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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1807-1807.5

Barrows family papers,

Letters and manuscripts of the Barrows family of New York.


  • 1861-1931.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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1 collection (26 linear feet (53 boxes))

Collection consists chiefly of personal and professional correspondence of Samuel June Barrows, Isabel Chapin Barrows, and Mabel Barrows Mussey with a small group of correspondence of Henry Raymond Mussey. The largest groups of letters are those exchanged between family members, but there are also significant groups of letters from others, including Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Cunningham Fletcher, and William Pryor Letchworth, who shared the Barrows' reform interests. Also includes diary, 1882-1912, and autobiography of Isabel Chapin Barrows covering the early years of her life; manuscripts of plays by Mabel Barrows Mussey; manuscripts and clippings of Samuel June Barrows and Isabel Chapin Barrows; and four boxes of photographs. Some of the material in the collection is in shorthand.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel June Barrows (1845-1909) was a Unitarian minister, editor of the Christian Register (1880-1896), congressman (1897-1899), and reformer particularly interested in prison reform. He was secretary of the Prison Association of New York (1900-1909). His wife Isabel Chapin Barrows (1845-1913) was an ophthalmologist, stenographer, and reformer, who was closely associated with her husband in his activities. Their daughter Mabel Hay Barrows Mussey (1873-1931) was a dramatic director and dancer. Her husband Henry Raymond Mussey (1875-1940) was a professor of economics at Columbia and Wellesley and served as managing editor of The Nation (1918-1920, 1929-1930).


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. MS Am 1807: Letters to Samuel June Barrows
  2. II. MS Am 1807: Letters by Samuel June Barrows
  3. III. MS Am 1807.1: Letters to Isabel Chapin Barrows
  4. IV. MS Am 1807.1: Letters by Isabel Chapin Barrows
  5. V. MS Am 1807.2: Letters to Mabel Hay (Barrows) Mussey
  6. VI. MS Am 1807.2: Letters by Mabel Hay (Barrows) Mussey
  7. VII. MS Am 1807.3: Letters to Henry Raymond Mussey
  8. VIII. MS Am 1807.3: Letters by Henry Raymond Mussey
  9. IX. MS Am 1807.4: Other letters
  10. X. MS Am 1807.5: Manuscripts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*66M-166. Gift of anonymous donor; received: 1967.
Barrows family. Barrows family papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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