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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1232

Additional papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1848-1915


Addenda to the papers (A-162; M-60) of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, including correspondence, clippings, etc.


  • Creation: 1848-1915


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer 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.


.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 2 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder, 1 oversize folder)

This collection consists mainly of correspondence of Wayman Crow and Cornelia (Crow) Carr, including personal letters written by or re: the Sedgwick family, 1848-1871, letters to Wayman Crow from his friend, Henry Giles, 1857-1863, personal letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer to the Crow family, responses from readers of Cornelia (Crow) Carr's book, and letters from Julian Mead of the Watertown Savings Bank re: Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's estate, 1909-1913. Also included are book reviews and other clippings re: Cornelia (Crow) Carr's biography of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer.

Additional material received in 1983 (accession number 83-M228) was added to the collection in March 2017 and is filed in #19.


The Crow family became prominent in the history of St. Louis, Missouri, when the Honorable Wayman Crow (1808-1885) brought his family there from Kentucky in 1835. Civic leader, state senator, and business tycoon, Wayman Crow was the founder of Washington University and later of its art museum. Wayman Crow married Isabella B. Conn (1814-1892); among their children were Cornelia (Crow) Carr, Emma (Crow) Carr, Mary (Crow) Emmons, and Wayman Crow, Jr.

In the years 1847-1851 Cornelia Crow (1833-1922) attended Elizabeth Sedgwick's seminary in Lenox, Massachusetts. Here she met and befriended Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, who was later to become one of America's most distinguished woman sculptors. Wayman Crow became Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's first benefactor and life-long patron, managing her financial matters until his death.

Cornelia (Crow) Carr married anthropologist Lucien Carr (1829-1915) and moved with him to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Lucien Carr was assistant curator of Harvard University's Peabody Museum. They had five children: Harriet Hosmer Carr (1855-1880), Wayman Crow Carr (1856-1857), Alfred William Carr (1858-1918), Lucien Carr, Jr. (1862-1914), and Isabella Wayman Carr (1868-1928).

In 1912, four years after Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's death, Cornelia (Crow) Carr published a biography of the sculptor entitled, Harriet Hosmer, Letters and Memories.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 81-M265, 82-M26, 82-M42, 83-M228. Accession number 83-M228 was added to the collection in March 2017.

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mrs. Delmar Leighton between November 1981 and October 1983.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1777-1981 (MC 907); Harriet Goodhue Hosmer Papers, 1834-1959 (A-162; M60); Letter from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, undated (A/H827); Letter from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer to Annie Adams Fields, undated (A/H827a); Letters from Harriet Hosmer to Lydia Avery Coonley, 1889-1897 (A/H827b); Letters from Harriet Hosmer to Lydia Maria Child, 1855-1865 (A/H827c); Letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, ca.1865, 1895 (A/H827d).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: January 1984

By: Christine C. Marshall, Amanda Zuckerman

Updated: March 2017

By: Anne Engelhart

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.

Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Additional papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1848-1915: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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