Scope and Content
Title: Blackwell and Atwood families
Collection Number: mssBlackwellarchive
Blackwell and Atwood
9 boxes and 2 oversize folders
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Abstract: The Blackwell and Atwood families
archive consists of correspondence, notebooks, photographs, and printed ephemera
saved by the Atwood family.
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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Blackwell and Atwood families archive, The Huntington Library, San Marino,
Purchased from Mary Heiskell Price, July 2012.
Purchased by Claire Heiskell from Robert Atwood at an undetermined date.
Originally owned by Elizabeth Blackwell and Kitty Barry Blackwell, passed from
Kitty to the Atwood family in the early 20th century.
Lucy Stone was a prominent American orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal
advocate and organizer promoting rights for women.
Henry Browne Blackwell was an American advocate for social and economic reform. He
was one of the founders of the Republican and the American Woman Suffrage
Stone married Blackwell in West Brookfield, Massachusetts on May 1, 1855. They had
two daughters: Alice Blackwell Stone and Mary Elizabeth Hagar Atwood (adopted).
Alice Stone Blackwell was an American feminist, suffragist, journalist, and human
rights advocate. Mary Elizabeth Hagar Atwood married Ernest Winslow Atwood and the
couple had four children: Alice Gertrude King Atwood, Henrietta Louise Atwood, Helen
Elizabeth Atwood, and Robert W. Atwood.
Elizabeth Blackwell was a British-born physician, notable as the first woman to
receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK
Medical Register. Henry Browne Blackwell was her younger brother.
Scope and Content
This collection primarily consists of correspondence to and from Alice Stone
Blackwell, Mary Elizabeth Hagar Atwood, and Anna Louise Hagar. There are
approximately 128 letters from Alice Stone Blackwell to Mary Elizabeth Hagar Atwood.
There are also dozens of poems (sent for children or to celebrate their arrival) and
manuscripts by Alice Stone Blackwell. Also included are approximately 182 letters
from Mary Elizabeth Hagar Atwood's sister, Anna Louise Hagar, where she writes
primarily from the West Coast. There are two letters from Lucy Stone to Anna Louise
Hagar. In one letter, Stone hopes the Hagar sisters "...had pleasure out of the
books. My daughter [Alice Stone Blackwell] when she was your age used to have great
fun with the Huggermuggers. She knew it was all 'make believe' but she liked it all
the same" (May 16, 1890). There are 6 letters from Henry Browne Blackwell to Mary
Elizabeth Hagar Atwood. In one letter dated October 5, 1898, Blackwell writes Atwood
a short poem, which reads: "Beautiful Beth! We love her to death; She can swim; she
can dive; And she knows how to count five!" In another letter he ends with an
exhortation "Don't run away, and avoid Saloons" (July 10, 1905). An item of interest
is Elizabeth Blackwell's medical notebook, Box 7 (8). Topics such as air, diseases,
food, and temperament are discussed. The notebook appears to be incomplete. There
are approximately 85 photographs, many are family snapshots (individual and
gatherings), but more are studio portraits (often cabinet cards). Ephemeral items
include buttons, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, periodicals and programs. The
bulk of the periodicals consist of the magazine: The Youth's Companion from 1885
through 1924. The two oversize folders consist of additional newspaper clippings.
Lastly, there are two oversize folders consisting of additional newspaper
Arranged alphabetically by genre.
Atwood (Family :
Mass.), former owner
Atwood, Mary Elizabeth
Blackwell (Family :
Blackwell, Alice Stone,
1821-1910, former owner
Blackwell, Kitty Barry,
1848-1936, former owner
Women--Legal status, laws,
Women social reformers