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Jim Henson Family donation to the National Museum of American History

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2013-09-24T22:03:30.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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Henson Family Papers

Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Names:
Henson family  Search this
Henson, Tobias  Search this
Extent:
0.18 Linear feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Leaflets
Correspondence
Financial records
Newsletters
Account books
Receipts
Legal documents
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1818-1943
bulk 1830-1900
Summary:
The Henson Family papers, which date from 1818 to 1943 and measure 0.18 linear feet, document the activities of Tobias Henson and his descendants. The papers are comprised of booklets, correspondence, legal documents, and receipts.
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the activities of Tobias Henson and his descendants between 1818 and 1943. It contains materials related to the Hensons' financial and legal activities. Included in the collection are booklets, correspondence, deeds and titles, legal documents, and receipts.

Arrangement The papers are organized into four series. The content of each series is arranged alphabetically. The series are arranged as follows:

Series I: Financial Records Series II: Legal Records Series III: Printed Materials Series IV: Miscellaneous
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged by series: 1) Financial Records, 2) Legal Records, 3) Printed Materials, 4) Miscellaneous.
Biographical/Historical note:
The history of the Hensons begins with the family's patriarch, Tobias Henson. Mr. Henson was a slave in the Washington, DC area during the 18th and 19th centuries and, given his family's history, it is apparent that he was a man with an ambitious mission: to attain the American dream. He had two tasks to accomplish if he were to see his dream realized. First he had to gain freedom for himself and his family. Second he had to purchase property upon which he could build a home, and from which he could earn a living.

He took the first step in 1813 when he purchased himself from his slave master, thus gaining his freedom. Next he purchased his wife, Elizabeth. In April of 1832 Mr. Henson purchased his daughter Matlinda Smith and her three children. In May of the following year he purchased his second daughter Mary Anderson.

With these purchases, Tobias Henson became a slaveholder, with his wife and children his slaves. Ever resourceful, Mr. Henson used this to his advantage; he rented out his daughters for income and used them as collateral for loans. With the income he generated, he purchased the freedom of his other family members. In fact, he used his daughters, Matlinda and Mary, as collateral for a loan he acquired to purchase Mary's freedom.

In addition to purchasing his freedom in 1813, Tobias Henson entered into an agreement to buy land in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC. The land, named the Ridge, consisted of twenty-four acres located in the Congress Heights section of Anacostia. He made payments on the Ridge until 1826, at which time he made the final payment and became the legal owner. Initially Mr. Henson farmed the land, but as his family grew he subdivided the acreage so that the members of his family could experience their own American dream.

Over the subsequent decades members of the Henson family continued to purchase land in the area surrounding the Ridge; at one point they were one of the largest landowners in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC. The family maintained residence on various parts of the land from the time of its purchase until the middle of the 20th century. Title records filed with the District of Columbia show that, in 1931, the portion of the Ridge that Tobias Henson gave to his grandson, Richard Smith, was still in possession of his descendants. But that was the exception. Most of the Henson family's real estate was either sold or "taken" by the government under the auspices of eminent domain. Just a decade after this title was filed, the federal government made plans to take what remained of the Ridge.

The family did all they could to save the legacy of Tobias Henson. They contacted local and federal government officials in an attempt to stave off what would amount to the destruction of an important piece of black history dating from antebellum Washington, DC. When they had exhausted all of the possibilities, they made a last ditch appeal to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In a 1943 letter they pleaded,

At the present there are some thirteen or fourteen families living on this land, which is still designated as the Ridge, and with only one or two exceptions, these families are the direct descendants of Tobian [sic] Henson…we do not feel that taking our homes will aid in the War Effort or in the Ideals of Democracy.

Unfortunately, their plea went unanswered; the land was taken by the government and the houses thereon where razed.
Related Materials:
Anacostia Historical Society Records.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Slavery -- United States  Search this
African American military personnel  Search this
Free blacks  Search this
African Education Society  Search this
American Colonization Society  Search this
Public housing  Search this
Eminent domain  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
Freedmen  Search this
African American families  Search this
Genre/Form:
Leaflets
Correspondence
Financial records
Newsletters
Account books
Receipts
Legal documents
Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7097e977b-a52f-4705-be73-b4e5e4c62659
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-030
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Elizabeth Henson

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1818 - 1820
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 1: Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7bff8e74d-c18e-43d6-96bf-a72ec4de55fd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref11

Tobias Henson--Loan agreement

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1833
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 2: Legal Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7ba780897-46d4-4814-bb17-637546fb68fe
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref17

Memorial Verse: In Memory of Isaac Brown

Creator:
Brown, Solomon G., 1829?-1906  Search this
Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Extent:
4 Pages (20cm)
Type:
Archival materials
Pages
Leaflets
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1894
Scope and Contents:
The first African American employee of the Smithsonian Institution, Solomon G. Brown (1829?-1906) dedicated 54 years of service to the Smithsonian under three Secretaries: Joseph Henry, Spencer Baird, and Samuel P. Langley. The Social Habits of Insects, his first public lecture, was given before the Young People's Literary Society on January 10, 1855. Dedicated to his community, Brown was involved with a citizens' group that encouraged the Freedmen's Bureau to purchase land in the District of Columbia for homesteading by African Americans&#x2014some recently freed from slavery. He also served as a member of the House of Delegates under the Territorial Government of the District of Columbia in which he represented both blacks and whites residing in the Anacostia (Hillsdale) section of Washington, D. C. Solomon G. Brown retired from the Smithsonian on February 14, 1906, and died at his home in Anacostia, D.C., on June 24, 1906.
Biographical / Historical:
Information from "Kind Regards of S. G. Brown" selected Poems of Solomon G. Brown compiled by Lousie Daniel Hutchinson and Gail Sylvia Lowe, reads, "Brown wrote this 'memorial verse' in honor of his friend, Isaac Brown, who died April 26, 1894. Isaac Brown had been president of the Pioneer Sunday School Association, founded by S. G. Brown. This poem was read at the memorial service May 13, 1894. Privately printed."
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Leaflets
Citation:
Henson Family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henry.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030, Item ACMA 06-030.4
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa757942665-dbd8-44df-a1cf-8e8ca7d78b87
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref529

John Smith

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1842 - 1844
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 1: Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa791f184f8-5aa5-4f82-ad94-1e1b3b0f70b0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref12

Richard Smith

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1860-1889; undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 1: Financial Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa70e88e2e3-581c-4c17-b98b-f6abc95915a5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref13

Legal Records

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Extent:
0.06 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1833 - 1934
Scope and Contents:
This series contains materials related to the Hensons' legal matters. Included are documents related to land acquisitions and court appearances. Of particular interest is a 1931 title for land purchased by Tobias Henson in 1826.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030, Series 2
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7e0ac9087-a433-4d76-96e5-f85e39ad29f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref14

William E. Douglass--Military

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1887; 1934
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 2: Legal Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7261cd680-c4b1-4395-b504-0f0ee92cb774
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref16

The Ridge--Title certificate and survey

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1904; 1931
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 2: Legal Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7611fe07c-8a01-4f08-9ad8-a0cc509395c0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref18

Richard Smith--Summonses

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1865; 1885
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 2: Legal Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7faaac762-23dc-45de-8e3b-56b0caa7703a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref19

Printed Materials

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Extent:
0.02 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1830 - 1889
Scope and Contents:
This series contains materials that address African-American issues. Included is an 1864 booklet that details procedures for educating slaves and Freedmen who would, once educated, establish a colony in Africa. This particular colonization program was established by The African Education Society.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030, Series 3
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa70b4b4b54-523b-4901-886c-d3bb82f3d615
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref20

Booklets

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1830; 1836
Scope and Contents:
This series contains materials that address African-American issues. Included is an 1864 booklet that details procedures for educating slaves and Freedmen who would, once educated, establish a colony in Africa. This particular colonization program was established by The African Education Society.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 3: Printed Materials
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7b4360952-f0ab-426a-bf34-4e877bc54783
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref22

Newsletter

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1889
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 3: Printed Materials
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa765aa4423-ff5c-43e8-a990-25d51793fa0f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref24

Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Extent:
0.02 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1862 - 1943
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030, Series 4
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7b786a1a2-d0c5-4282-88c7-7499cc5b0378
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref25

Confederate money

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1862
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 4: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa74e0e6f64-1ed9-4768-b66f-47dfb98a10f5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref26

General documents

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1894; undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 4: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa775497544-62ce-4a50-81b3-6ffff5e23a8b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref27

Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Henson Family Papers / Series 4: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7db5e1e30-0662-4692-9787-25a871c6a55f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref28

Financial Records

Collection Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Extent:
0.08 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1818-1899; undated
Scope and Contents:
This series contains materials related to the Hensons' financial matters. Included are account ledgers and receipts for consumer goods, mortgage payments, and medical bills.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030, Series 1
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa77b9327ca-925d-4d37-aa68-7e5812e28a0f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-030-ref9

Jim Henson : the biography / Brian Jay Jones

Author:
Jones, Brian Jay  Search this
Subject:
Henson, Jim  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 585 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Biographies
Place:
United States
Date:
2016
2013
Topic:
Puppeteers  Search this
Television producers and directors  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1065329

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