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Bradley family. Papers of the Bradley-Hyde family, 1800-1861: A Finding Aid.

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


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-66
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bradley family
Title: Papers of the Bradley-Hyde family, 1800-1861
Date(s): 1800-1861
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of four generations of the Bradley and Hyde families from New England.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 58-31
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Winthrop, Dedham, Massachusetts, May 1958.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. The papers created by the Bradley-Hyde 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.

Preferred Citation:

Bradley-Hyde family Papers, 1800-1861; item description, dates. A-66, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Four generations of the Bradley and Hyde families, which lived in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Abigail Bradley married Lavius Hyde, a minister, in 1818.


An interesting collection of family letters dating from 1800-1861, covering four generations, of Connecticut and Massachusetts interest.
Abigail Bradley of Stockbridge, Massachusetts went to Miss Pierce's School in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1814 and 1815. In 1818 she married Lavius Hyde, a young minister of Salisbury, Connecticut. Lavius was dismissed from the Salisbury parish in 1822 for controversial ideas on slavery. Later he was established in Bolton, Connecticut. Their daughter, Sarah, went to Ipswich (Massachusetts) Seminary in 1852. There is a charming letter from her father written at this time.
There are many letters exchanging family chit-chat among the numerous members of a large and lively family. Quite naturally many are couched in religious phrases. There are some of Lavius's sermons, and articles of a religious nature by his wife, Abigail.
There is a delightful letter from a brother, Edward, describing Boston and the new educational system in 1827. There are also copies of letters in 1856 from Lawrence, Kansas at the time of the Kansas-Nebraska conflict.

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Antislavery movements
Families--Health and hygiene--History--19th century
Family records
New England--Social life and customs
New Englanders--Family relationships
Religion--History--19th century
Hyde family