Papers of Catherine Porter Noyes, 1863-1869
Diary, correspondence, and undated family photograph (photocopy) of Catherine Porter Noyes.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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The papers of Catherine Porter Noyes include a handwritten diary describing the challenges of living and teaching in the Sea Islands. Porter includes racial slurs in her descriptions. The diary begins in 1863 or 1864, shortly after her arrival, and concludes in 1866 after she returns to Massachusetts. Pages 25-26 appear to be damaged. The papers also include family correspondence from her sister Ellen, and other family members, and an undated family photograph (photocopy).
Catherine Porter Noyes was an educator who taught formerly enslaved men, women, and children in the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Elizabeth J. Porter and Francis V. Noyes and raised in a close-knit family that was committed to social change. Noyes' sister Ellen (Nellie) M. Balch and her cousin Mary Lambert Allen also taught freed men and women in the South. Ellen's husband Francis "Frank" Balch, was a lawyer and former secretary to United States Senator and abolitionist Charles Sumner. Her niece, Emily Greene Balch, was a sociologist, political scientist, economist, and pacifist, who led the women's peace movement and received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1946. The Noyes and Balch families resided in Jamaica Plain, a suburb of Boston.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession numbers: 2013-M33, 2013-M208
The papers of Catherine Porter Noyes were acquired from Tim Abbott Rare Books in 2013.
Processed: February 2013
By: Anne Englehart
Updated and additional description added: January 2021
By: Emilyn L. Brown
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- African Americans--Education--South Carolina
- Children of freedmen
- Freedmen--Education--South Carolina
- Race relations--South Carolina
- Sea Islands--History
- South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- South Carolina--Race relations
- South Carolina--Social life and customs--19th century
- Women educators--South Carolina
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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