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Papers of Sarah Alden Ripley, 1806-1867
Ripley, Sarah Alden, 1793-1867, creator
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.42 linear feet. (1 file box)
Bradford family ;  Emerson family ;  Emerson, Mary Moody , 1774-1863 ;  Emerson, Ralph Waldo , 1803-1882 ;  Francis, Abigail B. Allyn ;  Hawthorne, Nathaniel , 1804-1864 ;  Hedge, Frederic Henry , 1805-1890 ;  Ripley family ;  Ripley, Sarah Alden , 1793-1867 ;  Thoreau, Henry David , 1817-1862 ;  Aging ;  Spouses of clergy ;  Family records ;  Friendship ;  New Englanders -- Family relationships ;  Women -- Education ;  Boston (Mass.) -- Social life and customs ;  Concord (Mass.) -- Social life and customs ;  Massachusetts -- Intellectual life -- History -- 19th century ;  United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 ;  Waltham (Mass.) -- Social life and customs

Individual reading

Collection is mainly letters by Ripley. Letters to childhood friends Abba Allyn (married Convers Francis) and Mary Moody Emerson reveal her intellectual interests and philosophical outlook. Letters from the 1840s to her son-in-law George F. Simmons contain news of family, friends, and the Waltham parish; reports on her reading and scientific pursuits; and comments on public affairs. Later letters to her daughter Sophy discuss family news and friends, the ravages of the Civil War, and her own failing health and faculties. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and other notable writers, ministers, and reformers are mentioned in the letters as neighbors or acquaintances with whom she exchanged ideas. There are also letters to her brothers, other children, Frederic Henry Hedge, et al.

Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley Papers. Schlesinger Library. Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Ripley was the wife of Samuel Ripley (1783-1847), minister of the First Church in Waltham, Massachusetts, and the mother of seven. She and her husband ran a small boarding school for boys, and in 1846 retired to the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts.

Unpublished finding aid; see also Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library..., The Manuscript Inventories and the Catalogs...10v., (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984)

Electronic finding aid available http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:sch00153