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Elizabeth Nicholson manuscripts


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was born on December 17, 1807, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of Quakers John Whittier and Abigail Hussey Whittier. He was an American poet and editor, and his first published poem, "The Exile's Departure," was printed in William Lloyd Garrison's Newburyport Free Press in 1826. He attended Haverhill Academy from 1827 to 1828. In addition to being a poet, Whittier was an involved abolitionist. He was a delegate to the Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, and a member of the State Legislature in 1835. Whittier founded the antislavery Liberty Party in 1840, and ran for Congress in 1842. In the mid-1850s, he began to work for the formation of the Republican Party; he supported presidential candidacy of John C. Frémont in 1856.

Whittier published his first collection of poems in 1837, his first authorized collection in 1838, and the collection "Snow Bound" in 1866. In 1871, he edited an edition of John Woolman's Journal. John Greenleaf Whittier died on September 7, 1892, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

This collection is comprised of the two volume manuscript of unpublished poems of John G. Whittier, compiled by Elizabeth Nicholson and Sarah Lloyd. The volumes include copies of many of John Greenleaf Whittier's early poems, as well as poetry by other poets, and sketches and illustrations.

The Elizabeth Nicholson manuscripts were loaned to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1902 by Susanna Smedley.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1839-1843.
Volume 1
Vol. 2, 1839-1843.
Volume 2
Journal; photographs .
Box 11

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