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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 951

Papers of Hattie A. Harlow, 1876-1886


Hand-sewn scrapbooks created by Hattie A. Harlow


  • 1876-1886

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. The papers created by Hattie A. Harlow are in the public domain.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2.09 linear feet (5 file boxes)
Collection consists of hand-sewn scrapbooks containing manuscript instructions in knitting, lacemaking, gardening, cooking, personal care, and various household remedies. Also included are clippings, reading lists, physiological drawings, rules for business, phrenological diagrams, and other examples of self-instruction; and one flyer advertising her services.


Harriet "Hattie" Augusta Harlow, daughter of Benjamin B. and Sophia Harlow, was born April 27, 1845, in Brockton, Massachusetts. She lived in Brockton and Bridgewater, Massachusetts, working as a seamstress and teacher of piano and organ.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 90-M43

The papers of Hattie Harlow were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Carlton Lowenberg in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed: June 2018

By: Amanda Hegarty and Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following:  books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.  Other material not normally retained include:  clippings that are not by or about the collection's creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes (when they do not contain additional information).

When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.
Link to catalog
Harlow, Hattie A. Papers of Hattie A. Harlow, 1876-1886: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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