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Dall, Caroline Wells Healey, 1822-1912. Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1841-1910: 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

Call No.: A-72
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1822-1912
Title: Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1841-1909
Date(s): 1841-1909
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, reminiscences, etc., of Caroline Wells (Healey) Dall, author and social reformer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 57-101, 59-11
The papers of Caroline Wells [Healey] Dall were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in October 1957 by Alma Lutz, River St., Boston, Mass. and in February 1959 by Charles Whitney Dall, Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York.


Access. Unrestricted, with the exception of Volume 2, number 2, which is closed (use M-86), and volume 7v, which is closed (use M-87).

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Caroline Wells Healey Dall 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:

Caroline Wells Healey Dall Papers, 1841-1909; item description, dates. A-72, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1829-1956 (MC 351).


Caroline Wells (Healey) Dall, author and reformer, was born on June 22, 1822, in Boston, Massachussetts; attended Joseph Hale Abbot's private girls' school; married the Rev. Charles Henry Appleton Dall in 1844; they had a son, William Healey, born 1845, and a daughter, Sarah Keene Healey, born 1849, who married Josiah Munro.
Dall was vice-principal of Miss English's School, Georgetown, D.C., 1842-1844, and one of three founders, 1865, of the American Social Science Association, and until 1905 its director and vice-president. She received an honorary LL.D. from Alfred University in 1877, and died on December 17, 1912, in Washington, D.C.
For additional biographical and bibliographical information, see Notable American Women (1971), volume 1, pages 428-429.


Caroline Wells Healey Dall was a prodigious writer (see the Goodspeed list, and the large collection of materials at the Massachusetts Historical Society). This collection consists of 1 volume of copies of her husband's poems [Charles Henry Appleton Dall, 1816-1886] done at his request in 1853. In 1841 Caroline W. Healey attended Margaret Fuller's Conversations held at the Reverend George Ripley's home, Bedford Place, Boston. In 1 volume she has recorded the conversations held from March 1 to May 5, 1841. Among the members were William White, Frederick H. Hedge, James Freeman Clarke, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sophia & George Ripley, William Story, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Caroline Sturgis, Elizabeth Hoar, Ida Russell, Sallie Gardiner, Frank & Sarah Shaw. There are quotes from Dall's journal for 1841 about these meetings, as well as many interesting tidbits about Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) culled from many sources and reminiscences through 1895.
In the winter of 1864/1865, Mrs. Dall held many interesting conversations with Mrs. R.P. Clarke (Rebecca Parker Hull Clarke d.1865), the mother of James Freeman Clarke, in preparation for the biography of "A business woman." These are delightful reminiscences and even include reference to Margaret Fuller's trip West in 1843.
There is an interesting series of letters from John Patton of Toronto covering the years 1851-1869.
Four volumes of clippings record the obituaries of personal friends and others whom Mrs. Dall knew from her public contacts, 1874-1909.


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Additional Index Terms

Adult education--History--19th century
Manuscripts (for publication)
Massachusetts--Social life and customs
Social reformers
Toronto (Ont.)--Social life and customs
Transcendentalists (New England)
Women's rights
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Clarke, Rebecca Parker Hull, -1865
Dall, C. H. A. (Charles Henry Appleton), 1816-1886
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850
Hedge, Frederic Henry, 1805-1890
Ripley, Sarah Alden, 1793-1867