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A-80; M-110

Robinson, Harriet Jane Hanson, 1825-1911. Papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck, 1833-1937: 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-80; M-110
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson, 1825-1911
Title: Papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck, 1833-1937
Date(s): 1833-1937
Quantity: 6.67 linear feet (16 file boxes) plus 1 volume, oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, scrapbooks, and diaries of author and former mill girl Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and her daughter, Harriette Lucy Robison Shattuck, suffragist and women's clubs advocate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 59-70, 348, 77-M115
The Robinson-Shattuck papers were purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop in June 1959, except for some of the volumes in series VIII and IX (see page 13 of inventory). These volumes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edna Lamprey Stantial in July 1961. Two additional diaries (January 1856-December 1859, 1863) were given to the Library in July 1977 by Zivan Simonian.

Processing Information:

Re-processed: September 1977
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Conditions Governing Access:

Access. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-110.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck as well as 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.

Microfilm of Collection:

Re-processed and microfilmed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987. The papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and her daughter Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck have been microfilmed; a positive film copy is available for the use of readers. The original manuscripts are closed to research.
For a description of the contents of the collection, see the Inventory (pages 4-12). The following list indicates the folder and volume numbers and which reels they appear on.
Please refer to this folder and reel information as you use the Inventory. When requesting microfilmed material, please use the microfilm number M-110 and the reel number.
Reel Guide
  • Folders 1-17: reel 1
  • Folders 18-61: reel 2
  • Volumes 1-7: reel 3
  • Volumes 8-12: reel 4
  • Volumes 13-20: reel 5
  • Volumes 21-25: reel 6
  • Volumes 26-35: reel 7
  • Volumes 36-46: reel 8
  • Volumes 47-56: reel 9
  • Volumes 57-66: reel 10
  • Volumes 67-77: reel 11
  • Volumes 78-86: reel 12
  • Volumes 87-91: reel 13
  • Volumes 92-96: reel 14
  • Volumes 97-105: reel 15
  • Volumes 106-115, folders 62-63: reel 16
  • Preferred Citation:

    Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck Papers, 1833-1937; item description, dates. A-80, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


    Harriet Jane Hanson was born February 8, 1825 in Boston, the only daughter of William Hanson and Harriet (Browne) Hanson. After her father's death in 1831 Harriet moved with her mother to the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts. and at the age of ten began working in one of the mills. It was during this time that she began writing; some of this early work was published in the Lowell Offering. In 1848 she married William Stevens Robinson, an anti-slavery newspaper editor who used the pen-name "Warrington." Besides helping her husband with his anti-slavery and reform activities, Harriet Robinson became active in the advancement of women's rights. In 1881 she wrote a history of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement and openly affiliated with Susan B. Anthony's National Woman Suffrage Association. She also continued to write about factory labor and mill girls ("Early Factory Labor in New England," 1889; Loom and Spindle, 1898) and was an enthusiastic promoter of women's clubs. She died at her home in Malden, Massachusetts, December 22, 1911.
    Harriette Robinson Shattuck, the first of William and Harriet (Hanson) Robinson's four children, was born December 4, 1850. Beginning in the 1860s, she was active in the woman suffrage movement, later helping her mother organize the National Woman Suffrage Association of Massachusetts. In 1878 she married Sidney Doane Shattuck. Mrs. Shattuck also shared her mother's interest in women's clubs: in 1878 she helped found the "Old and New," a woman's club of Malden, Massachusetts, and she was active in the formation of the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1890. After her mother's death Mrs. Shattuck moved with her husband to Poughkeepsie, New York, later returning to Malden. She died March 24, 1937.



    The Harriet Robinson papers include a large body of her family correspondence with her children, her husband, and other family members. Other correspondents include: Lucy Larcom, several Lowell mill girls, and suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. Annual diaries, dating from 1852 to 1908 with some gaps, and scrapbooks number over seventy volumes and contain early writings (published and unpublished), Lowell mill girl material, and newsclippings dealing primarily with women and suffrage. Seven of the scrapbooks were kept by Harriette Robinson Shattuck, except that the first of them was begun for her by her mother.
    The Shattuck papers include 33 diaries (1867-1937), nine additional scrapbooks, and an 86-page manuscript autobiography written in 1914.


    This index lists writers and recipients of letters. Information about these individuals is not indexed; nor are subjects. The numbers refer to folders unless otherwise indicated.

    Container List

    Additional Index Terms

    Antislavery movements
    Family records
    Lowell (Mass.)--Social conditions
    Manuscripts for publication
    Textile factories--Massachusetts--Lowell
    The Lowell offering
    Women--Employment--New England
    Women--Societies and clubs
    Women textile workers--History--19th century
    Working class women
    American Woman Suffrage Association
    Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
    Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
    Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893
    Channing, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1884
    Colby, Clara Dorothy Bewick, 1846-1916
    Concord School of Philosophy
    Curtis, Harriot F.
    Eddy, Eliza F.
    Foster, Abigail Kelley, 1810-1887
    Foster, Rachel G.
    Gage, Matilda Joslyn, 1826-1898
    General Federation of Women's Clubs
    Hansen family
    Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
    Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
    Larcom, Lucy, 1824-1893
    Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice, 1820-1905
    National American Woman Suffrage Association
    National Woman Suffrage Association (U.S.)
    Roach, Caroline
    Robinson family
    Robinson, William S. (William Stevens), 1818-1876
    Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917
    Shattuck, Harriette R. (Harriette Robinson), 1850-1937
    Sprague, Julia A.
    Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902
    Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
    Weld, Theodore Dwight, 1803-1895
    Wells, Kate Gannett, 1838-1911