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Theodora Peck Papers

Identifier: mss-987

Scope and Content

The Theodora Peck collection is composed of a combination of family papers and literary manuscripts. There is a small group of Theodore S. Peck material, including some correspondence, military commissions, personal insurance papers, and a manuscript autobiographical sketch of his service in the Civil War. In addition, the collection contains a small number of papers relating to both the Peck and Lesslie families. However, the great majority of the collection is made up of the papers of Theodora Peck herself. This includes such personal and business material as correspondence from 1898 to 1960, contracts with publishers of her books, investment records and certificates, two cartons of bills and receipts from 1932 to 1960, newspaper clippings about Miss Peck and her writings, and a largely complete run of her diaries from 1898 to 1936. There are also manuscripts and typescripts of a great number of Miss Peck's poems, a score of her short stories and essays, and two of her novels, The Sword of Dundee and White Dawn: A Legend of Ticonderoga.


  • 1842-1960


Language of Materials



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.


Theodora Peck was born in Burlington, Vt., in 1882, the daughter of Theodore Safford Peck and Agnes Louisa Lesslie Peck. T.S. Peck served with distinction in the Civil War, receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, and held the position of Vermont State Adjutant General from 1881 to 1891. In addition, he founded the T.S. Peck Insurance Company in Burlington and remained prominent in local business and civic circles until his death in 1918. Theodora Peck is best known for her three historical novels, all published before World War One: Hester of the Grants (1905), The Sword of Dundee (1908), and White Dawn: A Legend of Ticonderoga (1914). She also wrote much poetry, especially in her later years, as well as occasional short stories and essays. Theodora Peck died in Burlington on January 11, 1964, after a long illness.


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The Theodora Peck collection is composed of a combination of family papers and literary manuscripts.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please contact Special Collections.

Separated Material

  1. 1. Bulletin of the Vermont Free Public Library Commission, 9, No. 3 (December 1913), 8- page pamphlet [to be added to Wilbur].
  2. 2. Box of flags, mostly early 20th century U.S., a few French and British; two Vermont military flags, late 19th century.
Guide to the Theodora Peck Papers, 1842-1960
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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