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COLLECTION Identifier: A/H827b

Letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer to Lydia Avery Coonley, 1889-1897


Letters from Harriet Hosmer, inventor and sculptor, to Lydia Avery Coonley discussing Hosmer's work, travel plans, and other social news.


  • Creation: 1889-1897


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the letters 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.


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Collection consists of 19 handwritten letters from Harriet Hosmer to poet Lydia Avery Coonley Ward (Mrs. Coonley). Hosmer writes about arranging visits to Coonley, and also discusses her work, travel plans, and other social news. Also included is a letter written by Hosmer declining an invitation to the Physical Culture Club.


Sculptor and inventor, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908) was a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, studied anatomy, and spent much of her life in Rome, where she was at first the pupil of the English sculptor, John Gibson. Her works were exhibited and purchased in England and the United States. For further information, see Harriet Hosmer, Letters and Memories, edited by Cornelia Crow Carr(1912);Notable American Women (1971); and Hosmeriana: A Guide to Works by and about Harriet G. Hosmer, by Joseph L. Curran (1975).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 82-M184; 88-M205

The letters of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer were acquired the Schlesinger Library from Paul C. Richard in August 1982 and December 1988.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1777-1981 (MC 907); Additional papers of Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1848-1915 (MC 1232); 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 Maria Child, 1855-1865 (A/H827c); Letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, ca.1865, 1895 (A/H827d).

Processing Information

Processed: August 1990

By: Jessica Gill

Updated and additional description added: March 2023

By: Cat Lea Holbrook

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 the Zetlin Sisters Fund, Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Fund, and The Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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