United States American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission records
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876) was a doctor, educator and activist. He graduated from Brown University in 1821 and from Harvard Medical School with an M.D. degree in 1824. He was an American reformer and philanthropist who is best remembered for his work with the blind. He was the organizer of the New England Asylum for the Blind (later the Perkins School for the Blind) and was its head for 44 years. Along with his wife, Julia Ward Howe, he was a strong and vocal opponnent of slavery.
- I. Letters to the American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission
- II. Letters from directors of mental institutions
- III. Other Commission papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Original shelflist records this collection filled 2 boxes. In 1990 a note was added to the shelflist that only 1 box was found. In 2003 the collection was fully cataloged and only 1 box was found. Also, the Widener Manuscript cards noted the following entry that was not located in the 2003 sorting: Agassiz, Louis. [Four letters to the American Freedmen's inquiry commission, dated Nahant, Aug. 6, 9, 10, 11, 1863, on the future of the African race in this country, and especially condemning amalgamation]. One 16mo and three 4to.
- United States. American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission. United States American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission records: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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