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MS Am 1417

Shaw, Sarah Blake Sturgis, 1815-1902, recipient. Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw from various correspondents: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1417
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Shaw, Sarah Blake Sturgis, 1815-1902, recipient.
Title: Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw from various correspondents,
Date(s): 1838-1880.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw, the wife of the American philanthropist Francis George Shaw.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*42M-621. Gift of Mrs. Pierre Jay, 133 East 64th Street, New York City; received: 1942 Dec.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis from Various Correspondents (MS Am 1417). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Shaw was the wife of Francis George Shaw, a prominent philanthropist and reformer of Boston and West Roxbury, Mass., and Staten Island, N.Y. The Shaws were the parents of Robert Gould Shaw, Civil War soldier and colonel of the first black regiment to serve with the Union Army.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters written to Francis George and Sarah Blake (Sturgis) Shaw by various correspondents. Topics discussed include family matters, the details of daily life, spiritualism and Swedenborgianism, slavery, and important events leading up to the Civil War, such as the assault on Charles Sumner, the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and John Brown's raid. Letters from Lydia Maria Child also frequently mention American artist William Page.

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