Semans Family Papers

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This digital collection comprises selected materials from the following archival collection at David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans family papers circa 1870-2012, bulk 1950s-2012

Collection #RL.01167 | 50 Linear Feet (Processed: 78 document boxes, eight half document boxes, 10 flat boxes, and one oversize folder. Surveyed: 363 boxes, six oversize folders, and five tubes.); 57.2 Gigabytes (Five sets.)

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans (1920-2012) was the only daughter of Mary Duke and Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr. This collection documents her childhood in New York, NY, enrollment at Duke University, and marriages to Josiah C. Trent and James H. Semans. She continued her family's legacy of philanthropy, with a focus on the arts, education, and rehabilitation, and became civically and politically active beginning in the 1950s, espeically in Durham and NC.

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