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Collection of Harriet Beecher Stowe Materials

Identifier: STOWE-1

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


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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.

Custodial History

Materials acquired through either gifts or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Harriet Beecher Stowe Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.