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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:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


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

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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:

Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880.

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.


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 Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1