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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1088.10

Sarah Perkins Cleveland letters to Catherine Eliot Norton and Grace Norton


Correspondence of the American socialite Sarah Perkins Cleveland to Catherine Eliot Norton and Grace Norton.


  • 1847-1898 and undated

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.


.33 linear feet (1 box)

Consists primarily of correspondence from Cleveland to the Norton sisters, chiefly concerning social and personal matters. Also contains a photograph and obituaries for Cleveland.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Perkins Cleveland, wife of Henry Russell Cleveland, was prominent in social, literary, and political circles in 19th-century Boston. Catherine Eliot Norton was the mother and Grace Norton, the sister of the American author and Harvard professor Charles Eliot Norton.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received: 1948 .

Cleveland, Sarah Perkins, 1818-1893. Sarah Perkins Cleveland letters to Catherine Eliot Norton and Grace Norton, 1847-1898: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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