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Lydia Maria Child Papers, 1831-1894

Collection Overview

The Lydia Maria Child Papers consist of ninety mostly personal and at times provocative letters dating largely from 1831 to 1894. The bulk is letters from Lydia Maria Child to her wealthy Boston abolitionist and philanthropic friends, the Lorings, between 1839 and 1859. They concentrate on the period of Child's distress with the institutional politics of antislavery, her editorship of the National Anti-Slavery Standard, her growing attachment to New York Bohemia, and the publication of "Letters From New York." The correspondence documents her day to day finances, friends, and family.

Digitized Collection Contents

Access to Original Materials

This collection is comprised of digital surrogates of original materials held by the William L. Clements Library. To access the original items, please consult the collection's finding aid (linked from the menu above) and see the Clements Library website to plan your visit.