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Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Additional papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1848-1915: 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.: 81-M265--83-M228
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908
Title: Additional papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1848-1915
Date(s): 1848-1915
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 2 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder, 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Addenda to the papers (A-162; M-60) of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, including correspondence, clippings, etc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 81-M265, 82-M26, 82-M42, 83-M228. Accession number 83-M228 was added to the collection in March 2017.
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mrs. Delmar Leighton between November 1981 and October 1983.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: January 1984
By: Christine C. Marshall, Amanda Zuckerman
Updated: March 2017
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer 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.

Preferred Citation:

Harriet Goodhue Hosmer Additional papers, 1848-1915; item description, dates. 81-M265--83-M228, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1834-1959 (A-162; M-60) and Papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1852-1972 (83-M127--2003-M31.).


The Crow family became prominent in the history of St. Louis, Missouri, when the Honorable Wayman Crow (1808-1885) brought his family there from Kentucky in 1835. Civic leader, state senator, and business tycoon, Wayman Crow was the founder of Washington University and later of its art museum. Wayman Crow married Isabella B. Conn (1814-1892); among their children were Cornelia (Crow) Carr, Emma (Crow) Carr, Mary (Crow) Emmons, and Wayman Crow, Jr.
In the years 1847-1851 Cornelia Crow (1833-1922) attended Elizabeth Sedgwick's seminary in Lenox, Massachusetts. Here she met and befriended Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, who was later to become one of America's most distinguished woman sculptors. Wayman Crow became Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's first benefactor and life-long patron, managing her financial matters until his death.
Cornelia (Crow) Carr married anthropologist Lucien Carr (1829-1915) and moved with him to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Lucien Carr was assistant curator of Harvard University's Peabody Museum. They had five children: Harriet Hosmer Carr (1855-1880), Wayman Crow Carr (1856-1857), Alfred William Carr (1858-1918), Lucien Carr, Jr. (1862-1914), and Isabella Wayman Carr (1868-1928).
In 1912, four years after Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's death, Cornelia (Crow) Carr published a biography of the sculptor entitled, Harriet Hosmer, Letters and Memories.


This collection consists mainly of correspondence of Wayman Crow and Cornelia (Crow) Carr, including personal letters written by or re: the Sedgwick family, 1848-1871, letters to Wayman Crow from his friend, Henry Giles, 1857-1863, personal letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer to the Crow family, responses from readers of Cornelia (Crow) Carr's book, and letters from Julian Mead of the Watertown Savings Bank re: Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's estate, 1909-1913. Also included are book reviews and other clippings re: Cornelia (Crow) Carr's biography of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer.
Additional material received in 1983 (accession number 83-M228) was added to the collection in March 2017 and is filed in #19.

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Additional Index Terms

Art patronage
Sculptors--United States
Women artists--United States
Women sculptors--United States
Ashburton, Louisa, Lady, 1827-1903
Carr, Cornelia
Cheney, Ednah Dow Littlehale, 1824-1904
Crow, Wayman, 1808-1885
Elliott, Maud Howe, 1854-1948
Emmons, Mary Crow
Harrison, Burton, Mrs., 1843-1920
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Kemble, Adelaide
Kingsley, Rose Georgina, 1845 or 1846-1925
Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889
Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894
Robins, Elizabeth, 1862-1952
Sedgwick family
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
Ticknor, Anna Eliot, 1823-1896