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Samuel G. Goodrich Collection, 1812-1972 (Bulk: 1820-1860)
1 archives box, 1 oversize flat box (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Children's writer. Collection consists chiefly of correspondence but also passports, contracts, tickets, official proclamations, and other documents relating to Goodrich's life and literary work.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Goodrich Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Goodrich Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793-1860) wrote a popular and widely imitated series of educational works for children under the pen name of Peter Parley. His intent was to provide an alternative to the British biases of 19th-century schoolroom texts and the questionable morals of nursery rhymes. He also created two children's magazines, Merry's Museum and Parley's Magazine, as well as an annual gift book, The Token. Goodrich served in the Massachusetts legislature in 1837 and held the post of U.S. consul at Paris from 1851 to 1853.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection of 97 items, most collected by Mr. Harmon Boyd (AC 1917), consists chiefly of correspondence but also passports, contracts, tickets, official proclamations, and other documents relating to Samuel Goodrich's life and literary work, chiefly dating from 1820 to 1860 with some undated material. Most of the correspondence is addressed to Goodrich; correspondence to other individuals usually concerns Goodrich or his literary works or characters. The collection also includes several letters written by or to Goodrich's daughter, Emily Goodrich Smith, concerning her father's works; and one letter dated 1860to Goodrich's wife. Three items comprise 20th century material relating to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd's ownership of the collection.

The papers are arranged alphabetically by name of creator, with unidentified material placed at the end. Nine oversize items have been placed in a second box.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Goodrich Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Goodrich Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Samuel G. Goodrich Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Amherst College received the papers from Mrs. Harmon S. Boyd (AC 1917) in 1980. Mr. Boyd, a Goodrich collector, assembled the collection. It was processed in 2003.

Processing Information
Processed: 2003 Mar
By: Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Intern, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Finding Aid: 2003 Mar
Prepared by: Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Intern, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Edited by: Daria D'Arienzo, Head of Archives and Special Collections
Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English.