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Lavinia Dimmick Rée memoir

circa 1943
 Collection
Identifier: 0523

Abstract

Lavinia Dimmick Rée (1874-1946) was a descendant of the founders of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical research and manufacturing company. She was the daughter of Irene du Pont (1845-1877) and Edward Dimmick (1843-1895), and a great-niece of Sophie M. du Pont (1810-1888). The records consist of two copies of a typewritten transcription of "Memories of Aunt Sophie" written by Rée about du Pont's home, Lower Louviers, during the late 1870s and 1880s.

Dates

  • circa 1943

Creator

Extent

2 item(s)

Biographical Note

Lavinia Elizabeth Dimmick (1874-1946) was a descendant of the founders of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical research and manufacturing company. She was the daughter of Irene Sophie du Pont (1845-1877) and Edward Clarence Dimmick (1843-1895), and the great-niece of Sophie M. du Pont (1810-1888). Dimmick was born on February 13, 1874. Her mother died in 1877, and her father married his late wife's sister Joanna Maria du Pont (1854-1901) in 1880. In 1897 Lavinia Dimmick traveled to England, where through friends she met Dr. Alfred Rée (1864-1933) of Manchester and Maclesfield, a manufacturing chemist who was ten years her senior. Dimmick's father died in the following year, and her stepmother took the entire family to England for an extended stay, during which she renewed her acquaintance with Dr. Rée. After a two year courtship, he came to the United States, where they were married on June 14, 1900. The couple returned to England and had eight children. Alfred Rée died on February 28, 1933 and Lavinia Dimmick on September 21, 1946.

Scope and Contents

The records consist of two copies of a typewritten transcription of "Memories of Aunt Sophie" written by Lavinia Dimmick Rée (1874-1946), apparently in the early 1940s, before her death. They provide a detailed reminiscence of life in Sophie M. du Pont's (1810-1888) home at Lower Louviers during the late 1870s and the 1880s. Rée describes household furnishings and a daily routine that included morning and evening prayer, the work of the domestic servants, types of food served, and the gardens. She characterized her aunt as very religious and an invalid.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Lavinia Dimmick Rée memoir
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1970
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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