Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904

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Abby Morton Diaz (1821-1904) was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Her father, Ichabod Morton, was a social reformer involved in anti-slavery, temperance, and (with Horace Mann) education movements. Abby was secretary for the Juvenile Anti-Slavery Society as a girl. Her family moved to the Brook Farm Community in 1842, where Abby stayed to teach until 1847. She married Manuel Diaz, a Cuban, in 1845. They later separated. Abby taught singing and opened a dancing school in Plymouth. She published her first story in Atlantic Monthly in 1861 and thereafter published juvenile stories and articles on "domestic culture," social reform for women, religious freedom, transcendentalism, and in later years, Christian Science. A children's book, The William Henry Letters, was published in 1870. Abby was one of the original board members of the Women's Education and Industrial Union of Boston (1877) and served as its president, 1881-92, and vice president, 1892-1902. After 1902, she was the honorary president. She traveled and lectured throughout the U.S., and eventually became active in the suffrage movement.

From the guide to the Abby Morton Diaz Papers MS 48., 1879-1900, (Sophia Smith Collection)

American author.

From the description of Abby Morton Diaz papers [manuscript], 1869-1876, no date. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648018066

Author; Suffragist; Social reformer.

From the description of Papers 1879-1900. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 46726189

American author and feminist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Plymouth, Massachusetts, to John S. Clark, 1869 May 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270527157

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creatorOf Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904. ALS : Belmont [Mass.], to [Mary] Livermore, 1889 Aug. 30. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn New England Women's Club. Records, 1843-1970 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Manchester, Harriet E., d. 1915. Harriet E. Manchester letters received, 1872 Apr.-July. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Papers, 1787?-1944, c.1984 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904. Letter, 1901 January 14, Belmont, Mass. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Frost, Edwin Collins, 1867-1956. Edwin Collins Frost papers, 1846-1967. Brown University, Brown University Library
referencedIn New England Hospital for Women and Children. Records, 1792-1994. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904. Abby Morton Diaz papers [manuscript], 1869-1876, no date. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. Papers of Helen Hunt Jackson [manuscript], 1865-1884. University of Virginia. Library
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 Saturday Morning Club (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1871-1983 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Frost, William Henry, 1863-1902,. Autograph Collection, 1875-1905. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Records, 1871-1983 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Buffalo, N.Y.). Scrapbooks, 1884-1917. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Abby Morton Diaz Papers MS 48., 1879-1900 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904. Autograph letter signed : Plymouth, Massachusetts, to John S. Clark, 1869 May 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Letters received by the Norton family, 1830-1920. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904. Correspondence with Mrs. Ames, Belmont, Nov. 24, Mr. W. E. Ambler, Belmont, January 8, 1890, Mrs. Booth, Jan. 20, Boston / Abby Morton Diaz. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Frost (Edwin Collins) and William Henry Frost Papers, Frost (Edwin Collins) and William Henry Frost papers, (bulk 1890-1927), 1890-1941 John Hay Library, Special Collections
creatorOf Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904. Papers 1879-1900. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Howe family. Papers of the Julia Ward Howe family, 1787-1984 (inclusive), 1787-1944 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn New England Hospital for Women and Children Records MS 339., 1792 - 1994 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898. Letter, Chicopee Falls, Mass., to Abby Morton Diaz [manuscript] 1889 Feb. 19. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Ambler, W. E. person
associatedWith Ames, Mrs. person
associatedWith Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898. person
associatedWith Booth, Mary L. (Mary Louise), 1831-1889. person
associatedWith Cairns Collection of American Women Writers. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, John S., 19th cent, person
associatedWith Frost, Edwin Collins, 1867-1956. person
associatedWith Frost, William G. (William Goodell), 1854-1938 person
associatedWith Frost, William Henry, 1863-1902, person
associatedWith Glasgow, Robert I., person
associatedWith Howe family. family
associatedWith Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. person
associatedWith JULIA (WARD) HOWE FAMILY family
associatedWith Larcom, Lucy, 1824-1893, person
correspondedWith Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice, 1820-1905 person
associatedWith Manchester, Harriet E., d. 1915. person
associatedWith New England Hospital for Women and Children corporateBody
associatedWith New England Women's Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
correspondedWith Norton family, recipient. family
associatedWith Saturday Morning Club (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Saturday Morning Club (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ticknor, Howard M. (Howard Malcolm), 1836-1905. person
associatedWith University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, Lydia Avery Coonley, 1845-1924. person
associatedWith Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Buffalo, N.Y.) corporateBody
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Anti-slavery movements--United States--History--Sources
Women--Suffrage
Letterhead
Social reformers--History--19th century
Women prisoners
American literature--Women authors
Women--Suffrage--United States--History--Sources
Abolitionists--United States--Biography--Sources
Antislavery movements
Authors, American--19th century--Biography--Sources
Inmate guards--History
Social reformers--Massachusetts--Biography--Sources
Authors, American--20th century
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Birth 1821-11-22

Death 1904-04-01

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