B. Bagley and his daughter, Myrta Bagley Jenner. Other family members represented are Daniel Bagley, Thomas Mercer, Earle R. Jenner, and Alice Mercer Bagley. The clippings primarily relate to the Bagleys' involvement with the founding of the University of Washington, and the photographs consist of portraits, group photos, and landscape photographs. Correspondence is usually between family members.

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Source: Myrta Bagley Jenner's granddaughter, Christine Jenner Cannon, and Susan Jenner Lichtenwalner, 2008.

Processing Info

Processed by Sarah DeAtley in 2008.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], [date of item if known], [box/folder number], Bagley, Jenner and Mercer family papers, 5532-001, University of Washington Libraries.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Bagley family papers
1/2Bagley family - "Guide Prepared for The Bagley Papers at U.W."undated
Scope and Content: Newspaper article describing a guide to the Bagley family papers at the University of Washington Library.
Alice Mercer Bagley
1/3Bible1856
Scope and Content: Small bible bound in red leather, presented to Alice Mercer by G.E.U. Morris on January 1, 1856. Inscribed by G.E.U. Morris. The bible is signed on the back page “Alice Mercer 1858” and includes a ribbon. G.E.U. Morris was captain of the U.S.S. Decatur, which was in Seattle’s harbor during the Indian wars. Myrta Bagley Jenner said that the ribbon inside the bible was also presented to her mother, Alice Mercer, by Captain Morris.
1/4"Reward of Merit"circa 1860s
Scope and Content: Printed ephemera: small hand-colored “Reward of Merit” to A. Mercer (Alice Mercer) from A A.
1/5Alice Mercer Bagley and Clarence B. Bagley - 60th wedding anniversary program1925
Scope and Content: Printed program commemorating at the 60th wedding anniversary of Alice Mercer and Clarence Bagley, showing photos of them taken circa 1865, and a few paragraphs of biographical text. Annoted, possibly by Myrta Bagley Jenner.
Clarence B. Bagley
1/6Outgoing correspondence to David Graham1865
Scope and Content: Letter from Clarence B. Bagley to David Graham, dated December 19, 1865, advising Mr. Graham that Clarence B. Bagley would be wed December 24. David Graham was the husband of Susannah Mercer Graham, Alice Mercer Bagley's sister.
1/7Outgoing correspondence to Ethel, Alice Claire, and Cecil Bagley1890
Scope and Content: Letter from Clarence B. Bagley to his three youngest children dated September 5, 1890, from Ford’s Hotel in Richmond, Virginia (on that hotel’s stationery). Bagley writes of his travels to Washington, D.C. with “Jenner” (presumably C.K. Jenner).
1/8"Chess Carnival" clippings1890
2 pieces
Scope and Content: Clippings announcing the “Chess Carnival” at Armory Hall, March 21-22, 1890, where Clarence B. Bagley and Griffith Davies played a game of chess, with other citizens serving as the chess pieces, accompanied by music and stories.
1/9Wedding anniversary invitation1895
Scope and Content: Leather-faced handwritten invitation dated January 23, 1895, for Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Bagley to a celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the first held wedding in Seattle (for David T. and Louisa Denny in 1853).
1/10Seattle Legislative Department handbook1902
Physical/Technical Access: Cover is cracked.
Scope and Content: Encased in leather-bound cover, embossed with "C.B. Bagley", entitled "Manual of the city government of the city of Seattle, 1902-1903: containing list of city officials with their addresses--boards and council committees--council rules and order of business."
1/11Incoming correspndence from unknown sender1927
Scope and Content: Sent to Clarence B. Bagley from Portland, Oregon, dated January 10, 1927, advising him of a notice in "The Oregonian", December 11, 1852, describing the arrival of Daniel Bagley.
1/12Clipping: "N.W. Historian Looks Back"1929
Scope and Content: From a Seattle newspaper, dated June 21, 1929, entitled “N.W. Historian Looks Back” describing Clarence B. Bagley’s career.
1/13Washington University State Historical Society by-lawscirca 1920s
Scope and Content: Printed title page inscribed, "Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Officers."
1/14Outgoing correspondence to Alice Claire Hammons1930
Scope and Content: A letter from Clarence B. Bagley to his daughter Alice Claire Hammons (whose miniature house is in Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry) dated January 1, 1930. Of special interest is the engraved stationery, which reads "An-Kut-Ty" over an image of mountains, pines, and a canoe at the edge of a lake.
1/15Printed Christmas greeting card1930
1/16Photograph: Meeker's log house1931
Scope and Content: Inscription on reverse reads: “Meeker’s log house, where he kept store, in Steilacoom. Since boarded over as in this picture from Mr. Bagley June 3, 1931.”
1/17Clipping: "C.B. Bagley to be Interred at Mount Pleasant"1932
Scope and Content: Newspaper report of Clarence B. Bagley’s funeral, annotated as having appeared in the Seattle Times on February 27, 1932. This article includes a complete list of pallbearers, contains a cartoon history of Bagley’s life, and provides a brief written summary of his life.
1/18Clipping: "March of Progress May Destroy Old Queen Anne Hill Landmark"1943
Scope and Content: From the Seattle Star, November 8, 1943 speaking to the imminent demolition of the “old Bagley home.”
1/19Christmas greeting cardundated
Scope and Content: Engraved Christmas greetings for unknown year from Mr. And Mrs. Clarence B Bagley.
1/20Photograph: Bagley home, Queen Anne Hillundated
Scope and Content: Inscription on reverse from Lawrence M. Jenner, identifying the “[Clarence B.] Bagley home, Queen Anne Hill, razed during WWII."
1/21Photograph: taken on the front porch of the Bagley home, looking south across the porch and beyondundated
1/22Photograph and calligraphic title of a portrait of Mr. C.B. Bagley, painted by Julius Ullmann (1863-1952).undated
2 items
Daniel Bagley
1/23Rail ticket1887
Scope and Content: Half-fare permit for rail travel in 1887 for "Rev. Dan’l Bagley" for Puget Sound area railroads.
1/24"Grandfather Bagley" pamphlet1903
Scope and Content: Typed and hand-sewn pamphlet with a three-page message from Edmond S. Meany to Daniel Bagley entitled “Grandfather Bagley” and appearing to be the model for dedicating the University of Washington Tyee of 1903 to Daniel Bagley.
1/25Clipping: "Seattle in Review...Day of Prayer"1952
Scope and Content: From a Seattle newspaper (likely the Seattle Times) on May 19, 1952 highlighting Daniel Bagley conducting services in 1864 reflecting Abraham Lincoln’s wishes for a day of fasting and prayer for the American Civil War.
1/26Clipping: "Just Cogitating: who was the 'father' of the University of Washington"1957
Scope and Content: Newspaper column by C.T. Conover in the Seattle Times, discussing whether Daniel Bagley should be called the father of the University of Washington. Dated December 1, 1957.
1/27Clipping: "University of Washington 100 Years Old"1961
Scope and Content: From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dated February 19, 1961 by Barry Farrell.
1/28Clipping: "Vision and Foresight Marked Start of U.W."1961
Scope and Content: Article from the Seattle Times dated November 26, 1961, by Frank Richardson Pierce, about the beginnings of the University of Washington.
1/29Daniel and Clarence Bagley--clipping: "How the Hills Here Got Their Names"circa 1950s
Scope and Content: Article by Dorothy Brant Brazier (likely from the Seattle Times) reviewing the people behind names of Seattle hills.
1/30Susannah Bagley: outgoing correspondence to Alice Claire Bagley Hammons1903
Historical Note : Daniel Bagley's wife, Susannah Rogers Whipple Bagley, died in Seattle in 1913.
Scope and Content: From Susannah Bagley to her granddaughter Alice Claire Bagley Hammons and her husband Fred Hammons, dated June 12, 1903, counseling a firm faith.
1/46 Portrait photograph of Nancy Pelton Whipplecirca 1880s
Historical Note : Nancy Pelton Whipple was the mother of Susannah Rogers Whipple Bagley, wife of Daniel Bagley. She was born in 1796, and may never have visited Seattle.

  
Box/FolderDate
Jenner family papers
1/31Cornelia Jenner--outgoing correspondence to Mrs. P.C. Comstock1876
Scope and Content: Cornelia Experience Comstock Jenner’s letter dated December 11, 1876 to Mrs. P.C. Comstock, Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California. Recounting her experiences traveling by sea from California to Puget Sound on a bark. Included is the original envelope. This letter has appeared in many family monographs.
Earle R. Jenner
1/32University of Washington stadium student admission pass1922
Engraved brass
1/33Incoming correspondence from University of Washington Board of Regents1959
Scope and Content: Letter dated April 17, 1959 regarding the Bagley-Mercer Company donation to the University Library of the "Bagley Collection of Pacific Northwest Americana." Signed by Helen E. Hoaglund, secretary to the Board of Regents.
1/34Incoming correspondence from Ernest Jenner1898
Historical Note : Ernest and Earle were twin sons of Cornelia Jenner.
Scope and Content: Written by Ernest Jenner to Earle Jenner from a military hospital in San Francisco, where Ernest was confined during the Spanish American War. The letter contains many cartoons depicting military and hospital life. Dated June 12, 1898.
Myrta Bagley Jenner
Historical Note : Daughter of Clarence B. Bagley, who married Earle R. Jenner.
1/35Incoming correspondence from Lizzie Stine1886
Scope and Content: Lizzie Stine to Myrta Bagley Jenner dated June 18, 1886, postmarked Walla Walla, Washington Territory. Encloses a printed program from St. Paul’s School's closing exercises (with dried flower).
1/36Photograph: group portrait1890
Scope and Content: This photo is a group shot of dozens of adults, and may include many citizens of importance in Seattle at the time. Myrta Bagley appears in the photograph and signed the back. Taken at Snoqualmie Hop Ranch, summer of 1890.
1/37Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington handbookcirca 1920s
Scope and Content: Constitution and bylaws of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington including a full membership list with names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
1/38Admission pass, Washington state senate 1933
Scope and Content: Pass to "the senate chamber of the State of Washington", for its 23rd regular session, admitting Mrs. Earle Jenner.
1/39Clipping: "Annual Alki fete honors city pioneers"1939
Scope and Content: From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dated November 14, 1939 discussing the Alki 12th annual luncheon celebrating early pioneers. The article includes a photograph of Myrta Bagley Jenner with a “1939 model pioneer” infant.
1/40Photograph1953
Scope and Content: Photograph taken of Myrta Jenner and Margaret Maddon (spelling unclear) at Pioneer Hall June 1953.
1/41Incoming correspondence from Frank R. Atkins1957
Scope and Content: Letter from Frank R. Atkins to Mrs. Earle R. Jenner, accompanied by a C.T. Conover column discussing the University of Washington cornerstone. Column dated June 16, 1957. Letter dated November 4, 1957.

  
Box/FolderDate
Mercer family papers
Nancy Brigham Mercer
Historical Note : Nancy Brigham Mercer was the wife of Thomas Mercer. Born June 6, 1816 in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, she died September 21, 1852 en route by covered wagon to the Pacific Northwest, at The Dalles, Oregon.
1/42"Reward of Merit"1821
2 pieces
Scope and Content: "Reward of Merit" school report card for Nancy Brigham from Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire dated June 16, 1821.
1/43Note1832
Scope and Content: Folded paper enclosing lock of hair knotted into plait. Inscription signed "N.B." [Nancy Brigham] September 15, 1832.
Thomas Mercer
1/44Probate court summons1866
Scope and Content: Dated April 12, 1866, initiated by Thomas Mercer, Clerk and Probate Judge.
1/45Clipping: "Seattle's Oldest Home"1987
Scope and Content: From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dated April 26, 1987, describing Thomas Mercer’s original house, including photos.

  
Box/FolderDate
Unspecified
1/1Bagley, Jenner, and Mercer family treecirca 2005
1/47Union Democratic ticket for congressional delegate1865
Scope and Content: Leaflet showing the Union Democratic ticket for delegate to congress for the Seattle district. Annotated with a date of June 1865. Specific names are identified.
1/48Photograph: Seattle waterfront1878
2 copies
General Notes: Two different copies of the same view, one of which has been touched up.
1/49Photograph: group portrait, Seattle High School1898
Scope and Content: Photograph of the third year physics class at Seattle High School dated June 15, 1898.
1/50Photograph: Seattle High School1906
Scope and Content: Inscription on reverse says “the old and the new, Seattle Wash 1906.” Photograph shows a covered wagon and oxen in the foreground, led by a man beside a motorcar. In the background, atop a hill, is Seattle High School.
1/51Clipping--"Seattle Album No. 14 - 'City Council' of 1892" circa 1950s
1/52Correspondence--invitation to Queen Elizabeth convocation1983
Scope and Content: Paper invitation to 1983 convocation honoring Queen Elizabeth.
1/53"Washington Pioneers" brass pinundated
Scope and Content: “Washington Pioneers” pin with image of George Washington.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bagley family--Archives.
Bagley, Alice Mercer, 1848-1926.
Bagley, Clarence, 1843-1932.
Bagley, Daniel, 1818-1905.
Bagley, S. R. (Susannah Rogers), 1819-1913.
Jenner family--Archives.
Jenner, Earle Bagley.
Jenner, Myrta Bagley.
Mercer family--Archives.
Mercer, Thomas, 1813-1898.
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