Keese Nelson Colles’ manuscript about Newark author Mary
Mapes Dodge, 1892.
Jersey Historical Society
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Born in New Orleans in 1840, Julia Keese Nelson married George
Wetmore Colles, the son of her father’s business partner. The couple
in Morristown. A graduate of Abbots Collegiate Institute in New York,
served as chair of social sciences at Rutgers Female College (New York).
was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and one of the
founders of the Women’s Board of the New Jersey Historical Society.
auxiliary groups attached to cultural institutions allowed females the
to be active in the public arena. Such groups often founded museums and
libraries as well.) In 1893, Colles researched and wrote the
authors associated with Morristown and compiled notes for a subsequent
publication that would focus on authors associated with Newark.
in Colles’ handwriting are the first two pages from her life of Mary
Dodge, author of the late 19th century popular children’s book, “Hans
Brinker and the Silver Skates.”