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COLLECTION Identifier: A-169

Papers of Lucy Parker Chamberlain, 1857-1907


Correspondence, reports, and business receipts, etc., of Lucy Parker Chamberlain, a New Englander.


  • 1857-1907


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lucy Parker Chamberlain 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.


1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)

The Lucy Parker Chamberlain collection covers the period from 1856 to 1907 (with a few unimportant items dating post-1907).

The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Lucy Parker Chamberlain, her husband and son, her two brothers (Luther and Henry Parker), her sister (Louise Parker Pike) and their immediate families. The collection also includes correspondence to Lucy Parker Chamberlain during her travels in Europe in the years 1869-1873. Finally, the collection includes some miscellaneous correspondence to Lucy Parker Chamberlain and other members of the family over the years 1856 to 1907, some receipts and reports on the education of Frank Parker Chamberlain, as well as some miscellaneous business receipts.

Among the correspondents are: Luther Fay Parker Lucy Parker Chamberlain, Frank H. Chamberlain, Frank Parker Chamberlain, Louise Parker Pike, John Pike, Henry S. Pike, Chester J. Pike, and Henry H. Parker.


Lucy Parker was born in 1829 in Plainfield, New Hampshire. She grew up in that area along with her older brother Luther and her two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

In 1857, just about the time that the Collection starts, Lucy Parker married Frank H. Chamberlain of Massachusetts, and the two moved to Alabama. In October, 1858, their son, whom they named Frank Parker Chamberlain, was born.

In the late 1860s, the three traveled to Europe. Frank Parker Chamberlain attended school in Paris, while Lucy moved from Paris through Lyons, Ayéres and Nice to San Remo, Italy, where she spent some time in 1870; and then through Mentone, France to Hannover, Prussia, where she stayed in 1872 with the Ungers. During the first part of these travels Frank H. Chamberlain was with her in an attempt to improve his health, but at the last he returned to Charlestown, Massachusetts because his health was worsening. During these years in Europe, Lucy Parker Chamberlain carried on several correspondences and made good use of her fluency in Italian, German and French.

In 1873, Lucy Parker Chamberlain returned to Charlestown, Massachusetts and Frank H. Chamberlain. From this time until the years marking the end of the Collection, she spent most of her time in Windsor, Vermont, although in the late 1870s she was in New Haven, Connecticut for a time while Frank Parker Chamberlain was at Yale.

In the first decade of the 1900's, Lucy Parker Chamberlain was a trustee of the Plainfield Cemetery Fund and carried on a certain amount of correspondence in that role.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession Number: 1482

The papers of Lucy Parker Chamberlain were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in October, 1968 by Miss Lucile Perley Pike.


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-10
  2. Box 2: Folders 11-30
  3. Box 3: Folders 31-41
  4. Box 4: Folders 42-47

Processing Information

Processed: June 1971

Chamberlain, Lucy Parker. Papers of Lucy Parker Chamberlain, 1857-1907: 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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