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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2170

Dorothea Lynde Dix additional letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot

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


  • 1866-1887

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.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Includes letters from Dix to Eliot and his wife,Henrietta Robins Mack Eliot. Includes letters from Dix to Eliot and his wife, Henrietta Robins Mack Eliot, about her work, including visits to mental hospitals. Also includes letters from other correspondents to the Eliots concerning Dix.

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 2166-2170)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

45M-339. Gift of Rev. W.G. Eliot, Jr., 1923 N. E. Schuyler Street, Portland, Oregon, received: 1946 January 18.
Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. Dorothea Lynde Dix additional letters to Thomas Lamb Eliot, 1866-1887: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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