Dall, Caroline Wells Healey, 1822-1912. Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1841-1910:
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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
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.
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).
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Caroline Wells Healey Dall Papers, 1841-1909; item description, dates. A-72, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
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
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
Four volumes of clippings record the obituaries of personal friends and others whom
Mrs. Dall knew from her public contacts, 1874-1909.
- Box 1: 1v-8v
- Box 2: 9v-13
- v.1. Original hymns by Reverend Charles Dall, copied by Caroline H. Dall, W. Newton, Massachusetts,
September 1858. To fulfill his request, March 1855. Manuscript 7 x 8" notebook (60
pages) containing 45 numbered poems and several others.
- v.3. Patton, John, died 1870. 48 letters to Mrs. Dall (Caroline Wells Healey Dall) and
her daughter Sarah Dall (Sadie) from John Patton (Uncle Don) from Toronto and Montreal.
1851-1869. Manuscript, bound in 1 volume. [From 1849/1850 to 1854 the Dalls lived
in Toronto, in 1854 they removed to West Newton, Massachusetts. The following year
Mr. Dall went to India, from where he returned about every five years until his death
in 1886. Mrs. Dall remained in West Newton for many years, later moving to Boston.
Sarah Dall married ....Munro. There was also a son William (Willie) who became a well
- 1851 To Mrs. Dall 1852 July 25. To Sarah. re sail down the Niagara River
- 1852 August 1 To [Mrs. Dall] Montreal
- 1854 August 15 To Mamma [Mrs. Dall] Church St. Toronto. Onillia.
- 1854 October 2 To Mamma [Mrs. Dall] Cataract House Niagara Falls. re train trip.
- 1854 November 21 To Sarah K.H.Dall, W. Newton. Toronto. re Cherry (a bird)
- 1854 December 15 To Willie. Toronto.
- 1854 December 17 To Mamma. Toronto. re Niebuhr's Life.
- 1854 December 24. To Sadie, W.Newton. Toronto
- 1855 February 10? ---- Re: Indians and missionaries in Upper Canada
- 1855 September 30 ---- Toronto. Re: business and pleasure on New York trip. By train
to Niagara, boat to Toronto.
- 1855 March 5 To Sarah Toronto. Re: Cherry.
- 1855 March 13 To Mamma. Toronto. Re: Lucy Stone and her lectures in Toronto
- 1855 March 15 ---- Re: Woman's Rights
- 1855 April 3 --- 1855 Tuesday Evening ---- Re: Art
- 1855 September 3 To Sadie. Toronto. Re: fishing trip in Northern Canada. 18 pages.
- 1855 September 27 To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto.
- 1855 September 30 To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto. Re: literature.
- 1855 October 21. To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto. Re: Schoolcraft. Mr. Dall in India.
as 1st foreign missionary of the Unitarian Church to Calcutta.
- 1855 --- To Caroline H. Dall signed Norna!
- 1855 October 22 To Sadie. Toronto. Re: pigeons.
- 1855 November 4 To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto. Re: Caroline H. Dall moving to Boston;
"Atmosphere telegraph", UNA, Paul Sullivan the artist.
- 1855 December 17. To Sadie Toronto. Re: Walk in the snow.
- 1856. May 27-June 1. --- Re: fishing trip, Holland River, Snake Indians and bad storm.
- 1858 July 31 ---- from Hamilton, [Ontario]
- 1856 November 27 To Mrs. Dall. from Susanna Moodie, Belleville. Family gossip.
- 1857 January 25 --- Toronto. Re: trip to determine terminus of railway on Lake Huron.
- 1857 May 10 To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto. Re: weather, flowers, Grand Trunk Railway.
- 1857 September 27 To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto. Re: visit to Brockville.
- 1857 December 13 To Caroline H. Dall. Toronto.
- 1858 April 19 To Sarah. Toronto.
- 1858 May 4 To Sadie Toronto.
- 1858 May 29 To Caroline H. Dall Toronto.
- 1858 August 8 To Caroline H. Dall Toronto.
- 1858 August 19 To Caroline H. Dall Toronto. Re: his father's illness, business depreciation
- 1858 July 3 To [Sadie] Toronto.
- 1858 November 13 To Sadie Montreal.
- 1860 March 29 To Caroline H. Dall. Fairview. [very contrite letter]
- 1861 September 14 To Sadie. Montreal
- 1861 Undated letter (copy) from Duchess of Schonberg to Madame de Sable. 3 pages.
- 1865 February 15 To Sadie Montreal
- 1865 July 31 To Sadie Montreal
- 1866 April 4 To Caroline H. Dall Montreal Re: clearing accounts, unwell.
- 1866 May 6 To Caroline H. Dall Montreal
- 1867 December 29. To Sadie --- personal
- 1869 November 22 To Caroline H. Dall.
- 4. Dall, Caroline Wells [Healey] 1822-1912 Poem to her daughter, Sarah, on her 18th birthday.
Manuscript. 1 page.
- 5. Dall, Caroline H. Obituary: Rachel Bodley 1888 Broadside. Remembrances of Whittier...
- 6. Miscellaneous papers (articles written by Caroline H. Dall.)
- vol. 8 (v.I.). Obituaries of persons with whom I was very intimate or with whom I had close public
- vol. 9 (v.II). Obituaries of persons with whom I was very intimate or with whom I had close public
- vol. 10 (v.III). Obituaries of persons with whom I was very intimate or with whom I had close public
- vol. 11 (v.IV). Obituaries of persons with whom I was very intimate or with whom I had close public
- 12. Unmounted obituaries. 1906-1910.
- 13. Pamphlet by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?" (Woman's Suffrage Tracts, Number 4), Boston, 1869, with note by Caroline H. Dall.
Adult education--History--19th century
Manuscripts (for publication)
Massachusetts--Social life and customs
Toronto (Ont.)--Social life and customs
Transcendentalists (New England)
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