Tyler, Melissa (Usher)
Manuscript Collection: MS 0643
Agency History/Biographical note:
Melissa Usher grew up in Higganum, Connecticut, and entered Mount
Holyoke Female Seminary in 1852. She remained for that academic
year, returned in 1854, and graduated with the Class of 1856. After
graduation she took care of her ill mother, married Alpheus Williams
Tyler and had three children. Her sister Jerusha (Jessie) Usher also
attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and graduated in 1857.
Melissa Usher Tyler died in Tylerville, Connecticut in 1906.
Scope and Content:
The Melissa (Usher) Tyler Papers contain 56 letters written to her
family from October 1852 to July 1856. The letters concern life,
illnesses and academics at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and also
include questions to her mother regarding sewing and altering
clothing. Later letters also include home news and comments about
friends. The collection also comprises academic notebooks dating
from 1852-1856, primarily containing notes on religion.
Cite as: The Melissa (Usher) Tyler Papers, Mount Holyoke
College Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted