Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831

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Hannah Adams was and early American author and historian, known for her pioneering work in the field of comparative religion. Born in Massachusetts, she was home-schooled by her father, a Harvard tutor. She turned to writing as an outlet for her scholarly interests, and to help her family's financial concerns. A series of groundbreaking works on religion brought her fame and lasting success. She was the first writer to describe each religion from the point of view of its adherents, and was also very popular socially with her Massachusetts contemporaries.

From the description of Hannah Adams transcription of On Indifference, circa 1794?. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57188170

Hannah Adams was the first American woman to support herself by her writings. Born in Medfield, Mass., she was self-educated and wrote mainly about religion and history. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1971).

From the description of Letters, 1795-1820 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007170

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creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Manuscript [fragment]. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Letters, 1795-1820 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Lutz, Alma. Alma Lutz papers, 1912-1971. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Lutz, Alma. Papers, 1912-1971. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Poetry collection. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Hannah Adams transcription of On Indifference, circa 1794?. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Thomas, 1724-1812. Papers, 1768-1807. New England Historic Genealogical Society
creatorOf Hannah Adams letters, 1806-1820 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library.
referencedIn More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Letter, 1816. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Manuscript fragment, ca. 1820. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Collection, n.y., n.d., 1775-1943 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Letters, ca. 1800, 1803. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Morse family. Morse family papers, 1779-1868 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Papers, 1775-1817, bulk: 1804-1813. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Morse Family Papers, 1779-1868 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831. Deeds and receipts for horses and livestock in Massachusetts, 1771-1831. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Lutz, Alma,. Collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's rights activists: Part 1 (Ad-Lip), 1775-1943 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Adams, Thomas, 1724-1812. person
associatedWith ALMA LUTZ, 1890-1973 person
associatedWith Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-1798. person
associatedWith Emerson, Joseph, 1777-1833 person
associatedWith Freeman, James, 1759-1835. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Lutz, Alma. person
associatedWith More, Hannah, 1745-1833. person
associatedWith Morse family. family
associatedWith Morse Family family
associatedWith Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826. person
associatedWith Old South Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Parish, Elijah, 1762-1825. person
associatedWith Savage, James, 1784-1873. person
associatedWith Scollay, Mercy. person
associatedWith Shaw, William S., 1778-1826. person
associatedWith West, John, fl. 1796. person
associatedWith Yearsley, Ann, 1753-1806. person
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Birth 1755-10-02

Death 1831-12-15





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