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Forman papers

Identifier: MS 0403


The Forman papers contains the diaries, account books, and family papers of Major General Thomas Marsh Forman and his wife, Martha Brown Forman.


  • 1732-1908


Conditions Governing Access

Public use restricted to microfilm: see Manuscripts Department microfilm collection titled Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Reels 12-14; and Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations duplicate Reel 1 for retakes of Reel 12.

Conditions Governing Use

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1.04 Linear Feet (2 full Hollinger boxes; 1 half Hollinger box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Forman Day.

Scope and Contents

Mrs. Martha Forman (1788-1864) was the wife of Major-General Thomas Marsh Forman (1758-1845). Their residence of Rose Hill in Cecil County is the scene of many entries in her diary, though others date from Delaware. Slave lists among the 1824 and 1833 entries indicate the Forman's owned about forty slaves. Other entries record the distribution of clothing and provisions to slaves. Some of the work undertaken at the plantation is mentioned including wheat culture, haymaking, buttermaking, and candlemaking. Social events, teas, and illnesses in the family are all recorded along with church attendances, road conditions, and weather notes.

Guide to the Forman papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-31: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States