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COLLECTION Identifier: A-11

Papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton, 1881-1944


Diaries and autobiography of Sarah Knowles Bolton, author and editor.


  • Creation: 1881-1944

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Knowles Bolton 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 boxes)

Diaries and autobiography including selections from her autobiography and journal that were edited by her son, Charles Bolton (1867-1950). Diary topics include travel, education of women, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.


Sarah Elizabeth Mary Knowles was born in Farmington, Connecticut on September 15, 1841, daughter of John Segar and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Knowles. She married Charles Edward Bolton in 1866. They lived in Cleveland, Ohio and, for a time, in Boston; traveled in Europe; and had one son, Charles Knowles Bolton (1867-1950), who edited some of the papers in this collection and was librarian of the Boston Athenaeum from 1898 to 1933.

Sarah Knowles Bolton was an author and editor and active in temperance work and on behalf of humane treatment of animals. For a list of her books see Who Was Who, Vol. I.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 54-72

The papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1954 by Houghton Library, Harvard University.


  1. Box 1: 1-5
  2. Box 2: 6-32

Processing Information

Reprocessed: May 1978

By: Eva Moseley

Bolton, Sarah Knowles, 1841-1916. Papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton, 1881-1944: 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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