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COLLECTION Identifier: A/S892

Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1854-1890


Letters of American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe to various correspondents concerning her publishers, friends, and the abolition of slavery.


  • 1854-1890

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Harriet Beecher Stowe 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.


1 folder

Collection consists of letters from Harriet Beecher Stowe to various correspondents, including concerns, comments, and questions related to edits in her book proofs; and a sympathy letter to a friend whose father had died. Also includes letters to and from Stowe relating to politics and slavery, possibly referring to Senator Stephen A. Douglas's Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854 and the subsequent repeal of the Missouri Compromise.


Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin and other books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 939--1409

The letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Paul C. Richards, 1965-1968, and the University Manuscript Company, 1967.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956 (A-102); Beecher-Stowe family Additional papers (A-102.1); Beecher family Additional papers, 1853-1896 (A/B414s2); James Chaplin Beecher Papers, 1850-1946 (A-123); Harriet Beecher Stowe and Hattie Stowe Letters, 1893 (A/S892a); and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852-1860 (A/S892b).

Processing Information

Processed: January 1988

By: Bert Hartry

Updated and additional description added: January 2021

By: Laura Peimer

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 Radcliffe Class of 1956 and the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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