Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932

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Civil War orator and lyceum lecturer, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Philadelphia, the youngest child of John and Mary Edmondson Dickinson. For biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1900 (1971).

From the description of Letters, 1865-1882 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007077

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson was an American orator and author. Born in Philadelphia to Quaker parents, she overcame adverse conditions in her childhood to become a highly sought-after public speaker. Although often controversial, she spoke in earnest support of the nation during the Civil War. In addition to articles, she also wrote literature and drama, even acting in some of her own plays.

From the description of Anna E. Dickinson letter to George L. Goodale, 1880 Apr. 28. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52863620

Orator, actress, playwright

From the description of Anna E. Dickinson papers [manuscript], 1871-1897. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 427532003

Author and lecturer; spoke against slavery and for women's suffrage; sympathized with radical Republicans against Abraham Lincoln's plan for reconstruction.

From the description of Letter : Phila[delphia, Pa.,] to Charles A. Chase, 1864 Dec. 2. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 29551846

Lecturer, reformer, actress, and author.

From the description of Papers, 1859-1951 microform. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238831256

American writer, anti-slavery and woman's suffrage activist.

From the description of Letter fragment, 1872 August 7, to Elisha Bliss, Jr., American Publishing Company, Hartford, Ct. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647824450

Civil War orator and lyceum lecturer. Born in Philadelphia.

From the description of Fragment with signature : [18--]. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122639591

Biographical Note

  • 1842, Oct. 28: Born, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1859 - 1860 : Taught school
  • 1861: Delivered her first full-length lecture, Concert Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.. Employee, United States Mint, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1862: Spoke in New England at invitation of William Lloyd Garrison
  • 1863: Campaigned for the Republican Party in Middle Atlantic states and New England
  • 1865 - 1875 : National lyceum movement lecturer
  • 1868: Published What Answer? (Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 301pp.)
  • 1869: Traveled to California on the transcontinental railroad
  • 1872: Campaigned for Horace Greeley for president
  • 1876: Debut at New Globe Theatre, Boston, Mass.
  • 1879: Published A Ragged Register of People, Places and Opinions (New York: Harper & Brothers. 286pp.)
  • 1888: Campaigned for the Republican Party in the Midwest
  • 1891: Committed to State Hospital for the Insane, Danville, Pa.
  • 1895 - 1901 : Waged libel suits against authorities responsible for her commitment to a hospital for the insane
  • 1895 - 1932 : Lived with George and Sallie Ackley, Goshen, N.Y.
  • 1932, Oct. 22: Died, Goshen, N.Y.

From the guide to the Anna E. Dickinson Papers, 1859-1951, (bulk 1859-1911), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn Fayetteville Free Library (Fayetteville, N.Y.). Local history collection, 1830-1984. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1918, 1934-1974 (scattered) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Ward, Lydia Avery Coonley, 1845-1924. Autographs collected and letters received by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward, 1705, 1785, 1848, 1861-1922 (bulk 1861-1922). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May Diary, 1866. Cornell University Library
referencedIn George Cary Eggleston Collection, 1874-1904 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, ca. 1849-1963 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter to [Mary Davenport]. Philadelphia, PA. [1876?] Dec. 9. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Anna E. Dickinson Papers, 1859-1951, (bulk 1859-1911) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 and undated. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Honeyman, A. Van Doren (Abraham Van Doren), 1849-1936. Collection of papers, 1870-1931. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Driscoll, Emily,. American women writers, 1850-1936 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Anna E. Dickinson letter to George L. Goodale, 1880 Apr. 28. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Cheek, Jeannette Bailey, 1906-. Collection, 1857-1904 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932,. Autograph letter signed from Anna E. Dickinson, Philadelphia, to William Winter [manuscript], 1881 March 20. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter fragment, 1872 August 7, to Elisha Bliss, Jr., American Publishing Company, Hartford, Ct. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926. Papers, ca. 1849-1963 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn O'Garro, Edward, 1849-1914. Edward O'Garro student notebooks, 1868-1871. Cornell University Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1868. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter to Miss H.R. Ransom and Miss Ella C. Lapham, New York, October 29, 1872 ; 3 portraits. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Fragment with signature : [18--]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Dewey" to "Elliott". Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Dorr, Julia C. R. (Julia Caroline Ripley), 1825-1913. Papers of 47 women authors, chiefly American [manuscript] 1847-1949, 1970. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Day, Agnes. Agnes Day papers, 1860-1929. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Alden, Henry Mills, 1836-1919. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1782-1944. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Pryor, Roger A. (Roger Atkinson), 1828-1919,. Autograph letter signed from Roger Atkinson Pryor, New York City, to [Anna Elizabeth] Dickinson [manuscript], 1877 May 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Dickinson, S. E. Letter, 1869 June 22, Philadelphia, to E.P. Evans [Ann Arbor]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Papers, 1850-1946 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn American Women Writers, 1850-1936 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Evans family. Evans family papers, 1866-1918. University of Michigan
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Papers, 1859-1951 microform. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Griffing, Josephine W. (Josephine White), 1814-1872. Josephine W. Griffing letters, 1862-1872. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1865. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bliss family. Letters of the Bliss family [manuscript], 1872, 1904. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. ALS : Boston, to "King Friend," [18--?]. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Collection, 1829-1972, n.d. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Oakes, James, 1807-1878,. Autograph letter signed from James Oakes, Boston, to William Winter, London [manuscript], 1877 April 17. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Anna E. Dickinson papers [manuscript], 1871-1897. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letters, 1868-1869 [various addresses] to E.P. Evans, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
creatorOf Douglass, Ebenezer. Ebenezer Douglass papers, 1790-1873. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter : Philadelphia, to unknown person, 1863 Sept. 24. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906. Abby Kelley Foster correspondence, 1837-1887. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Beecher, James Chaplin, 1828-1886. Papers, 1850-1946 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932,. Autograph letters signed from Anna Elizabeth Dickinson to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1875-1876. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Brainard, Charles Henry, 1817-1885. Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Evans family. Papers, 1866-1918. University of Michigan
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letters, 1865-1882 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Dickinson family photographs, ca. 1840-1940. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter : Phila[delphia, Pa.,] to Charles A. Chase, 1864 Dec. 2. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Levy, Edward G.,. Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy Collection, 1829-1972 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Ensign, Harry H.,. Harry H. Ensign autograph collection, 1818-1880 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Gage, Matilda Joslyn, 1826-1898. Papers, 1840-1974 (inclusive) [microform]. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter : Philadelphia, to unknown person, 1863 Sept. 24. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke additional correspondence, 1787-1886. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932. Letter, Philadelphia, to John L. Lehwiger [manuscript] 1876 Jan. 17. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel J. May diary, 1867. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Oakes, James, 1807-1878,. Autograph letter signed from James Oakes, Boston, to William Winter, Tribune Office, New York [manuscript], 1876 May 12. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke additional correspondence, 1787-1886. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Duffy, Joseph. Anna Dickinson, 1984 July. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Young, James Harvey. James Harvey Young papers, 1946-1989. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
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correspondedWith Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908 person
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correspondedWith Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893 person
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associatedWith Chester, Giraud, 1922- person
associatedWith Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
correspondedWith Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898 person
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associatedWith Day, Agnes. person
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associatedWith Evans, E. P. (Edward Payson), 1831-1917. person
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associatedWith Gage, Matilda Joslyn, 1826-1898. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
correspondedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 person
associatedWith Goodale, George L. (George Lincoln), 1839-1923, person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Griffing, Josephine W. (Josephine White), 1814-1872. person
associatedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905. person
correspondedWith Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 person
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Presidents--United States--Election--1888
Psychiatric hospitals--Pennsylvania--Danville
Elections--United States--1872
Mentally ill--Commitment and detention--United States
Women's rights--United States
Presidents--United States--Election--1872
Elections--United States--1888
American literature--Women authors
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Women orators
Slavery--United States
Education--United States
Orators--19th century--Correspondence
Theater--United States
Antislavery movements--United States
Women--Suffrage--United States
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Birth 1842-10-28

Death 1932-10-22

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