Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877

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Politician, reformer, and author Robert Dale Owen was born in Scotland; influenced by his father, he developed a strong interest in social reform. He moved to New Harmony, Indiana, where he joined the socialist community his father founded there, and he was active as an educator, editor, and author, including the first birth control pamphlet published in America. He next became active in politics, serving in the Indiana House of Representatives and later in the United States House, where he was a guiding force in founding the Smithsonian Institution. An influential thinker and writer on diverse complex issues, he was especially active in women's rights and the abolition of slavery. In his later years, he developed a belief in spiritualism.

From the description of Robert Dale Owen letters, 1845-1874. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 69933582

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creatorOf Owen, Robert, 1771-1858. Owen's works / [Robert Owen]. CUNY Graduate Center, Mina Rees Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Autograph letter signed : Branfield, England, to Frances Wright, London, 1827 Sept. 21 and 22. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Robert Dale Owen letters, 1844-1846 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn United States American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission records, 1862-1864. Houghton Library
referencedIn Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882. Letterpress copies, 1844-1865 (bulk 1844-1847, 1860-1865). New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905. Papers, 1799-1923 (bulk 1846-1906). Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Letters, May 31, 1847; August 5, 1863. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Manuscript by H. H. H. [manuscript], 1869. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
referencedIn Spring, Rebecca. Rebecca Spring papers, ca. 1830-1900. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Claims Brought Before the United States and Peru Mixed Claims Commission, 1863-1864 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Indiana History mss., 1725-1973 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Thayer, George W. Lucius Lyon papers, 1770-1934, bulk 1833-1851. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn United States American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission records, 1862-1864. Houghton Library
referencedIn Nicholas Philip Trist Papers, 1795-1873, (bulk 1831-1848) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Roger D. Branigin-Kenneth Dale Owen Collection, 1825-1896, (bulk 1825-1859) Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indiana
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Robert Dale Owen letters, 1845-1874. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. Papers of Epes Sargent, 1839-1880. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Neal, John, 1793-1876. John Neal collection, 1786-1972. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Seely, Frank H.,. Collection of autograph letters, 1834-1860. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Neal, John, 1793-1876. Papers, 1803-1880 Houghton Library
referencedIn Owen, Robert, 1771-1858. [Robert Owen letter, 1845]. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Brown family. Papers, 1802-1963 (inclusive), 1833-1908 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Mills, Robert, 1781-1855. Robert Mills papers, 1833-1849. South Carolina Historical Society
referencedIn Carter family. Papers of the Carter-White family, 1818-1944 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Sears, Louis Martin, 1885-. The Louis Martin Sears Papers, 1911-1960 (inclusive), 1928-1958 (bulk). Purdue University Library
creatorOf Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Forney, John W. (John Wien), 1817-1881. John W. Forney papers, 1841-1881. Library of Congress
referencedIn Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884. Papers, 1555-1882 (bulk: 1833-1881) Houghton Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Letters, 1867-1869. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905. Letters, [1861?]-1894. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn New Harmony Manuscripts, 1812-1871 Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indiana
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Autograph letter signed : London, to Frances Wright, Paris, 1827 Aug. 25 and 27. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Dreer, Ferdinand J. (Ferdinand Julius), 1812-1902. Autograph collection. 1492-1925 Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Autograph letter signed : Branfield, England, to Frances Wright, London, 1827 Sept. 21 and 22. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Letter : New York, to Moore, Wilstach & Baldwin, n.p., 1865 May 21. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Letters sent to Robert Carter from various correspondents, 1852-1882. Houghton Library
referencedIn Maclure, William, 1763-1840. Letters ; papers, 1796-1848. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Roger D. Branigin-Kenneth Dale Owen Collection, 1825-1896, (bulk 1825-1859) Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indiana
referencedIn Salmon P. Chase Papers Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Wright, Frances, 1795-1852. Autograph letter signed : Memphis, to [Caroline Dale] Owen, n.p., 1828 Feb. 9. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Wolfson, Theresa, 1897-1972,. Files and manuscripts re Frances (Fanny) D'Arusmont Wright, 1746-1967. Cornell University Library
referencedIn James Thomas Fields autograph album, 1750-1941. Houghton Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Obituaries. Indiana University
referencedIn Additional papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1805-1963, 1832-1908 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Holland Collection of Literary Letters (MS 168), 1850-1880, 1872-1878 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Wells, David Ames, 1828-1898. Papers of David Ames Wells, 1795-1898 (bulk 1860-1886) Library of Congress
referencedIn Cornelia Hancock papers, Hancock, Cornelia papers, 1862-1937, 1862-1865 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877,. Autograph letter signed from Robert Dale Owen, New York, to Elizabeth Campbell Winter [manuscript], 1876 May 4. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Clapp, William Warland, Jr., 1826-1891. Correspondence, 1790-1891 (bulk 1840-1891) Houghton Library
creatorOf Robert Owen correspondence, 1821-1858, 1821-1858 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Correspondence with Robert Montgomery Bird, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Robert Dale Owen : miscellaneous papers, 1844-1870. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Owen, Robert, 1771-1858. Letter : Bristol, to "The Owen Family," New Harmony, Ind., 1841 Jan. 11. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Owen family. Owen family collection, 1826-1967 (bulk 1830-1890). Indiana University
referencedIn Fowler family. Fowler family papers, 1707-1870 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. A bill to emancipate persons of African descent, held to service or labor in certain of the United States : manuscript, [1862] Houghton Library
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
referencedIn Cuba, Maurice B. Maurice B. Cuba papers, 1846-1939. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn United States. American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission. United States American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission records, 1862-1864. Houghton Library
referencedIn Manuscript by H.H.H., 1869. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf New Harmony (Ind.). Collection, 1814-1884. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Papers, 1818-1944 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers of Francis Ellingwood Abbot, 1841-1904. Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Autograph letter signed : London, to Frances Wright, Paris, 1827 Aug. 25 and 27. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Lyon, Lucius, 1800-1851. Papers, 1770-1934 (bulk 1833-1851) William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Letter of Robert Dale Owen, 1862. Library of Congress
referencedIn Noble and Davidson Families. Noble and Davidson Family papers, 1785-1868. Indiana State Library - ISL
referencedIn Owen, Robert, 1771-1858. Correspondence, 1821-1858. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Letter : Annfield, Scotland, to Mrs. Owen, Braxfield, Scotland, 1816 July 22. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Letter to William Dean Howells [manuscript], 1874 August 14. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Squier, E. G. (Ephraim George), 1821-1888. Claims brought before the United States and Peru Mixed Claims Commission, 1863-1864. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Travel diary, 1824-1826. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Trist, Nicholas Philip, 1800-1874. Nicholas Philip Trist papers, 1795-1873 (bulk 1831-1848). Library of Congress
creatorOf Fletcher, Calvin, 1798-1866. Indiana lawyers and politicians collection, 1831-1889. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. Papers, 1798-1893 (bulk 1827-1887) Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, O, 1706-1966. Houghton Library
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Autograph letters signed (2) : New York, to Horace Greeley, 1860 Mar. 2.-1868 Aug. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Boston Public Library. Mellen Chamberlain Collection.
referencedIn David Ames Wells Papers, 1795-1898, (bulk 1860-1886) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn MacKaye, James Morrison, 1805-1888. Papers of James Morrison MacKaye, 1862-1953. Library of Congress
referencedIn New Harmony Manuscripts, 1812-1871 Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indiana
referencedIn Peale-Sellers family collection, 1686-1963 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Duke University Libraries, Rare Book, Ms., & Spec. Coll. Lib. Joseph Henry Papers.
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Robert Dale Owen letters [manuscript], 1844-1846. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Wright, Frances, 1795-1852. Autograph letter signed : Memphis, to [Caroline Dale] Owen, n.p., 1828 Feb. 9. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Brown family. Additional papers, 1805-1963 (inclusive), 1832-1908 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn William Maclure letters; 1796-1848, 1796-1848 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. Papers, 1865 May 8. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
creatorOf Jaquette, Henrietta Stratton, b. 1881. Cornelia Hancock papers, 1862-1937, bulk 1862-1865. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn E.G. Squier papers, 1809-1888 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Indiana History mss, 1725-1973 Indiana University
referencedIn Holland Collection of Literary Letters (MS 168), 1850-1880, 1872-1878 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Fairbanks mss., 1819-1939 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Tennessee--Nashoba
New Harmony (Ind.)
Indiana
Tennessee--Nashoba
Texas
United States
Ohio
United States
Scotland--Orbiston
Texas
United States
Scotland--Orbiston
Indiana
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Quackery Or Pseudo Science
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Oregon question
Railroads--History--19th century
Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Antislavery movements
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Henry, Joseph, Personality, Etc
Oregon
Spiritualism
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Birth 1801-11-09

Death 1877-06-24

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