Shriver-Foster Family Papers 1764-1980, MS. 2828

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Shriver-Foster Family Papers, 1764-1980
Maryland Historical Society
 
 

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Shriver-Foster Family Papers, 1764-1980
Maryland Historical Society

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Descriptive Summary

Shriver-Foster Family Papers, 1764-1980

MS. 2828

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


Biographical Sketch

The Shriver Family:

George M. Shriver (died 1942) was married to Elizabeth Chism Shriver (died 1935) and lived in Baltimore, Maryland. George worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Co. where he served as Vice President until his death. They had five children: Helen C. Shriver, Elizabeth M. Shriver Moore, George M. Shriver, Jr., Samuel H. Shriver, and Charles M. Shriver.

Elizabeth M. Shriver married Charles J. Moore on September 15, 1942, Charles served in the armed forces during World War II and was stationed in Africa.

Charles M. Shriver (born January 9, 1893) was educated in the Baltimore public school system, Boys Latin School, and Lehigh University. He began working for the B&O Railroad, Co. in June 1910 as a machine apprentice. He gradually worked his way up and became trainmaster in May, 1917. From July, 1918 to May, 1919 he served in the armed forces in Africa and France. Charles became the Superintendent of the Baltimore Division of the B&O Railroad, Co. in December, 1930, and Superintendent of the Cumberland Division in 1936. Charles married Ruth Lee French on October 8, 1917. Ruth Lee French Shriver was a graduate of Goucher College and a student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Charles and Ruth had one daughter, Ruth Lee French Shriver (French).

The Foster Family:

Ruth Lee French Shriver married John Walter Smith Foster, Jr. (Wally) and they lived in Garrison Forest on “Melinda's Hill” farm. French and Wally had three sons, Charles Shriver Foster (Shriver), JWS Foster III (Johnny), and Lee French Foster.

Charles Shriver Foster served in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego. He traveled extensively with the Navy and was stationed in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Japan. Charles took up residence in both Maine and Maryland after he left the Navy. John Walter Smith Foster, III lived in the Pikesville/Baltimore area and married Lee French Foster attended the Cardigan Mountain School and the Adirondick Mountain School. He spent the summers either at school or at his family's farm in Garrison Forest.

The Shriver-Foster family papers also include correspondences from Elizabeth Shriver Kant and Reverend William P. Shriver. Elizabeth was married to Yngue Kant and lived outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Reverend William P. Shriver was the brother of George M. Shriver, Sr. and was married to Margaret Shriver.

 


Scope and Content

The Shriver-Foster family collection contains family papers, business correspondences, certificates, newspaper clippings, and photographs that span over 100 years. There are also various certificates and family memorabilia dating from 1764 to 1826.

The Shriver-Foster family papers cover the growth of the family from 1911 until 1980. The bulk of the material is made up of personal correspondences and business papers; but also included are certificates, photographs, newspaper clippings, and travel agendas. The Shriver-Foster collection begins with the correspondences and legal papers of George M. Shriver, Sr. Many of his personal correspondences discuss experiences with local Baltimore government officials and involvement with the expansion of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Mr. Shriver served as the Vice President of the B&O Railroad, Co. and as the lawyer on the Busey - Parish property dispute.

George M. Shriver, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth had five children. This collection mainly focuses on Elizabeth M. and Charles M. Shriver. Elizabeth married Charles Moore in September, 1942. The correspondences between Elizabeth and Charles mostly tells of his time in the military service during World War II. Charles was stationed in the African Theatre for the majority of his tour.

The papers of Charles M. Shriver consists mostly of personal correspondences concerning his tour of duty in France during World War I, business letters and recommendations concerning placement and advancement within the B&O Railroad, Co., and travel itineraries. Charles worked for the B&O Railroad from 1910 and was promoted to Superintendent of the Baltimore Division and then the Superintendent of the Cumberland Division. Charles M Shriver was married to Ruth Lee French. They had one daughter, Ruth Lee French Shriver (French).

The Shriver Collection provides information on family life in Baltimore during the early twentieth century, the Shriver family involvement with the B&O Railroad, Co., and family reactions to personal involvement in World War I and II.

The Foster family papers are a continuation of the Shriver family papers upon the marriage of Ruth Lee French Shriver (French) to John Walter Smith Foster, Jr. (Wally). The Foster collection also contains personal correspondences, family papers, newspaper articles and documentation of the family's involvement in the Baltimore community. The bulk of the correspondences pertain to

French and Wally's children, Lee French Foster, John Walter Smith Foster III (Johnny), and Charles Shriver Foster.

The Foster papers provide detailed information about family life, the progress of Lee in the Cardigan Mountain School and the Adirondack Mountain School, JWS Foster III's engagement, and Charles Shriver's service in the United States Navy.

The papers of the Shriver - Foster family provide detailed information that helps preserve the history of an important and established Maryland family. The Shriver-Foster family's commitment to the local Baltimore government and the contributions made to the B&O Railroad, Co. are well preserved in the family's personal correspondences, business and legal papers.

 


Series Description

The Shriver-Foster family papers consist of two major series: 1) The Shriver family papers and, 2) The Foster family papers. The collection ranges in date from 1764 to 1980.

Each series is filed by author and arranged chronologically. All undated material proceeds the dated material.

SERIES I: Shriver Family Papers, 1911-1973,

Box 1.

This series includes personal and business correspondences, certificates, travel papers, and biographical information.

SUBSERIES I: George M. Shriver, Sr. papers and certificates. 1911-1942,

Box 1.

This subseries includes incoming and outgoing correspondences. There are quite a few letters from Robert J. Wilson, Esq. concerning friendships with Mayor Latrobe and Governor Ritchie. George worked for the B&O Railroad, Co. and had numerous friendships and connections within local Baltimore and state government. There are also correspondences pertaining to the Busey-Parish property dispute in which George was the lawyer for the Busey family. A fraternity certificate and social security card are also in the files.

SUBSERIES II: Charles M. Shriver, biographical sketch, personal and business papers. 1917-1920,

Box 1.

This subseries includes a detailed biographical sketch including work history with the B&O Railroad, Co. There are correspondences concerning enlistment into the Railroad Engineering and Operating Officers for service in Marsailles during World War I. There are also personal letters to his wife, Ruth Lee French Shriver, from Marsailles. Personal records and service records of Charles' railroad experience are also in the file.

SUBSERIES III: Elizabeth Shriver Moore (Tibbs), personal correspondences and travel agendas. 1921-1955,

Box 1.

This subseries includes incoming and outgoing personal correspondences concerning the death of Elizabeth's mother and father in February 1935 and May 1942, respectively, the announcement of her wedding to Charles J. Moore, and other family letters. Elizabeth's husband, Charles, and her brother, George Jr., were both stationed in Africa during World War II. Correspondences, itineraries, and train schedules from Charles and George Jr. give brief ideas of Axis activity in Africa and in Europe. This subseries also includes travel plans and an itinerary for Elizabeth's trip from Baltimore to Los Angles by train.

SUBSERIES IV: Ruth Lee French Shriver, personal papers. 1939-1873,

Box 1.

This subseries contains personal correspondences from Ruth's grandson, John Walter Smith Foster III, her niece, Elizabeth Shriver Kant (Bets), Mary Katherine of the Delta Gamma Sorority, and D. French Steins, Assistant to the Vice President of the B&O Railroad, Co. Included is a written wedding announcement pertaining to the marriage of her daughter, Ruth Lee French Shriver to Mr. John Walter Smith Foster, Jr. Ruth Lee French Shriver was married to Charles M. Shriver.

SUBSERIES V: Elizabeth Shriver Kant, personal papers and photographs. 1958-1986,

Box 1.

This subseries contains personal correspondences to French Foster about family events and local news. The correspondences also talk about the class reunion of the Class of 1954 of Garrison Forest School, Elizabeth's travel around Europe and to Wimbledon to see Pam Shriver play tennis. Elizabeth is married to Yngue Kant and they reside in a town outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Included are photographs from Thanksgiving in Sweden and the class reunion.

SERIES II: Foster Family Papers, 1942-1986,

Box 1 and 2.

This series contains personal and business correspondences, family photographs, certificates, and church newsletters.

SUBSERIES I: Ruth Lee French Shriver Foster (French), personal letters and business correspondences. 1949-1986,

Box 1.

This subseries contains incoming and outgoing personal correspondences from Elizabeth Shriver Kant, Rev. George E. Sinkinson, Jr. of St. Thomas' Church in Garrison Forest, and other family friends. There are correspondences with Bradford Yaggy, Jr., Dean of Students, Cardigan Mountain School, cocerning Lee Foster's poor behavior and study habits. There is also a business letter from John Nicholas Shriver, Jr. concerning adjustments in a will.

SUBSERIES II: Lee French Foster, personal papers. 1968-1976,

Box 1.

This subseries contains incoming and outgoing correspondences concerning Lee's progress in school. Lee wrote to his mother and father about his life at boarding school. Lee attended Cardigan Mountain School and Adirondack Mountain School. There are also a few pages of diary entries.

SUBSERIES III: Charles Shriver Foster, personal letters, slides, banking papers, and travel plans. 1972-1980,

Box 2.

This subseries contains letters written by Charles while he was enlisted in the US Navy. They contain information on the numerous places where he was stationed including Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Japan. There is also family news concerning the marriage of Charles' brother John Walter Smith Foster III, Charles' marital interest in Sharon, and a family argument between the Foster's and the Jenkin's. Charles spends his time when he is in the United States in Maine, Maryland, and San Diego, where he is stationed.

SERIES III: Family Memorabilia, 1764-1974.

Box 2.

This series contains personal and legal papers including an arrest warrant, bank notes and documents, sermons given by Rev. George E. Sinkinson, Jr. at St Thomas' Church. It also contains a list of names and addresses that may have been created for a wedding mailing list or a list of people who sent sympathy notes and flowers when Elizabeth Shriver died in February, 1935.

 


Container List

Box I:

George McLean Shriver

Correspondences,

2 folders

Legal Papers and Notes,

1 folder

Certificates,

1 folder

Box I:

Charles M. Shriver

Biographical Sketch,

1 folder

B&O Railroad Correspondence,

1 folder

Armed Service Records,

1 folder

Correspondences,

1 folder

Box I:

Elizabeth Shriver Moore

Correspondences,

1 folder

Travel Papers,

1 folder

Box I:

Ruth Lee French Shriver

Correspondences,

1 folder

Newspaper clipping,

1 folder

Box I:

Elizabeth Shriver Kant

Correspondences and Photos,

1 folder

Box I:

Ruth Lee French Shriver Foster

Correspondences,

1 folder

Business letters,

1 folder

Box I:

Lee French Foster

Correspondences,

2 folders

Box II:

Charles Shriver Foster

Correspondences,

2 folders

Business papers,

1 folder

Box II:

Miscellaneous Family Memorabilia

- David Shriver: Arrest Warrant for John Holland,

1 folder

- Thomas Downs: Bank Note,

1 folder

- Caroline Shriver: correspondence,

1 folder

- Andrew, Isaac, and Jacob Shriver: Business Document,

1 folder

- Susan Frey: Business Document,

1 folder

- Pamela Howard Shriver: Correspondence,

1 folder

Box II:

Sermons of St. Thomas Church in Garrison Forest.

Sermons delivered by Rev. George E. Sinksinson, Jr.,

1 folder.

Box II:

Shriver Family

Address Listing,

1 folder.

INDEX

Adirondack Mountain School

4,

7,

Box 1

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Co.

2,

3,

5,

6,

8,

Box 1

Boys Latin School

2,

Box 1

Busey-Parish property dispute

3,

5,

Box 1

Cardigan Mountain School

2,

4,

7,

Box 1,

2

Delta Gamma Sorority

6,

Box 1

Downs, Thomas

8,

Box 2

Foster, Charles Shriver

2,

3,

4,

7,

8,

Box 2

Foster, John Walter Smith, Jr.

2,

3,

Box 1

Foster, John Walter Smith, III

2,

3,

4,

Box 1

Foster, Lee French

2,

3,

7,

8,

Box 1,

2

Foster, Ruth Lee French Shriver

2,

3,

6,

7,

8,

Box 1,

2

Frey, Susan

8,

Box 2

Garrison Forest School

6,

Box 1

Goucher College

2,

Box 1

Kant, Elizabeth Shriver

2,

6,

8,

Box 1

Kant, Yngue

2,

6,

8,

Box 1

Latrobe, Mayor

5,

Box 1

Lehigh University

2,

Box 1

“Melinda's Hill”

2,

Box 1,

2

Moore, Elizabeth M. Shriver

2,

3,

5,

6,

8,

Box 1

Moore, Charles J.

2,

3,

6,

Box 1

Peabody Conservatory of Music

2,

Box 1

Railroad Engineering and Operating Officers

5,

Box 1

Ritchie, Governor

5,

Box 1

Saint Thomas' Church

7,

9,

Box 1,

2

Shriver, Andrew, Isaac, and Jacob

8,

Box 2

Shriver, Caroline

8,

Box 2

Shriver, Charles M.

2,

3,

5,

8,

Box 1

Shriver, David

8,

Box 2

Shriver, Elizabeth C.

2,

6,

7,

Box 1

Shriver, George M. Jr.

2,

Box 1

Shriver, George M. Sr.

2,

3,

5,

6,

8,

Box 1

Shriver, Helen C.

2,

Box 1

Shriver, John Nicholas Jr.

7,

Box 2

Shriver, Margaret

2,

Box 1

Shriver, Pam

6,

Box 1

Shriver, Pamela Howard

8,

Box 2

Shriver, Ruth Lee French

2,

3,

6,

8,

Box 1

Shriver, Samuel H.

2,

Box 1

Shriver, Rev. William P.

2,

Box 1

Sinkinson, Rev. George E. Jr.

7,

9,

Box 1,

2

Stevens, D. French

6,

Box 1

United States Navy

2,

4,

5,

6,

7,

Box 1,

2

Wilson, Robert J., Esq.

5,

Box 1

Yaggy, Bradford, Jr.

7,

Box 1