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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1417

Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw from various correspondents

Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw, the wife of the American philanthropist Francis George Shaw.


  • 1838-1880

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.5 linear feet (1 box)

Consists of letters written to Francis George and Sarah Blake (Sturgis) Shaw by various correspondents. Topics discussed include family matters, the details of daily life, spiritualism and Swedenborgianism, slavery, and important events leading up to the Civil War, such as the assault on Charles Sumner, the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and John Brown's raid. Letters from Lydia Maria Child also frequently mention American artist William Page.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Shaw was the wife of Francis George Shaw, a prominent philanthropist and reformer of Boston and West Roxbury, Mass., and Staten Island, N.Y. The Shaws were the parents of Robert Gould Shaw, Civil War soldier and colonel of the first black regiment to serve with the Union Army.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-621. Gift of Mrs. Pierre Jay, 133 East 64th Street, New York City; received: 1942 Dec.
Shaw, Sarah Blake Sturgis, 1815-1902, recipient. Letters to Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw from various correspondents: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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