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Title Allen-Johnson family papers, 1759-1992 [electronic resource].

Published Alexandria, Va. : Alexander Street Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society.
Notes Online collection includes 19483 images of documents.
Title from HTML t.p. (viewed March 25, 2011).
Restrictions Access restricted to subscribers.
Summary The collection includes correspondence, diaries, journals, articles, school exercises, legal documents, and ephemera. Nearly all of the collection originated in the nineteenth century. Among the journal holdings are those of Mary Ware Allen Johnson, kept while she was a student at the Greene Street School. Also of interest are the journals of her mother, chronicling the daily events at the Allen School in the 1820s and 1830s. Another item of interest is the scrapbook created by Sarah Alexander Lord Allen (1825-1904) after the death of her daughter Gertrude Everett Allen (1847-1865) in Charleston, South Carolina. In it Sarah copied Gertrude's letters to memorialize her effort to teach the freedmen. The recipient of the largest number of letters was Mary Ware Allen Johnson whose nearly two thousand letters were mostly from family members. Her sisters, Elizabeth and Lucy wrote four hundred of them. Their tone is affectionate and concerned. Their subjects include: the family; organizing family visits; the scarcity of good help; sickness; death; Northborough friends; the Unitarian churches in Northborough, Keene, and Troy, New York; anti-slavery activities; the Civil War; sewing for the family and the ubiquitous fund-raising fairs; the weather; and the garden. The recipient of the second largest number of letters was Harriet Hall Johnson with nearly a thousand. Approximately two hundred of them were from her mother allowing the reader to be privy to both sides of the conversation. Occasionally her mother wrote with surprising frankness of such subjects as her relationship with her mother-in-law and her husband's courtship, but usually she wrote of people and events at home and practical matters to be settled with Harriet.
Notes Original copies held by the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA USA.
Language notes English.
Other author Allen, Lucy Clark, 1791-1866.
Johnson, Mary Allen, 1819-1897.
Johnson, Harriet Allen, 1842-
Allen, Elizabeth Waterhouse, 1824-1893.
Powers, Lucy Allen, 1826-1909.
American Antiquarian Society.
Subject Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- Sources.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.