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Poor family. Papers of the Poor family, 1791-1921: 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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Preservation and digitization of the Poor family papers was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-132
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Poor family
Title: Papers of the Poor family, 1791-1921
Date(s): 1791-1921
Quantity: 13.86 linear feet (33 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Letters, diaries, photographs, etc., of the Poor family from New England.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number. 613
Gift of Mr. Henry Poor Chandler, Mirror Lake, New Hampshire, received June 1963.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Poor family is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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:

Poor family Papers, 1791-1921; item description, dates. A-132, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Additional papers of the Poor family, 1778-2008 (inclusive), 1820-2006 (bulk) (MC 620).


Books removed and catalogued separately


Letters, diaries, clippings, photographs of the Poors and their related branches, covering five generations of New England life. Collection centers on Henry Varnum Poor, the railroad journalist and economist, and his wife, Mary Pierce Poor, participant in social reform movements and daughter of the Reverend John Pierce, minister of the First Church of Brookline, Massachusetts, for fifty years. Early material relates to the Pierce family and includes letters of the Reverend Pierce and his wife, Lucy Tappan Pierce, daughter of Benjamin Tappan, progenitor of the abolitionist family, and letters of Lucy Pierce Hedge and her husband, Frederic Henry Hedge, the Transcendentalist minister. Later papers contain the family letters of Henry Varnum Poor's children, including Henry William Poor, New York banker, and his grandchildren.


Correspondence, diaries, financial documents, notebooks, sermons, photos, and clippings. Subjects include social life and customs in New York and New England, Unitarianism, women missionaries, and the rights of women.


Container List

Additional Index Terms

Brookline (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Family records
New England--Social life and customs
New Englanders--Family relationships
New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
Prison reformers
Religion--History--19th century
Social reformers
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Women missionaries
Women--United States--Sexual behavior
Women's rights
Abbott, Abiel, 1770-1828
Alger, William Rounseville, 1822-1905
Chandler family
Fox, Thomas Bayley, 1808-1876
Grimke, Sarah, 1792-1873
Hedge, Frederic Henry, 1805-1890
Page, Mary Hutcheson, 1860-1940
Pierce family
Pierce, John, 1773-1849
Poor, Agnes Blake, 1842-1922
Poor, Henry V. (Henry Varnum), 1812-1905
Poor, Henry W. (Henry William), 1844-1915
Poor, Mary Pierce, 1820-1912
Stetson, Caleb
Tappan family