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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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Adams, John Quincy. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1823 Nov 1

Box 1: folder 1
Allston, Washington. ALS, [to Samuel Goodrich]
1837 Feb 7

Box 1: folder 2
American Institute. MS.Doc., honoring Samuel Goodrich
1846 Oct 14

Box 1: folder 3
Appleton, [?]. AN, inviting Samuel Goodrich to dinner to meet Thomas H. Benton
1856 Nov 21

Box 1: folder 4
Bancroft, George. ANS, [to Samuel Goodrich?]
1858 Apr 2

Box 1: folder 5
Bartlett, [?]. Printed invitation to wedding of Frances Amelia Bartlett and Don Esteban Santa Cruz de Obiedo
[n.y.] Oct 13

Box 1: folder 6
Beecher, Catherine Esther. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich, about using his work as a text at her school
1828 Mar 7

Box 1: folder 7
Bell, John. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1849 Apr 15

Box 1: folder 8
Benjamin, Park. ALS, [to Samuel Goodrich?]
18[33?] Jan 14

Box 1: folder 9
Benjamin, Park. ANS (fragment), [to Samuel Goodrich?]
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Bennett, James G. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1853 Oct 23

Box 1: folder 11
Blanqui, [?]. ALS, [to Samuel Goodrich]
1852 Jun 26

Box 1: folder 12
Blessington, William. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1842 Sep 30

Box 1: folder 13
Bonaparte, Louis Napoleon. Printed Document, Signed. Also signed by Pierre Jules Baroche (Foreign Minister)
1851 Mar 12

Box 2: folder 1
Brainard, John Gardner Calkins. ADS, regarding Goodrich's publication of his poems
1825 Mar 14

Box 1: folder 14
Bryant, William Cullen. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1830 Apr 10

Box 1: folder 15
Burritt, Elihu. ALS, to Emily Goodrich Smith
1878 Mar 15

Box 1: folder 16
Cary, Alice. ALS, to Prof. Harper
[1857?] Dec 12

Box 1: folder 17
Cass, Lewis. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1850 Sept 11

Box 1: folder 18
Cass, Lewis. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1853 Feb 8

Box 1: folder 19
Chase, Salmon Portland. ALS, to General King
1831 Sept 6

Box 1: folder 20
Cheever, B.H. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1851 Sep 28

Box 1: folder 21
Clay, Henry. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
185[0?] Sep 26

Box 1: folder 22
Clinton, DeWitt. ANS, to John Jacob Astor
1823 Nov 12

Box 1: folder 23
Cody, W.F. ("Buffalo Bill"). Two cut signatures
n.d.

Box 1: folder 24
Corwin, Thomas. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1852 Aug 20

Box 1: folder 25
Cropper, Isa [pseudonym]. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich; an admiring letter from a young reader
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Dix, John Adams. ALS, to Eleanor Goodrich Smith
1874 Feb 13

Box 1: folder 27
Dix, John Ross. ALS, fragment (last portion)
1857 Jan 26

Box 1: folder 28
Dix, John Ross. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1857 Mar 25

Box 1: folder 29
Doane, George Washington. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich, regarding a misprint in The Token
n.d.

Box 1: folder 30
Draper, Lyman. Printed D.S., making Samuel Goodrich an honorary member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
1854 Mar 7

Box 1: folder 31
Fillmore, Millard. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1850 Aug 31

Box 1: folder 32
[Fillmore, Millard.] AN, [to Samuel Goodrich]
[1851] Feb 16

Box 1: folder 33
[Fillmore, Millard.] AN, [to Samuel Goodrich]
[1851] Feb 24

Box 1: folder 34
Fillmore, Millard, and Daniel Webster. Printed document signed, on vellum, appointing Samuel Goodrich Consul at Paris.
1851 Mar 12

Box 2: folder 2
Franqueville, Pedro. Last will and testament, in Spanish. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. With emendations
1816-1846

Box 2: folder 3
Fremont, Jessie Benton. ALS, to Emily Goodrich. Cut from scrapbook; prescription from Pharmacy of the British Legation pasted to opposite side
n.d.

Box 1: folder 35
Goodrich, Chauncey. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1813 Jun 14

Box 1: folder 36
Goodrich, Chauncey. ADS, appointing Samuel Goodrich his aide-de-camp
1815 Apr 17

Box 1: folder 37
Goodrich, Samuel G. AL (signature torn off), to Maryanne W. Goodrich
1812 Dec 9

Box 1: folder 38
Goodrich, Samuel G. ALS, to Rev. Samuel Goodrich
1813 Jun 8

Box 2: folder 4
Goodrich, Samuel G. Passport. Signed by Richard Rush. Numerous visas, stamps, and seals
1824 Dec 16

Box 2: folder 5
Goodrich, Samuel G. ALS, London, probably to his secretary, with instructions for delivery of books
1842 Sep 22

Box 1: folder 38a
Goodrich, Samuel G. Diplomatic passport, for a trip to Rome carrying despatches. Numerous visas and stamps
1854 Oct. 26

Box 2: folder 6
Goodrich, Samuel G. ANS
1858 Mar 31

Box 1: folder 39
Goodrich, Samuel G. ANS (fragment), to Mr. Webb
n.d.

Box 1: folder 40
Goodrich, Samuel G. ANS, poem about "Peter Parley"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 41
Goodrich, Samuel G. ALS to A. L. Dennis, Esq., introducing his son-in-law, Mr. Eldridge
[n.y.] Apr, 6

Box 1: folder 41a
Gould. H.F. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1837 Feb 2

Box 1: folder 42
Greely, Horace. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1855 May 15

Box 1: folder 43
[Gr_____, J.P.?] ANS
[1856?] Oct.

Box 1: folder 44
Hall, Samuel Carter. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
[1842] Sep 30

Box 1: folder 45
Hall, [?] Maria (Mrs. Samuel Carter). ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1842 Sep 30

Box 1: folder 46
Hamlin, Hannibal. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1853 Sep 2

Box 1: folder 47
Hosack, David. ALS, commending Samuel Goodrich to Sir James Edward Smith, President of the Linnaean Society, London
1823 Nov 15

Box 1: folder 48
Howitt, Mary. ALS, [to Samuel Goodrich]
1847 Jan 2

Box 1: folder 49
Hugo, Victor. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich, inviting him to visit
1853 Apr 29

Box 1: folder 50
Irving, Washington. ANS, fragment, apparently sent to Samuel Goodrich, quoting from the Sketch Book
n.d.

Box 1: folder 51
King, Daniel P. ALS, to Caleb Cushing
1841 Feb 13

Box 1: folder 52
Lankton, Chloe. ALS, to Eleanor Goodrich Smith. [With ANS, [1877?] Aug 6, and clipping]
1877 Jul 31

Box 1: folder 53
Laurence, Abbott. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1852 Jun 18

Box 1: folder 54
Lee, Richard Henry. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1852 Sep 17

Box 1: folder 55
Lee, Richard Henry. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1852 Sep 23

Box 1: folder 56
Library of Congress. Copyright Office. ALS, to Emily Goodrich Smith; request from A.R. Spofford, Librarian of Congress, for four Peter Parley books
1878 Feb 25

Box 1: folder 57
Longfellow, H.W. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1856 Nov 24

Box 1: folder 58
Manufacturers Trust Company. Reproduced signatures of four assistant secretaries
[1950] Nov 1

Box 1: folder 59
McGill, [William A.] and Schwing, [S.] ALS, to Samuel Goodrich, requesting to "take a photograph likeness of 'Peter Parley'"
1859 Nov 28

Box 1: folder 60
Montez, Lola (Marie de Lansfeld). ADS, contract with Legrand Smith for publicity services, witnessed by Samuel Goodrich
1851 Aug 8

Box 2: folder 7
Morse, Samuel F.B. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1850 Jan 25

Box 1: folder 61
Morse, Samuel F.B. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1855 Dec 12

Box 1: folder 62
Munson, Samuel [B?]. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich (on a proof of an engraving by Munson)
1828 Feb 24

Box 1: folder 63
Mussey, Barrows. TLS, to Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Boyd, asking permission to see the Samuel G. Goodrich Collection. With printed advertisement for Swissair Far East featuring an excerpt from Peter Parley's Geography for Children
1972 May 18

Box 1: folder 64
Mussey, Barrows. TLS, to Harmon S. Boyd
1972 Jul 17

Box 1: folder 65
Ollendorff, H.G. ALS, [to Samuel Goodrich]
1854 May 31

Box 1: folder 66
Pitkin, Timothy. ALS, to Richard Rush
1823 Nov 10

Box 2: folder 8
President of the United States of America. MS.L.S. (copy), from Americans resident in Paris to the President of the U.S., requesting the retention of Samuel Goodrich as Consul
1853 Jan

Box 1: folder 67
Rothschild Freres. AL, to Samuel Goodrich
1852 Jan 16

Box 1: folder 68
Scott, Winfield. ALS, to Messrs. Niven, Fullerton, and Monel
1850 Jul 8

Box 1: folder 69
Sigourney, Lydia H. ALS [to Samuel Goodrich]
1856 Nov 23

Box 1: folder 70
Sigourney, Lydia H. AL (initialed), to Mrs. Samuel Goodrich
1860 May 31

Box 1: folder 71
[Smith, Eleanor Goodrich.] Printed railway ticket. The first ticket purchased at Southbury for the first passenger train on the New York & NE Railroad. With a descriptive clipping
1881

Box 1: folder 72
Smith, Emily [Goodrich] Printed ticket for passage and board on the steamer Frances
1876 May 29

Box 1: folder 73
Smith, Emily Goodrich. ALS, to Helen Shove, mother of Harmon Boyd
1895 May 25

Box 1: folder 74
Sparks, Jared. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1833 Jan 22

Box 1: folder 75
Stroh, W. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1850 Sep [19?]

Box 1: folder 76
Taylor, Bayard. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1852 Sep 15

Box 1: folder 77
Toqueville, A. de. ANS, [to Samuel Goodrich?]
1853 Apr 30

Box 1: folder 78
Warden, Francis. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1854 Sep 15

Box 1: folder 79
Webster Daniel, and Millard Fillmore. Printed document signed, on vellum, appointing Samuel Goodrich Consul at Paris.
1851 Mar 12

Box 2: folder 2
Webster, Daniel. Passport of Samuel Goodrich as Consul for Paris
1851 Mar 15

Box 2: folder 9
Webster, Daniel. ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1851 Mar 15

Box 1: folder 80
Willis, N.P. ALS, [to Samuel Goodrich]
1827 Jun 7

Box 1: folder 81
Woodruff, C.T. [and 6 others.] ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1858 Jun 22

Box 1: folder 82
Wolcott, Oliver. ADS.
1823 Sep 30

Box 1: folder 83
Wolcott, Oliver. ADS.
1825 Aug 27

Box 1: folder 84
Wyckoff, Mary C. [for the Executive Committee of the Alumnae of the Albany Female Seminary.] ALS, to Samuel Goodrich
1850 May 29

Box 1: folder 85
Yale College. Junior Class. Broadside: "Order of exercises at the presentation of the wooden spoon… May 23, 1851." Relation to Samuel Goodrich is unclear.
1851 May 23

Box 1: folder 86
[Unidentified.] ALS fragment (last portion), to Mr. Baudric
1832 Aug 13

Box 1: folder 87

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Subjects
  • American literature--19th century--Biography--Sources.
  • Children's literature, American--Biography--Sources.
  • Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1917. Boyd.
  • Boyd, Harmon, 1896- collector.


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