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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1976-1976.6

Marian Lawrence Peabody letters and family papers


Autograph collection and family papers of American painter and diarist, Marian Lawrence Peabody.


  • Creation: 1783-1957

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 (2 boxes, 1 volume)

An autograph collection of letters written by English aristocrats, American politicians, authors, artists, educators, diplomats, and other prominent people to various Peabodys and Lawrences, especially Marian Lawrence Peabody and Bishop William Lawrence. Also contains a personal account book, 1841-1855, of merchant and manufacturer Abbott Lawrence and a guest list for a party in his honor.

Biographical / Historical

Peabody was an American painter and diarist.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1976: Letters
  2. II. bMS Am 1976.1: Additional letters
  3. III. bMS Am 1976.2: Additional letters
  4. IV. bMS Am 1976.3: Additional letters
  5. V. bMS Am 1976.4: Letters, account book of Abbot Lawrence, and other papers
  6. VI. MS Am 1976.5: Additional letters
  7. VII. MS Am 1976.6: Additional letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-213F. Deposited by Mrs. Harold Peabody, 202 Berkeley Street, Boston, Mass.; received: 1952, gift: 1955.

52M-229. Deposited by Mrs. Harold Peabody; received: 1953 Apr. 27.

54M-194. Deposited by Mrs. Harold Peabody; received: 1955 Feb. 24.

55M-224. Gift of Mrs. Harold Peabody; received: 1956.

56M-110. Gift of Mrs. Harold Peabody; received: 1957.

58M-133-138. Gift of Mrs. Harold Peabody; received: 1958-1959.

61M-246-248. Gift of Mrs. Harold Peabody; received: 1955-1962.

Peabody, Marian Lawrence, 1875-1974. Marian Lawrence Peabody letters and family papers, 1783-1957: Guide.
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