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COLLECTION Identifier: A/F5745

Letters of Maria Magdalen Flagg, 1790-1793


Letters from Maria Magdalen Flagg to her aunt, Lydia Nightingale, discussing family, friends, and her courtship, and observations on her mother's death in childbirth.


  • Creation: 1790-1793

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Maria Magdalen Flagg is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


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The collection consists of thirteen letters from Maria Magdalen Flagg, a young woman living in Charleston, South Carolina; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and New York, to Lydia Nightingale. The letters contain news of family, friends, and her courtship, and observations on her mother's death in childbirth. The collection also includes photocopies of typed transcripts of the letters.


Maria Magdalen Flagg was the niece of Lydia Nightingale, a resident of Providence, Rhode Island. She attended school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 84-M223

The letters of Maria Magdalen Flagg were given to the library by Helen Kessler in December 1984.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogates of the items in this collection are available through Harvard Library's Worlds of Change online collection.

Processing Information

Processed: June 1988

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: July 2020

By: Paula Aloisio

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 gifts from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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