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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2154

Dorothea Lynde Dix letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot

Letters by American humanitarian crusader Dorothea Lynde Dix to Unitarian minister Thomas Lamb Eliot.

Dates

  • 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.

Extent

.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 a humanitarian crusader for the mentally ill. 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.

Arrangement

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.
Title
Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. Dorothea Lynde Dix letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot, 1869-1885: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01087

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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