Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917

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Sanborn was a teacher, author, and lecturer whose works retained much of the casual, anecdotal manner of conversation. She was the daughter of a Dartmouth College professor and raised in an atmosphere of lively intellectual discussion.

From the description of Papers: 1883-1901. (Waverly Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122529763

Katherine Abbott Sanborn was born in 1839 in Hanover, New Hampshire where her father, Edwin David Sanborn, was professor of classics at Dartmouth College. Her mother was Mary Webster, a relative of Daniel Webster. She was educated at home. She taught at the Mary Institue in St. Louis, MO and at the Packer Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She was a newspaper and magazine correspondent who reviewed books for Scribner's magazine. In 1880 she came to teach English literature at Smith College. She left Smith in 1883. She was a popular lecturer who presented literary topics in a humorous, entertaining manner. In 1885 she wrote The Wit of Women, a collection of anecdotes and commentary that examined how women's humor was shaped by social attitudes. She designed and wrote a series of study guides called the Round Table Series of English Literature. The set of 25 study guides covered ancient Celtic literature, various authors, essay topics, quick reference materials and special readings. In 1888 Sanborn bought a dilapidated farm in Metcalf (Holliston), MA. She wrote of her experiences and misadventures as a novice farm manager in Adopting an Abandonded Farm. She later wrote of selling that farm and moving to a nearby farm, Breezy Meadows, in Abandoning an Adopted Farm. Breezy Meadows was Sanborn's home until her death at 78 in 1917.

From the description of Kate Sanborn papers, 1878-1996. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 52204091

Author, educator, and lecturer. Full name: Katherine Abbott Sanborn.

From the description of Kate Sanborn correspondence, no year October 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980374

Daughter of a Dartmouth College professor and raised in an atmosphere of lively intellectual discussion, Kate Sanborn became a teacher, author, and lecturer whose works retained much of the casual, anecdotal manner of conversation.

From the description of Papers of Kate Sanborn [manuscript], 1883-1901. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647827165

From the description of Papers of Kate Sanborn, 1883-1901. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32136008

Katherine "Kate" Abbott Sanborn was born in 1839 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her father, Edwin David Sanborn, was professor of classics at Dartmouth College. Her mother, Mary Webster, was a relative of Daniel Webster. Sanborn did not attend school, but was educated at home. In Memoirs and Anecdotes, she wrote of an intellectually rich childhood in which she was exposed to the politicians, academics, and writers who visited her father.

After starting a day school for faculty children, Kate Sanborn continued her teaching career at Mary Institute in St Louis, Mo. when her father became president of Washington University, and later at the Packer Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She was also a newspaper and magazine correspondent who reviewed books for Scribner's Magazine . In 1880, she was invited to teach English literature at Smith College. She left Smith in 1883.

A popular lecturer who became known for presenting literary topics in a humorous, entertaining manner, Sanborn traveled extensively throughout the country on speaking tours. In 1885, she wrote The Wit of Women, a collection of anecdotes and commentary that examined how women's humor was shaped by social attitudes. She also edited several illustrated collections of verse and published the Sunshine Calendar series, a set of small calendar books featuring quotes from famous Americans. She designed and wrote a series of study guides to literature that were published by James R. Osgood and Co. of Boston as the Round Table Series of English Literature . The set of 25 study packets ranges from ancient Celtic literature to Alfred Lord Tennyson and includes essay topics, quick reference material and special readings.

In 1888, Sanborn bought a dilapidated farm in Metcalf, (Holliston) Massachusetts, 25 miles from Boston. She wrote of her experiences and misadventures as a novice farm manager in Adopting an Abandoned Farm . Other farming books followed. She later wrote of selling that farm and moving to a nearby farm, Breezy Meadows, in Abandoning an Adopted Farm . Breezy Meadows, the setting of several light depictions of farm life, was Sanborn's home until her death at 78 in 1917.

From the guide to the Kate Sanborn Papers RG 42., 1878-1996, (Smith College Archives)

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referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Kate Sanborn papers, 1878-1996. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Kane, Gerald John, 1901-1957. Collection of Gerald John Kane - Literary, 1571-1951. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Letters, [18--?] Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Sanborn family. Correspondence, 1773-1883. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Kate Sanborn correspondence, no year October 3. Library of Congress
referencedIn Benjamin Holt Ticknor Papers, 1595-1935, (bulk 1850-1920) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, 1834-1959 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Papers, 1910-1941. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour), 1820-1914. Papers of Caroline Maria Seymour Severance, 1830-1980 (bulk) 1860-1914. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Houghton, Henry Oscar, 1823-1895. Papers, 1773-1932 (inclusive) 1833-1895 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Papers: 1883-1901. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Papers of Kate Sanborn [manuscript], 1883-1901. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ticknor, Benjamin Holt, 1842-1914. Papers of Benjamin Holt Ticknor, 1595-1935 (bulk 1850-1920). Library of Congress
referencedIn Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Papers, 1834-1959 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton papers, 1773-1932 (inclusive) 1833-1895 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton 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
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Papers of Kate Sanborn, 1883-1901. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Caroline Maria Seymour Severance Papers, 1830-1980 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891 (inclusive), 1840-1891 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Letter to Mrs. Alexander : ALS, [undated]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. [Letter]. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Correspondence with Arlo Bates, Will Clemens, Mr. Wulten, Mr. and Mrs. John Albeel, Mrs. Dickson, Mr. Hill, and Dr. & Mrs. William Barton ; photographic portrait. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Letter to "Grace" [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Blood, Henry Ames, 1838-1901?. Letter to Mary R. Silsby, 1891 July 28. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kate Sanborn Papers RG 42., 1878-1996 Smith College Archives
creatorOf Sanborn, Kate, 1839-1917. Letter to "Grace", n.d. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Blood, Henry Ames, 1838-1901? person
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associatedWith Brown, Josephine. person
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associatedWith Calvert, George Henry, 1803-1889, person
associatedWith Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842. person
associatedWith Clapp, William Warland, 1826-1891 person
associatedWith Clemens, William Montgomery, 1860-1931. person
associatedWith Coombes, G. J., person
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associatedWith Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905 person
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associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. person
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associatedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894 person
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associatedWith Kane, Gerald John, 1901-1957 person
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associatedWith Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour), 1820-1914. person
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Art, Medieval
Art, Renaissance
Authors, American--19th century--Biography--Sources
English literature--Study and teaching (Higher)
English literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Northampton
Women authors
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Birth 1839-07-11

Death 1917-07-09

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