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Guide to the Sophia Foord letter to Robert Adams, 1843 May 8

Summary

Sophia Foord was a 19th century teacher in Massachusetts who was involved with the abolitionist, utopian socialist, and feminist movements. The Sophia Foord letter to Robert Adams mainly concerns the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, a utopian socialist community.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11391
Title
Sophia Foord letter to Robert Adams
Extent
1 items, 1 folder
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Three-page letter from Sophia Foord of Northampton, MA to Robert Adams of Pawtucket, RI regarding the Northampton Association of Education and Industry. Abolitionists Lydia Maria Child and William Lloyd Garrison are also mentioned, as is the Underground Railroad. A section is missing from the top of the first leaf, affecting text on the second page.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Sophia Foord letter to Robert Adams, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letter
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Sophia Foord was a 19th century Massachuetts abolitionist, teacher, and utopian socialist. She was governess to Louisa May Alcott and the children of Ralph Waldo Emerson. During her time in Northampton, MA, she lived with the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, a utopian socialist community. She was an acquaintance of Henry David Thoreau, for whom she held an unrequited romantic interest.


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Provenance

The Sophia Foord letter to Robert Adams was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, February, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS209