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Guide to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Papers, 1853 and undated

Summary

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe (1811 June 14-1896 July 1) was an American abolitionist and author. Collection comprises an introduction and a letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with a carte de visite of her. There is an undated introduction she wrote for the second edition of Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Stowe's statement appears as an introduction in some copies of the 1853 edition. In the introduction, Stowe discusses the African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist, remarking on her mental energy and revelatory powers as a Christian, and attests to Truth's character. She then mentions that the sales of the work will "secure a home for [Truth in] her old age ..." There is an undated letter Stowe wrote from Northampton Depot on Aug. 10 to Mr. Ward, informing him that although she is disposed to support his request, she is under pressures that limit her use of the pen. The carte de visite features a textured surface, and was created by the Howell studio in New York.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11048
Title
Harriet Beecher Stowe papers
Date
1853 and undated
Creator
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 3 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises an introduction and a letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with a carte de visite of her. There is an undated introduction she wrote for the second edition of Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Stowe's statement appears as an introduction in some copies of the 1853 edition. In the introduction, Stowe discusses the African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist, remarking on her mental energy and revelatory powers as a Christian, and attests to Truth's character. She then mentions that the sales of the work will "secure a home for [Truth in] her old age ..." There is an undated letter Stowe wrote from Northampton Depot on Aug. 10 to Mr. Ward, informing him that although she is disposed to support his request, she is under pressures that limit her use of the pen. The carte de visite features a textured surface, and was created by the Howell studio in New York.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Harriet Beecher Stowe Papers, 1853 and undated, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Papers
Folder 1
Carte de visite
Folder 2
 

Historical Note

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe (1811 June 14-1896 July 1) was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin(1852) was a depiction of life for African Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential for both her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day.


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Provenance

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a loan and purchase in April 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by: Alice L. Poffinberger, May, 2015.

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2015-0050-LUBMSS477; LUBMSS476.

Processed to include addition of carte de visite by Alice L. Poffinberger, November 2017