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Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Papers

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Papers

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ELIZABETH PALMER PEABODY PAPERS, 1835-1879





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894
Title:Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Papers
Dates:1835/1879
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection consists primarily of correspondence between Elizabeth Peabody and Ralph Waldo Emerson and correspondence from Elizabeth Peabody to others.
Collection Number:MSS 474

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of correspondence between Elizabeth Peabody and Ralph Waldo Emerson and correspondence from Elizabeth Peabody to others. Also present is a dirge written by Peabody and photographs of her.


The four letters in Folder 1 from Elizabeth Peabody to Ralph Waldo Emerson discuss the plight of Jones Very. Very (1813-1880) was an American essayist, poet, clergyman, and mystic associated with the Transcendentalist movement, who had a mental breakdown at about the time these letters were written. Also present is one letter to Mrs. Lidian Emerson.


Folder 2 contains three letters from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Elizabeth Peabody on a variety of subjects ranging from treatment of the Patriarchs in the Bible to criticism of one of her essays. Folder 3 contains thirteen letters written by Elizabeth Peabody to others. Two of these letters contain reminiscences of her childhood in Salem, growing up as neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne.


Folder 4 contains a dirge commemorating the death of Mary Barr, written by Elizabeth Peabody, and a transcript of the dirge. In Folder 5 are two photographs of Elizabeth Peabody and some brief biographical information.


Biographical Sketch

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody was born on May 16, 1804 in Billerica, Massachusetts, the first child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody. Her siblings included Sophia, who married Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mary, who married Horace Mann. Elizabeth Peabody was an educator, a writer, and a prominent figure in the Transcendentalist movement. She opened the first kindergarten in the United States. Elizabeth Peabody died on January 3, 1894, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Barr, Mary
Emerson, Lidian Jackson, 1802-1892
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894
Very, Jones, 1813-1880
Letter writing
Letters
Religion
Transcendentalism
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Papers, MSS 474, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of this material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, April 2014.


Related Material

Rondo, Bruce A., ed. Letters of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American Renaissance Woman. Middleton, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1984. This volume contains transcripts of the five letters in Folder 1 and four of the letters in Folder 3.


Hawthorne-Manning Family Papers, 1683-1956. MSS 69. Contains three letters from Elizabeth Peabody.


For additional publications related to Elizabeth Peabody, please visit Philcat, our online catalog.


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