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Lydia Maria Child Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. 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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Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880.

Lydia Maria Francis Child was an American author and abolitionist. Her works include the novels Hobomonk (1824) and The Rebels, Or, Boston Before the Revolution (1825), and she founded Juvenile Miscellany (1825), a bi-monthly magazine for children. In 1833 she wrote An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans, which drew a lot of support as well as criticism and hostility, but she kept on undaunted, attacking slavery in several other works. When John Brown was wounded and imprisoned at Harper's Ferry, Child asked the governor for permission to come to Virginia and nurse him.

The collection consists of miscellaneous material related to Child: photographs, correspondence, a poem addressed to John Greenleaf Whittier, and manuscript notes on Washington Allston. The photographs are of Child and her family, and her correspondence is chiefly with friends and family members.

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

AM 12581, 12624, 80-79, 84-34

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

No materials were removed from the collection during processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Photographs of Lydia Maria Child and family, 1856-1875. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence of Lydia Maria Child, 1857-1878. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Manuscript of poem addressed to John G. Whittier, notes on Washington Allston, note addressed to Mr. [Jay], and clippings about Child's work and character, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

9 Letters written to Child from various correspondents, 1868-1884. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

2 Letters to "Friend Johnson", "Friend Tilton" congratulating him on forthcoming wedding, 1865-1867. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter to "Dear Mr. Fields" (editor of Atlantic Monthly, 1870 September 10. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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