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84-M183--85-M100

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Biographical essays of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1975-ca.1978

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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 84-M183--85-M100
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
Title: Biographical essays of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, l975-ca.l978
Date(s): l975-l978
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 carton) plus 1 folio folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Photocopies of biographies of approximately 100 women who lived in the United States in the 17th through the early 20th centuries of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, a social service, genealogical, and historical organization.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 84-M183, 85-M100
These biographical essays of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America were given to the Schlesinger Library by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in October 1984.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: February and June 1985
By: Cecilia V. Estolano, Bert Hartry, Elizabeth H. Wang

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the biographical essays created by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is held by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. 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:

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Biographical essays, 1975-ca.1978; item description, dates. 84-M183--85-M100, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is a social, service, genealogical, and historical organization founded in 1892.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection consists of biographies of women who lived in the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. The biographies were compiled and written by their descendants, all of them members of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. The essays in this collection are photocopies; the originals are at the Library of Congress.
The biographies, of approximately one hundred women, illustrate patterns of American settlement: in the New England colonies, on Southern plantations, and in pioneer settlements on the frontier. Most of the women were of English or Scottish stock and were members of affluent and influential families. Extracts of diaries and letters provide vivid descriptions of domestic activities and of the material conditions of daily life. Among the most prominent women represented are Abigail (Smith) Adams (see #24), Sarah (Pierrepont) Edwards (#31), Deborah (Sampson) Gannett (#24), Sarah Josepha Hale (#44), Juliette (Gordon) Low (#13), Pocahontas (#13), Mercy (Otis) Warren (#24), Martha (Dandridge) Washington (#1), and Phillis Wheatley (#24).
Each biography is filed under the state chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America to which the author (not the subject) belongs; most folders therefore contain biographies of women from various states. Forty one state chapters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and one in the District of Columbia are represented by authors; forty one states and the District of Columbia are represented in the biographies.

INDEX

States in capital letters in this index are those in which the subjects of biographies lived. The states listed following these are those in which the biographers live; each of the latter states is represented by a folder in this collection.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Biographies
Frontier and pioneer life
Great Britain--Colonies--America--Social conditions
Great Britain--Colonies--America--Social life and customs
New England--Social life and customs
Plantation life
United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Women--History
Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818
Edwards, Sara Pierrepont, 1710-1758
Gannett, Deborah Sampson, 1760-1827
Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879
Low, Juliette Gordon, 1860-1927
Pocahontas, -1617
Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814
Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
Wheatley, Phillis, 1753-1784

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