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Sparrow, Louise Kidder. Papers of Louise Kidder Sparrow, 1839-1964: 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-154
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sparrow, Louise Kidder
Title: Papers of Louise Kidder Sparrow, 1839-1964
Date(s): 1839-1964
Quantity: 4.17 linear feet (10 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize item, 1 framed certificate)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, poems, writings, etc., of Louise Kidder Sparrow, sculptor and poet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 606, 612, 618, 625, 632, 694, 813, 858, 884
Gift of Mrs. Louise Kidder Sparrow, 6200 Oregon Avenue, Washington, D.C. Received between June and September 1963, February and October 1964, and February and May 1965.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Louise Kidder Sparrow is held by Louise Kidder Sparrow. Upon her death, copyright will be transferred to her son, Herbert George Sparrow, Jr., and then to her grandson, Herbert George Sparrow III. 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:

Louise Kidder Sparrow Papers, 1839-1964; item description, dates. A-154, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following items have been removed from the collection and cataloged separately:


Louise Kidder Sparrow was born Louise Winslow Kidder in Malden, Massachusetts, January 1, 1884. Her father Wellington Parker Kidder was the inventor of the noiseless typewriter. She studied drawing at the Eric Pape School of Art in Boston and attended Emerson College of Oratory. In 1909, she married Naval Lieutenant Herbert George Sparrow. They had one son, Herbert George Sparrow, Jr. Herbert George Sparrow died January 21, 1924 when the ship he was commanding, the USS Tacoma, wrecked near Vera Cruz, Mexico. Sparrow wrote a book, The Last Cruise, detailing her life with her husband and the circumstances of his death. Following her husband's death, Sparrow moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a professional sculptor. Her career ended due to injuries she suffered in a 1934 car crash. In 1940, she married French naval officer Paul E. H. Gripon; they divorced in 1949. Sparrow died of a heart attack in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 1979.


This collection consists of the diaries, poetry, correspondence re: the writings and sculpture, photographs of the sculpture, sketches, and autobiographical volumes of Louise Kidder Sparrow, sculptress and poetess. Included is a small amount of family correspondence, family papers, genealogical information, and material re: Louise Kidder Sparrow's escape from France prior to German occupation during World War II.


Sculpture and studio photographs.

N.B. Many of these photographs have been placed in folders 42-53f.

Family, etc.: photographs.

N.B. Many of these photographs have been placed in folders 42-53F.

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Additional Index Terms

American literature--20th century
France--History--German occupation, 1940-1945
Manuscripts (for publication)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)--Description and travel
Voyages and travels
Women poets
Women sculptors
Lambie, Margaret