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COLLECTION Identifier: A-80; M-110

Papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck, 1833-1937

Correspondence, scrapbooks, and diaries of author and former mill girl Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and her daughter, Harriette Lucy Robison Shattuck, suffragist and women’s clubs advocate.

Dates

  • 1833-1937

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-110.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck 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.

Extent

6.67 linear feet ((16 file boxes) plus 1 volume, oversize folder)

The Harriet Robinson papers include a large body of her family correspondence with her children, her husband, and other family members. Other correspondents include: Lucy Larcom, several Lowell mill girls, and suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. Annual diaries, dating from 1852 to 1908 with some gaps, and scrapbooks number over seventy volumes and contain early writings (published and unpublished), Lowell mill girl material, and newsclippings dealing primarily with women and suffrage. Seven of the scrapbooks were kept by Harriette Robinson Shattuck, except that the first of them was begun for her by her mother.

The Shattuck papers include 33 diaries (1867-1937), nine additional scrapbooks, and an 86-page manuscript autobiography written in 1914.

BIOGRAPHY

Harriet Jane Hanson was born February 8, 1825 in Boston, the only daughter of William Hanson and Harriet (Browne) Hanson. After her father's death in 1831 Harriet moved with her mother to the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts. and at the age of ten began working in one of the mills. It was during this time that she began writing; some of this early work was published in the Lowell Offering. In 1848 she married William Stevens Robinson, an anti-slavery newspaper editor who used the pen-name "Warrington." Besides helping her husband with his anti-slavery and reform activities, Harriet Robinson became active in the advancement of women's rights. In 1881 she wrote a history of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement and openly affiliated with Susan B. Anthony's National Woman Suffrage Association. She also continued to write about factory labor and mill girls ("Early Factory Labor in New England," 1889; Loom and Spindle, 1898) and was an enthusiastic promoter of women's clubs. She died at her home in Malden, Massachusetts, December 22, 1911.

Harriette Robinson Shattuck, the first of William and Harriet (Hanson) Robinson's four children, was born December 4, 1850. Beginning in the 1860s, she was active in the woman suffrage movement, later helping her mother organize the National Woman Suffrage Association of Massachusetts. In 1878 she married Sidney Doane Shattuck. Mrs. Shattuck also shared her mother's interest in women's clubs: in 1878 she helped found the "Old and New," a woman's club of Malden, Massachusetts, and she was active in the formation of the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1890. After her mother's death Mrs. Shattuck moved with her husband to Poughkeepsie, New York, later returning to Malden. She died March 24, 1937.

SERIES LIST

  1. Series I. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Family Correspondence. #1-17.
  2. Series II. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Compositions, Speeches, News-clippings, Genealogical research material, miscellaneous. #18-25.
  3. Series III. William Stevens Robinson: Correspondence. #26-33.
  4. Series IV. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Correspondence of mill workers and other friends. #34-46.
  5. Series V. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Suffrage correspondence. #47-61.
  6. Series VI. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Diaries. v. 1-v. 27.
  7. Series VII. Harriet Hanson Robinson: Writings and scrapbooks. v. 28-v. 66.
  8. Series VIII. Harriette Robinson Shattuck: Diaries. v. 67-v. 99.
  9. Series IX. Harriette Robinson Shattuck: Scrapbooks, writings, miscellaneous. v. 100-v. 116; #62-63.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 59-70, 348, 77-M115

The Robinson-Shattuck papers were purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop in June 1959, except for some of the volumes in series VIII and IX (see page 13 of inventory). These volumes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edna Lamprey Stantial in July 1961. Two additional diaries (January 1856-December 1859, 1863) were given to the Library in July 1977 by Zivan Simonian.

Microfilm of Collection

Re-processed and microfilmed under NEH Grant Number RC 24669-76-987. The papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and her daughter Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck have been microfilmed; a positive film copy is available for the use of readers. The original manuscripts are closed to research.

For a description of the contents of the collection, see the Inventory (pages 4-12). The following list indicates the folder and volume numbers and which reels they appear on.

Please refer to this folder and reel information as you use the Inventory. When requesting microfilmed material, please use the microfilm number M-110 and the reel number.
Reel Guide
  1. Folders 1-17: reel 1
  2. Folders 18-61: reel 2
  3. Volumes 1-7: reel 3
  4. Volumes 8-12: reel 4
  5. Volumes 13-20: reel 5
  6. Volumes 21-25: reel 6
  7. Volumes 26-35: reel 7
  8. Volumes 36-46: reel 8
  9. Volumes 47-56: reel 9
  10. Volumes 57-66: reel 10
  11. Volumes 67-77: reel 11
  12. Volumes 78-86: reel 12
  13. Volumes 87-91: reel 13
  14. Volumes 92-96: reel 14
  15. Volumes 97-105: reel 15
  16. Volumes 106-115, folders 62-63: reel 16

INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS

This index lists writers and recipients of letters. Information about these individuals is not indexed; nor are subjects. The numbers refer to folders unless otherwise indicated.
  1. Abbott, Annie E. P. - v.39
  2. Abbott, Elizabeth Osborne Robinson - 3-5, 7-15, 17, v.39, v.100, v.102
  3. Abbott, Martha Harriet - 17
  4. Abbott, Robinson - 17
  5. Alden, John B. - v.113
  6. Alexander, James - v.37
  7. Allen, Nathaniel T. - v.33
  8. Ames, Lucia Y. - v.107
  9. Anthony, Susan B. - 47-53, v.103
  10. Atherton, Gibson (?)- v.52
  11. Avegnes, Julia R. - v.107
  12. Bartel, C. A. - v.34
  13. Bashford, G. W. - 59
  14. Baxter, R. F. (Mrs.) - v.101
  15. Baxter, Sylvester - v.110
  16. Beck, H. E. - 43
  17. Bird, F. W. - v.38
  18. Blackwell, Henry B. - 58, v.48, v.50, v.100, v.104
  19. Blair, Henry W. - v.104
  20. Blood, (Mrs.)- 59
  21. Bowman, Selwyn L. - v.52, v.54
  22. Brooks, Phillips C. - 62
  23. Brown, M. R. (Mrs.) - 59
  24. Brunton, William - v.107
  25. Bugbee, Emma - v.39
  26. Butterworth, Ben - v.52
  27. Carter, Alice A. - 43
  28. Carter, Maria E. - v.39
  29. Chace, E. B. - v.102
  30. Chandler, John W. - v.52
  31. Channing, William H. - 50
  32. Chester, Frank Dyer - 22
  33. Clapp, S. Jane - v.39
  34. Clark, Anna L. - v.115
  35. Clark, Frederic - v.115
  36. Clements, E. H. - v.104, v.113, v.115
  37. Coebran, J. W. - v.29
  38. Colby, Clara Bewick - 53
  39. Cox, Sarah O. - v.101
  40. Crandell, C. - 46
  41. Currier, Lura - 43
  42. Currier, Marie - 43
  43. Curtis, Harriot F. - 44
  44. Curtis, William - v.39
  45. Czapo, William W. - v.52
  46. Davis, Georgiana - v.100, v.101
  47. Davis, H. L. - v.52
  48. Drew, Thomas - v.67
  49. Durant, William J. - v.105
  50. Eddy, Eliza F. - 60
  51. Eddy, Mary E. - v.104
  52. Eddy, Sarah S. - v.39
  53. Edmund, George - v.54
  54. Elverson, James - v.101
  55. Farley, H. - 43
  56. Farman, Ella (?)- see Pratt
  57. Ferry, T. W. - v.104
  58. Fletcher, Margaret - v.38
  59. Foster, Abby K. - v.52
  60. Foster, M. W. (Mrs.) - v.101
  61. Foster, Rachel G. - v.102, v.104-106
  62. Fox, Jabez - v.100
  63. French, C. M. (Mrs.) - v.101
  64. Fuller, Henry H. - 32
  65. Gage, Matilda Joslyn - 55
  66. Gannett, A. M. (Mrs.) - v.101
  67. George, Obijah (?)- 60
  68. Gerauld, E. P. - v.100
  69. Godwin, Minna - v.36
  70. Gordon, E. J. (Mrs.) - v.101
  71. Greene, Lucy Call Robinson - 28
  72. Griffin, S. E. - 46
  73. Hallett, B. F. - v.50
  74. Hanson, Harriet Browne - 1, 3-5
  75. Hanson, John Wesley - 3, 16
  76. Harris, Benjamin W. - v.52
  77. Harris, W. T. - v.109, v.110
  78. Hasen, William Ingraham - v.38
  79. Haven, Gilbert - 25
  80. Haven, Hannah B. - v.101
  81. Hawes, Eben O. - 22
  82. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth - 59
  83. Hildreth, B. P. - v.104
  84. Hill, Helen M. - v.101
  85. Holbrook, (Mrs)- 59
  86. Holmes, D. E. - v.100
  87. Hopkins, S. C. - v.102
  88. Hovey, William A. - v.104
  89. Howells, W. D. - v.38
  90. Hoy, Thomas - v.106
  91. Hurd, Charles C. - v.103
  92. Keifer, Joseph Warren - v.52
  93. Kennedy, Richard - v.101
  94. Kinsley, Edward W. - v.37
  95. Knapp, (Mr.)- 45
  96. LaCoste, C. P. (Mrs.) - v.110
  97. Lake, Alice E. - v.39
  98. Lapham, E.G. - v.104
  99. Larcom, Lucy - 34-43
  100. Leonard, E. J. - v.34
  101. Livermore, Mary A. - 55
  102. Ludlow, G. S. - v.39
  103. McClure, Addison S. - v.52
  104. MacIver, Mrs. D. - v.37
  105. Merrill, Estelle M. H. - v.39
  106. Metcalf, L. S. - v.31, v.39, v.108, v.110
  107. Milliken, D. L. - v.100
  108. Molineaux, Anna - v.102
  109. Morse, Elijah A. - v.111
  110. Morse, Julia W. - v.39
  111. Morse, Leopold - v.52, v.54
  112. Morse, M. E. - 22
  113. Nicholes, Caroline P. - v.101
  114. Niles, T. (?) - v.113
  115. Norcross, Amasa - v.52, v.54
  116. Noyes, M. J. (Mrs.) - v.101
  117. Perry, Mary Ann - v.101
  118. Perry, Mary W. - v.101
  119. Peterson, Archy - 33
  120. Pratt, Ella Farman - v.104, v.108, v.109
  121. Putnam, William L. - 46
  122. Ranney, Ambrose A. - v.52
  123. Ratcliffe, F. H. - v.101
  124. Rice, William W. - v.52, v.54
  125. Richie, Gaines Monroe - v.52
  126. Roach, Caroline (Carrie)- v.104
  127. Robinson, Benjamin Franklin - 27
  128. Robinson, Edward Warrington - 3-5, 7-15
  129. Robinson, George D. - v.52
  130. Robinson, Harriet Jane Hanson - 1-16, 22, 29-31, 33-52, 55-60, v.31, v.32, v.34, v.36-39, v.48, v.50-52, v.100, v .101
  131. Robinson, James S. - v.52
  132. Robinson, Jeremiah Albert - 27
  133. Robinson, Martha Cogswell - 2, 26, v.100
  134. Robinson, William - 26
  135. Robinson, William Stevens - 1-6, 26-33, 43, 44, v.100
  136. Roedell, Gustus A. - 46
  137. Round, William M. F. - v.31
  138. Russell, William A. - v.52
  139. Sanborn, Frank B. - v.101
  140. Sewell, Harriel Winslow - v.52
  141. Shattuck, Harriette Lucy Robinson - 3-5, 7-15, 17, 52, 59, 62, v.39, v.52, v.100-106, v.108, v.109, v.111, v.113, v .115
  142. Snider, D. J. - v.109
  143. Sprague, J[ulia] A. - v.101
  144. Stanton, Elizabeth Cady - 57, v.51, v.104
  145. Stevens, Benjamin F. - 62
  146. Stewart, James S. - v.106
  147. Stone, Eben F. - v.52
  148. Stone, Lucy - 58, 59, v.51
  149. Sullenbeyer, O. P. - v.106
  150. Taylor, Ezra B. - v.52
  151. Tudor, Frances (Mrs. Fenno) - 49, 59
  152. Wadkin, Horace G. - 22
  153. Weld, Theodore D. v.100
  154. Wells, Kate G. - v.38, v.101-104
  155. Whiting, Charles G. - 46
  156. Wilde, W. A. - v.101
  157. Wilder, A. - v.105
  158. Windsor, Anna B. - 59
  159. Winslow, C. B. - v.103
  160. Woodgraff, Jonathan T. - v.52
  161. Wright, Carroll D. - 43, v.51
  162. Wyman, E. A. (Mrs.) - v.39
  163. Young, F. W. - v.104
  164. Young, Thomas L. - v.52

Processing Information

Re-processed: September 1977

By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
Link to catalog
Title
Robinson, Harriet Jane Hanson, 1825-1911. Papers of Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson and Harriette Lucy Robinson Shattuck, 1833-1937: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
EAD ID
sch00154

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