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A-102; M-45

Beecher family. Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: A-102; M-45
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Beecher family
Title: Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956
Date(s): 1798-1956
Quantity: 5.84 linear feet (12 file boxes, 2 card file boxes) plus 6 folio+ folders, 4 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, etc., of a New England family, including Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher, Catharine Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Calvin Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, et al.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 58-49
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Beecher Stowe, New York, New York. Received: June 1958. Microfilmed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987

Conditions Governing Access:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images. Or, use microfilm M-45. See container list below for list of microfilmed or unmicrofilmed material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Papers created by the Beecher family are in the public domain. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


Most of the Beecher-Stowe Collection has been microfilmed; a positive film copy is available for the use of readers. Except for a few folders not filmed, the original manuscripts are closed to research.
For a description of the contents of the collection, see the Inventory which follows this list. The list indicates (1) which folders have been filmed and which reels they appear on; (2) which folders have not been filmed and which boxes they are in.
  • Folders 1-66 M-45, reel 1
  • NOT FILMED: 1a, 55a
  • Folders 67-182 M-45, reel 2
  • Folders 183-302 M-45, reel 3
  • NOT FILMED: 243a, 254a, 262a & b, 284
  • Folders 303-373, x.1 M-45, reel 4
  • NOT FILMED: 305-6, 308, 310, 313, 322, 324-5, 327-8, 330-1, 333-6, 339, 368-70, x.2
  • Folders 377-409, v. 1, 2 M-45, reel 5
  • NOT FILMED: 374-6, 378, 386, 391-2, 400, 403
  • Folders 411-433a, v. 3 M-45, reel 6
  • NOT FILMED: 410, 413-15, 424-6, 428
  • Unfilmed folders are also noted on the microfilm reels.
    Please refer to this folder and reel information as you use the Inventory. When requesting material which has been microfilmed, please use the microfilm number M-45 and the reel number. For folders and other items not microfilmed use the collection number A-102, the box number, and the folder or item number.

    Preferred Citation:

    Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956; item description, dates. A-102, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

    Related Material:

    There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Beecher-Stowe family Additional papers (A-102.1) and James Chaplin Beecher Papers, 1850-1946 (A-123).


    Correspondence, miscellaneous writings, clippings and memorabilia of Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher, Catharine Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Calvin Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and other members of the family. Included is Lyman Beecher Stowe's correspondence and research re Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Charlotte Cushman. Also bibliography (on cards) of the Beecher family. Family memorabilia.


    Box 1: Folder numbers: 1-16, 18-26, 28-47
    Box 2: Folder numbers: 48-106
    Box 3: Folder numbers: 107-171
    Box 4: Folder numbers: 172-232
    Box 5 Folder numbers: 233-289
    Box 6: Folder numbers: 290-321
    Box 7: Folder numbers: 322-326, 328a-330a, 332, 337-367
    Box 8: Folder numbers: 368a, 370a, 371a-378, 380-383, 385-390, 392, 395-398
    Box 9: Folder numbers: 399-412, 414-426, 429-430
    Box 10: Folder numbers: 431-433a, 436, 451-454
    Box 11: Folder numbers: 455-460, Volume 1
    Box 12: Folder numbers: Volume 2 - Volume 3
    Card File Box 13: Folder numbers: 434-435, 449
    Card File Box 14: Folder numbers: 432a

    Container List

    Additional Index Terms

    Antislavery movement
    Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)--Religious life and customs
    Education--History--19th century
    Family records
    Hartford (Conn.) -- Social life and customs
    New England -- Social life and customs
    New Englanders--Family relationships
    Publishers and publishing
    Women authors
    Allen, D. H. (Diarca Howe), 1808-1870
    Allen, Georgiana May Stowe, 1843-1886
    American Woman's Educational Association.
    Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878
    Beecher, Charles, 1815-1900
    Beecher, Edward, 1803-1895
    Beecher, Esther
    Beecher family
    Beecher, Harriet Porter, -1835
    Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
    Beecher, H. W., Mrs., 1813-1897
    Beecher, James Chaplin, 1828-1886
    Beecher, Lydia Beals Jackson, 1789-1869
    Beecher, Lyman, 1775-1863
    Beecher, Prue
    Beecher, Thomas Kinnicut, 1824-1900
    Beecher, William Henry, 1802-1889
    Byron, Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, Baroness, 1792-1860
    Chapman, Maria Weston, 1806-1885
    Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876
    Drury, Emily Merwine
    Eliot, George, 1819-1880
    Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
    Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896
    Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
    Hooker, Isabella Beecher, 1822-1907
    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909
    Litchfield Female Academy (Conn.)
    Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910
    Perkins, Frederic B. (Frederic Beecher), 1828-1899
    Stowe, C. E. (Calvin Ellis), 1802-1886
    Stowe, Charles Edward, 1850-
    Stowe, Frederic William, 1840-1870?
    Stowe, Eliza Tyler, 1836-
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1836-
    Stowe, Henry Ellis, 1838-1857.
    Stowe, Lyman Beecher, 1880-1963
    Stowe, Susan Munroe
    Stowe family
    Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875.