Additional papers of Grace Ellery Channing, 1884-1976
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1.67 linear feet ((4 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
Channing began her career as a writer by editing her grandfather's memoirs, Dr. Channing's Notebook (1887). Her earliest essays were published in the periodical Land of Sunshine (later Outwest). Following a visit to Italy from 1890 to 1893, Channing wrote articles including, "What lessons Rome can teach us" and "Florence of the English poets," which described Italy for the American audience. Many of her stories appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Saturday Evening Post. She published two collections of short stories, The Sister of a Saint (1895) and The Fortune of a Day (1900), as well as a collection of poems, Sea Drift, (1899).
Channing was a close friend of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and wrote and produced several successful plays with her. In June 1894, Channing married Gilman's ex-husband, Charles Walter Stetson, a painter, and together the couple raised Stetson and Gilman's daughter, Katharine Beecher Stetson Chamberlin. The family lived in Pasadena, California, and Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to Rome, Italy, in 1902. Stetson died on July 20, 1911, on the eve of his return to the United States for a major exhibition, from complications after intestinal surgery. Channing returned to the United States in 1912 and organized an extended touring exhibition of Stetson's paintings that was shown in Boston, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and Toledo, Ohio.
In 1916, Channing was accredited as a war correspondent and traveled to France and the Italian front. From 1918 to 1937 she lived in New York, and became increasingly concerned about debts, low income, and her poor health. She died on April 3, l937.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These additional papers of Grace Ellery Channing were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Walter, Dorothy, and Linda Chamberlin between May 1983 and January 2010.
By: Johanna Carll
- Channing, Grace Ellery, 1862-1937. Additional papers of Grace Ellery Channing, 1884-1976: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College Class of 1955.
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