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Thompson, Anna Boynton, 1848-1923. Papers of Anna Boynton Thompson, 1834-1895: 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.: RA.A/T468
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Anna Boynton Thompson, 1848-1923
Title: Papers of Anna Boynton Thompson, 1834-1895
Date(s): 1834-1895
Quantity: 3 Volumes
Quantity: 4 folders
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Two volumes of Johann Gottlieb Fichte's collected works annotated by Anna Boynton Thompson, Radcliffe College Class of 1898.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R98-1
This collection was transferred from the Anna Boynton Thompson Papers (MC 202; M-148) in the Schlesinger Library in January 1998.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1998
By: Jane S. Knowles

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anna Boynton Thompson 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:

Anna Boynton Thompson Papers, 1890-1893; item description, dates. RA.A/T468, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Anna Boynton Thompson, 1842-1960 (inclusive), 1862-1935 (bulk) (MC 202; M-148).


Anna Boynton Thompson, teacher and student of philosophy, was born on September 10, 1948 in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Harriot Boynton (Sawyer) and William A. Thompson. Her earliest years were spent in Iowa and Illinois. Following the accidental death of her father, the family returned East. Her mother ran a boarding house in Boston for school teachers while Thompson and her sister Mary Frances attended Boston Girls High School. They were sent by their mother to study in Europe (1871) and then began their teaching careers: Mary Frances Thompson taught science at Edward Everett High School in Dorchester and Anna Boynton Thompson was an influential teacher of Greek and History at Thayer Academy, Braintree, Massachusetts, until her retirement in 1920.
Both sisters studied at Radcliffe: Mary Frances was a non-graduate (1885-1886, 1890-1891); Anna studied between 1884-1902 taking between one and three courses a year. She completed her admission requirements in 1896 and received her A.B. (1898) and A.M. (1899). She continued to do graduate work with Josiah Royce, 1899-1902. She was awarded an honorary D. Lit from Tufts (1902). Her Unity in Fichte's System (1895) was published in the Radcliffe College Monograph Series.
Anna was a significant donor to Thayer Academy and both Anna and her sister were generous donors to Radcliffe College. They left their mother's legacy and their own estates to Radcliffe which, in 1958, used them to construct a wing of the Cronkhite Graduate Center named for Harriot Boynton Thompson. Anna died in 1923, her sister Mary Frances in 1933.
For details about the bequest see Wilbur Jordan's files and Judith Coquillette, "Through Money Power Grows: Philanthropy and Radcliffe College 1894-1928."


This collection contains two volumes of Johann Gottlieb Fichte's collected works (in German) 1834, 1835, which are heavily annotated by Anna Boynton Thompson and loose items removed from the volumes.

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Additional Index Terms

History teachers--United States
Women history teachers--United States
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb, 1762-1814
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Thompson, Harriot Boynton, 1816-1900