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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1838.2

Letters to Dorothea Lynde Dix from various correspondents

Overview

Letters to Dorothea Lynde Dix, American educator, social reformer, and humanitarian.

Dates

  • 1836-1892

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

.5 linear feet (1 volume)

Mostly letters addressed to and concerning social reformer Dorothea Lynde Dix. Includes only one letter from Dix, manuscript poem addressed to Dix from Pliny Earle, bills, letter from William Wordsworth to Dix, and other material.

Biographical / Historical

Dix was an American educator, social reformer, and humanitarian, Dorothea Dix. She investigated the conditions of the hospitalized insane in many U.S. states and some European countries, and petitioned state and national legislatures for reforms. She was also superintendent of army nurses during the Civil War.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*70M-109. Gift of Rosamund Lamb, 301 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1971 March.

Title
Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887, recipient. Letters to Dorothea Lynde Dix from various correspondents, 1836-1892: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou00738

Repository Details

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