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Elizabeth Boynton Harbert papers (addenda)
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    Title: Elizabeth Boynton Harbert papers (addenda)
    Inclusive Dates: 1858-1971
    Bulk Dates: 1860-1925
    Collection Number: mssHarbert1
    Creator: Harbert, Elizabeth Boynton, 1845-
    Extent: 19 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-3477
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of feminist, suffragist, author and lecturer Elizabeth Boynton Harbert and her family.
    Language of Material: The material is in English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Elizabeth Boynton Harbert papers (addenda), The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Elizabeth B. Frederick, December 1993.


    Elizabeth Morrison Boynton Harbert, a feminist, suffragist, author and lecturer, was active from an early age in support of the rights of women to vote and to obtain a higher education. She served for twelve years as president of the Illinois Woman Suffrage Association, corresponded extensively with other prominent feminist leaders, wrote pamphlets and books, and was active in numerous women's, political, religious and philanthropic organizations. In 1870 she married lawyer William Soesbe Harbert. They had three children: Arthur Boynton (d.1900), Corinne Boynton, and Elizabeth Harbert Rowe. The Harberts relocated to Pasadena, California later in their lives and Elizabeth died there in 1925.

    Scope and Content

    The addenda consists of correspondence between Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, William S. Harbert, and others. It also includes some manuscripts and drafts, materials related to the Harbert family (including letters to and from Arthur B. Harbert and Corinne B. Harbert), and miscellaneous newspaper clippings, ephemera, and a scrapbook. Of note is the Civil War era letters and telegrams between Elizabeth Boynton Harbert and William S. Harbert (1861-1865).
    Subjects include: Harbert family, American Civil War, suffrage, women's rights, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Correspondents also include: Carrie Chapman Catt and Susan B. Anthony.



    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
    Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
    Harbert, Arthur B.
    Harbert, Corinne B.
    Harbert, Elizabeth Boynton, 1845- -- Archives
    Harbert, William S.
    Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902


    Feminists -- United States -- Archives
    Suffragists -- United States -- Archives
    Women -- Societies and clubs
    Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Women -- Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Women's rights -- United States

    Georgraphic Areas

    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States
    Manuscripts -- United States
    Personal papers -- United States
    Scrapbooks -- United States