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MS Am 1807-1807.5

Barrows family. Barrows family papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1807-1807.5
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Barrows family.
Title: Barrows family papers,
Date(s): 1861-1931.
Quantity: 1 collection (26 linear feet (53 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters and manuscripts of the Barrows family of New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*66M-166. Gift of anonymous donor; received: 1967.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Barrows Family Papers (MS Am 1807-1807.5). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel June Barrows (1845-1909) was a Unitarian minister, editor of the Christian Register (1880-1896), congressman (1897-1899), and reformer particularly interested in prison reform. He was secretary of the Prison Association of New York (1900-1909). His wife Isabel Chapin Barrows (1845-1913) was an ophthalmologist, stenographer, and reformer, who was closely associated with her husband in his activities. Their daughter Mabel Hay Barrows Mussey (1873-1931) was a dramatic director and dancer. Her husband Henry Raymond Mussey (1875-1940) was a professor of economics at Columbia and Wellesley and served as managing editor of The Nation (1918-1920, 1929-1930).


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Scope and Contents

Collection consists chiefly of personal and professional correspondence of Samuel June Barrows, Isabel Chapin Barrows, and Mabel Barrows Mussey with a small group of correspondence of Henry Raymond Mussey. The largest groups of letters are those exchanged between family members, but there are also significant groups of letters from others, including Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Cunningham Fletcher, and William Pryor Letchworth, who shared the Barrows' reform interests. Also includes diary, 1882-1912, and autobiography of Isabel Chapin Barrows covering the early years of her life; manuscripts of plays by Mabel Barrows Mussey; manuscripts and clippings of Samuel June Barrows and Isabel Chapin Barrows; and four boxes of photographs. Some of the material in the collection is in shorthand.

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