Collection of Harriet Beecher Stowe Materials
Scope and Contents
This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and first publications of writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe. The collection consists of letters written by Stowe to various correspondents in 1863. The collection also contains manuscript items of varying length, her autograph, published writings, and a few photographic prints.
- 1863 - 1971
- Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896 (Author, Person)
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Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.
Biographical / Historical
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an influential author and novelist, born in Litchfield, Connecticut, in a household of ardent theologians and abolitionists which included her parents, Lyman and Roxana Beecher, and many of her thirteen siblings, notably her brother, Henry Ward Beecher. She received an advanced education for a woman of her time at the local seminary for girls run by her sister Catharine. In 1836, she married the abolitionist Calvin Ellis Stowe; the couple supported the Underground Railroad and sheltered fugitive slaves. In 1850, Stowe began writing installments of her best-known work, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which had a profound influence on the abolition debate when it achieved best-seller status upon its release in book form in 1852. Stowe published over 20 books, including novels, travelogues, and collections of letters and shorter works. She died in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1896.
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Materials arranged in five series: Correspondence, Manuscripts and First Appearances, Items Related to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Autographs, and Photographs.
Materials acquired through either gifts or purchase.
- American literature -- Women authors -- 19th century -- Correspondence
- Fields, Annie, 1834-1915 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Finding Aid to the Collection of Harriet Beecher Stowe Materials
- Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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