|American Women's Letters & Diaries: A
Bibliography and Research Guide|
Featured Letters and Diaries
1773 Phillis Wheatley becomes the first African American to publish a book: Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. Phillis Wheatley [Massachusetts Historical Society] includes the poet's letters that mention the book.
1776 Abigail Adams' "Remember the Ladies" letter to John Adams, 31 March 1776. See Selected Manuscripts: Remember the Ladies from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
1814 Letter From Dolley Payne Madison to Anna Cutts, 23 August 1814. Dolley Madison Project
Voices in Early
19th Century Virginia
Letters to Doct. Carmichael and Son [online]. Charlottesville: Claude
Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia, 2005. Available
Letters from Troy Female Seminary, 1821-1834 [William L. Clements Library]
1837 Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson Slave Letters, 1837-1838 [Special Collections Library at Duke University]
1847 Lucy Stone graduates from Oberlin College. Stone refuses to write a commencement address because she would not be allowed to read it herself. See Women's Rights Pioneer Lucy Stone Born [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities] for a profile of Stone. The site also includes the text of a letter from Stone to her parents in which she explains why she refused to write a commencement address.
1852 In a Letter to Horace Mann (Massachusetts Historical Society), Stowe announces that she has completed the novel. Later in 1852, she notes in a letter to Ralph Wardlaw that the facts behind the novel are "darker & sadder & more painful to write than the fiction."
1861 Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a
Confederate spy, is placed under house
1862 Letter, Mary Todd Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln advising her husband to remove the hesitant Gen. George B. McClellan from command, 2 November . In Words and Deeds in American History [Library of Congress].
Susan B. Anthony is arrested and brought to trial for attempting to vote
in the presidential election.
1881 Atlanta Baptist Female
Seminary is founded by Sophia B. Packard
and Harriet E. Giles. The institution is renamed Spelman Seminary in
1884 and Spelman College in 1924.
1881 Camping with the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher [National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution]
1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching Helen Keller.
1902 Susan B. Anthony to Ida Husted Harper upon the death of Elizabeth Cady Stanton [Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers Project]
1909 Mary Cassatt to John Wesley Beatty, 1909 Oct. 6 [Archives of American Art
1939 Eleanor Roosevelt resigns from the Daughters of the
(DAR) after it prevents Marian Anderson from performing at its
Constitution Hall. Roosevelt also helps arrange Anderson's Lincoln
and the Albany Movement In Music of Social
Change. Atlanta: Emory University, .
1969 Roxcy Bolton, Pioneer Feminist [Florida Memory Project] includes an overview of Bolton's work for women's rights, pro and con letters about the "men only" lunch sections, photographs of Bolton, and lesson plans for grades 7-9.
Guerrilla Girls letter to Arthur Coleman Danto, 1995 May 20 [Archives
of American Art]