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MS Am 2154

Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. Dorothea Lynde Dix letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot, 1869-1885: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b [Shelved with bMS Am 2153 and bMS Am 2155]
Call No.: MS Am 2154
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887.
Title: Dorothea Lynde Dix letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot,
Date(s): 1869-1885.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 folder (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters by American humanitarian crusader Dorothea Lynde Dix to Unitarian minister Thomas Lamb Eliot.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

43M-603 - 43M-635. Gift of W.G. Eliot, Jr.,Portland, Oregon; received: 1944.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Dorothea Lynde Dix Letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot, 1869-1885 (MS Am 2154). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Dix was a humanitarian crusader for the mentally ill. She investigated the conditions of the hospitalized insane in many U.S. states and some European countries, and petitioned state and national legislatures for reforms. She was also superintendent of army nurses during the Civil War. Eliot was a Unitarian minister, an educator, and assisted in the founding of Reed College in Oregon.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Dix to Eliot and his wife, Henrietta Robins Mack Eliot, primarily concerning personal matters. Also includes typescript transcripts of most letters, some letters to others concerning Dix's illness and a few of her manuscript compositions, especially poems.

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