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COLLECTION Identifier: A-102: M-45

Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956


Correspondence, writings, etc., of a New England family, including Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher, Catharine Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Calvin Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, et al.


  • Creation: 1798-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Originals closed; use digital images. Or, use microfilm M-45. See container list below for list of microfilmed or unmicrofilmed material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Papers created by the Beecher family 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.


5.84 linear feet ((12 file boxes, 2 card file boxes) plus 6 folio+ folders, 4 oversize folders, 1 supersize folder)

Correspondence, miscellaneous writings, clippings and memorabilia of Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher, Catharine Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Calvin Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and other members of the family. Included is Lyman Beecher Stowe's correspondence and research re Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Charlotte Cushman. Also bibliography (on cards) of the Beecher family. Family memorabilia.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 58-49

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Beecher Stowe, New York, New York. Received: June 1958. Microfilmed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987


Most of the Beecher-Stowe Collection has been microfilmed; a positive film copy is available for the use of readers. Except for a few folders not filmed, the original manuscripts are closed to research.

For a description of the contents of the collection, see the Inventory which follows this list. The list indicates (1) which folders have been filmed and which reels they appear on; (2) which folders have not been filmed and which boxes they are in.

  1. Folders 1-66 M-45, reel 1
  2. NOT FILMED: 1a, 55a
  3. Folders 67-182 M-45, reel 2
  4. Folders 183-302 M-45, reel 3
  5. NOT FILMED: 243a, 254a, 262a & b, 284
  6. Folders 303-373, x.1 M-45, reel 4
  7. NOT FILMED: 305-6, 308, 310, 313, 322, 324-5, 327-8, 330-1, 333-6, 339, 368-70, x.2
  8. Folders 377-409, v. 1, 2 M-45, reel 5
  9. NOT FILMED: 374-6, 378, 386, 391-2, 400, 403
  10. Folders 411-433a, v. 3 M-45, reel 6
  11. NOT FILMED: 410, 413-15, 424-6, 428

Unfilmed folders are also noted on the microfilm reels.

Please refer to this folder and reel information as you use the Inventory. When requesting material which has been microfilmed, please use the microfilm number M-45 and the reel number. For folders and other items not microfilmed use the collection number A-102, the box number, and the folder or item number.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Beecher-Stowe family Additional papers (A-102.1); Beecher family Additional papers, 1853-1896 (A/B414s2); James Chaplin Beecher Papers, 1850-1946 (A-123); and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1854-1890 (A/S892); Harriet Beecher Stowe and Hattie Stowe Letters, 1893 (A/S892a); and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852-1860 (A/S892b).


Box 1: Folder numbers: 1-16, 18-26, 28-47

Box 2: Folder numbers: 48-106

Box 3: Folder numbers: 107-171

Box 4: Folder numbers: 172-232

Box 5 Folder numbers: 233-289

Box 6: Folder numbers: 290-321

Box 7: Folder numbers: 322-326, 328a-330a, 332, 337-367

Box 8: Folder numbers: 368a, 370a, 371a-378, 380-383, 385-390, 392, 395-398

Box 9: Folder numbers: 399-412, 414-426, 429-430

Box 10: Folder numbers: 431-433a, 436, 451-454

Box 11: Folder numbers: 455-460, Volume 1

Box 12: Folder numbers: Volume 2 - Volume 3

Card File Box 13: Folder numbers: 434-435, 449

Card File Box 14: Folder numbers: 432a

Beecher family. Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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