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Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Lydia Maria Child Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:

This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library.



Consists of selected correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs of the nineteenth-century American author and abolitionist Lydia Maria Francis Child.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of miscellaneous material related to Child: photographs, correspondence, a poem addressed to John Greenleaf Whittier, and manuscript notes on Washington Allston. The photographs are of Child and her family, and her correspondence is chiefly with friends and family members.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lydia Maria Francis Child was an American author and abolitionist. Her works include the novels Hobomonk (1824) and The Rebels, Or, Boston Before the Revolution (1825), and she founded Juvenile Miscellany (1825), a bi-monthly magazine for children. In 1833 she wrote An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans, which drew a lot of support as well as criticism and hostility, but she kept on undaunted, attacking slavery in several other works. When John Brown was wounded and imprisoned at Harper's Ferry, Child asked the governor for permission to come to Virginia and nurse him.

Collection History


AM 12581, 12624, 80-79, 84-34

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information:

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Jameson Creager '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Lydia Maria Child Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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