Contents and Arrangement

Carrie Breed School Essays, 1875-1879

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of thirteen handwritten essays composed by Carrie Breed, a young woman who attended the Parker Academy in Connecticut in the 1870s. Topics span from traditional "feminine skills" to literature, composition, and botany. The first copy exercise is one assigned to Breed from Charles Northend's The American Speaker (1856), though later exercises are those she selected from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1868). Later essays include her own reflections and writings on moral concepts such as "Influence," "Benevolence," "Hospitality," and "Filial Trust;" domestic work such as cultivating plants and house-cleaning; and her relationship with the seasons and nature.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Whitmore Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2022-120).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Kelly Bolding in May 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Carrie Breed School Essays; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Women -- Connecticut -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Women -- Education -- Connecticut -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Genre Terms:
Essays -- 19th century