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MC 907

Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1777-1981: A Finding Aid

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.: MC 907
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908
Title: Papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1777-1981
Date(s): 1777-1981
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 7 photograph folders, 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Hosmer family correspondence, photographs, genealogical information, and research material compiled by Alice Jeannette Ward concerning sculptor Harriet Goodhue Hosmer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 83-M127, 97-M158, 2003-M31
These papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer were given to the Schlesinger Library by Alice Ward and her estate between June 1983 and March 2003.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2017
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer 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:

Harriet Goodhue Hosmer Papers, 1777-1981; item description, dates. MC 907, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Harriet Goodhue Hosmer Papers, 1834-1959 A-162; M60 and 81-M265--83-M228.


Donor: Alice Ward
Accession numbers: 83-M127--2003-M31
Processed by: Anne Engelhart
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection (pending review by curator):


Sculptor and inventor, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer was a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, the daughter of Dr. Hiram and Sarah (Grant) Hosmer. She studied anatomy, and spent much of her life in Rome, where she was at first the pupil of the English sculptor, John Gibson. Her works were exhibited and purchased in England and the United States. For further information, see Harriet Hosmer, Letters and Memories, edited by Cornelia Crow Carr (1912); Notable American Women (1971); and Hosmeriana: A Guide to Works by and about Harriet G. Hosmer, by Joseph L. Curran (1975). Alice Jeannette Ward taught fourth grade at the Hosmer School in Watertown and was interested in local history. She collected manuscript material pertaining to the Hosmer family as part of her research into the life of Harriet Hosmer.


Collection includes family correspondence, autograph and commonplace books, photographs, genealogical information, and research material concerning Harriet Hosmer and her family.

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Additional Index Terms

Artists--United States
Autograph albums
Commonplace books
Sculptors--United States
Walpole (N.H.)--History
Watertown (Mass.)--History
Women artists--United States
Women sculptors--United States