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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2154

Dorothea Lynde Dix letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot


Letters by Dorothea Lynde Dix, American educator, social reformer, and humanitarian to Unitarian minister Thomas Lamb Eliot.


  • 1869-1885

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Includes letters from Dix to Eliot and his wife, Henrietta Robins Mack Eliot, primarily concerning personal matters. Also includes typescript transcripts of most letters, some letters to others concerning Dix's illness and a few of her manuscript compositions, especially poems.

Biographical / Historical

Dix was an American educator, social reformer, and humanitarian. 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. Eliot was a Unitarian minister, an educator, and assisted in the founding of Reed College in Oregon.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

b [Shelved with bMS Am 2153 and bMS Am 2155]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

43M-603 - 43M-635. Gift of W.G. Eliot, Jr.,Portland, Oregon; received: 1944.
Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. Dorothea Lynde Dix letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot, 1869-1885: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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