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2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Includes: an 1841-1846 letter book concerning Brook Farm; loose letters primarily to Codman, some to and from Ripley and others; autographs collected by Codman, many with Brook Farm connections; manuscripts with Brook Farm subjects; scrapbooks of printed clippings about Brook Farm and reviews of Codman's book; financial reports for the Farm; record book for the Brook Farm Choir including their constitution and minutes; a copy of the deed for land for Brook Farm; printed pamphlets; and miscellaneous images including a photograph of Codman's son Benjamin Howard Codman and a 19th-century landscape oil painting (on board), possibly depicting Brook Farm.
Prominent signatures are found in the autograph collection including: Amos Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Theodore Parker, William Henry Seward, Charles Sumner, and many others. Correspondents include: Louis Agassiz, William Henry Channing, Christopher Pearse Cranch, Charles Anderson Dana, Eugene Victor Debs, Horace Greeley, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, Henry James, James Whitcomb Riley, George Ripley, among others.
Biographical / Historical
George Ripley (1802–1880) was an American Unitarian minister, critic, journalist, and social reformer associated with the Transcendentalist movement. He was an 1823 graduate of Harvard College and also studied at the Harvard Divinity School. In1841 he founded the Utopian community of Brook Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
John Thomas Codman (1826-1907) received a DMD degree in 1870 from the Harvard Dental School, and was a Clinical Instructor of Operative Dentistry there from 1879-1881. He was associated in dental practice for many years with his uncle, Dr. Willard W. Codman, and later with Dr. N. C. Keep of Boston and in 1875 he was the president of the Massachusetts Dental Society. In 1859, he married Kezzie Hinckley Clark of Brewster, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Brook Farm community, a long-time vegetarian, and a writer for newspapers and magazines. In 1894 he was the author of Brook Farm, Historic and Personal Memoirs.
- I. Letter book
- II. Letters
- III. Other manuscripts
- IV. Printed pamphlets
- V. Images
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor was the grandson of John Thomas Codman (1827-1907), a member of the Brook Farm community, and the son of Benjamin Howard Codman (b1868) and Lillian Florence Horn Codman.
- Codman, John Thomas. John Thomas Codman Brook Farm collection, 1840-1901: Guide.
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