Child, Lydia Maria (1802-1880)

Child, Lydia Maria

11 February 1802 – 7 July 1880


Image Information:

Date: 1860s
Source: Princeton University, Manuscripts Division

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Pertinent Archives:

American Antiquarian Society (correspondence, mostly to Marianne Cabot Devereux Silsbee) (

American Philosophical Society (correspondence with Susan Lesley) (

Atlanta University, Trevor Arnett Library, Negro Collection (correspondence) (

Barnard College Library (correspondence and/or manuscripts) (

Boston Public Library (antislavery manuscripts and correspondence) (

California State University, Long Beach, Library (pamphlets written about slavery) (

Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (correspondence) (

Cornell University, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (unpublished manuscript of “Woman Pioneers in Democracy” with an essay on Child) (

Essex Institute (letters to Samuel Johnson) (

Fruitlands Museums (letters to George Willis Cooke) (

The Huntington Library (correspondence with James Thomas Fields) (

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (correspondence, primarily to John Greenleaf Whittier, as well as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and John Curtis Underwood) (

Massachusetts Historical Society (

Medford Historical Society, Medford, MA (

Milton Ross Collection, Corona del Mar, CA

The New Jersey Historical Society (correspondence regarding Raritan Bay Union and Eagleswood Military Academy) (

The New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives (correspondence with William Cullen Bryant and Parke Godwin; letters to Ellis Gray Loring; letters to Francis G. Shaw and his wife; other correspondence and manuscripts) (

New-York Historical Society (correspondence and manuscript article) (

Sarah Lawrence College Library (Mother’s Book [1831] by Child) (

Schlesinger Library (correspondence, mostly to Louisa Loring, Ellis Gray Loring, and Anna Loring, and receipts; letter on Child’s death from sister-in-law; correspondence with Harriet Goodhue Hosmer and Alma Lutz) (

Smith College, Neilson Library, Rare Book Room (letters and/or manuscripts) (

Smith College, Sophia Smith Collection (autograph letters) (

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Boston, MA (

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library (letters to Ellis Gray Loring and his wife and daughter, relating to her work as editor of National Anti-Slavery Standard) (

Wayland Historical Society (correspondence, pamphlets, photos, and books) (

Wellesley College Archives (correspondence with Anne Whitney) (

Wilkes College Library (brief items by Child) (



Legacy References:


Child, Lydia Maria. Legacy Reprint: “Hilda Silfverling.” [In Fact and Fiction, 1846]. Legacy 2.2 (1985): 45-53.

Cutter, Martha J. “Brief Thoughts on New Approaches, Texts, Anthologies, and Bibliographies of Interest to Readers of Legacy.” Legacy14.1 (1997): 73. [GW] [LION]

Hoeller, Hildegard. “Review of Carolyn Sorisio’s Fleshing Out America: Race, Gender, and the Politics of the Body in American Literature, 1833-1879.” Legacy 21.1 (2004): 109-10. [LION]

Holland, Patricia G. Legacy Profile: “Lydia Maria Child.” Legacy 5.2 (1988): 45-53.

Karcher, Carolyn L. “Patriarchal Society and Matriarchal Family in Irving’s ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and Child’s ‘Hilda Silfverling.'” Legacy 2.2 (1985): 31-44.

Marshall, Ian. “Heteroglossia in Lydia Maria Child’s Hobomok.” Legacy 10.1 (1993): 1-16.

Mielke, Laura L. “Sentiment and Space in Lydia Maria Child’s Native American Writings, 1824-1870.” Legacy 21.2 (2004): 172-92.[MUSE]

Rosenthal, Debra J. “Review of Lydia Maria Child’s A Romance of the Republic.” Legacy 15.2 (1998): 227. [GW] [LION]

Rutkowski, Alice. “Leaving the Good Mother: Frances E. W. Harper, Lydia Maria Child, and the Literary Politics of Reconstruction.”Legacy 25.1 (2008): 83-104. [MUSE] [LION]

Sherrard-Johnson, Cherene. “Review of Eva Allegra Raimon’s The “Tragic Mulatta” Revisited: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Antislavery Fiction and Teresa C. Zackodnik’s The “Tragic Mulatta” Revisited: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Antislavery Fiction/The Mulatta and the Politics of Race.” Legacy 23.2 (2006): 206-07. [LION]

Sofer, Naomi Z. “Review of Deborah Barker’s Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist and Linda M. Grasso’s The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women’s Literature in America, 1820-1860.” Legacy 20.1 (2003): 211-12. [GW][LION]

Streeby, Shelley. “Review of Etsuko Taketani’s US women writers and the discourses of colonialism, 1825-1861.” Legacy 22.1 (2005): 74-5. [LION]

Sweet, Nancy F. “Dissent and the Daughter in A New England Tale and Hobomok.” Legacy 22.2 (2005): 107-25. [MUSE]

Vaux, Molly. “‘But Maria, did you really write this?’ Preface as Cover Story in Lydia Maria Child’s Hobomok.” Legacy 17.2 (2000): 127-40. [MUSE] [GW] [LION]

Zagarell, Sandra A. Review of Rutgers University Press American Women Writers SeriesLegacy 4.2 (1987): 62-66.

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