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COLLECTION Identifier: A-72

Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1841-1909


Correspondence, articles, reminiscences, etc., of Caroline Wells (Healey) Dall, author and social reformer.


  • Creation: 1841-1909


Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Collection is open for research. Volumes 2 and 7 are also available on microfilm

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Caroline Wells Healey Dall is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


1.04 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes)

The papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall contain Dall's writings; notes; correspondence with family members; hymns by her husband, Charles Henry Appleton Dall, which she copied at his request, etc. Also included is a volume in which Dall recorded conversations from Margaret Fuller's Conversations held from March 1 to May 5, 1841, at the Reverend George Ripley's home, Bedford Place, Boston. Among the members were William White, Frederick H. Hedge, James Freeman Clarke, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sophia & George Ripley, William Story, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Caroline Sturgis, Elizabeth Hoar, Ida Russell, Sallie Gardiner, Frank & Sarah Shaw. There are quotes from Dall's journal for 1841 about these meetings, as well as information about Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) culled from many sources and reminiscences through 1895. Another volume records conversations Dall had in the winter of 1864/1854 with Rebecca Parker Hull Clarke in preparation for the biography of "A business woman." Four volumes contain obituaries of personal friends and others whom Dall knew from her public contacts.


Caroline Wells Healey Dall, author and reformer, was born on June 22, 1822, in Boston, Massachussetts; attended Joseph Hale Abbot's private girls' school; married the Rev. Charles Henry Appleton Dall in 1844; they had a son, William Healey, born 1845, and a daughter, Sarah Keene Healey, born 1849, who married Josiah Munro.

Dall was vice-principal of Miss English's School, Georgetown, DC, 1842-1844, and one of three founders, 1865, of the American Social Science Association, and until 1905 its director and vice-president. She received an honorary LL.D. from Alfred University in 1877, and died on December 17, 1912, in Washington, DC.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 57-101, 59-11

The papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in October 1957 by Alma Lutz, River St., Boston, Massachusetts, and in February 1959 by Charles Whitney Dall, Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1829-1956 (MC 351).


  1. Box 1: 1v-8v
  2. Box 2: 9v-10v
  3. Box 3: 11v-13
Dall, Caroline Wells Healey, 1822-1912. Papers of Caroline Wells Healey Dall, 1841-1910: A Finding Aid
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