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COLLECTION Identifier: A/S5318

Papers of Hannah Lindsey Sharp, 1864-1874


Arithmetic lesson book, recipes, home remedies, and correspondence of Hannah Lindsey Sharp, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  • Creation: 1864-1874

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Hannah Lindsey Sharp as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2 folders

The collection consists of a notebook containing arithmetic lessons, apparently used by Sharp when she lived in England. Also included are recipes, medicinal remedies, recipes for cologne, soap, and other household items; correspondence (primarily letters received and sent by Sharp's daughter Rachel); and clippings re: a series of lectures on cooking. Some recipes are written on copies of a petition to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, requesting that Congress "amend the laws of the Union that they shall not compel any slaves to return, for the purpose of residence, to any state where the laws prevent such slave from being taught to read the Bible."


Hannah Lindsey was born in England in 1795 and married Joseph Sharp. They lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and had four children: Joseph, Anne, Rachel, and William. The family may have been part of Philadelphia's Quaker community.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 95-M179

The papers of Hannah Lindsey Sharp were given to the Schlesinger Library by Richard and Mary Maples Dunn in December 1995.

Processing Information

Processed: December 1995

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated and additional description added June 2020.

By: Susan Earle.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund

Repository Details

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