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Hunt family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00080

Scope and Contents

This small collection of Hunt Family Papers consists of one box of correspondence, biographical materials, and memorabilia. The papers of Dr. Mary Olive Hunt relate primarily to her medical career and include cards of matriculation and registration in courses of the New England Female Medical College, 1861-63, and certificates of attendance signed by Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewska and other women professors; licenses to practice in Manchester, New Hampshire; newspaper clippings advertising Dr. Hunt's services as a physician to women, and an article celebrating her as the oldest living doctor holding a license to practice medicine in New Hampshire, 1908. There are also two letters to Dr. Hunt from suffragist Lucy Stone.

Elizabeth ("Bessie") Bisbee Hunt's correspondence include letters and notes written in the 1880s from Oliver Wendell Holmes and Charles Dudley Warner relate to her writings. Letters from Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Stanton Blatch and Julia Ward Howe, written in the years 1897 to 1903 when she was a leader in the New Hampshire woman suffrage campaign, include warm recollections of their work together in the earlier national suffrage battle. There are over twenty long and personal letters from her school friend, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne). Most were written from New London and relate to her activities in giving readings before women's clubs, a visit to her brother, Julian Hawthorne, in Jamaica, and a report of the performance of the opera based on The Scarlet letter with words by her husband and music by Walter Damrosch. A few later letters, written after her conversion to the Roman Catholic religion, describe her work for the free hospital for needy incurable cancer patients which she founded in New York City, and of her religious life at Rosemary Hill Home.

Dates

  • 1841-1903

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Olive Hunt, M.D. (1819-1908) graduated from New England Female Medical College in 1866-67 and had an active practice as a physician in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her niece by marriage, Elizabeth ("Bessie") Bisbee Hunt (1844-1919) was born in Derby, Vermont and was a leader in the New Hampshire and national woman suffrage campaign. No additional biographical information is available.

Extent

1 boxes (.25 linear feet)

Overview

Physician and suffragist. Papers consists of one box of correspondence, biographical materials, and memorabilia. The papers of Dr. Mary Olive Hunt relate primarily to her medical career and include cards of matriculation and registration in courses of the New England Female Medical College. Elizabeth ("Bessie") Bisbee Hunt's correspondence include letters and notes both personal and professional, from famous and lesser known people.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Hunt Family Papers were donated to the SSC by Mary Hunt Clough Russell (Smith class 1930), Elizabeth Clough Marston (class 1929), and Constance Clough McWhinney (class 1932), all granddaughters of Elizabeth Bisbee Hunt.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Brook Hopkins, intern.

Creator

Title
Hunt family papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
Date
2003
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss95 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
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