Papers, 1766-1912


Papers, 1766-1912

Papers, 1766-1912

Photographs, correspondence, diaries, financial papers, etc., of the May and Goddard families, of New England, including social reformer Abigail Williams May.

2 file boxes, 2 oversize volumes

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Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910 (person)

Julia Ward Howe, née Julia Ward, (born May 27, 1819, New York, New York, U.S.—died October 17, 1910, Newport, Rhode Island), American author and lecturer best known for her “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Julia Ward came of a well-to-do family and was educated privately. In 1843 she married educator Samuel Gridley Howe and took up residence in Boston. Always of a literary bent, she published her first volume of poetry, Passion Flowers, in 1854; this and subsequent works—including a poetry collec...

Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879 (person)

Sarah Josepha Hale, née Sarah Josepha Buell, (born Oct. 24, 1788, Newport, N.H., U.S.—died April 30, 1879, Philadelphia, Pa.), American writer who, as the first female editor of a magazine, shaped many of the attitudes and thoughts of women of her period. Sarah Josepha Buell married David Hale in 1813, and with him she had five children. Left in financial straits by her husband’s death in 1822, she embarked on a literary career. Her poems were printed over the signature Cornelia in local journal...

Livermore, Mary A. (Mary Ashton), 1820-1905 (person)

Mary Livermore, born Mary Ashton Rice, (December 19, 1820 – May 23, 1905) was an American journalist, abolitionist, and advocate of women's rights. When the American Civil War broke out, she became connected with the United States Sanitary Commission, headquarters at Chicago, performing a vast amount of labor of all kinds—organizing auxiliary societies, visiting hospitals and military posts, contributing to the press, answering correspondence, and other things incident to the work done by tha...

Bright, John, 1811-1889 (person)

British statesman, from Rochdale, Lancashire, England. From the description of Papers, 1840-1888. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19276561 John Bright (1811-1889), British reformer, Liberal statesman, free-trade advocate, and one of the most eloquent public speakers of his time, was born near Rochdale, England. A Quaker textile manufacturer, Bright was elected to Parliament in 1843 and formed the Anti-Corn Law League with Richard Cobden to repeal the Corn Laws...

Fields, Osgood & Co. (corporateBody)

Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893 (person)

Lucy Stone (b. Aug. 13, 1818, West Brookfield, MA–d. Oct. 18, 1893, Boston, MA) was born to parents Hannah Matthews and Francis Stone. At age 16, Stone began teaching in district schools always earning far less money than men. In 1847, she became the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree from Oberlin College. After college, Stone began her career with the Garrisonian Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society and began giving public speeches on women's rights. in the fall of 1847; With...

Ann White (person)

Dawes, William, Sir, 1671-1724 (person)

Epithet: Lieutenant; RN; formerly Governor of Sierra Leone British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000213.0x000183 Archbishop of York. From the description of Autograph signature to order, 1714 Aug. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270535611 From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bishopsthorpe, to a Vice Chancellor [Dr. Crosse], 1722 Jul. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270513803 ...

Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860. (person)

Unitarian minister and reformer. From the description of Letter, 1850 Nov. 5, Boston, to Charles Mason. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 170925855 Rev. Theodore Parker (1810-1860), Unitarian minister, social reformer, and publicist, was born in Lexington, Mass., a grandson of Captain John Parker (1729-1775) of Revolutionary fame. Parker graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1836, became minister of West Roxbury, and proceeded to develop his theological and social ...

Walker, Francis A. (person)

Dawes family (family)

Goddard, Samuel, 1787-1871. (person)

Whitney, A. D. T. (Adeline Dutton Train), 1824-1906 (person)

Whitney was an author and opponent of women's suffrage. For biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1971). From the description of Letter, 1885. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007365 American author, chiefly of books for girls; also published several volumes of verse. From the description of Papers of A.D.T. Whitney [manuscript], 1866-1905. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647837187 Poet and writer of b...

Corson, Juliet, 1842-1897 (person)

Goddard, William (person)

Epithet: of Sloane MS 2276 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001094.0x000251 Epithet: English Provincial Minister, OFM British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000702.0x00023b ...

Goddard, Benjamin (person)

Willard, Frances E. (Frances Elizabeth), 1839-1898 (person)

Author; first dean of women and professor of aesthetics at Northwestern University; president (1879-1898) of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union; social reformer concerned with women's rights, suffrage, and other social issues. From the description of Papers 1874-1992. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70968117 American reformer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Madison, N.J., to Mr. H. Ward, editor of the Independent, 1872 Aug. 12. (Unknown). Wo...

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935 (person)

Holmes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to the prominent writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and abolitionist Amelia Lee Jackson. Dr. Holmes was a leading figure in Boston intellectual and literary circles. Mrs. Holmes was connected to the leading families; Henry James Sr., Ralph Waldo Emerson and other transcendentalists were family friends. Known as "Wendell" in his youth, Holmes, Henry James Jr. and William James became lifelong friends. Holmes accordingly grew up in an atmospher...

Eleanor Swan Goddard (person)

Frederick Warren Goddard (person)

Hill, Thomas (person)

Epithet: Minister of Shuttington, county Warwickshire British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000568.0x00039d Epithet: of Emmanuel Coll., Cambridge British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000568.0x0003ac Epithet: turnkey in Portsmouth gaol British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_1...

Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 (person)

Booker T. Washington was an African American educator and public figure. Born a slave on a small farm in Virginia, he worked his way through the Hampton Institute and became an instructor there. He was the first principal of the Tuskegee Institute, and under his management it became a successful center for practical education. A forceful and charismatic personality, he became a national figure through his books and lectures. Although his conservative views concerned many critics, he became the m...

May, Samuel, 1810-1899 (person)

White, James C. (James Charles), 1956- (person)

May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871 (person)

Samuel May was a Unitarian clergyman of Syracuse, New York with connections to national organizations related to anti-Slavery, temperance, and suffrage, among others. From the description of Samuel J. May diary, 1867. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64691611 Samuel May was a Unitarian Clergyman of Syracuse, New York with connections to national organizations related to Freedman's Relief, Temperance, and Suffrage, among others. From the descripti...

Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903 (person)

Landscape architect. From the description of Frederick Law Olmsted papers, 1777-1952 (bulk 1838-1903). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979908 American landscape designer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Charles A. Dana, 1876 July 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872066 Landscape architect. Related material in Biography and Genealogy Files under 'F.L. Olmsted.' From the description ...

Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 (person)

Swiss American zoologist and geologist and Harvard University professor. From the description of Louis Agassiz letters, 1854-1858. (Montana State University Bozeman Library). WorldCat record id: 154689919 Agassiz was born in Switzerland; taught at Neuchâtel from 1832 to 1845; and in 1846 moved to the United States to teach natural history at Harvard. Agassiz and his wife, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, spent 19 months in Brazil (1865-1866) to collect zoological specimens for the Har...


This collection centers on two prominent New England families: the Mays and the Goddards. The daughter of Samuel (1776-1870) and Mary (Goddard) May (1787-1882), Abigail Williams May (1829-1888) was for thirty years a leader among Boston's social reformers, a cofounder of the New England Women's Club, and one of the first women to serve as a member of the Boston School Committee, to which she was elected in 1873. For further biographical information on AWM, see Notable American Women...

Lydia Gendell (person)

Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907 (person)

American teacher and author; second wife of Louis Agassiz. From the guide to the Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz letter, undated, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.) Educator. Administered the Agassiz School for Girls from 1855 to 1859; in 1879 was one of the managers for Private Collegiate Instruction for Women (Harvard Annex); president of the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women in 1882; and first president of Radcliffe College from 1...

Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 (person)

Henry David Thoreau (b. July 12, 1817, Concord, Massachusetts-d. May 6, 1862, Concord, Massachusetts), American author, lecturer, naturalist, student of Native American artifacts and life, transcendentalist, land surveyor, and life-long resident of Concord, Massachusetts. He was an active opponent of slavery and a social critic. He graduated from Harvard College in 1837....

William Channing Gannett (person)

Bowditch, Jonathan Ingersoll, 1806-1889 (person)

Paul Richards. (person)

Zakrzewska, Marie E. (Marie Elizabeth), 1829-1902 (person)

Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart (person)

Epithet: of Add MS 41299 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001197.0x000361 ...

Mrs. Cranch's Academy (corporateBody)

Helper, Hinton Rowan, 1829-1909 (person)

American writer and diplomat. From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to A.H. Rathbone, 1893 Aug. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270470872 Author and diplomat. From the description of Letters of Hinton Rowan Helper, 1860-1901. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450859 Hinton Rowan Helper, born December 27, 1829 in Davie County, North Carolina, was a Southern critic of slavery whose books inflamed the South. His objection to the syst...

Cheney, Ednah Dow, 1824-1904 (person)

Ednah Dow Cheney was a Boston writer, reformer, and philanthropist. She established the Boston School of Design for women in 1851; was secretary of the New England Hospital for Women and Children, 1887-1902; worked for freedmen before and after the Civil War, and after the Civil War for women's rights. She was one of the founders and financial backers of the New England Women's Club. She married Seth Cheney in 1853; he died in 1856. From the description of Papers, 1899. (Harvard Univ...

Brackett, Anna C. (Anna Callender), 1836-1911 (person)

Brackett was an American author. From the description of Letter and an envelope, 1901. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83921063 ...

Faithfull, Emily (2) (person)

May family (family)

Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880 (person)

Lydia Child was born in Massachusetts and became known as an abolitionist for her tract entitled, "Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans called Africans," (1833). Child's letters to the Governor of Virginia were eventually published as an abolitionist book and she also authored a novel entitled "Hobomok," a story about Indians in colonial Massachusetts. From the description of Letter, [ca. 1842]. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122618414 Abolitionist,...

Anne Whitney (person)

Lewis, Dioclesian (person)

Emerson, Lidian (person)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 (person)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803, Boston, Massachusetts– April 27, 1882, Concord, Massachusetts), American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century....

Howe, S. G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876 (person)

Physician, reformer, and husband of Julia Ward Howe. From the description of Papers, 1868. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 46344998 Humanitarian crusader for many causes including Greek freedom, education for the disabled, prison reform, abolition, and black suffrage, Howe founded the Perkins School for the Blind and was the chairman of the Massachusetts Board of State Charities. When just out of the Harvard Medical School, he went to Greece as an army surgeon...

Robinson, George D. (George Dexter), 1834-1896 (person)

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902 (person)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York in 1815. She organized the first Women's Rights Convention at Senecca Falls, New York, in 1848 and for more than fifty years thereafter was a crusader for women's rights, especially women's suffrage. She died in New York City in 1902....

Lydia Gendell Dawes (person)

May, Frederick Warren Goddard, 1821-1904. (person)

Weld, Theodore Dwight, 1803-1895 (person)

Writer Weld, the husband of Angelina Grimké, was active in the abolitionist and temperance movements. For additional biographical information, see Dictionary of American Biography and Who Was Who in America, 1607-1896 (1963). From the description of Letters, 1880-1890 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007533 Theodore Dwight Weld was born in Hampton, Connecticut on November 23, 1803. An advocate and crusader for temperance, abolition and women's right...

Goddard, Mehetable May Dawes, 1796-1882. (person)

Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916 (person)

Josiah Royce was born in Grass Valley, California, on November 20, 1855. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1885 and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1878. Royce taught English and philosophy at both Berkeley and Harvard, and was also active in the study of the American West. He spent a significant amount of time from 1883 to 1891 writing both histories and novels relating to California history. Royce Hall at UCLA and the Grass Valley Library...

New England Hospital for Women and Children (corporateBody)

Founded by women in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, until the 1950s the Hospital was staffed exclusively by women. In 1951 the name was changed to New England Hospital since men were also being admitted as patients. In 1969 the Hospital's name was changed to Dimock Community Health Center. From the description of Records, 1914-1954 (inclusive), 1950-1954 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006762 The New England Hospital, formerly th...

Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885 (person)

Helen Hunt Jackson was the daughter of Nathan Welby and Deborah Fiske. She was educated in New England female preparatory schools and was a classmate and friend of Emily Dickinson. In 1852 she married Captain Edward Bissell Hunt. He died in 1863; the two sons of this marriage also died in childhood. After the death of her husband she established herself as a writer of popular verse and stories; later she became interested in the tradegy of American Indian affairs. In 1875 she married William Sha...

Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908 (person)

Evans was a professor at Tufts College, 1900-1912. From the description of Letter [between 1900 and 1912] Oct. 28, Boston, to Prof. [L.B.] Evans [Medford, Mass.]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34367729 Louise Chandler Moulton was a minor American poet who lived in Boston, Massachusetts. From the description of Louise Chandler Moulton letters to and about E.C. and Laura Stedman, 1873-1894. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record ...

George, Henry, 1839-1897 (person)

Economist and reformer. From the description of Papers of Henry George, 1888-1893. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455433 Henry George (1839-1897), political economist and social reformer, was best known for his book Progress and Poverty, in which he advocated economic equality through a single tax on land value. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City on a labor ticket in 1884 and died during his second mayoral campaign in 1897. From the guide to the H...

Hale, Edward Everett, Sr., 1822-1909 (person)

Author and clergyman. From the description of Papers, 1750-1917. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122578272 American author and clergyman. From the description of Letter to Sydney Howard Gay [manuscript], 1877 June 25. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647847758 From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to William Makepeace Thackeray, 1860 May 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270879281 Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) ...

Wellesley College (corporateBody)

Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 (person)

Anti-slavery advocate. From the description of Circular and letter, 1848 Jan. 21, Boston, to Rev. Mr. Russell, South Hingham. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 231311718 Abolitionist and reformer William Lloyd Garrison was founder of the Boston abolitionist paper, The Liberator, and the New England Anti-Slavery Society. From the description of Papers, 1835-1873 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007257 Abolitionist and lectur...

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 (person)

Alcott was an American author. From the description of Papers, 1849-1931. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612370872 From the description of Additional papers, 1845-1944. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122505798 From the guide to the Additional papers, 1845-1944., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) Alcott was an American novelist and short story writer. From the description of Louisa May Alcott ad...

Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 (person)

Wendell Phillips (born November 29, 1811, Boston, Massachusetts – died February 2, 1884, Boston, Massachusetts), orator and reformer, was one of the leaders of the abolitionist movement in Boston, Massachusetts, wrote frequently for William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator, and eventually became president of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He contributed much to the cause through inflammatory speeches favoring the division of the Union and opposing the acquisition of Texas and the war with Mexico. ...

Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889 (person)

Maria Mitchell and her father William Mitchell were astronomers. In 1869, Maria Mitchell was one of the first women elected into the American Philosophical Society. From the description of Papers, ca. 1825-1887. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122624294 From the guide to the Maria Mitchell papers, ca. 1825-1887, Circa 1825-1887, (American Philosophical Society) Astronomer and teacher. From the description of Letter to Mr. Al...

Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown, 1825-1921 (person)

Antoinette Louisa Brown, later Antoinette Brown Blackwell (May 20, 1825 – November 5, 1921), was the first woman to be ordained as a mainstream Protestant minister in the United States. She was a well-versed public speaker on the paramount issues of her time and distinguished herself from her contemporaries with her use of religious faith in her efforts to expand women's rights. Brown was born the youngest of seven in Henrietta, New York, to Joseph Brown and Abby Morse. Brown was recognized as...

Mrs. Pierson Neave. (person)

Benjamin Goddard (person)

Boston Public Library (corporateBody)

Dawes, Lucretia (person)

Coolidge, Bernard (person)

Abigail Prescott. (person)

Ward, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, 1844-1911 (person)

American author. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston Highlands, to Mr. Ward, 1872 Nov. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270659301 American author, Mary Grey Phelps, used her mother's name for her pseudonym. After her marriage in 1888 to Herbert Dickinson Ward, she occasionally used his surname in her publications. Charles Addison Richardson was the managing editor of the Congregationalist for 40 years. From the description of [Letter] 1869 ...

Elizabeth Payne. (person)

Custis, George William (person)

Lucretia Goddard (person)

May, Eleanor Goddard, 1925- (person)

Woolsey, Sarah Chauncey, 1845-1905. (person)

Long, John Davis, 1838-1915 (person)

U.S. secretary of the navy and U.S. representative and governor of Massachusetts. From the description of Letters and signature of John Davis Long, 1885-1900. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014961 ...

Goddard, John, 1756-1829 (person)

Ann Goddard. (person)

Mrs. Sandars. (person)

Chadwick, John W. (person)

Cobbe, Frances Power, 1822-1904 (person)

English journalist and reformer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to W.A. Knight, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899208 Frances Power Cobbe, English philanthropist, social worker, and religious author, advocate of women's rights, education for poor and neglected children, and anti-vivisectionist. From the description of Correspondence to France Power Cobbe, 1855-1904. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens...

Heath, Ann (person)

Woburn Academy (corporateBody)

Kemble, Frances Anne, 1809-1893 (person)

Whitney, Anne, 1821-1915 (person)

Lucretia Goddard (Mrs. Nathaniel). (person)

White, Elizabeth, 1947- (person)

Fuller, Anna (person)

Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 (person)

Unitarian minister; trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1879-88; active on behalf of temperance, anti-slavery, women's sufferage movements; died in Jamaica Plain, Boston. From the description of Letters, 1863-1886. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 38003933 Clarke was a Unitarian clergyman, author, and reformer closely associated with the Transcendentalists. He was minister in Louisville, Ky. (1833-1840) and at the Church of the Disciples in Boston (1841-1850, 1...

Goddard, Julia, ?-1896 (person)

Harbert, Elizabeth Boynton, 1845-1925 (person)

Goddard family (family)

Lucretia Dawes. (person)

White, Andrew D. (person)

May, Abigail Williams; 1829-1888. (person)

Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893 (person)

Brooks was an Episcopal clergyman. He was rector of Trinity Church, Boston (1868-1893) and bishop of Massachusetts (1891-1893). From the description of Sermons and lectures, 1858-1891. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81069474 From the description of Correspondence and compositions, 1831-1901 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79390105 From the description of Papers, 1832-1892. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122575025 ...

Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864 (person)

Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts; United States and Massaschusetts legislator; and, President of Harvard University. From the description of Josiah Quincy letter, portrait and autograph, 1839-1889. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 63118297 President of Harvard. From the description of Autograph note signed : [Cambridge, Mass.], addressed to the Rev. John Pierpont, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616000 From the description of Autograph note ...

White, Nancy (person)