Weld-Grimké family papers  1740-1930 (bulk 1825-1899)
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Additional Descriptive Data

In addition to this finding aid, the Clements Library has created a comprehensive writer index, which identifies letters acquired by the Clements Library in 2012 and letters published in Barnes and Dumond: Weld-Grimké Family Papers Writer Index.

Alternate Locations

The following items are housed in the Clements Library Book Division:

The following items are housed in the Clements Library Graphics Division:

  • Quilt
  • Cameo brooch, ca. 1850
  • Eye glasses and case (Angelina E. Grimké Weld), ca. 1820-1835
  • Silver Addison watch (Angelina E. Grimké Weld), ca. 1840-1860
  • Chinese fan, ca. 1840-1869
  • Ivory sewing box, Chinese, (gift from Benjamin Grimké), ca. 1790-1820
  • Leather sewing or trinket box, European, ca. 1790-1820
  • Silk purse, handpainted, (possibly Angelina's wedding purse)
  • Peale Museum silhouette (Angelina E. Grimké Weld)
  • Netting shuttle case, ivory tools
  • Miniature tea set, French, ca. 1750-1770
  • Pocket knife, (Theodore D. Weld), ca. 1881
  • 5 developing out prints
  • CDV album
  • 12 cartes-de-visite and 2 tintype portraits of Weld-Grimké family and unidentified subjects
  • Cabinet card photos
  • Louis Weld portrait
  • Cabinet card photo of Sarah E. Grimké Weld and cabinet card photo of Theodore D. Weld
  • Quarter-plate daguerreotype of Weld- Grimké family (by Greenleaf Weld)
  • Photograph album, presented to Weld in 1863 or 1868 (includes portraits of former pupils from Eagleswood Academy)

Related Materials

The James G. Birney Papers contain undated lecture notes by Sarah Grimké and a wedding invitation sent to Birney by Angelina Grimké and Theodore Weld (May 1, 1838).

The Clements also holds a variety of related printed works by members of the Weld-Grimké family. Some examples include:


339 letters from the collection are published: Barnes, Gilbert H. and Dwight L. Dumond. Letters of Theodore Dwight Weld, Angelina Grimké Weld, and Sarah Grimké, 1822-1844. D. Appleton-Century co., inc., New York/London: [ca. 1934].

These books provide useful background and biographical information on the family: