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COLLECTION Identifier: A-80; M-110

Papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck, 1833-1937

Overview

Correspondence, scrapbooks, and diaries of author and former mill girl Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and her daughter, Harriette Lucy Robison Shattuck, suffragist and women’s clubs advocate.

Dates

  • 1833-1937

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-110.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Papers created by Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck are in the public domain. 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.

Extent

12.72 linear feet ((30+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder)
The Harriet Robinson papers include a large body of her family correspondence with her children, her husband, and other family members. Other correspondents include: Lucy Larcom, several Lowell mill girls, and suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. Annual diaries, dating from 1852 to 1908 with some gaps, and scrapbooks number over seventy volumes and contain early writings (published and unpublished), Lowell mill girl material, and newsclippings dealing primarily with women and suffrage. Seven of the scrapbooks were kept by Harriette Robinson Shattuck, except that the first of them was begun for her by her mother.

The Shattuck papers include 33 diaries (1867-1937), nine additional scrapbooks, and an 86-page manuscript autobiography written in 1914.

BIOGRAPHY

Harriet Jane Hanson was born February 8, 1825, in Boston, Massachusetts, the only daughter of William Hanson and Harriet (Browne) Hanson. After her father's death in 1831 Harriet moved with her mother to the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, and at the age of ten began working in one of the mills. It was during this time that she began writing; some of this early work was published in the Lowell Offering. In 1848 she married William Stevens Robinson, an anti-slavery newspaper editor who used the pen-name "Warrington." Besides helping her husband with his anti-slavery and reform activities, Harriet Robinson became active in the advancement of women's rights. In 1881 she wrote a history of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement and openly affiliated with Susan B. Anthony's National Woman Suffrage Association. She also continued to write about factory labor and mill girls ("Early Factory Labor in New England," 1889; Loom and Spindle, 1898) and was an enthusiastic promoter of women's clubs. She died at her home in Malden, Massachusetts, December 22, 1911.

Harriette Robinson Shattuck, the first of William and Harriet (Hanson) Robinson's four children, was born December 4, 1850. Beginning in the 1860s, she was active in the woman suffrage movement, later helping her mother organize the National Woman Suffrage Association of Massachusetts. In 1878 she married Sidney Doane Shattuck. Mrs. Shattuck also shared her mother's interest in women's clubs: in 1878 she helped found the "Old and New," a woman's club of Malden, Massachusetts, and she was active in the formation of the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1890. After her mother's death Mrs. Shattuck moved with her husband to Poughkeepsie, New York, later returning to Malden. She died March 24, 1937.

SERIES LIST

  1. Series I. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Family Correspondence. #1-17.
  2. Series II. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Compositions, Speeches, News-clippings, Genealogical research material, miscellaneous. #18-25.
  3. Series III. William Stevens Robinson: Correspondence. #26-33.
  4. Series IV. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Correspondence of mill workers and other friends. #34-46.
  5. Series V. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Suffrage correspondence. #47-61.
  6. Series VI. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Diaries. 1v-27v.
  7. Series VII. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Writings and scrapbooks. 28v-66v.
  8. Series VIII. Harriette Robinson Shattuck: Diaries. 67v-99v.
  9. Series IX. Harriette Robinson Shattuck: Scrapbooks, writings, miscellaneous. 100v-116v; #62-63.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 59-70, 348, 77-M115

The Robinson-Shattuck papers were purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop in June 1959, except for some of the volumes in series VIII and IX. These volumes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edna Lamprey Stantial in July 1961. Two additional diaries (January 1856-December 1859, 1863) were given to the Library in July 1977 by Zivan Simonian.

Microfilm of Collection

Re-processed and microfilmed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987. The papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and her daughter Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck have been microfilmed; a positive film copy is available for the use of readers. The original manuscripts are closed to research.

The following list indicates the folder and volume numbers and which reels they appear on.

Please refer to this folder and reel information as you use the Inventory. When requesting microfilmed material, please use the microfilm number M-110 and the reel number.
Reel Guide
  1. Folders 1-17: reel 1
  2. Folders 18-61: reel 2
  3. Volumes 1-7: reel 3
  4. Volumes 8-12: reel 4
  5. Volumes 13-20: reel 5
  6. Volumes 21-25: reel 6
  7. Volumes 26-35: reel 7
  8. Volumes 36-46: reel 8
  9. Volumes 47-56: reel 9
  10. Volumes 57-66: reel 10
  11. Volumes 67-77: reel 11
  12. Volumes 78-86: reel 12
  13. Volumes 87-91: reel 13
  14. Volumes 92-96: reel 14
  15. Volumes 97-105: reel 15
  16. Volumes 106-115, folders 62-63: reel 16

Related Materials

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Harriette R. Shattuck Volume, 1892-1894 (A/S533).

Container List

  1. Box 1: Folders 1-13
  2. Box 2: Folders 14-35
  3. Box 3: Folders 36-63
  4. Box 4: Volumes 1-5
  5. Box 5: Volumes 6-10
  6. Box 6: Volumes 11-17
  7. Box 7: Volumes 18-24
  8. Box 8: Volumes 25-30
  9. Box 9: Volumes 31-32, 34
  10. Box 10: Volumes 35-36
  11. Box 11: Volumes 37-38
  12. Box 12: Volumes 39-41, 43
  13. Box 13: Volumes 45-47
  14. Box 14: Volumes 48-51
  15. Box 15: Volumes 52-54
  16. Box 16: Volumes 55-58
  17. Box 17: Volumes 59-61
  18. Box 18: Volumes 62-64
  19. Box 19: Volumes 65-70
  20. Box 20: Volumes 71-82
  21. Box 21: Volumes 83-87
  22. Box 22: Volumes 88-90
  23. Box 23: Volumes 91-92
  24. Box 24: Volumes 93-94
  25. Box 25: Volumes 95-96
  26. Box 26: Volumes 97-98
  27. Box 27: Volumes 99-102
  28. Box 28: Volumes 103-106
  29. Box 29: Volumes 107-111
  30. Box 30: Volumes 112-115
  31. Box 11: Volume 116
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS This index lists writers and recipients of letters. Information about these individuals is not indexed; nor are subjects. The numbers refer to folders unless otherwise indicated.
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
  1. Abbott, Annie E. P. - 39v
  2. Abbott, Elizabeth Osborne Robinson - 3-5, 7-15, 17, 39v, 100v, 102v
  3. Abbott, Martha Harriet - 17
  4. Abbott, Robinson - 17
  5. Alden, John B. - 113v
  6. Alexander, James - 37v
  7. Allen, Nathaniel T. -33v
  8. Ames, Lucia Y. - 107v
  9. Anthony, Susan B. - 47-53, 103v
  10. Atherton, Gibson (?)- 52v
  11. Avegnes, Julia R. - 107v
  12. Bartel, C. A. - 34v
  13. Bashford, G. W. - 59
  14. Baxter, R. F. (Mrs.) - 101v
  15. Baxter, Sylvester - 110v
  16. Beck, H. E. - 43
  17. Bird, F. W. - 38v
  18. Blackwell, Henry B. - 58, 48v, 50v, 100v, 104v
  19. Blair, Henry W. - 104v
  20. Blood, (Mrs.)- 59
  21. Bowman, Selwyn L. - 52v, 54v
  22. Brooks, Phillips C. - 62
  23. Brown, M. R. (Mrs.) - 59
  24. Brunton, William - 107v
  25. Bugbee, Emma - 39v
  26. Butterworth, Ben - 52v
  27. Carter, Alice A. - 43
  28. Carter, Maria E. - 39v
  29. Chace, E. B. - 102v
  30. Chandler, John W. - 52v
  31. Channing, William H. - 50
  32. Chester, Frank Dyer - 22
  33. Clapp, S. Jane - 39v
  34. Clark, Anna L. - 115v
  35. Clark, Frederic - 115v
  36. Clements, E. H. - 104v, 113v, 115v
  37. Coebran, J. W. - 29v
  38. Colby, Clara Bewick - 53
  39. Cox, Sarah O. - 101v
  40. Crandell, C. - 46
  41. Currier, Lura - 43
  42. Currier, Marie - 43
  43. Curtis, Harriot F. - 44
  44. Curtis, William - 39v
  45. Czapo, William W. - 52v
  46. Davis, Georgiana - 100v, 101v
  47. Davis, H. L. - 52v
  48. Drew, Thomas - 67v
  49. Durant, William J. - 105v
  50. Eddy, Eliza F. - 60
  51. Eddy, Mary E. - 104v
  52. Eddy, Sarah S. - 39v
  53. Edmund, George - 54v
  54. Elverson, James - 101v
  55. Farley, H. - 43
  56. Farman, Ella (?)- see Pratt
  57. Ferry, T. W. - 104v
  58. Fletcher, Margaret - 38v
  59. Foster, Abby K. - 52v
  60. Foster, M. W. (Mrs.) - 101v
  61. Foster, Rachel G. - 102v, 104v-106v
  62. Fox, Jabez - 100v
  63. French, C. M. (Mrs.) - 101v
  64. Fuller, Henry H. - 32
  65. Gage, Matilda Joslyn - 55
  66. Gannett, A. M. (Mrs.) - 101v
  67. George, Obijah (?)- 60
  68. Gerauld, E. P. - 100v
  69. Godwin, Minna - 36v
  70. Gordon, E. J. (Mrs.) - 101v
  71. Greene, Lucy Call Robinson - 28
  72. Griffin, S. E. - 46
  73. Hallett, B. F. - 50v
  74. Hanson, Harriet Browne - 1, 3-5
  75. Hanson, John Wesley - 3, 16
  76. Harris, Benjamin W. - 52v
  77. Harris, W. T. - 109v, 110v
  78. Hasen, William Ingraham - 38v
  79. Haven, Gilbert - 25
  80. Haven, Hannah B. - 101v
  81. Hawes, Eben O. - 22
  82. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth - 59
  83. Hildreth, B. P. - 104v
  84. Hill, Helen M. - 101v
  85. Holbrook, (Mrs)- 59
  86. Holmes, D. E. - 100v
  87. Hopkins, S. C. - 102v
  88. Hovey, William A. - 104v
  89. Howells, W. D. - 38v
  90. Hoy, Thomas - 106v
  91. Hurd, Charles C. - 103v
  92. Keifer, Joseph Warren - 52v
  93. Kennedy, Richard - 101v
  94. Kinsley, Edward W. - 37v
  95. Knapp, (Mr.)- 45
  96. LaCoste, C. P. (Mrs.) - 110v
  97. Lake, Alice E. - 39v
  98. Lapham, E.G. - 104v
  99. Larcom, Lucy - 34-43
  100. Leonard, E. J. - 34v
  101. Livermore, Mary A. - 55
  102. Ludlow, G. S. - 39v
  103. McClure, Addison S. - 52v
  104. MacIver, Mrs. D. - 37v
  105. Merrill, Estelle M. H. - 39v
  106. Metcalf, L. S. - 31v, 39v, 108v, 110v
  107. Milliken, D. L. - 100v
  108. Molineaux, Anna - 102v
  109. Morse, Elijah A. - 111v
  110. Morse, Julia W. - 39v
  111. Morse, Leopold - 52v, 54v
  112. Morse, M. E. - 22
  113. Nicholes, Caroline P. - 101v
  114. Niles, T. (?) - 113v
  115. Norcross, Amasa - 52v, 54v
  116. Noyes, M. J. (Mrs.) - 101v
  117. Perry, Mary Ann - 101v
  118. Perry, Mary W. - 101v
  119. Peterson, Archy - 33
  120. Pratt, Ella Farman - 104v, 108v, 109v
  121. Putnam, William L. - 46
  122. Ranney, Ambrose A. - 52v
  123. Ratcliffe, F. H. - 101v
  124. Rice, William W. - 52v, 54v
  125. Richie, Gaines Monroe - 52v
  126. Roach, Caroline (Carrie)- 104v
  127. Robinson, Benjamin Franklin - 27
  128. Robinson, Edward Warrington - 3-5, 7-15
  129. Robinson, George D. - 52v
  130. Robinson, Harriet Jane Hanson - 1-16, 22, 29-31, 33-52, 55-60, 31v, 32v, 34v, 36v-39v, 48v, 50v-52v, 100v, 101v
  131. Robinson, James S. - 52v
  132. Robinson, Jeremiah Albert - 27
  133. Robinson, Martha Cogswell - 2, 26, 100v
  134. Robinson, William - 26
  135. Robinson, William Stevens - 1-6, 26-33, 43, 44, 100v
  136. Roedell, Gustus A. - 46
  137. Round, William M. F. - 31v
  138. Russell, William A. - 52v
  139. Sanborn, Frank B. - 101v
  140. Sewell, Harriel Winslow - 52v
  141. Shattuck, Harriette Lucy Robinson - 3-5, 7-15, 17, 52, 59, 62, 39v, 52v, 100v-106v, 108v, 109v, 111v, 113v, 115v
  142. Snider, D. J. - 109v
  143. Sprague, J[ulia] A. - 101v
  144. Stanton, Elizabeth Cady - 57, v.51v,104v
  145. Stevens, Benjamin F. - 62
  146. Stewart, James S. - 106v
  147. Stone, Eben F. - 52v
  148. Stone, Lucy - 58, 59, 51v
  149. Sullenbeyer, O. P. - 106v
  150. Taylor, Ezra B. - 52v
  151. Tudor, Frances (Mrs. Fenno) - 49, 59
  152. Wadkin, Horace G. - 22
  153. Weld, Theodore D. 100v
  154. Wells, Kate G. - 38v, 101v-104v
  155. Whiting, Charles G. - 46
  156. Wilde, W. A. - 101v
  157. Wilder, A. - 105v
  158. Windsor, Anna B. - 59
  159. Winslow, C. B. - 103v
  160. Woodgraff, Jonathan T. - 52v
  161. Wright, Carroll D. - 43, 51v
  162. Wyman, E. A. (Mrs.) - 39v
  163. Young, F. W. - 104v
  164. Young, Thomas L. - 52v

Processing Information

Re-processed: September 1977

By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
Link to catalog
Title
Robinson, Harriet Jane Hanson, 1825-1911. Papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck, 1833-1937: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
EAD ID
sch00154

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