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COLLECTION Identifier: A/H827c

Letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer to Lydia Maria Child, 1855-1865


Letters from Harriet Hosmer, inventor and sculptor, to Lydia Maria Child discussing Hosmer's work.


  • Creation: 1855-1865


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 contains four letters (one is a fragment) from Harriet Hosmer to abolitionist Lydia Maria Child and one transcription of a letter from Hosmer by Child, ca.1855-ca.1865. Letters describe Hosmer's work, particularly her design for the Lincoln Memorial in Springfield, Illinois, and her statue of Zenobia which critics attributed to John Gibson despite his denials. Hosmer asks for Child's support in refuting the charges.


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 number: 2001-M69

The letters of Harriet Hosmer were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Priscilla Juvelis in May 2001.

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 Avery Coonley, 1889-1897 (A/H827b); Letters from Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, ca.1865, 1895 (A/H827d).

Processing Information

Processed: May 2001

By: Anne Engelhart

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
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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

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