The collected correspondence of Lydia Maria Child, 1817-1880 (inclusive), [microform].


Date: 1817-1880 | Size: 97 microfiche_card(s)


The collection contains, 2,604 letters, 2,228 of which are from Lydia Maria Child. Topics include antislavery, politics, Childs' professional writing experience, her work as an editor of a children's magazine, her financial assistance to musicians and artists, feminism, and Child's personal life. Recipients include Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Eliot, Margaret Fuller, Charles Dickens, James T. Fields, William Cullen Bryant and other prominent cultural figures.

Background note

Lydia Maria Child, born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1802, published on numerous subjects, including domestic advice, children's literature, abolition and religion, and was an active abolitionist in New York and Massachusetts. She died in 1880.


Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Collection Information

Physical description

97 microfiche cards.


Received from Kraus and accessioned 1982 (355mic, 356mic).

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms


  • Microfilm Collection


  • Abolitionists.


  • Children's literature.
  • Slavery.
  • Women